Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Japanese 250 kg Bomb

Published: May 12th, 2018     
Japanese 250 kg Bomb
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun continues its line of aircraft accessories with this set of two 250kg Japanese bombs from World War II. The set consists of two resin bomb bodies and a small photo-etch fret with the fins and fuse propellers. As you would expect with Brengun the resin castings are outstanding and easily removed from the casting plugs at the aft end of the bomb. My set had a little flash one the sides of the bombs from the casting process, but it was very thin and easily removed and the bomb bodies were quickly cleaned up.

The bomb fins are easily removed from the fret with photo etch scissors. Take care to cut them as close to the fin as you can to minimize having to try and clean up the attachment points after removing the fins from the fret as they are fairly small and very thin. I was a little disappointed with the fuse propellers as they are attached to the fret by one of the four blades, but there is no demarcation as to where to cut this blade, and since the propellers are very tiny, I found I guessed wrong more than I guessed right. Fortunately there were a couple of extra propellers on the fret!

PBY Catalina Exhaust

Published: May 9th, 2018     
PBY Catalina Exhaust
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has produced replacement exhaust parts for the Academy 1/72 PBY Catalina kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the exhaust assemblies. Check your references for the appropriate set to use (some models of the Cat had a straight pipe exhaust). Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Also, remember that you must use epoxy or CA glue to attach these parts to styrene plastic.

Highly recommended.

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

PBY Catalina Fishtail Exhausts

Published: May 9th, 2018     
PBY Catalina Fishtail Exhausts
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has produced replacement "fishtail" exhaust parts for the Academy 1/72 PBY Catalina kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the exhaust assemblies. Check your references for the appropriate set to use (some models of the Cat had a straight pipe exhaust). Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints. Also, remember that you must use epoxy or CA glue to attach these parts to styrene plastic.

Highly recommended.

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

MiG-31 Foxhound Airbrakes Pistons

Published: May 8th, 2018     
MiG-31 Foxhound Airbrakes Pistons
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Want an easy upgrade to the AMK 1/48 MiG-31 Foxhound? Step right up to the new Quickboost MiG-31 airbrakes pistons set that provides a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in the kit. The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card. These parts are specific to fit the AMK highly detailed 1/48 MiG-31 Foxhound injected plastic kits. They may also work for the Hobby Boss Foxhound kit, but I only have AMK kits to compare to. This appears to be a re-release of the Aires 4722 Speed Brakes kit that was released earlier, only now without the actual replacement speed brakes.

Junkers Ju-87B Stuka Jumo Propeller w/ Tool

Published: May 8th, 2018     
Junkers Ju-87B Stuka Jumo Propeller w/ Tool
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The new Airfix Stuka is the model we've been waiting for the iconic dive bomber. As always there are some things that can be improved with resin. The kit prop and blades are a little off and lack detail. Well, what do you do if you want the blades to be accurate? Quickboost has provided the answers with their new Propellers and tool.

Inside the standard Quickboost quick seal packaging are five parts for the propeller, three blades and one spinner assembly. The other part is the alignment tool. There are small pour blocks that will be needed to be removed.

The spinner is perfectly shaped. The spinner features the proper propeller openings as well as detail missed in the kit. Detail such as panel lines and screws are added to the Quickboost spinners.