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REVIEW
BIG ED, a complete upate package.
Henk
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 03:04 AM UTC
Most plastic models can build up nicely straight out of the box. None more so than kits produced with the benefit of improved manufacturing proceses in the last few years. But still, modellers will look for more... more detail, more accuracy... This has traditionaly been the area of the aftermarket manufacturers, but lately the major pastic model producers have started adding the ''missing links'' as standard in the box. This review takes a look at Eduard''s ''BIG ED'' sets which pack ''everything you need for your great model'' in one package. So does it?



Tiger I Ausf. E late update package

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Byrden
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 03:39 AM UTC
Well, the rear grilles are wrong... the border of Eduard's grille takes a detour around the hook...the real grille had a simple rectangular border.

The support arm for Eduard's loader hatch has a straight section..the real one was a gentle curve.

Eduard provide vertical periscopes for the commander... the real ones were slanted. A head pad for the cupola would have been a nice touch, it would be more vislble from outside than these periscopes.

Just sayin'.

David

Teacher
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 03:57 AM UTC
A Great set and a great review Henk. Thanks!

Vinnie
Henk
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 04:14 AM UTC

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Eduard provide vertical periscopes for the commander... the real ones were slanted. A head pad for the cupola would have been a nice touch, it would be more vislble from outside than these periscopes.



I think the main thing for most modellers building this kit will be to add the missing periscopes to the cupola, without being to worried about the slant of the periscopes... I must admit that I did not know about the slant of the periscopes, thanks for enlightening me.


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The support arm for Eduard's loader hatch has a straight section..the real one was a gentle curve.



Again, thanks for the correction. I knew there had to be a support arm, which the plastic manufacturers seem to forget, but I did not know the exact shape...

One day, we will have a perfect model of every German tank...

Cheers
Henk
Byrden
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 12:31 PM UTC
The correct shape for the arm has been displayed here for quite some time:

http://tiger1.info/EN/LoadersHatch.html

Speaking of plastic, you'll find a correct arm in Dragon kits 6253 and 6286. Don't know about anyone else.

David