Platz have released a photo etched detailing set for the S-55/H-19 helicopter serving with the Japanese Air Self Defence Force.
The single fret contains pre coloured cockpit detailing parts, including a superb looking two part instrument panel, representations of the switches found on the centre consul between the two pilots, seat harnesses, pedals, handles and windscreen wipers.
For the outside of the aircraft, there are parts to replace the kits main and tail rotor mechanism. Also on the fret are various superb looking grills that are found around the aircraft, fuel caps and more.
Some surgery is required to the kit, such as modifying the seats, instrument panel and main and tail rotor components. The removal of the moulded windscreen wipers on the windscreen will be a bit challenging to some, but worth doing. Also there is some folding of the photo etched parts, but nothing complex.
Information is in Japanese, but there are symbols for cutting, gluing, etc. The instructions are in the form of diagrams very similiar to Eduard kit instructions, and are very easy to follow. As I don't understand Japanese I am not sure whether there is a recommended kit for this set, although I would imagine this set would fit any 1/72 S-55/H-19 [Chickasaw, Whirlwind], but research the subject before commencing.
Parts come in a small resealable transparent package. The etched parts are contained in a small plastic bag. There is a small piece of black card behind the photo etched fret to give some protection. The three sided A4 instruction sheets are folded four times to give a good deal of stiffness and protection. This should survive most postal journeys.
This photo etched set has been produced by Eduard.
This is an excellent detail set for a 1/72 H-19/S-55 and will bring your model to life. Some of the parts are pretty small, but the part count is not too daunting. A good set for anyone looking to use photo etched parts for the first time.
Highs: Superb detailed parts for cockpit and outside your H-19/S-55.Lows: A pity there is nothing for the cargo/passenger cabin. But that could be an entirely different subject for a detail set.Verdict: Highly recommended if you are looking to improve the appearance of the J.A.S.D.F. H-19/S-55 Helicopter.