1:35 Kitchen Accessories, from Eduard

 

Eduard
Item Number 36185
Available direct from Eduard for 18.75 Єuros (around £15.87)

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So, having recently explored the world of plants on this website on a number of occasions, now I find I must lead my readers into the universe of cooking and, in particular, the domain of the kitchen......

If any modellers have ever built a model or diorama centred around the feeding of troops, then it is my bet that the centrepiece has probably been in most cases a mobile canteen of some sort, such as that shown below, a mobile French canteen early in WW2.

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Credit: http://www.ww2incolor.com/french/DZWI-RC_48-49_8%23.html

There have been a small number of models released over the years to help with the building of such subjects but, I have to confess, I have never seen any releases in any scale for items to provide the utensils and plates nor any items to help equip a wartime kitchen within a building. Availability of such items would improve the ability to model the mobile kitchen diorama more effectively as well as potentially opening up new diorama ideas set within buildings.

With this premise having been established, I now have in front of me a new, unique offering from Eduard in 1/35 scale. Basically, it is a collection of kitchen utensils and kitchen items that lend themselves to being produced in flat etched metal form (below). Amongst the items are:

  • Knives
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • Plates
  • Frying pans (one with eggs in it)
  • Cutting boards
  • Trays
  • A small flan or cake tray for use in the oven
  • Hotplates

And, rather strangely, a multi-part cuckoo clock!

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All are pre-painted and items such as plates come in various patterns. A close-up of part of the fret (above) shows just a section of the wide variety of items.

Some items, such as plates, may need to be bent slightly around their circumference to give depth and the frying pans may need a bit of thickening up with card or filler to give a sense of solidity but I must say I am really impressed with both the idea behind this fret as well as its execution.

There may well be alternative suggestions to what some of the items are but I think I have given a good flavour (no pun intended!) as to what is available on the fret; there is certainly enough material to equip many soldiers or a decent sized kitchen. I must also add that, although I have thought that many of the Eduard pre-painted frets are a bit too expensive, this one actually gives value for money to the modeller.

So What Do We Think?

A great idea that has reinforced for me the concept that pre-coloured frets, when the subject is chosen carefully, really have a place in the modelling world.

A unique etched set

Our thanks to Eduard for the review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link.

Robin Jenkins.

 

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