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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

Kit History,

Back in the dark days before Eduard broke into the WWI plastic kit arena they were doing photoetch fret for other kits. Though they were not the first examples these early Eduard brass etch sets were just the details that many of us took to begin to enhance older kits. In 1991 the very first Eduard brass fret that I used was for the old 1:48 Aurora / Monogram SE 5a. What we would consider a Zoom set for only the instrument panel.

Well gentle folk they have stepped up with a photoetch set for the Wingnut Wings 1:32 SE 5a with the Hisso characteristics. But I have to say that this set is so good it could easily augment the Roden 1:32 SE 5a with the Viper characteristics as well. One note before we get started. PE by its very nature is not meant to stand alone. It is meant to detail and enhance the kit it was designed for.


You get a typical Eduard clear baggy that opens at the bottom with a fold over flap. Enclosed you get three nickel covered frets of 145 pieces. MSRP 34.95 USD. Instructions are laid out in a 5 page sequence that could do with more information for clarity. I recommend using highlighter markers to help you remember what you have completed if you have to spend any long period between building steps.


Page 1.) Has the typical parts map and a key list for the various image notes that help the builder to understand what to do with specific parts. The applications to detail the WNW motor pilot seat extra ammunition case (floor mounted) and control column. The “Sutton Harness” straps that Eduard puts into most of its 1916 -1918 British kits is really only applicable to late 1918 aircraft. The wide lap belts that were actually used are included in the WNW fret. There are representations for the cockpit interior side walls and the hinges for the radio shelf hatch (that was never used for that purpose.)

Page 2.) Deals with all of the typical SE 5a instrument gauges, fittings and an alternate Vickers cocking handle.

Page 3.) We find augmentations for the flooring and interior of the cockpit cowling. Then there is more of the dressings for the Vickers machine gun and its outer cowling surface. Then there are some fine cabane strut rigging anchors.

Page 4.) Eduard gives you the two main radiator variations for the production Hispano-Suiza motor. The chin pan is particularly nice with its adjacent vent and bracing details. The exhaust pipe fittings are next with the upper wing Foster mounting and Mk II Lewis machine gun gets some fine augmentations.

Page 5.) Finally we see exterior pieces for the wing surfaces, landing gear bracket, aileron, elevator and rudder fittings. The rigging attachment mounts are particularly nice for the recent supply of aftermarket RAFwire sets that we have seen come out this year.


1. The SE.5 File, Ray Sturtivant & Gordon Page, Air Britain, 1996.
2. RAF SE.5a, J.M.Bruce, Windsock Datafile Special, 1993.
3. RAF SE.5a, J.M.Bruce, Windsock Datafile, 1989.
4. SE.5a in Action, John F Connors, Squadron Signal, 1985.
5. Private Collections SE.5a, Charles Bourget, WW1 Aero Publishing Inc, 1966
http://thevintageaviator.co.nz - 1914-18 Aviation Heritage Trust.
6. "British Fighter Units 1917-18” by A. Revell, Osprey Pub. Ltd. 1978.
7. “Fighting Fifty Six” by A. Revell, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 591 - 596, Nov. 1976
8. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp.264 - 269, May 1977
9. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 327 - 331, June 1977.
10. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 355 - 360, July 1977.
11. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 437 - 442, August 1977.
12. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 493 - 498, September 1977.
13. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 552 - 558, October 1977.
14. “S.E. 5 Fighter Supreme” by J.M. Bruce, Aeroplane Monthly Pp. 608 - 613, November 1977.
15. Royal Flying Corps in WWI by R. Rimell, Osprey Vintage Warbirds series #1, 1985.
16. The SE 5 by J.M. Bruce, Profile Publications #103, 1966.
17. The SE 5a by J. M. Bruce, Profile Publications #1, 1964.

It looks like this is just the beginning as there promises to be sets for the Roden 1:32 DH 2 and Spad VII.

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Highs: Excellent details not found in any other relevant 1:32 PE set to this date. These sets have some colour for the various harness straps
Lows: There is no vented jacket for the Vickers. The instructions could be a bit more detailed in the gauges, instruments and lap straps.
Verdict: With a good list of references in hand this set will only add value and enjoyment to your build.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: 32646
  Suggested Retail: 34.95 USD
  Related Link: Website
  PUBLISHED: Dec 07, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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Hi Stephen I have been watching this set, although I dont have the SE5a on order its a very comprehensive set and I think possibly one of the best to add to an already great kit. I understand that Radek at Karaya, has brought out a large amount of PE for the LVG, would that be correct, especially the Parabellum and Spandau machine guns (with Pre-Rolled Jackets). do you have any idea what has become available. Dave
DEC 06, 2009 - 08:53 PM
Greetings Dave I'll check with Karaya.
DEC 07, 2009 - 06:20 AM
Oh that would be nice. I have a second LVG lurking around here somewhere.
DEC 07, 2009 - 08:20 AM
Here is a comment from the fine historian Dan San Abbott
DEC 07, 2009 - 04:41 PM
Greetings Dan, The metal covers come from a post war restored version at Point Cook. Note the frayed tape edges under the metal framing. Hugh Coleman photoshopped a set for application to clear decal for his Roden 1:32 SE 5a 2008.
DEC 07, 2009 - 04:43 PM
Here are some other details from the "Viper" SE 5a at Point Cook courtesy of the good fellow Hugh Coleman April 27, 2008.
DEC 07, 2009 - 04:44 PM
And a few more from Hugh.
DEC 07, 2009 - 04:45 PM
Much of the Eduard frets cover these items except for the radiator of course.
DEC 07, 2009 - 04:47 PM

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