In addition to their recently announced Wolseley Viper-powered S.E.5a model kit, Eduard will also be releasing a new tool 1/48 kit of the Hispano-Suiza-powered variant in both ProfiPACK and Royal Class editions.
The Hisso kit reveals some of the distinct features associated with the type, including a one-piece, half-round radiator, four-bladed propeller and a representation of the early steel landing gear, which was eventually redesigned and reinforced following a series of landing gear failures.
ProfiPACK are typically basic, high standard plastic kit editions containing a complete plastic model kit with photoetched sets, parts for type variants, Eduard masks and decals with four to six markings options. Royal Class kits are described as “top quality” with two complete kits, 10+ marking options with stencils, a very extensive assortment of PE and masks, an extra large instruction booklet and special bonuses.
The exact contents of each version have not yet been announced, although a series of build photos (sans surface finishing) have been released (see below). The Royal Class kit is due out in May, while the ProfiPACK edition will reportedly be released in August.