Eduard 1/72 Arma Hobby F4F-4 Aftermarket
By Matt Bittner
The 1/72 modeling world was quite stoked when Arma first released their FM-2. Especially for those who hoped they would continue the line and release the rest of the Wildcat series. And they did, as the next release was the F4F-4. Sure, Arma includes everything you need in the box, but if you picked up their "overtrees" (which is just the kit's plastic parts) then you might want something else to add to your kit. And that's where Eduard comes in.
Eduard has released three sets for the Arma 1/72 F4F-4: masks, a Zoom set and finally a more comprehensive photoetch set. Their masks includes pieces for all clear parts - including the underside windows - as well as masks for the wheels.
The Zoom set is primarily for the interior. It has parts for the instrument panel; some cockpit sidewall detail; complete seat belts; and items to add to the rudder pedals.
The more comprehensive photoetch set includes the same cockpit pieces as the Zoom set; additional cockpit pieces including replacement seat and seat brackets; the pulleys and chains for the landing gear; stabilizer control horns; bomb racks; additional wiring for the engine; full, lowered flaps; and additional items for the landing gear. If you're looking to add quite a bit more to your Wildcat, including lowered flaps, then this set is definitely worth tracking down.
My thanks to Eduard for sending this set to review.