Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-14D Wheels

Published: January 18th, 2020     
F-14D Wheels
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

THE KIT

You get four nicely molded resin wheels.  There are no instructions, as Brengun knows that you know what to do with the wheels. 

ASSEMBLY AND INSTALLATION

No real assembly required.  You have to paint the wheels.  I used Tamiya flat black and Testors flat white.  I painted them on the sprue, because it is such a pain to handle such small parts.  I am always afraid or losing small parts like these.  There's nothing quite as painful as hearing the tweezers go "PING" and knowing that you're going to have to wrestle the carpet monster for that part, if you can find it. 

Once the wheels were painted, I removed them from the pour block and used a medium sanding stick to clean them up on the bottoms.  Then I had to paint that part of the wheels black again, but not the hubs. 

FuG Antennas

Published: January 15th, 2020     
FuG Antennas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun continues to expand its line of photoetch aftermarket detail parts regarding all type of antennas used by Luftwaffe aircrafts during World War 2.

Typical of Brengun you get an unpainted fret of easy to bend brass. This review covers:

BRL 48099 covers the FuG200 antenna in use by Ju-88, Bv-138, He-177, Bv-222, Fw-200, Ju-290 and other long range reconnaissance types.

BRL 48100 cover the FuG 227, FuG10, FuBi2, FuG 101 used by too many different airplanes to list. Just to name a few: Ju-88, Me-100, Fw-190, etc.

While I have not used these sets, experience with other sets of the same manufacturer indicates that the small connection points of the parts to the fret will make removal and cleaning of the part very easy.

Given the small size of some of the parts, I will recommend this kit to modelers of all levels except the most novice. Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Brengun Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: January 15th, 2020     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with five turned parts, two gun barrels, two different sized plugs (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" (two sizes) that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty Hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a shark nose

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. This will enhance any 1/32 scale "shark nose" F-5E or F-5 F Tiger II model kits. If your kit has a "round" nose, you will need the gun set, AM-32-110, instead of this set. Kitty Hawk gives you both nose choices in their kit.

F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: January 14th, 2020     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with four turned parts, two gun barrels, one plug (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a round nose.

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. This will enhance any 1/32 scale "round nose" F-5A, E or F Tiger II model kits. If your kit has a "shark" nose, you will need the gun set, AM-32-111, instead of this set. Kitty Hawk gives you both nose choices in their kit.

I would like to thank Master Models for this review sample.

Photoetch Set for for M4A3E8 Easy Eight

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Photoetch Set for for M4A3E8 Easy Eight
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler-Brengun

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for armor kits, as well as other subjects. As armor builders are aware, there can be many detail parts that are available to be added to the Sherman M4A, and Hauler has provided 60+ photoetch parts to "detail" the Tamiya 48th scale M4A.

The package containing this Hauler product is the standard clear plastic envelope, with a black card stock insert that adds some rigidity to the product while on the shelf. The product instructions are printed, front and back, on a piece of 5.25"x8.25" paper. All of the photoetch parts share the same parts runner.

While most of the photo etch parts are quite small, the detail is quite exquisite. This project is not a "dash and done" project but will require considerable care when removing the parts from the part runner. The instruction sheet is very clear and can be used with ease. The parts are numbered, both on the instruction sheet and on the part runner sheet as well, so identifying each part, and correctly placing it on the model is straight-forward.

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