Review: Just landed on my desk – Eduard 1/48 Trenér Limited Edition
Finally, I received my limited edition Zlin Z-226 kit, made by Eduard. I was among the very few modelers being excited about these kits. I remember the initial comments on modeling forums. Why does Eduard waste its valuable resources on a basic trainer? Why don´t they release the [nth iteration of my favorite WW2 plane]?
Well, I believe they have a lot of cash cow projects to please the crowd, and they are right to show their aviation history to the modeling community. Just as Italeri does it with Italian subjects, Airfix with British planes, Zvezda with Soviet/Russian designs.
The Trener family is probably not very well known in the Western part of the world, but it is an important part of aviation history elsewhere. It is pretty much the same category as the more famous DHC-1 Chipmunk - same period, size, weight, performance, and number of planes built.
The history started right after WW2 with the Z-26. The mixed metal-wood design quickly evolved into an all-metal airplane, with a lot of different variants, including single-seat aerobatics models. Eduard will release almost all models, except the last one, the Z-726. That version was produced in a very limited quantity, and probably Eduard´s product management decided not to make tools for such a rare type.
The first kit is a limited edition dual combo. It is a heavy box. Very heavy. I understood the reason immediately after opening it - the frames contain most of the parts for the other, to be released variants (we even get the canopy of the single-seater aerobatics version). Eduard once again made a clever design, so they simply have to replace the frame with fuselage and wing parts to make a new kit.
We get parts for two Z-226, with four possible variants. Z-226B was the glider tug version, T the trainer, and M/MS reengineered variants with different engines and propellers.
There are 11 paint schemes, all very colorful, civilian planes from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The kit includes canopy masks, and etched parts for the cockpit.
Eduard did an amazing job here. A rare, not well-known type made by a mainstream manufacturer in excellent quality. Sometimes dreams do come true.
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