In-Box Review
Hs 126 S.A.
Hs 126 S.A. detail set for ICM kit.
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by: Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]

Hs 126 S.A.

Made to enhance the level of detail of the already very nice 1:48 scale ICM kit (see review here: Hs 126 A-1 and Hs 126 B-1), Eduard's Hs 126 S.A. set comes in the usual plastic pouch of the Czech Manufacturer. It is composed of two PE frets which are protected by two cardboard sheets to prevent them from damage. An A4 size construction notice is included as well. The set is destined to the semi-open cockpit, the engine and the exterior of the aircraft.

Fret 1 is composed of 67 parts and fret 2 of 95 parts. The quality of the product is very high as one would expect from the number one specialist of pre-painted photo etched parts.

The instructions are printed in black & white on an A4 and an A5 sheet and spread over 6 pages. The construction drawings are easy to follow.

Zoom set

The first fret, which is also available separately as a Zoom reference (FE 509), is self-adhesive and pre-painted for some parts. It has already been reviewed by Rowan Baylis (see HERE). It is mainly destined to the cockpit interior: instrument panels, control boxes, seat harnesses, levers, handles etc…

While Rowan was quite convinced by the RLM 02 rendering, I must say that I found it to be to grayish. I have shot a couple of comparison photos of the parts with the paint chips present in the K. A. Merrick Luftwaffe Colors book and I found the shade closer to RLM 75 Grey Violet than RLM 02 or even RLM 66, though it could pass as a lighter shade of the latter. However, since most (all?) Hs 126s were painted RLM 02, this will inevitably end up in a mismatch of colors if you use the parts like they are.

Additional fret

The second fret isn't pre-painted and self adhesive. It's parts are meant to add even more details, even in the cockpit area (rudder pedals, gunsight, etc…) but also to the engine (ignition wires) and mostly to the exterior of the model (maintenance hatches, gun barrel, trim tabs with actuators, canopy rail covers, etc…). It seems that Eduard have scrutinized every photo and drawing about the subject since even the access steps located in the landing gear struts are present. However these are of the later style so not appropriate if you want to do the A-1 variant.

All in all, the second fret, while not essential, will nevertheless add some more "character" to the model.


The ICM Hs 126 is a very nice kit with a high level of detail. It should look nice built from the box but the addition of this photo etched set will make it look even better and the painting will be easier in the cockpit area. Too bad about the RLM 02 mismatch though...

Please remember, when contacting retailers or manufacturers, to mention that you saw their products highlighted here - on AeroScale.
Highs: Excellent quality detail parts.
Lows: RLM 02 not the right shade in my opinion.
Verdict: A great detail set for the already excellent ICM kit.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 49509
  Suggested Retail: $ 29.95
  Related Link: Hs 126 S.A.
  PUBLISHED: Jan 24, 2011

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About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.

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Hello Everybody...! I starts my posting here on Aeroscale today...! I wand to do a few asking question about the nice HS-126 from ICM & the Eduard set revewed here... I buy bouth, but it's not arrive yet... So, here I go... About the the ignition wire harness, very nice one, but Is for the Bramo or for the earlier BMW 132...? And, for the inacouracy of the cabin frame, for the A-1, is the set dealing whit this...? What is the best aprouch to solv this problem...? I agree, I likes the Spanish Civil War marking... Thanks... And Sorry for my English...
JAN 27, 2011 - 04:16 AM
Hi Diego, Welcome on Aeroscale! I am currently building the ICM kit and I'm incorporating the Eduard PE parts in it. When I will be far enough, I will try to answer your questions. My first impression is that it is more destined to the B variant but 95% of the PE parts will also fit the A. More to come soon I hope... Jean-Luc
JAN 27, 2011 - 11:18 PM
O.K....! Thanks, Jean-Luc...! I haven't got any harry... But I will be here... Thanks evreybody... See you...
JAN 29, 2011 - 01:40 AM

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