Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-25 Mitchell Landing Lights

Published: December 15th, 2016     
B-25 Mitchell Landing Lights
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Want an easy upgrade to any 1/48 North American B-25 Mitchell? Step right up to the new Quickboost B-25 Mitchell landing lights set that provide a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in the kit. The supplied instructions identify where new Quickboost replacements go but it’s quite easy to understand where the parts go. The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the instructions.

F/A-18C Seatbelts, Steel

Published: December 15th, 2016     
F/A-18C Seatbelts, Steel
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kinetics’ 1/48th scale F/A-18C is a great kit and comes with a good representation of the SJU17A ejection seat. The kit even provides a photoetch generic seat belt. Eduard ups the ante a ton with its release of a color photoetch steel set of belts specifically designed for the Kinetic seat.

The set has one small colorized steel fret with nine pieces for the shoulder/seat belts and two pieces for the leg restraints. All made with multicolor parts. As you can see in the photo, the kit provides a basic lap belt and shoulder harness.

Addition to the seat is easy. There are four sets of lap belts so those get added first. The seat is pretty flat so they slide right into place. Next, add the adjustment straps on top of the four lap belts. Lastly, bend the shoulder harness to fir and glue in place.

To finish, I added a black wash to the seat and then wiped off. A few dry brushed and a flat coat and its done.

What a great upgrade set! Easy to use and a vast improvement over the kit parts. If you aren’t putting a pilot in the seat, this set is past recommended and is, in my opinion, required to really show off the seat.

Su-24 "Fencer" Pitot Tube

Published: December 13th, 2016     
Su-24 "Fencer" Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This set provides a replacement pitot tube for the Trumpeter Su-24 Fencer kits. The set includes two brass parts and one resin part. The brass parts provide the circular tubes of the front and back of the pitot tube and the resin part replicates the fine vanes and protrusions commonly seen on Soviet pitot tubes.

The packaging for the set is really well thought-out as the brass parts are in separate pockets from the resin part and the resin part is contained in a small foam square that is lined with good sticky tape on the back side to keep the resin part from floating around, which is good as the resin parts are very delicate.

F/A-18 Canopy and Wheel Masks

Published: December 13th, 2016     
F/A-18 Canopy and Wheel Masks
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Masking sets first started making their appearance a while back and have been made in several materials including vinyl and tape. Eduard has settled on the kabuki style thin yellow tape for their masking material and makes a wide assortment of masks for many different subjects. I think tape is the best item as it is thin, conforms to the shapes well and provides a good seal.

USN Tie Down Points (Cross Type)

Published: December 13th, 2016     
USN Tie Down Points (Cross Type)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Whenever an aircraft or helicopter is not moving on a US Navy flight deck, it is attached to the deck with tie down chains which are connected to several tie down points scattered across the flight deck. While the real tie down points are sturdy enough to restrain a fully loaded Tomcat or Phantom, in 1/72 scale they would be a real bear to make. Thankfully Brengun has come to the rescue with two new photo-etch sets depicting the two styles of tie down points used by the US Navy.

This set is the “cross” or “+” style of tie down point. These were used on the USS Midway and several of the helicopter assault ships such as the USS Belleau Wood LHA-3.

The set includes a single photo-etch fret with 119 tie down points – plenty for several 1/72 scale display bases. No instructions are provided or really necessary, but a listing of the ships that these types of tie down points were used on would have been helpful. However, with a little bit of Internet research checking photographs of the flight deck of the ship you are looking to model you should be able to decide which style is appropriate.