Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard DN Models Scale Model Masks

Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard

Rufe was a WWII naval interceptor and a float plane, modification of the notorious Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, but built by Nakajima and used by Imperial Japanese NAVY. The plane was called Suisen 2, meaning Hydro-Fighter Type 2. It fought with P-40s, P-38s, and B-17s, against which was fairly successful, considering the crippled performance dictated by the floats added to the original Zero design. It was – understandably – inferior to the latter in almost all aspects, but dangerous enough to be considered as a serious concept by Grumman. They on their end explored the possibility of their own floatplane called WildCatfish. Unlike the Rufe though, the Grumman never saw mass production. Rufe on the other hand, remained in history forever.

Not so long ago Eduard once again rocked the modeling World, releasing their newly tooled A6M Zero in 48th scale. The kit is superb in every aspect and can easily compete for the title “The Best Zero”, with its only serious competitor being Tamiya’s 32nd scale gem. Following their tradition to explore the options of their releases, Eduard made Rufe in quarter scale, which was further improved and opted as a Limited Edition set. The set is 2 in 1 and as with any other of the Eduard’s Limited series is a must have.

The Box

Eduard’s boxart was always intriguing. They simply know how to do it. Although not showing the plane in the sea, it is made in a quite obvious way and you cannot miss the fact that you are dealing with a float plane. The box itself is quite roomy, especially considering the fact that two planes are embedded in it. Sprues are carefully packed and are arranged in a way that minimizes the damages from the friction between the plastic parts. Separately from the dark grey plastic is packed a sprue with clear parts, which are with the typical Eduard quality. Beneath all that, sits the instruction sheet, the masks and the decals, with everything being loosely hanging in the box, so once you start, you will be able to put it back in, without any worries and still have space.

Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard DN Models Scale Model Masks

The Instructions

The sheet is in color and made from high-quality material. It is definitely not the best out there, but it is very close to that title in every possible manner. The steps are clear and cleverly depicted, which should ease even the beginner modelers. The booklet is rather thick by itself, but that is not because the building steps are over-complicated by the engineers. It is because it all ends with the stencil application for the technical signs of the Rufe and before that, there is quite a large number of paint options about which and every, a page is dedicated specifically.

Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard DN Models Scale Model Masks

The Sprues

The plastic that Eduard uses is top notch. It must be that way, because the details are so tiny and delicate, that you either pick a great material or you should quit your plans to make 21st century tooling all together. There is a breakdown of each sprue in Eduard’s website, but here, we were tempted to show the most intriguing elements and sections of the Rufe. Well, at least from our point of view.

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Of course, we know and accept the fact that many of you might /and probably will/ have various opinions of what part is most important, but our belief is that any Japanese plane afficionado must own this kit and we are using this article solely to hint you about the qualities, not to present them extensively. The first glance once we saw it initially was quite intriguing and we do not with to spoil that for anybody. Nevertheless, the pictures reveal a lot. But our goal was to limit that to keep the tension for your own personal experience.

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Decal Options & PE

Decals are the new type from Eduard, which feature film that can be removed afterwards, but as you can guess, we would bet on masking the insignia. Even in 48th, the Japanese roundels are quite large and if you pick the option to mask those, you will have more options in terms of weathering. That goes without saying for any plane, but more than everything else it goes for a plane that works in the salty environment of the seas. And with such vivid insignia too.

Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard DN Models Scale Model Masks

With that said, the decals are beautiful and if you decide to go with them, you will be just fine. There is plenty to choose from and even though they might look similar, even if you pick two equal in appearance planes, when you start to work with the weathering, it will inevitably lead to two differently looking birds in the end. And that is the beauty of the Rufe. You won’t get a dull looking model no matter what.

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PE parts are few, but they are there just as a spice, not as the main dish. Besides, Eduard offer plenty of add-ons for any of their kits if you decide to go the way of PE/Resin/3D and so on. If you decide to stick to OOTB option, there they are:

Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard DN Models Scale Model Masks

Masks

Eduard, being one of the pioneers of masking solutions did not miss the opportunity to improve the Limited Edition package by adding masks for both of the canopies included. And, as we are all perfectly aware, Rufe’s canopy is borderline boring when it comes down to masking. That of course, besides being a great help, is also thoughtful add-on to any kit, judging from the fact that recently companies like Zoukei-Mura, Tamiya and lately even MENG started to do. That is – adding masking tape for the difficult parts that needs to be preserved. It saves time and lets you enjoy the more and more complex kits that are appearing with every next generation.

Rufe Limited Edition by Eduard DN Models Scale Model Masks

But don’t let that fool you. Having masks is only half of the job. There is a lot of work ahead of you, because one canopy is one too many when we are talking Japanese Zero. And here we have two. Being the two in one set, if you decide to build both, there is plenty of tedious work that awaits. So bear in mind before starting this kit, there are such tricky areas that are somewhat overlooked at first glance. As you can see from the pictures above, there is a frame nightmare sitting and quietly waiting…

Conclusion

In our opinion, this Rufe kit is an absolute must for the collector. It is such for avid builders as well, but as with all Eduard Limited Edition kits, this Rufe holds more value kept inside of its original box, than to be built and displayed. Of course, Czechs are aware and they offer standard Profi-Pack Rufe as well as overtrees, which you can turn into one fine 48th scale floatplane. But if you ask us, this specific packing reviewed here, should remain in the box and in your stash for years to come. It is too good to be transformed.

Some things are just more valuable as they come out of the factory, than used for their original purpose. Plus, the price can and probably will only go up with time.

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