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F-14A Seatbelts STEEL

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
F-14A Seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard never ceases to amaze me with their innovations when it comes to adding details to our projects. Just three short years ago, I reviewed fabric seat belts for an F-14A ejection seat, and now the company has released a new line of steel PE parts. I would highly recommend this set to folks wanting to dress up the “bang seats” of their Tamiya F-14A, but this offering should also work on other kits in 1/48 scale.

This new detail recommends the 1/48 scale F-14A kit from Tamiya, so I put that kit to use and built up the GRU-7A ejection seats in order to conduct this review. The set consists of a single photoetch fret that is pre-painted. If you take your time and follow the instructions, a very nice set of seatbelts will result and will improve the appearance of your ejection seats. This is my first experience with the new line of steel items from Eduard, and I was duly impressed. The steel is soft, which makes it easy to place the lap and leg belts in realistic positions, and I did not experience any issues with paint attempting to “pop off” of the steel.

Decal Solution Mark Fit and Mark Fit Strong

Published: March 21st, 2017     
Decal Solution Mark Fit and Mark Fit Strong
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Tamiya

In recent years Tamiya has expanded their model line to include finishing supplies like panel line accents, diorama materials, decal setting solutions, etc.

This particular review will cover the following decal setting solutions :

Like all decal solutions, and most modeling supplies, make sure you use them in a well ventilated area. While the Mark Fit solution is not that smelly, the Mark Fit Strong has a strong vinegar smell and both have a warning about fumes being dangerous.

Based on the instructions for both solutions they instruct you to apply the decal as always, and once you blotted the water off, to put some of the setting solution on top of the decal (you are even provided with a small brush in the cap), and to not touch the decal until fully dry.

MiG-31 Pitot Tube

Published: March 21st, 2017     
MiG-31 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

A feature that you can quickly notice on modern Russian aircraft is the complicated nose pitot tube. Although AMK made a valiant effort in molding the MiG-31 pitot tube with its four separate vanes, the limits of the injection molding process come into play.

Notable is the superb re-sealable packaging that Master Model uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely until final assembly. The resin vane section is secured in a high density foam block that is backed with some sort of adhesive tape to minimize the resin vanes from being moved around, or crushed for that matter. You will want to be careful handling the metal and resin parts as their small size makes them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster. The resin part is especially easy to break one or more of the vanes in handling (as I had happen on a previous Master pitot set), so be sure to handle with care.

F-14A Grilles - Tamiya

Published: March 21st, 2017     
F-14A Grilles - Tamiya
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 48914
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has once again raised the bar for the detail industry with the addition of their steel photoetched parts. This particular set is to add or replace grills on the Tamiya F-14A kit, but the items should work on other 1/48 scale Tomcats as well. I would highly recommend this set to folks wanting to add additional grill detail to their Tomcat.

Along with some other recent Eduard releases for the 1/48 scale Tamiya F-14A Tomcat comes a set to dress up the various grills found on the plane. I found the ones located on the underside of the aircraft, inboard of the engine intakes, truly unique as they include what appears to be a fan under the grill. While most of the grills are simply installed over the existing kit grills, which make installation a snap, the aforementioned grills require filing off the existing detail, and the outer doors for the forward landing gear also requires the drilling and filing of the kit detail. The grills for the cockpit ventilation behind the pilot and Radar Intercept Officer add missing detail to the Tamiya kit, which is a great touch.

F4F-4 Wildcat Exhaust

Published: March 20th, 2017     
F4F-4 Wildcat Exhaust
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Another quick upgrade for the Airfix Wildcat are these two exhausts.  They are direct replacements for the kit parts and have very thin walls. While you can paint the insides black I think for the best effect you would still want to drill out the exhaust hole from the engine.  Just be careful on how you hold them, the resin is that thin.

No instructions are provided as they are a direct replacement for the kit part.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

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