Eduard Challenger 2 Iraq photo-etched
by Frank De Sisto
Contains one fret and three pages of instructions. Price: $19.95 USD.
As more and more new kits are released in the smaller scales, many after-market
manufacturers continue to follow up with accessories for them. Eduard
has now released an etch set to detail the recent DML kit of the Challenger
2, as used in Iraq, during Operation Telic. The kit starts out with parts
to detail the turret. These include frames for the periscopes on the commander’s
cupola, brackets for the smoke discharger clusters and ammo box, belt
and tray for the hatch-mounted GPMG. There are also complete sets of the
flat and louvered CIP panels for the front, sides and rear of the turret.
The engine deck receives completely new grills and screens as well as
some small grab handles. These last may suffice in this small scale, but
purists will no doubt replace them with very fine wire. The hull rear
receives very smartly done tail lamp arrays complete with brush guards,
as well as separate racks for the communications wire reel. There are
also new rear fender/mud flap assemblies as well as locking devices for
the two external fuel drums.
The front end receives new fender/mud flap assemblies, as well as fire
extinguisher brackets. There are also small parts such as wing mirrors,
hatch handles and tool box hasps, as well as new splash plate for the
area in front of the driver’s hatch. This last item would not be
fitted if the appliqué armor pack is mounted.
Yet again, another simple yet effective way for the modeler to detail
his next Braille scale gem.
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.