Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Models

Master Models has released another great set, this I a barrel and muzzle set for the German Mk. 103 30mm cannon used in WWII. It was used primarily for "tank-busting" but could be used in air to air situation also.

Do335 A & B-2 Detail Sets

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Do335 A & B-2 Detail Sets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Models

Master Models of Poland has issued two sets of upgrade sets for the two currently released 1/32 scale D0-335 kits from HK Models. Set 32107 is specifically made for the D0-335A and includes the blast tube for the nose cannon, top mounted MG151 machine gun barrels, pitot tube and the IFF FuG 25A antennae which is not included in the kit. Set 32108 is for the B-2 heavy armament version and includes all of the 32107 set plus two barrels and muzzles for the wing mounted cannons.

DH.9a Ninak Landing Gear

Published: October 3rd, 2018     
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1:32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC has filled the niche of replacement landing cast in white metal. In most cases these are copies of the original parts cast in white metal. Some are upgrades that fix noted errors. These products are convenient for many multiple reasons:

  • Replace inherently weak landing gear
  • Add strength to a model that has a lot of resin aftermarket
  • Replace lost or damaged landing gear

This offering is intended to replace the landing gear on the Wingnut Wings DH.9A Ninak and contains white metal copies of kit pieces. The DH.9A is a large plan especially in 1/32 and Wingnuts Wings planes are dense with components and therefore often heavier than other kits of the same scale and size. I have not had a problem with my built Wingnuts Wings kit but that kit is a lighter aircraft. Where I have had issues is in snapping struts when tensioning rigging. Since the landing gear has rigging to provide struts on the real aircraft, these SAC components may reduce any concerns. I am happy to have a metal tail skid.

German Battleship / Cruiser Barrels

Published: September 30th, 2018     
German Battleship / Cruiser Barrels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For ship modelers looking to improve the appearance of their German WWI battleship or cruiser, Master Model has released three sets that will replace the gun barrels from the kit with their beautifully produced brass alternatives. The sets in this review will replace the 30.5 cm, 10.5 cm, and 8.8 cm gun barrels used by the German Navy. Modelers with some experience with aftermarket parts should have little issue in replacing the kit parts with the brass barrels.

F-4J/S Phantom Exhaust Mask

Published: September 25th, 2018     
F-4J/S Phantom Exhaust Mask
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: New Ware

Company Background

New Ware is a company in the Czech Republic that is well known to spacecraft modelers. They were new to me. I looked into their website and the text is a mix of English and Czech, and it is noted that Russian, German and Italian are also spoken. They offer kabuki-type masks for many of the popular scales from 1/24 down to the diminutive 1/144, plus eggplanes.

Their on-line catalog is broken down by scale, with a further breakdown for model kit manufacturer. Each mask description for the kit noted with detail the contents such as all clear parts, interior (when offered), other clear parts and wheels.

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