Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

KTO Rosomak Smoke Grenade Launcher

Published: February 1st, 2019     
KTO Rosomak Smoke Grenade Launcher
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

The KTO Rosomak is a Polish 8x8 wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicle. This smoke grenade launcher upgrade set is made for the IBG Models KTP Rosomak Polish APC - "The Green Devil", kit number 35032 and for kit number 35033, the basic Polish APC. It is designed to be used with any Rosomak that have the 30mm turret.

This aftermarket kit consists of a resin plate, six brass launcher tubes, two types of resin tube covers and five very small brass rivets. The kit is very well packed in clear plastic bubble pack that is stapled to a backing card. There is a one-page instruction sheet that is inside this backing card. The parts are housed in cutouts in the foam backing, so they are very well secured and easy to see while still packaged.

LVG C.VI Landing Gear (WW)

Published: February 1st, 2019     
LVG C.VI Landing Gear (WW)
Reviewed by: Eric Syverson, IPMS# 50324
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Wingnut Wings 1/32 LVG C.VI kit. If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address strength concerns but there are two other major advantages to using their white metal landing gear: First, it is possible to very slightly bend the strut pieces and attached wheels into perfect alignment once installed - to fine tune your alignment after gluing. With plastic, "once glued you're screwed" so to speak. A second advantage of SAC landing gear is that oleos in white metal (although not applicable for this set) can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish - so no fiddling with bare metal foil or painting is necessary for SAC oleos.

Observations

These LVG C.VI landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds. Cleanup is minimal.

I-16 Type 24/28 Landing Gear (ICM/Rev/Has)

Published: February 1st, 2019     
I-16 Type 24/28 Landing Gear (ICM/Rev/Has)
Reviewed by: Eric Syverson, IPMS# 50324
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the 1/32 I-16 type 24/28 (ICM/Rev/Has) kits. If you have built in 1/32 scale you may have wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear: You can very slightly bend the main strut into perfect alignment once installed, and oleos (if applicable) can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish - no need for applying bare metal foil or painting oleos if you're working with white metal.

Observations

These I-16 landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds. Clean up is minimal.

Painting Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Published: January 27th, 2019     
Painting Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this masking set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The mask arrived in excellent shape in a sealed plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. One small sheet hosts canopy and windscreen outlines, and wheel hub masks. The mask are thin yellow masking that is easy to accurately place on curved surfaces. Your favorite liquid masking covers the clear parts inside the masked "boundaries." The masks fit perfect on the kit parts and left no residue. A color instruction sheet is included in the package, and Eduard has the same instruction sheet available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, not to mention the ability to enlarge the instructions for my aging eyeballs.

I highly recommend this set, for ease-of-use, accuracy, and value. Thank you again Eduard and the IPMS Reviewer Corps!

Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set is an upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. Consisting of three parts, it is the two main wheel/tires as one part each, and the single-part tail wheel strut and wheel/tire assembly, and a masking set for same. On the kit the main wheels are split into two halves per old-school molding, which the resin items dispense with, having a casting block on the ground section of the tire. .

I rattle-can painted the parts with Rustoleum Flat black automotive primer, then used the masks to protect the tires. A tooth pick/cocktail stick was used to push the mask into the tire bead area, and I then sprayed the wheels with Tamiya bare-metal silver. Mask removal demonstrated perfectly-round painted wheels! Where I had one mis-alignment of the mask due to operator error, a bit of 00 brush flat black wash touch-up and I was finished with the main wheels.

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