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Metal Gear Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Metal Gear Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

MORE SAC FUN! Yes, the Revell P-51D-5 receives the SAC treatment because it's a big kit, and Ross and his team came up with metal gear for this kit. Thanks to Phil for sending it and Fearless Leader John for approving my working the set.

Included in this set are two main gear, two Oleo strut braces, and a tail gear strut. All replace the Revell kit parts, and fit is just like the plastic except it's stronger and can be re-adjusted as required.

Why is readjustment good? OK, Mustang experts, where does the axle fall on the P-51 and why when the aircraft is on the ground? (Answer: Just in front of the leading edge when looking down). WHY? Because it makes the whole aircraft more stable on takeoff and landing with toe in and proper alignment, and helps the aircraft track straight (without P effect from the prop), and is not as prone to tip on it's nose and prop like aggressive stick actuators can make happen. (...Or really tall grass, i.e. wheat, like just happened at Duxford to the guy who had his Merlin engine fail at low level on his pony and ended up just off the end of the runway in a perpendicular landing).

FW-190A Seat Belts

Published: June 4th, 2018     
FW-190A Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for the new Eduard FW-190 series. And thanks to Phil and John for running the team...

This seat harness is simplicity itself. There are four parts. That's it, four. FOUR-lap belts, and over the shoulder harness. Installation? Carefully bend these durable steel belts into place. No paint flaking, no fiddling with parts that are too small for even surgical standard tweezers to hold. Just install and admire.

Far better than tape and paint, the STEEL series seat harnesses should become one of Eduard's fastest sellers for upgrading kits that don't have harnesses attached. Competitively priced too!

Thanks once again to Eduard and their groundbreaking technology leaps and for keeping AMS alive in those of us who have it!

United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)

Published: June 3rd, 2018     
United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard for supplying the set.

Bottom Line: At first glance these steel, foldable flags look bright and colorful, but there are a few limitations. On a real model, they are good enough. Not to mention the unspoken scandal of oversized flags for all 1/700 WW2 warships kits, decals or paper. In that case, Eduard's flags are at least good enough, sturdier and more flexible than other options.

MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear (ICM)

Published: June 2nd, 2018     
MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear (ICM)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the crowd out here in the modeling world.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 ICM Mig-25. As to the basic kit, it is well designed and accurate BUT also is not for beginners. A lot of locations are vague on where parts should line up. I have struggled with the afterburner/augmentor petals, and the overall assembly of the basic fuselage. The landing gear is no different, as the angles and installation are to be expected to cause grief. It gets done but prepare yourself mentally and lay off the adult beverages while trying to line everything up.

SAC provides 9 metal parts to replace the kit-supplied plastic landing gear. The landing gear can be installed after basic fuselage assembly, which will help with painting later.

P-51D 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks

Published: June 2nd, 2018     
P-51D 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

The set contains:

  • resin: 2 parts
  • decals: yes
  • photo-etched details: yes

Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the fuel tanks and the added photo-etch adds some great touches.

You should be careful when removing the pieces from the casting blocks to prevent damage and blemishes that will show up in prominent areas on the aircraft, but with some patience and careful sanding you should accomplish a good fit. The Airfix kit also comes with the fuel tanks that have good detail, but are in two pieces compared to the one-piece resin design of the Brassin.

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