Czech firm Eduard is no slouch when it comes to offering superb mixed-media kit packages…and the fact is exemplified by its new limited-edition Riders in the Sky 1944, which matches Hasegawa’s splendid Liberator parts with new styrene components…pre-coloured photo-etched metal and plain brass details, tape masks, 13 colour schemes, a box art print and a stunning perfect-bound softback reference book, although the latter is in Czech language.
The theme is Coastal Command Liberators (GR.III/GR.V sub-types), although different nose configurations can be portrayed; there’s the standard glazed nose, and with the ASG-1 search radar fitted on the chin. Another pleasing addition is that of rocket rails for mounting on both sides of the lower forward fuselage.
Here’s the new styrene runner that accompanies Hasegawa’s original plastic.
Non-plastic extras include these PE frets with cockpit embellishment and antennas.
The well-printed decals cater for the following airframes (three have nose art):
GR.V, BZ271/R, Sqn Ldr Terence Bulloch, 224 Squadron, St Eval, UK, July 1943
GR.V, BZ273/H, Sqn Ldr Alois Šedivý, 311 Squadron, Tain, UK, October 1944
GR.V, BZ774/D, Flt Sgt Otakar Žanta, 311 Squadron, Beaulieu, UK, autumn 1943
GR.V, BZ779/J, Flt Sgt Josef Kuhn, 311 Squadron, Beaulieu, UK, October 1943
GR.V, BZ786/G, Plt Off Jan Irving, 311 Squadron, Beaulieu, UK, autumn 1943
GR.V, BZ796/H, Plt Off Oldrich Dolezal, 311 Squadron, Beaulieu, UK, December 1943
GR.V, FL961/O, Flg Off Jan Vella, 311 Squadron, Predannack, UK, June 1944
GR.V, FL949/Y, Flg Off Josef Pavelka, 311 Squadron, Tain, UK, October 1944
GR.III, FL936/V, Plt Off Ben Hall, 160 Squadron, Sigiriya, Ceylon, autumn 1943
GR.V, BZ832/D, Flg Off Lloyd A Trigg, 200 Squadron, Yundum, Gambia, August 1943
GR.V, BZ862/A, 354 Squadron, 1944
GR.V, BZ755/N, Flg Off A Cirko, 10(BR) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, Gander, Canada, autumn 1943
GR.V, 600/N, North West Air Command, Canada, summer 1946
While the reference book is in Czech (save for an acronyms glossary), it has many excellent photos and colour profiles; some of the latter depict aircraft not represented by the kit’s decals.
The box art print is also splendid and worthy of framing. Eduard has also released several PE and Brassin resin accessories for employment on this Liberator:
672177 B-24 bomb bay rocket projector
672178 B-24 turbochargers
672183 B-24 bomb bay doors
73627 Liberator GR Mk.V upgrade
Altogether, a simply magnificent model should be the result if employing the box contents alone, but Eduard’s extras will make all the difference.
For further details visit: www.eduard.com