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MARKETPLACE

EDUARD

Being fairly familiar with the range himself, this reviewer occasionally forgets that others may not be so, and falls into the habit of dropping in references that may be meaningless to the uninitiated. For those of you not yet using etch a brief explanation may help.

Eduard tend to release accessory sets in two formats. First comes the main set for a specific model typically offering a mass of details on two or three frets. Much of this will require some modelling skills and a degree of familiarity with the product will help. For those not wanting to go into such depth, but wanting the beneit of those superb colour belts and instrument panels etc. most of these frets are followed by a ZOOM set, which offers a selection of the most prominent parts from the main sets, but usually only items that are direct replacements for kit parts, or which require no cutting or major surgery to it. These sets are smaller, cheaper and make an ideal introduction to the concept of using etched brass, and are recommended. They make a huge difference to a finished model for comparatively little extra effort. They can be identified in the catalogue by their letter preix, and of course much cheaper price. They do, of course, replicate items from the main sets and are designed as an alternative rather than complementary.

The mask sets are self explanatory. Usually including parts for transparencies and wheel hubs, there are some camoulage masking sets as well. The individual components are die-cut on small sheets of Kabuki tape. These things are pure gold. Time saving and accurate they really make a difference if applied with just a little care. My own method is to remove all the unwanted tape from the sheet first, making sure no smaller masks are accidentally removed with it. Hold each part down with a scalpel blade as you tease up the excess tape around it, as occasionally the corners are not fully cut. This way you end up with a more visible and user-friendly product and you don’t damage the pieces trying to hook them off the sheet with something pointed. So try a ZOOM, try a mask set, and don’t be put off by those millions of tiny pieces. It’s a slippery slope and before you know it you will be wondering why there aren’t even more…

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