Eduard continues with their series of 1/72 pre coloured photo etched Carrier decks. This one is for a US Navy carrier deck from 1942-1944.
Inside the resealable plastic bag is one pre coloured photo etched deck printed onto a sheet of brass.
This looks like part of the carrier deck from an Essex class carrier from 1942 through to 1944. But please donít quote me, Iím no expert. The Eduard base has the two planked pattern, a pattern that the more knowledgeable experts of US Navy carrier design agree was the principal plank pattern of the Essex class carrier during 1942-44. The base is etched and painted on one side, the colour of the varnished treated flight deck looks just right. There is a little light weathering; a nice touch is some of the darker stains between some of the planks.
The gaps between the planks and what looks like lines of drains are lightly etched. The metal itself is fairly thin and quite easy to bend if you are not careful. It might be an idea to glue it to something a lot more rigid. There is a lightly attached brass surround that comes away very easily.
Not particularly generous in size, you will find a Avenger with a 1/72 wingspan of 229mm overhanging this portion of the deck a fair bit.
So if you want something to sit your Corsairs, Hellcats, Avengers, etc then this is well worth considering. Itís a great start if you like to display your finished models on a diorama, but donít have the time to make one yourself. The price may put some off, but the quality and looks are first rate. Great idea Eduard.
Highs: Looks very good. Finely etched detail.Lows: Price and size.Verdict: Highly recommended, will really make a change having your WWII US Navy aircraft models parked on this. Nicely done Eduard.