, the very well known PE manufacturer, has released a set of German World War Two radios, the set covers the Torn FU D2, Torn Fu B1, Fu 11, and Fu 9. Field and command post radios are not seen that commonly except for those mounted in AFV’s, and this set helps to fill a gap in the market.
This set is packaged in Eduard’s usual plastic sleeve with two card stiffeners inside helping to prevent bending and thus damage to the PE frets.
Inside you will find:
• Two photo etch coloured frets
• A set of instructions
I will start this review with some information on the photo etch. The two photo etch frets are 0.13mm thick which will make for ease of bending, and as they are printed/coloured it is only a case of assembling the parts to get the finished product. The radio cases are all supplied in a tan/brown shade with a colour tone variance to the finish which I am unsure if it is by design or some other factor. My research for this review resulted in me finding photographs of three of the four radios included in this set, and these were in a variety of case colours such as black, brown, and grey. While the ones in this set are all one colour you could, of course, apply paint to the assembled cases to represent your preferred choice.
Each of the radios can be assembled in use or packed up for transport, and I believe there are enough parts to show each of the radios in both set-ups. The dials, knobs, and faces are all accurately replicated on the three radios I was able to find, and so I have no doubt that the fourth radio is also accurate.
Included with the radios are head phones, desk microphones, and finger key. The only things missing from this set is the wire to connect everything together and the square plastic rod which is suggested for attaching the radio fronts to the cases. One item that could have been added to this set to make it exceptional are the aerials in their various guises that are not easy to make at home, perhaps this will be a follow up set.
This is a solid release from Eduard which I am sure will be of great use to those modellers who like to make dioramas, or who like to add a focal point to their models/dioramas. I have been unable to find any obvious faults with the set and the minor inconvenience of not including the wire within the set cannot really be called a weakness.
German WW2 Collection