[WWI] Eduard vs Roden

Crawford Neil Neil.Crawford at volvo.com
Thu Jan 16 02:54:16 EST 2014

I've built two Eduards and not been terribly impressed by either of them. The Sopwith Schneider was dreadful, an old kit, but at least Roden have never done anything that bad. The Spad 13 is good, but I prefer the surface detailing on the MAC Spad 7.  I liked the Roden Albatros DIII, I thought the wing in three pieces was a non-issue.
On my limited experience I'd say there's nothing in it, there are always plenty of other issues before a model is finished, so that fairly marginal differences in the build stage don't matter a lot as long as the kit is dimensionally accurate.

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I have built a fair number of both companies' kits and there is no comparison in terms of quality. I'm not saying Roden kits are not decent but they are not in Eduard's league. I understand that their economic reasons why the two products are of different quality - specifically, Eduard has a lot smaller number of injection mold products compared to Roden.
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Roden generally has more parts but a lot of this is due to economizing in putting out more variants, thus we get the 3-part Albatros top wings and so on. However, I don't think this is an excuse for the Roden Bristol F.2B but perhaps it's less expensive to mold a kit with more (smaller) parts compared with fewer larger parts.

I think that Roden and Eduard manufacture kits in a different way, besides engineering the parts layout to allow more variants.
Roden has a softer plastic and smaller parts, and perhaps they do so to avoid the "sink marks" present in larger castings, especially when low pressure injection molds are involved. I'm not sure if that's the case, though, but I think that Roden predecessors, "Toko" had low pressure moldings, being more limited run productions.
Roden has focused in making smaller sprue trees (like that of engines that appeared in a few different kits) with minute details. I'm quite sure that in the price range (as well as in accuracy and quality), they are in the same level than Eduard, they just have different design of the product. If I could ask anything from Roden, is that they package their kits in sturdier boxes! Other than that, they're great kits!
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