Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

British 3-inches Missile - Hurricane

Published: May 17th, 2017     
British 3-inches Missile - Hurricane
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Plus Model

PlusModel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased online through www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of resin FFAR Rockets for any 1/72 Hawker Hurricane kit. The rocket assembly is a two-piece assembly of individual rockets and launch rails which, when assembled, attach to the supplied mounting plate, or to the kits' underwing mounting points if appropriate.

The pictorial PlusModel instructions are straight forward. Remove the parts from their resin sprues. Use care with the rocket fins, as they are fragile. Clean up any flash or casting seam lines. I suggest painting before assembly. Once painted to match your references, use CA glue to attach the rockets to the rails. There is a groove on the underside to assist you in lining things up. When set, glue to the supplied plate, or or to the underside of the kit wing.

PM 3 Bomb Launcher

Published: May 17th, 2017     
PM 3 Bomb Launcher
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers  of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale.   Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin PM 3 Bomb Launcher for use with aircraft armed with such types.  An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates a reproduction of the French manufactured pylon that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with the appropriate 2 bomb attachment supports.  The panel detailing is extremely fine.

Seatbelts RAF (Early)

Published: May 15th, 2017     
Seatbelts RAF (Early)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

This set is another of Eduard's new "Steel" seatbelt line. The set is intended for early WWII RAF aircraft and includes three sets of shoulder harnesses and four sets of lap-belts. There is no explanation for the extra lap-belt set, as the instructions only show installation of the full set of belts.

Each harness set includes just four parts, a left lap-belt, a right lap-belt and two part shoulder straps. As I had one of the new Airfix Hurricane Mk. I kits in my to-do pile, I decided to try out the set on it. The Airfix cockpit is really well designed and looks great. I used a micro drill to open up the slot in the seatback and at the top of the armor back plate. Some photographs of Hurricane seats show the "y" portion of the shoulder harness going through the slot in the back of seat. I elected not to do this as the Eduard parts are only painted on one side, so the unpainted steel would have shown had I routed the belt through the back of the seat.

MiG-25PD/PDS (Foxbat E) - Pitot Tube

Published: May 15th, 2017     
MiG-25PD/PDS (Foxbat E) - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Product provided by: Piotr, of Master details

To the Master Model metalworker of Poland, Piotr; Thanks again for sending IPMS USA another of your line of turned metal Pitot tubes, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review.

This is a much improved upgrade to the kit plastic. Consisting of 2 metal parts directly replacing the kit pitot probe, this is an easy addition to improve the longevity of your kits' appearance, and it has a GREAT instruction sheet!

The simple upgrade follows: I used this Master item on the Barracudacast Mig 25 improved nose and radome upgrade to the Kittyhawk MIG 25 PD/PDM fighter. Mark and drill a .1mm hole in the extreme nose on the radome, about 1/4" deep. This upgrade includes the extreme forward radome tip, so a bit of sanding on the extreme nose of the resin radome resulted in a close fit after drilling the hole. I used CA glue to install the probe on the mostly-finished airframe in about six minutes. It looked great and was very strong; a bit of finish paint, and we're not losing the pitot to mishandling anytime soon.

F-4 Ejection Seat Belts (Steel)

Published: May 14th, 2017     
F-4 Ejection Seat Belts (Steel)
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Some of the hardest details to make realistically in modern jet fighters (or any aircraft) are the molded - in seatbelts, especially those on ejection seats. Using strips of masking tape leaves a bit to be desired. Eduard has come to the rescue with sets of photo-etched seatbelts for different aircraft.

The Eduard steel photo-etched set for the F-4 in 1/48 scale is a very impressive set of pre-painted photo etched parts that are intended as replacements to kit parts. While the set is simply marked as F-4 Seatbelts, Grey, the aircraft kit that I used this example was the Monogram F-4C/D kit.

This photoetched set requires some work to use it in previous manufacturer's F-4 kits. All the molded-in detail for the seatbelts had to be filed and ground off the seats. Specific to Monogram's F-4, the seat bottoms are molded as part of the cockpit floor.

Once all the molded in seatbelts were removed, the cockpit was painted. Most of the Eduard photo-etched parts fit into place, with just some minor adjustments. Only two Eduard parts gave me trouble - parts number 8, and that was due to the way Monogram's kit is set up.