Eduard British Firefly Vc, 1/35th-scale
photo-etch for Dragon kit (item 35679)
by Frank De Sisto
This set replaces an earlier Eduard set, just as the DML kit replaces
an earlier release of the popular Sherman Firefly. For the record, this
etch set is really a nice improvement over the previous well-done set.
For starters, there are parts to replace the lids on the hull and turret
rear storage boxes, as well as optional square or round vent plates for
the turret bustle radio box. Staying with the turret, there are two styles
of blade/vane sights for the area in front of the commander’s cupola,
internal and external hatch details including complete periscope heads
and covers, British-style antenna mount, brush guards for the periscopes,
and loops and straps for stowage. The .50 cal. M2 HMG gets a completely
new cradle, ammo box, belt and tray, grips, sights, cooling jacket, carry
handle and travel lock.
The hull receives brush guards for the head and tail lamps, new front
and rear fenders, different styles of spare track holders, tool straps
and clamps and a complete set of sand shield mounting strips. Details
for the hatches include periscope heads and covers, brush guards, handles
and locking hasps. There are also three different styles of padlocks (four
each) which will be of use on this kit as well as many others, a rather
The engine deck gets new louvers and a working 17-lbr. gun travel crutch,
as well as completely new smoke discharger boxes and mounts for the lower
rear hull plate. Altogether, this is a very well thought-out and complete
set, with a good number of options.
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly
from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.
Visit their web site for images of reviewed items.