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MiG-21 Wheels

Published: March 8th, 2017     
MiG-21 Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

Often, the wheels in modern jet kits are either too thin or too thick to be accurate representations of the real thing. Other times they just lack detail or just do not look right and we have to look to the aftermarket for replacements.

This set from RES-IM provides a very nicely molded set of tires for the MiG-21 Fishbed. The set does not state whether or not it is for early or late versions of the MiG-21 and I have not dug out my Aerofax book on the MiG-21 to see if there are any differences, so I don’t know for sure, but I can say they are a big improvement over the kit tires of my Fujimi MiG-21R kit tires as shown in the photos. The set consists of two main wheels and one nose wheel. The tires are crisply molded with outstanding hub detail that really pops out with paint a wash.

I left the tires attached to the pour stub to make painting easier as then only had to find one place to hold onto the set. I painted the tires Tamiya NATO Black and the hubs are Xtracolor Soviet hub green. Once the tires and hubs were painted, I removed them from the pour stub, sanded out the attachment point and then touched up the black paint.

Tiger II Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Photo Etch Set

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Tiger II Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Photo Etch Set
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

The Tiger II Ausf.B, Konigstiger, King Tiger or Royal Tiger, as it was called depending where you were from, was the most powerful tank produced by the Germans. It became operational in July 1944, during the Invasion of Normandy. This formidable tank fought on the Western and Eastern Fronts until the end of World War II.

Hauler is located in the Czech Republic, and produces high quality photo-etched sets for AFVs, aircraft, cars, railway vehicles and resin accessories for dioramas and resin kits.

This set fits the 1/72 scale Revell Tiger II kit, and comes nicely packaged with the two photo etch frets inside individual clear plastic bag. The instructions are folded and everything is stapled to the folded over cardboard backing.

Detailed and fairly clear instructions are shown pictorially on the front and back of a small sheet. Semi circles and arrows are shown that indicate how to fold parts. These are little confusing initially, but after further study, they made sense.

The first photo etch fret contains all the mesh grates over the engine inlets, and should be straight forward to attach.

Metal Landing Gear

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the massive Boeing 777, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me….

This is ‘du rigeur’ SAC white metal upgrade to the basic kit plastic! The set consists of 9 parts: Two main struts, two strut retraction cylinders, the nose gear, retraction arm, and a drag brace, and two centering and leveling cylinder assemblies for the main trucks.

The landing gear on the 777 is a monster in real life; it has six wheel/tire assemblies on each wing, and is quite a piece of kit for supporting this highly-successful airliner and cargo hauler. On the kit, it makes sense to have similar strength. For 1/144 scale, it’s a big model. Zvezda’s plastic is pretty strong, but the SAC gear makes it better…

My recommendation is to attach the side retraction ram to the gear AFTER installation, as the space is very tight. Then, the main gear centering and leveling cylinders are glued to the bottom of the gear truck, and you are done on the wings. Simple!

Airbrush Cleaner

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Airbrush Cleaner
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Tamiya

I’ve got my spray booth set up, my paint mixed, and the compressor has been powered up and its ready to go. The paint cup is attached to the airbrush with anticipation of an enjoyable painting session. I pull the trigger…………and nothing. After fiddling with the pressure and air adjustments on the airbrush and compressor, I realize that my airbrush is jammed up with dried paint. There’s not anything to do but shut down the painting session and get the airbrush cleaned up.

That is where Tamiya’s #87089 Airbrush Cleaner steps in. You’ll need a cleaner that can loosen and dissolve dried paint, and this product is very good at doing just that. You know the drill. Disassemble your airbrush and clean each part carefully and completely. I use a small wire brush dipped in some Airbrush Cleaner that has been poured into a very small cup. Wearing gloves, I carefully scrub the airbrush parts with the wire brush, dry them with a lint-free cloth and I’m ready to go!

Su-25K Frogfoot Control Lever and Pedals

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Su-25K Frogfoot Control Lever and Pedals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

Big sprue attachment points and soft plastic are not a good combination for small parts. The KP/Smer kits have just his problem. They are great kits and the most accurate Su-25K available, but there are some things that you can do better.

Enter Quickboost. This two-piece resin upgrade is for the cockpit. Perfectly cast in light grey resin this set has a control lever and pedals. The detail that is on the control lever alone is beautiful. Every switch is there and they are all perfectly cast. The pedals are beautifully done on the control yoke. The pedals are so nice that they have the anti-slid surface. A good paint and dry brush bring out all the detail. These parts are simple replacement for the kit parts.

Easy to remove parts with far superior detail and an inexpensive price tag makes this another winner from Quickboost.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them at http://www.aires.cz/en/.

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