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MiG-25PD/PDS (Foxbat E) - Pitot Tube

Published: May 15th, 2017     
MiG-25PD/PDS (Foxbat E) - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Product provided by: Piotr, of Master details

To the Master Model metalworker of Poland, Piotr; Thanks again for sending IPMS USA another of your line of turned metal Pitot tubes, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review.

This is a much improved upgrade to the kit plastic. Consisting of 2 metal parts directly replacing the kit pitot probe, this is an easy addition to improve the longevity of your kits' appearance, and it has a GREAT instruction sheet!

The simple upgrade follows: I used this Master item on the Barracudacast Mig 25 improved nose and radome upgrade to the Kittyhawk MIG 25 PD/PDM fighter. Mark and drill a .1mm hole in the extreme nose on the radome, about 1/4" deep. This upgrade includes the extreme forward radome tip, so a bit of sanding on the extreme nose of the resin radome resulted in a close fit after drilling the hole. I used CA glue to install the probe on the mostly-finished airframe in about six minutes. It looked great and was very strong; a bit of finish paint, and we're not losing the pitot to mishandling anytime soon.

F-4 Ejection Seat Belts (Steel)

Published: May 14th, 2017     
F-4 Ejection Seat Belts (Steel)
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Some of the hardest details to make realistically in modern jet fighters (or any aircraft) are the molded - in seatbelts, especially those on ejection seats. Using strips of masking tape leaves a bit to be desired. Eduard has come to the rescue with sets of photo-etched seatbelts for different aircraft.

The Eduard steel photo-etched set for the F-4 in 1/48 scale is a very impressive set of pre-painted photo etched parts that are intended as replacements to kit parts. While the set is simply marked as F-4 Seatbelts, Grey, the aircraft kit that I used this example was the Monogram F-4C/D kit.

This photoetched set requires some work to use it in previous manufacturer's F-4 kits. All the molded-in detail for the seatbelts had to be filed and ground off the seats. Specific to Monogram's F-4, the seat bottoms are molded as part of the cockpit floor.

Once all the molded in seatbelts were removed, the cockpit was painted. Most of the Eduard photo-etched parts fit into place, with just some minor adjustments. Only two Eduard parts gave me trouble - parts number 8, and that was due to the way Monogram's kit is set up.

Mk 82 with Airbrake (Early)

Published: May 14th, 2017     
Mk 82 with Airbrake (Early)
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The basic Mk.82 500 pound bomb has been used in numerous applications, ranging from a simple "iron" bomb, up to "smart" bombs. This resin set from Eduard is a version of the Mk. 82 bomb called a "snake eye" that used fins that opened like petals to slow the speed of the bomb dramatically.

The kit comes with six basic Mk. 82 bomb shapes (what is known as the bomb core), six inert nosepieces, six fuse nosepieces, and six extended nosepieces, also known as "daisy cutters". Another option is to not use any fuse nose, representing a bomb that has yet to be fused.

There are 30 resin parts to make up these well-detailed bombs. After gluing together the body and the fins (parts R8 and R10), you select which fuse to use on the bombs (if any). I chose to use the extended fuse (parts R3) as it gives a unique look to the bomb.

CBU-97 Cluster Bombs

Published: May 14th, 2017     
CBU-97 Cluster Bombs
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

CBU stands for Cluster Bomb Unit, which is a type of bomb, or munitions, that dispenses smaller bombs across a designated area.

Eduard has created a resin armament set that covers one of the more unusual bombs, especially a type that is not seen very often on aircraft and not included in most aircraft kits.

This simple kit consists of 12 parts cast in resin. Assembly is straightforward, consisting of detaching, sanding, and then gluing the tail fins (Parts R31) to the main bodies (Parts R30).

Each bomb is painted olive drab. Care must be taken with the decals, as they are both thin and fragile. Once the decals are applied, a very convincing miniature version of the CBU is ready to load on a 1/48 aircraft.

Many thanks go out to Eduard for providing the review sample.

SE.5a Radiator – Wolsely Viper

Published: May 13th, 2017     
SE.5a Radiator – Wolsely Viper
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This set provides a highly detailed resin and photoetch radiator to replace the standard kit part in Eduard's newly released SE.5a Wolsey Viper aircraft kit. The radiator is a beautiful little assembly that looks fantastic on the aircraft model!

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP Hispano-Suiza 8B engine that proved unreliable, and was quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper engine.

This Eduard Brassin set includes resin and photoetch parts to replace the kit supplied radiator in the Eduard Wolsey Viper version of the SE.5a.

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