Eduard Zoom Set for the F-4J/S Phantom II
|Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J/S Phantom II
Basically, I'm previewing these as I've bought them for projects and they are at hand. Like other zoom sets, this one is just for the cockpit. Unlike many others, this is also included in with another huge fret if you want more 'stuff' in the larger set (that also costs about $15.00 more).
This set replaces all the instrument panels and adds some switches and levers that are not included in the kit. You'll have to sand off the detailing that is there, but for most of us, this is not only easy to do, but much easier than trying to paint all that detail that the kit provides. Actually, I'd be happy with a decal if it matches up. I have found that the Dark Gull Grey that Eduard uses on these frets is a lighter shade than most of the paints I've used for the rest of the cockpit, so you may want to keep that in mind. I've had this experience with other colors as well so it is endemic.
In addition to the nice detail and colors, there are a couple of sections of acetate (not shown) for the sight that is part of the set. I've always found it quite odd that an aircraft with only a missile armament has a sight, but I guess that is to help with missile lock.
Anyway, if you want an easy way to spruce up a cockpit without 6 months of applying photo-etch, this is a set you should seriously consider.
Purchased by me for your enlightenment.
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