Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

USN Bofors 40mm Twin and Quad Sets

Published: March 26th, 2017     
USN Bofors 40mm Twin and Quad Sets
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

Master Model has been producing finely detailed turned brass and steel gun barrels for several years. Now, working with Northstar, they have produced complete 40mm gun mount sets that include brass barrels, photo etch and finely detailed resin parts. Each package includes all parts necessary for six complete gun mounts. Each also includes a resin Mk. 51 gun director with photo etch details for each gun mount.

Soviet Fighter Pilot with Seat for I-153

Published: March 26th, 2017     
Soviet Fighter Pilot with Seat for I-153
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus and Aires continue their excellent pilot releases with this 1/48th scale Soviet fighter pilot for the ICM I-153. The set comes in four parts: the head, body molded to the seat, and two arms. Casting is flawless with crisp detail and no air bubbles or imperfections.

Assembly is straightforward for the arms and head, cutting them easily from the pour block. The seat and body are not difficult but here’s a trick. Remove the head and arms and cut the pour block back to give access to the legs. Slowly trim them loose with a sharp knife and multiple score cuts or gently with a saw. Once done, cut the seat free and you and lightly sand the few seam lines and glue on the arms. I kept the head separate for painting. I used a slight dab of filler on the arms and a light sanding and primed the entire set with Alclad gray primer. I let this dry overnight.

F-105 Pitot

Published: March 26th, 2017     
F-105 Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Here’s another of those handy little add-ons to save a model from the “shelf of not quite right models”. In this case it’s a replacement for that pitot tube which got broken off (or was never there) on a current project or a long-finished model.

I recently reviewed Master’s pitot for a 1/144 F-104 which didn’t have a pitot tube. This one is for a 1/144 F-105 where I had manufactured a pitot, but it wasn’t quite right. The pitot I manufactured was from a straight pin, and it was too short and too thick. The Master Model part took care of this.

I used a pair of small pliers to pull the old pitot out of the nose of the F-105. This left a hole ready to accept the new part, except the new part was much smaller than the old one. I filled the hole with gel-type CA, let it set for a couple of minutes, then put the new pitot in place. This was fine, except the nose cone didn’t match up with the new part. I used white glue as a sort of filler to get the parts to match up.

When I was satisfied with the assembly, I painted the new pitot and filler flat black.

A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Models out of Poland has issued several sets of parts for the many Skyraider kits and in all scales. This set includes replacement pitot tube and multiple option gun barrels without flash hiders for the family of 1/32 Skyraider’s. In this case, I will be giving it a test run on my Zoukei Mura kit.

Inside the package, you will find one excellent pitot tube for the tail and twelve beautiful machined brass parts for the guns which include 4 main barrels and two different sets of muzzles which will allow you to replicate the guns you need. All muzzles have hollow ends to replicate the gun openings.

The pictures below show the increased detail of the pitot tube. It is much finer and stronger that the kit part with no seam. The installation will be simple, just glue in place of the kit part.

The installation of the guns is also simple. Cut off the kit barrels where it is shown in the instructions. Center and drill a hole for the main barrel. Glue in place and pick which muzzle design you need and glue that in place. Prime and paint as needed.

Vietnamese SPADS (1) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
Vietnamese SPADS (1) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Been around about a year, and now we know they are focusing on Vietnam War subjects … We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for a review! (…and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way...)

This sheet is could easily be used on several models if you have a garage or basement totally dedicated to 1/32 models AND are independently wealthy to purchase several A-1’s in this scale…

A few airframe stencils in included for one model, along with national insignia. This sheet focuses on the main markings for the aircraft, particularly since several of these SPADS were repainted with camo and as such did not receive replacement stencil markings.

Notable options include several early 1960’s A-1’s with colorful tail bands; I believe these markings would sell the sheet more than anything, as they certainly have some different markings.

Sheet decal Options included for 32-019 (from AoA’s Website):