Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mosquito Oil Radiators

Published: December 15th, 2013     
Mosquito Oil Radiators
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Product

The oil radiators come packaged in the typical clear cellophane and a cardboard insert that Quickboost has become known for. The parts are cast in a light gray resin and are very sharp features. The parts are designed to be used on any of the excellent Tamiya 1/72nd Mosquitos.

Application

When removing the parts from the pour block, use care as the resin is very thin. Don't worry about getting the part cleaned up real good at this point, you can do that once it is attached to the model to give it some extra support. Next you will need to trim the kit part. There is several raised straight lines that will have to be removed (see photo). Once they are removed and the area is smoothed out you attach the resin. I used Gator grip glue to attach the parts as it gives you time to set the part. Once the part was set I finished cleaning it up.

These two pieces are a vast improvement over the kit part. I highly recommend these if you are looking to improve the already nice Tamiya Mosquito.

I would like to thank Aires - Quickboost and IPMS/USA for allowing me the opportunity to review this set.

Generic/Universal Wooden Crates

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Generic/Universal Wooden Crates
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Value Gear

Value Gear has been on the model scene for about two years now.  The company is out of Ireland where the owner/operator is a Daytime Dad and a nighttime casting machine.  These are almost his words off the website.  The premise behind the idea is “Any Army Any Era.  This is a great concept and a wonderful application.  NO helmets, roadwheels or weapons that will “set” the stowage.  These items, and there are plenty, can be used on almost every vehicle from WWI to the Present.

This set is number three in a series of eight.  All are different but I bet some are repeats.  Each set contains a number of wooden crates from small to large size.  In this set you get a total of 19 wooden crates.  There are several duplicates which is great for using a certain crate.  There is wood detail on all sides except the bottom.  Some of it is super fine and might not take the dry brushing well.  We will definitely see.    The great thing about this set is that there is not a single pour lug that needs to be removed.  All that is needed is some sanding and you are ready to go.

A-1 Skyraider Boot Cockpit Sliding Enclosure System

Published: December 12th, 2013     
A-1 Skyraider Boot Cockpit Sliding Enclosure System
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides a very large array of aftermarket detail parts, uniformly outstanding in quality and fidelity to detail and scale. This QB product is just one of several that can be used to detail the Tamiya A-1H kit.

Tamiya provides a rather simple part in their A-1H kit ( # 61058) that represents the Boot Enclosure in its stowed position. The Tamiya part in question is Part A6 which is added to the airframe in step 11 in the Tamiya instructions.

In a side-by-side comparison of part A6 and the QB Boot, the boot has the proper length and width and matches the length of part A6, or that bit of A6 in question. All that is necessary is to clip off the “hood” area of A6 and replace it with the QB part.

In under a minute one can improve the appearance of the cockpit significantly by using this QB product.

Conclusion

Three descriptive terms come to mind when considering this QB item, those being “easy”, “inexpensive”, and “highly effective”. This product is highly recommended for use by modelers of all skill levels. Thanks to Aires QB and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.

F-89 Landing Gear

Published: December 11th, 2013     
F-89 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Background

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal landing gear for various aircraft models in 1/144th, 1/72nd, and 1/48th scale.  Most sets are direct replacements for the kit parts. 

The Parts

The Revell F-89D/J has been around since the early 1990s (my boxing has a copyright date of 1992).  Revell of Germany has recently re-issued this kit, and no matter which boxing you get, it is a nice model of the F-89D/J.  The SAC landing gear for the F-89 are direct replacements for the kit parts.  The white metal parts have some mold lines that will need to be cleaned up, but are otherwise is great condition.  Due to the nature of the material used, I do feel that some of the finer details of the landing gear are not as crisp as their plastic counterparts.  However, after some paint and weathering this should not be an issue.

Yak-1 Exhaust

Published: December 10th, 2013     
Yak-1 Exhaust
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

The Yak-1 kit originally manufactured by Accurate Miniatures and now re-boxed by Eduard is a fine little kit but could certainly use a bit of aftermarket sparkle with this Quickboost exhaust kit.  The original kit parts are ok but lack the bored out exhaust stubs. 

The Quickboost kit contains a pair of well molded exhaust parts in grey colored resin.  Removal from the pour stub is easy by simply making a few scores with your favorite sharp hobby knife.  Please be careful - it is easy to score through the part (ask me how I know), and slice the part in half.  Once separated from the pour stubs, a few scrapes with my hobby blade cleaned up the part and I was able to place it relatively easily in the fuselage opening.  These two parts have a good fit and it looks good when installed.

F-104C Starfighter Ejection Seat

Published: December 10th, 2013     
F-104C Starfighter Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1:72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is known for producing finely cast resin details. This seat is no exception. The details are very good but some are fragile, such as the ejection rings, which quickly broke off and disappeared. This isn’t so much a function of the piece, but of careless handling on my part. They are easy to break, so be prepared to make up your own if you snap them off.

Removing the seat from the resin casting plug was easy enough with a razor saw. However, I eventually had to cut more, about 1/8”, from the seat bottom to get a decent fit in the Hasegawa 1:72 F-104C kit. I don’t know if this is a function of the kit or the seat.

Once painted, and with a subtle wash, the seat details pop out. After modifying the seat bottom as above it was a drop fit into the cockpit.

The Quickboost replacement seat is far better than the simple plastic form that Hasegawa supplies, plus, it has seat belts cast in. A worthy addition to your Starfighter.

H-34 USN/USMC Landing Gear (GM)

Published: December 5th, 2013     
H-34 USN/USMC Landing Gear (GM)
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions produces metal replacement parts for hundreds of kits in a wide variety of scales. Some of the landing gear sets are generic while others are designed to fit a specific kit. I’ve had some luck with cross-purposing some of the SAC gear, and having a Revell UH-34 in my stash I decided to compare this gear set, engineered for the Gallery kit, with the parts contained in my Revell kit.

The Parts

The SAC product is designed for an H-34, and my Revell kit is a UH-34. Googling images, I came to the conclusion that while there are some differences between the strut braces between the “H” and “UH”, I found enough similarity in appearance to assuage my concerns about significant differences in the appearance of the struts and bracing.

SAAB J35 Draken Pitot Tubes

Published: December 4th, 2013     
SAAB J35 Draken Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This accessory is for the Airfix, Hasegawa, and Heller Draken kits.   The parts are replacement pitot tubes and an Angle of Attack sensor.

The Kit

You get three finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope.  I found that the pitot tubes were in a separate tube-like pouch, with the AOA probe in a separated part of the inner plastic bag.  I had to cut the bag twice to get the parts out.

I liked the instruction sheet, it was simple, and showed you exactly where to put the pitots and the AOA. 

Assembly

This particular model had the tail pitot intact, but the nose one had been broken off long ago.  I cut off the tail pitot and drilled a small shallow hole.  The nose pitot required a little cutting to get the taper of the pitot to match the nose part.

The pitots went in nicely, and I was able to get the alignment pretty close before the CA glue set.  It’s also nice to be able to bend the pitot  if it’s out slightly without worrying about breaking it.

SAAB 37 Viggen - Pitot tubes & Angle Of Attack probe

Published: December 4th, 2013     
SAAB 37 Viggen - Pitot tubes & Angle Of Attack probe
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This accessory is designed to be used with the Airfix, Hasegawa, Heller or Matchbox kits.   The parts are a replacement for the pitot tube, angle of attack probe (AOA) and secondary pitot, located on the vertical stabilizer.  I used a Heller Viggen which was previously used for a paint mask review. The sensor and pitots are silver on this aircraft.  I found a great shot of a Viggen on airliners.net which showed this color nicely.

The Kit

You get three finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope.  This is done to prevent losing these tiny parts during shipping, handling or storage.

Assembly

I painted the brass parts with Testors Aluminum Metalizer.

Russian Missile R-23T (AA-7B Apex)

Published: December 4th, 2013     
Russian Missile R-23T (AA-7B Apex)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

Distinctive of the Mig-23 interceptor were the large white R-23 (NATO AA-7 APEX) missiles that it carried close to the fuselage. To me, with the large fins, they seem more menacing than the US Sparrow missiles. Now that there is a decent model of the Mig-23 available in 1/48 it is nice to see the aftermarket manufacturers step in and provide more realistic ordnance options. Even though the Trumpeter kit provides R-23 it is nice to see the variants and detail offered by Plus Models. In this case these are the infrared seeking R-23T missiles.

As I experience with some of their other products, Plus Models provides a small multi-media kit in each package. This kit is no exception, providing separate resin main fins, replacement missile rails, clear resin seeker heads, resin seeker head covers, PE details and decals. The instructions are adequate to get the missiles assembles, but I recommend some reference photos for the smaller details like protective covers. Before you start I suggest scrubbing the resin with a detergent to remove the mold release.

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