Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Do 335 A - MG 151, FuG 25a Antenna, Pitot Tube

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
Do 335 A - MG 151, FuG 25a Antenna, Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a Polish company. The owner is Piotr Czerkasow who is a mechanical engineer by trade. Piotr is also a scale modeler. Master model has a broad range of accessories for aircraft, military vehicles, and ships in several of the popular scales. In addition, they also offer a blackening agent until their Tools and Supplies tab.

Background

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow") was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The two-seater trainer version was called Ameisenbar ("anteater"). The Pfeil's performance was much better than other twin-engine designs due to its unique push-pull configuration and the lower aerodynamic drag of the in-line alignment of the two engines. It was Germany's fastest piston-engined aircraft of World War II. The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into operational use, but delays in engine deliveries meant that only a handful was delivered before the war ended.

MK 103 - German 30mm Autocannon

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
MK 103 - German 30mm Autocannon
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a Polish company. The owner is Piotr Czerkasow who is a mechanical engineer by trade. Piotr is also a scale modeler. Master model has a broad range of accessories for aircraft, military vehicles, and ships in several of the popular scales. In addition, they also offer a blackening agent until their Tools and Supplies tab.

Messerschmitt Bf109 G-6 cockpit

Published: July 22nd, 2018     
Messerschmitt Bf109 G-6 cockpit
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This set comes in an extremely large box considering the size of the completed conversion but it takes a lot of room to hold what is in the set. There are four clear bags worth three containing resin and one containing photo-etch, instrument decals and clear sheet for instruments. The photo etch has a standard brass sheet and a second sheet that is full color photo etch. Next in the box is a lengthy full color instruction sheet containing twelve pages that clearly describe what kit parts to modify and where the update set parts go.

Airfield Display Base #15

Published: July 21st, 2018     
Airfield Display Base #15
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

From Coastal Kits website: Founded in 2011, Coastal Kits is a family run business based in Blackpool, Lancashire UK and originally retailed plastic model kits and associated hobby supplies.

During the latter end of 2012/early 2013 we introduced our own range of display bases, encouraged by a successful launch at Scale Model World Telford where they were well received. Because of the success and popularity of the product we decided to concentrate solely on the manufacture and supply of our display bases.

Continually developed, and after listening closely to our customers, the range covers a variety of popular scales and subjects with a choice of over 220. Custom bases are also provided to customer requirements when requested.

The display bases are constructed from durable, hard wearing 3mm Foamex( a PVC product) board, a rigid, weatherproof plastic, printed with the latest odorless latex ink onto laminated, matt vinyl for near photographic quality, giving a permanent and waterproof finish which unlike paper products will not fade, lift or bubble.

Brassin MiG-21MF Exhaust Nozzle

Published: July 21st, 2018     
Brassin MiG-21MF Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The first kits of Eduard's long awaited line of 1/72 MiG-21's have now been released and along with them a whole slew of photo-etched and resin accessories. This set provides resin and photo-etch replacement parts for the kit's exhaust. The set consists of 3 resin parts and 3 photo-etch parts. The resin parts replace the aft turbine blades, the exhaust tube and the exhaust nozzle while the photo-etch parts make up the afterburner assembly. The exhaust tube depicts the corrugated interior of the tube adjacent to the afterburner assembly and the smooth tube leading to the nozzle.

Separating the exhaust tube and the nozzle from their pour stubs was easily accomplished as the cut points are very clear and the resin is fairly thin. Removing the aft turbine blade part from its pour stub was more time consuming as the plug is pretty substantial. You also want to keep the cut straight and clean as this part is supposed to slide in between the raised ridges inside the after part of the kit. More about this later.