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Crusader Brassin upgrades
Crusader Brassin upgrades
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

Having already reviewed Eduard's re-boxed Hasegawa Crusader kit here, Eduard have released two Brassin sets to compliment and replace two areas that need attention in the base kit.
The exhaust nozzle and air intake sets are to replace the plastic parts in the base kit, and are made up of resin and photo etch parts.
Both sets are packed in the standard Eduard Brassin blister packs.
Resin parts, photo etch and a set of instructions are packed in both sets.

Crusader exhaust nozzle
Item No - 648 302
Price - 12,71
The exhaust nozzle set is made up of four resin parts and two photo etch pieces.
Each resin part is connected to a casting block and will need to be removed. Where to cut is easy to see, but as most of the parts are fully connected to the casting block, a razor saw will be needed, along with some sanding to level things up.
Detail is stunning for the nozzle, and a lot more refined then the plastic offering. The exhaust tube is one part and has the afterburner ring and fan are made up of one resin part and the two photo etch parts. The kits basic exhaust fan and afterburner ring are moulded as one part inside the exhaust tube, so the detail is greatly enhanced with the Brassin offering.
Once assembled the whole exhaust tube slots into the back of the Crusader once the mounting lugs inside the two fuselage halves have been removed.
The instructions are easy to follow and paint numbers are supplied for the Mr Metal range of paints.

Crusader air intakes
Item No - 648 301
Price - 5,06
The two air intakes replace the plastic parts in the kit, and are made up of two resin parts and two photo etch parts.
The resin parts are attached to a casting block by one end and along the mating point and should be very easy to remove.
The P.E parts are for the base of the resin intakes and fit onto the rear fuselage at the base of the fin, with the two intakes attached to them.
Detail is more exquisite, and the intakes are slightly bigger then the plastic parts, and will add to the detail.
The air intake has been opened up at the front, where on the plastic part the hole will need to be drilled out.

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Highs: Two nice sets that will enhance the base kit.
Lows: A bit of work will be needed to remove the exhaust parts from the casting blocks.
Verdict: The exhaust set is really a must have as the kits parts are very basic. The air intakes although do look really good, are not so much a must have but will improve the look of this area.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  Related Link: Crusader Brassin upgrades
  PUBLISHED: Jun 26, 2017
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Andy Brazier (betheyn)

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

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