The PE set comprises 2 small frets and is made for Platz by Eduard, and is up to Eduard’s usual high standards.
The PE arrives in a small resealable plastic bag with a black card inset to prevent it being bent. There’s also a header tab as part of the bag, but there’s nothing in it other than a hole to allow it be hung on a hook. A green plastic sticker with relevant info about the contents is placed on the bag. Inside the outer bag, the 2 frets are inside another sealed bag. Despite appearing to be a small set there is still about 94 pieces of PE in this set.
The set starts by updating the cockpit. The control columns are replaced, but you might need to fill the holes for the kit columns. There is also several new items; a colour instrument panel, seat belts, throttle levers and seatbelts for the cockpit. There is also a cockpit rear bulkhead with a separate door and detail. I’m not sure how much of this will be visible once the kit is complete though.
Moving to the external area of the kit there are several improvements. There is a single piece that completely covers the interior of the tail wheel well and each main gear wheel well has no less than 9 pieces of PE added and another 3 on the outside of each engine. There are rings and plates for the 9 wing access points and 5 panels for the fuselage. There is also what appears to be a large strengthening panel to be added to the top of each wing. Finally there are 7 replacement aerials.
Overall this adds a great deal of detail, especially considering this is a 1/144 kit.The cockpit details will be hard to see but the details on the wings and fuselage are easily seen and will make a difference. If the kit is placed on a mirror or turned over, the enhanced details of the undercarriage bays will also be clearly seen.
This set is highly recommended and is probably a good start for someone working with PE as long as you have either the vision or magnifiers to cope with small parts. Watch out for a build review of the Platz C-46D with this PE set in the near future.
Many thanks to Platz for the review sample.