Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-14D Seat Belts

Published: November 29th, 2018     
F-14D Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya 1/48th scale model of the F-14D recently introduced is a fantastic kit following the previous release of the -A version. The parts are chrisply molded and loaded with detail that will certainly stand by itself. As with some kit manufacturers photoetch seat belts and harnesses are not included in the package. However, the kit does include a comprehensive decal sheets that includes decals that represent seat belts.

Modelers have used water slide decals seat belts in their builds with satisfactory, two dimensional results. Others have carefully cut the decals with the backer paper in place and fixed them on the seats with white glue, which offers a more realistic, three dimensional results. The Eduard set is by far and above a more realist solution.

Contents Description

The small pre-painted fret includes belts and harnesses for both seats, and includes a single page of instructions that detail the placement of the various parts. I have used the steel belts before and found them a bit easier to work with than the brass PE versions. I personally prefer the steel product for this purpose.

F-14D Canopy Mask

Published: November 29th, 2018     
F-14D Canopy Mask
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya 1/48th scale model of the F-14D recently introduced is a fantastic kit following the earlier release of the -A version. The parts are chrisply molded and loaded with detail typial of Tamiya kits. This kit includes a printed sheet of masking material that must be individually cut out by the builder for the canopy clear areas.

Also included in the Tamiya masking sheet are masks for the engine inlet throats that are not included with the Eduard masks. If the Eduard masks are used for the canopy, portions of the Tamiya mask still has a place in the build.

Contents Description

The Eduard set of masks is provided in two small sheets and includes wheel masks, plus masks for the interior and exterior of the canopy. An interior mask for the windscreen is also included. A small instruction sheet is also provided showing placement of each mask. The canopy masking is provided for the perimeter of the clear areas and the builder is required to provide supplemental masking either by tape or a masking fluid to protect the remaining areas. The windscreen masks cover the entire irregular shaped areas.

Yak-130 Aircraft Flaps and Slats Detail Set

Published: November 29th, 2018     
Yak-130 Aircraft Flaps and Slats Detail Set
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1:72
Company: Amigo Models

Amigo Models has expanded their product line with a set of leading edge slats and trailing edge slotted flaps for the new 1/72 scale Zvezda Yak-130 (No.7307). The kit itself does not have the option of showing the slats and flaps in the down position. Amigo's new resin addition allows the modeler to accomplish this.

The set includes six beautifully molded pieces, three for each wing: full span leading edge slats, and two flap sections to form the double slotted flap system used on the Yak-130. While there are substantial mold bases, I was able to remove the slat and main flap easily with a JLC razor saw. The smaller secondary slotted flap was more difficult because of its delicacy. It is in scale and is consequently extremely thin, so use caution when removing it for its base and when handling it. The trailing edge of the main flap is also thin and in scale.

Pe-2 Exhausts

Published: November 28th, 2018     
Pe-2 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is part of Aires and is aptly named in that it gives a "quick boost" to your models with drop in replacements. The parts in this set represent the exhaust shrouds on the sides of both engines. The set is as usual, simple to use. Remove from the pour stubs and clean as needed.

Comparing the kit parts and the Quickboost set shows where the resin replacements shine. The exhaust shrouds are meant to be hollow tubes. Quickboost nicely represents this with excellent hollowed-out ends and the kit does not. There are several pictures showing this and the effect is noticeable once installed. And installation could not be easier- they have the notch built in to make sure they are installed correctly, and they drop into place.

Highly recommended to all fans of the Pe-2. They make the kit look better, are simple to install, and are very reasonably priced.

My thanks to Aires/Quickboost for the set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it

P-40E Radio Set

Published: November 25th, 2018     
P-40E Radio Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin radio compartment set for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40E/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the sidewall, radio parts, a tool bag and misc. panel assemblies. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40E/Kittyhawk kit, with some prudent sanding to fit, the set should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40E/Kittyhawk kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Hasegawa example (see photos).

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.