Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Fairey Firefly Hispano 20mm Cannons with uncovered barrels

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
Fairey Firefly Hispano 20mm Cannons with uncovered barrels
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is an aftermarket supplier that offers modelers exceptional miniature turned metal parts to add detail to their models. These sets generally are available for builders in all popular scales. This set (AM-48-095) provides parts to assemble highly detailed 1:48 scale Hispano 20mm cannon with uncovered barrels for the Fairey Firefly.

The parts may be used to replace the injection molded ones in the Special Hobby kits without significant surgery.  The kits have holes on the wings’ leading edge so it is likely the Master-Model barrels will literally drop in place.  (Although the size of the holes may need to be increased to 1.5mm diameter to accept the small extension on the end of the fairings).  Note that two types of fairings are provided in the set.

A-37 Dragonfly Ejection Seats with Safety Belts

Published: April 2nd, 2015     
A-37 Dragonfly Ejection Seats with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

With any jet the most obvious thing about the cockpit is the ejection seat.  If you were to do anything to improve the look of your model cockpit then just add an ejection seat or two in this case. 

Packaged as usual for Quickboost in a self sealing package with card board backing sheet this protects the parts while still allowing you to see them.  This set has two seats with molded on seatbelts.  The resin pieces are molded on pour blocks that will be easily removed.  They are flawlessly cast in light grey resin.  The belts are perfectly draped and look very realistic.  I could find no flaws.  There was a little bit of resin that will have to be removed from the seatbelt as it is draped realistically, but to cast it there is a very, very thin membrane of resin that will need to be cleaned up.  It will take less than a second to do it.  It is not a flaw but designed that way.

Just a little bit of paint and these direct replacements for the kit parts will make a dramatic addition to your Trumpeter A-37 Dragonfly. 

Highly recommended

F4F Wildcat Landing Gear

Published: April 2nd, 2015     
F4F Wildcat Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions is marking their Silver Anniversary this year, with twenty-five years of supplying resin and white metal parts to model builders.  This is the fifth landing gear set from SAC that I have reviewed, and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear.  This set is intended for the 1/32 scale F4F Wildcat that was released by Trumpeter in 2002.  The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain proper angles.  Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

SAC Hawker Hurricane Landing Gear (2 Sets)

Published: April 2nd, 2015     
SAC Hawker Hurricane Landing Gear (2 Sets)
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales.  They are cast in white metal, which is stronger than the kit’s plastic pieces.  To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components.  Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

F/A-18E Super Hornet Exhaust Nozzles - Closed

Published: March 31st, 2015     
F/A-18E Super Hornet Exhaust Nozzles - Closed
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Revell F/A-18E is a nice kit of the modern Navy fighter.  There are ways to improve it though.  The F/A-18 exhaust nozzles close down on shutdown.  So this detail set is perfect for the Revell kit.  The kit engines are small, inaccurate, and shallow completely lacking depth and detail of a modern jet engine.

There are eight total parts in this set molded perfectly in light grey resin.  Each engine has four pieces.  There are obviously the exhaust nozzles, but the real story is inside the engine.  The burner can, afterburner can and flame nozzle all have detail that isn’t available in the kit.  The kit actually provides tiny simulated engines. There is no depth and very little detail.  What detail is there is not accurate for such a big engine.  Another benefit of this set is that the parts have no seam lines to fill and hide.  The pour blocks are easily removed and molded on the inside of the component so they will be not visible when assembled.  The key to this whole assembly is in the painting.  

Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Correct Oil Radiator

Published: March 31st, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Correct Oil Radiator
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/21
Company: Quickboost

The Revell Bf-109G-6 when released was a welcomed addition to the 32nd Luftwaffe modeler.  The Hasegawa kit was getting more difficult to find and was expensive nonetheless.  The Revell kit at a third of the price was a bargain.  However, the kit did have some shortcomings.  One of the noticeable errors was the oil cooler under the nose.  The kit was just not right.  The sides were too vertical and that threw off the angles of the whole assembly. 

The Quickboost piece is a single part with a minor pour block on the front of the cooler.  You will have to clean out the front opening.  This is nothing too difficult.  Then to that piece you’ll have to add the kit exhaust flap.  The part is a direct replacement for the kit part.  The shape is spot on and looks significantly better than the kit part.

This set will require some patience but nothing that a modeler with a few resin pieces under his belt couldn’t handle.

Highly recommended

Fairey Firefly Hispano 20mm Cannons In Long Fairings

Published: March 26th, 2015     
Fairey Firefly Hispano 20mm Cannons In Long Fairings
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master-Model provides modelers with exquisite miniature turned metal parts that can be used in place of kit parts to add extra detail to models. Their sets generally are available for builders in all popular scales. This set (AM-48-096) provides parts to assemble crisply detailed 1:48 scale Hispano 20mm cannon in long fairings for the Fairey Firefly.

The parts are designed to replace the injection molded ones in Special Hobby kits without significant surgery.  The kits have holes on the wings’ leading edge to install injection molded parts so it is likely the Master-Model barrels will literally drop in place instead.  (Although the size of the holes may need to be increased to 1.5mm diameter to accept the plug on the end of the fairings).

HMS Roberts Armament

Published: March 25th, 2015     
HMS Roberts Armament
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

This Master Model set provides10 barrels: Two machined aluminum 15”/42 Mark I barrels, eight machined brass 4”/45 Mark XVI barrels, and a single page instruction sheet.

You will need to cut the styrene barrel off and drill a hole in the plastic breach.  The directions call out a 1.5 mm bit (~#53) for the 15”/42 Mark I barrels and a 0.5mm bit (~#76) for the 4”/45 Mark XVI barrels.  Be careful to center the drill bit on both x-axis and y-axis.

Be sure to use your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the aluminum or brass.  Be careful painting the barrels, especially the brass ones since paint can easily foul the hollowed out muzzles.

Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Master Model uses making the parts easy to review and stuff back into the package securely.   That being said, you will want to be careful handling the brass barrels as their small makes them quite easy to disappear.

As always, check your reference photos for placement and alignment. 

Highly recommended! 

Dassault Mirage IV - Refueling Probe Boom

Published: March 25th, 2015     
Dassault Mirage IV - Refueling Probe Boom
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

A while back (2009 if you want to know) I built a Heller Mirage IVP with the Pavla recce pod.  Last week I got a new refueling probe for this kit. 

The new probe from Master Model is a single piece of turned aluminum, exactly the same length as the Heller probe.  All I had to do was remove the plastic probe from the nose of the Mirage IV, drill a larger hole where the probe goes, paint the new part and install the part with some CA to hold it. 

As it turns out, there was one more step to this project.  The Master Model part is a tiny bit smaller in diameter than the kit part.  But it was the work of only a few minutes to trim the kit nose taper to fit.  A little more paint to match, and it was done. 

F3H Demon Cockpit Detail Set

Published: March 24th, 2015     
F3H Demon Cockpit Detail Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786