Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109G-6 Cockpit

Published: June 25th, 2016     
Bf-109G-6 Cockpit
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The new, new 109 from Eduard is one of the finest renditions of the G-6 ever released. This is what they were going after the first time. Like the first release this model comes with a variety of Brassin pieces to ‘upgrade’ your 109. The kit cockpit is quite nice out of the box, but there is room to make it better. That is where the Brassin series comes in.

In a sturdy cardboard box, you are treated to 24 resin pieces molded in light to medium grey resin that are blemish and bubble free. Being an Eduard product it wouldn’t be right if they didn’t include photo etch. This offering features two frets of photo etch. The first one is a pre-painted fret which is quite beautiful. The other one is a brass fret that includes various detail parts. There are some simple decals and film for the gunsights.

Su-24M (Fencer D) Pitot Tube

Published: June 24th, 2016     
Su-24M (Fencer D) Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Once again our friend Piotr keeps cranking these things out… THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your growing line of turned metal Pitot tubes, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is, again, a world-class improvement and upgrade to the kit plastic. Actually, it’s a step beyond, as included is what appears to be a 3-D printed part with all the vanes (which cause us old guys to have apoplectic fits) molded on one tube! FANTASTIC!.

The Master data probe consists of two metal parts and one resin part with all 8 vanes attached to it and protected in a foam cutout box. These three simple items directly replace the kit pitot probe and air data vane assembly. This is an easy addition to improve the longevity of your kits’ appearance.

Mk.84 Bombs

Published: June 22nd, 2016     
Mk.84 Bombs
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard has produced a 1/32 scale version of the Mk.84 2000 lb. general purpose bomb and it’s the largest common bomb used in the military. Looking through my kits, there isn’t a good representation of this weapon in this configuration (there are plenty of laser guided versions) so this is a welcome option for modelers.

Inside the package you will find parts to make two bombs. There are two front bomb halves and two rear fin sections. Also included are three different fuse options, a set of small photoetch rings for detailing the rear fin section of the bomb and a set of decals. Also included is a nice set of instructions in color. The decals come in either white markings or yellow. More on them later.

Vickers Valiant Pitot Tubes

Published: June 19th, 2016     
Vickers Valiant Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

There are now (according to Hannants) three kits of the Vickers Valiant available in 1/144 scale. The oldest is the Welsh Models vac form kit, followed by the Anigrand. The newest is from Micro Mir.

This installation is on the Anigrand kit, because I don’t have a Micro Mir kit yet.

Installation

Installation instructions show 2 steps. I’ve expanded that to 4

  1. Cut off the plastic probe at the indicated spot. I then used a sanding stick to get a flat surface which I could drill.
  2. Drill a .25mm hole. Test fit a couple of times to be sure it’s deep enough. (NOTE the instructions call for .4mm. I think that’s a little too big.
  3. Use CA glue to hold the brass part.
  4. Paint the finished installation.

Then the other pitot tube, on the other wing. Follow the same 4 steps.

The most difficult part of the whole operation is getting the drill to start in the cut off on the wing, and then keeping it straight.

Su-15 (Flagon) Pitot Tubes

Published: June 15th, 2016     
Su-15 (Flagon) Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: