Eduard once again produces a very elaborately detailed photo-etched set that is set to correct some of the inaccuracies in the original kit. The package includes two metal frets, a colored set of instructions and a rendition of the different driverís control panel dials that is to be super-imposed with a PE dashboard panel.
The instructions start off by adding more detailing to the driver compartment beginning with the driver dials and front interior compartment. This includes some light sanding of the original driver panel in order to be replaced with the provided driver dials, which are subsequently overlapped by the photo-etched dashboard. The driverís accelerator and brake foot pads are also replaced with more detailed designs, adding to their authenticity. The overall detailing for the entire driver compartment was rather impressive as you were expected to place minute dials on top of its own photo-etched panel so a steady hand and a magnifying glass tool would be beneficial.
The pioneer tools are also not overlooked with more authentic guides and straps provided to replace the original ones. These once again require some careful cutting and sanding before they can be mounted on.
The front side hull of the Chaparral kit is further complemented by the addition of the 12 piece handle bars, which typically sits in between and above the spare track links. Based on some of the walk around references found on the web, I did notice that the original vehicle had about 14 handle bars as oppose to 12 however the Eduard set comes with a total of 42 so there are plenty of spares available. If in doubt, always check back with your reference photos.
The engine cooling grills provided in this set still appeared to be somewhat 2Ėdimensional however they are still better in terms of its detail and cosmetic look compared to the original ones provided in the AFV Club kit.
The rear guides and straps for the tow cables are also replaced with more accurate looking designs. With the use of tweezers and some careful bending, a very accurate strap would be the end result as you would be expected to guide the tip of the strap through the buckle.
The overall missile turret is also enhanced with more detailing to the missile operator seat with the addition of consoles, straps and safety harnesses. Individual missiles are also further detailed with enhancements to the rear guides and to the missile rails.
If accuracy is something that you constantly strive for in all your builds then this detail set would be most beneficial to your kit. In terms of complexity and difficulty level, I would rate this between moderate and hard mainly due to the skills required to work with such minute parts. When assembled correctly with this detail set, I can assure you that the end result would be one stunning looking M-730A1 Chaparral kit.
My Thanks to Eduard for the review sample.
The AFV Club M-730A1 Chaparral kit produces a good model out of the box with certain deficiencies in terms of detailing for both interior and exterior components. Eduard now provides modelers with the added option of complementing their kit for both interior and exterior components with this detail set.
I first started modelling at the age of 14 years old where i mainly constructed 1/72 scale planes and was exclusively painting them using a paint brush as i couldnt afford anything more than that. After which i took a 12 year break before resuming back to modelling more serious...