in article email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org at email@example.com wrote on 10/25/06 5:40 PM:
Eduard offered the Tempest in two levels of kit, "normal" and ProfiPack. The ProfiPack kits include mixed media parts, typically resin cockpits (and wheels IIRC), and etched metal parts, while the "normal" kits are all styrene. There were also two versions offered: early and late. The only real differences between the two versions, besideds the decal offerings, were that the early versions had protruding canon barrels while the late versions didn't. I don't know whether or not the barrel pieces were included in the early version boxings.
I built the ProfiPack kit of the early version Tempest. It was reasonably straightforward, but still a short-run injected kit: no locating pins, large sprue attachment points, a number of ejection pins (inside the wing pieces for example) that had to be removed, but only minor fit problems. I found the resin cockpit okay; I hated dealing with the etched metal instrument panel. IMHO, the all-styrene version of the kit is more than adequate for a decent quality display model.
I've found a couple of online vendors in North America that carry the Eduard Tempest kits and might offer less expensive shipping than Hannants:
lists three kits (late version and early version @ US $24, and early version ProfiPak @ US $32)