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German WWII radios
Radio Equipment WWII Wehrmacht
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

Eduard, the very well known PE manufacturer, has released a set of German World War Two radios, the set covers the Torn FU D2, Torn Fu B1, Fu 11, and Fu 9. Field and command post radios are not seen that commonly except for those mounted in AFV’s, and this set helps to fill a gap in the market.

Contents

This set is packaged in Eduard’s usual plastic sleeve with two card stiffeners inside helping to prevent bending and thus damage to the PE frets.

Inside you will find:
• Two photo etch coloured frets
• A set of instructions

Review

I will start this review with some information on the photo etch. The two photo etch frets are 0.13mm thick which will make for ease of bending, and as they are printed/coloured it is only a case of assembling the parts to get the finished product. The radio cases are all supplied in a tan/brown shade with a colour tone variance to the finish which I am unsure if it is by design or some other factor. My research for this review resulted in me finding photographs of three of the four radios included in this set, and these were in a variety of case colours such as black, brown, and grey. While the ones in this set are all one colour you could, of course, apply paint to the assembled cases to represent your preferred choice.

Each of the radios can be assembled in use or packed up for transport, and I believe there are enough parts to show each of the radios in both set-ups. The dials, knobs, and faces are all accurately replicated on the three radios I was able to find, and so I have no doubt that the fourth radio is also accurate.

Included with the radios are head phones, desk microphones, and finger key. The only things missing from this set is the wire to connect everything together and the square plastic rod which is suggested for attaching the radio fronts to the cases. One item that could have been added to this set to make it exceptional are the aerials in their various guises that are not easy to make at home, perhaps this will be a follow up set.

Conclusion

This is a solid release from Eduard which I am sure will be of great use to those modellers who like to make dioramas, or who like to add a focal point to their models/dioramas. I have been unable to find any obvious faults with the set and the minor inconvenience of not including the wire within the set cannot really be called a weakness.

References used:

WW2 RADIO

German WW2 Collection

SUMMARY
Highs: A well detailed and accurate set that has had a lot of thought put into it.
Lows: Nothing worth mentioning.
Verdict: This is a set worth having around for when a German radio is needed either for a command post, artillery position, or troops in the field. Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35 162
  Suggested Retail: £13.99
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  PUBLISHED: May 24, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.38%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Is it true this set is such as TP528 Eduard set Radio Wermacht but TP528 had lower price ?
MAY 24, 2011 - 07:44 AM
I am sorry Oleg I have no way of answering that question as the product was supplied by Eduard for a review. The price I quoted in this review was a typical price within the UK and so depending on where a person lives it will also effect the price they pay. I would like a selection of aerials as a possible set to accompany this product as the sites I listed at the bottom of the review do show a fair selection of designs.
MAY 24, 2011 - 08:50 AM
I am presently building a 1/35 Tamiya Marder II which has a frame for the radio, but no actual radio. Do you know whether this set would fill the gap?
MAY 24, 2011 - 02:24 PM
The limited search I have done would indicate that it is not suitable for that purpose. There are however radio sets released specifically for that vehicle. please follow this link which should be of help to you.
MAY 24, 2011 - 03:48 PM
TP528 Review LINK
MAY 24, 2011 - 08:42 PM
Oleg thank you for that I suspect that as this review was done 2 years ago the price is most likely going to be nearly the same.
MAY 25, 2011 - 01:07 AM
Thanks you two...appreciate the help
MAY 26, 2011 - 12:41 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

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