Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

L-29 Delfin - Delfin Air Scoops

Published: May 22nd, 2017     
L-29 Delfin - Delfin Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

B-17 E/F Interior Set

Published: May 21st, 2017     
B-17 E/F Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F. This set with three photoetch sheets, two are colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit and other areas. They really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 2 x colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details to this massive kit. The cockpit parts really add great additional and replacement details to this kit. I did find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. The set includes lots of additional instrument panels and details. The only advice will give is that there are some additional raised details that need to be removed to allow the install of the parts. The other item of note is that the straps are provided for the Parts J7, J8, J31, and J32, of which there is a total of 16 but only parts for 12 sets are provided. The straps could also have been longer in some locations. The seat cushion parts look at little stiff and could do with being thinner so they could be shaped better to look more like cushions.

T-34/85 Running Gear Late Type

Published: May 21st, 2017     
T-34/85 Running Gear Late Type
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Limited

Background

For the past couple of years, MiniArt has been producing some exquisite, super detailed kits of Soviet/Red Army armored vehicles from the Second World War and immediate post-war period. The company has decided to take various components of these kits, and repackage them as "Up Grade" sets for the kits of other model companies. In the case of the set under review, MiniArt has taken the running gear (road wheels, idler and drive wheel, plus tracks) from their T-44 tank kit, and reboxed them as T-34/85 Late Type components.

What's in the MiniArt Box

  • 21 sprues of gray plastic parts

There is no printed paper instruction sheet for this set included with the parts inside the box. Instead on the back of the kit box is printed a schematic showing the sprues, and the construction information. A painting guide is also provided on the back of the box, covering the following paint brands: Ammo by Mig, Mr. Color, Testors, and Vallejo. The parts included on the sprues are beautifully detailed, without sink marks, ejection pin marks or flash.

LRF 4 Rocket Launchers with Pylons

Published: May 19th, 2017     
LRF 4 Rocket Launchers with Pylons
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Productions is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin set of two (2) LRF 4 rocket launchers for use with aircraft armed with such types. An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates two reproductions of the French-manufactured weapons and options for either CES 3 or ADP 2 pylons that provide a realistic scale-detailed assembly for mounting to your kit. The panel detailing is extremely fine, with fore and end caps cast separately.

B-17E/F Photoetch Set

Published: May 18th, 2017     
B-17E/F Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F. This set is colored and adds a lot of additional detail to the cockpit and other areas This set adds some nice touches to the cockpit.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a really nice set for the set for a kit that needs it. I do find some of the small parts were very tricky to add to the instrument panel and the levers. Also you do need to remove some more raised details of part number 033 which is not highlighted on the instructions.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.