Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube

Published: April 12th, 2014     
Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Another excellent turned metal (brass) pitot assembly from Master Model. IPMS USA sincerely appreciates the support of Master Model, who continue to provide first-class products to improve already great models…. THANK YOU!

This one is as simple as it gets; a pitot tube combined with the Pitot Boom which fits on the nose of the Italeri 1/72 B-58 Hustler.  Looking at the kit item and Master Model’s replacement, it is easy to see why you should buy this one.  First, the kit item is really way too short; Master Model fixes that. Use superglue or epoxy to install, the fit is perfect and doesn’t need anything else. There is an excellent instruction sheet as well, other aftermarket companies should follow this lead.

A quick word about the strength of these items. I accidently bent the extreme, very fine end of this pitot boom assembly.  It was 90 degrees to the rest of the boom, and I was extremely concerned about work-hardening and breaking the metal if I tried to straighten it back out.

SH-3D Sea King Interior Self-Adhesive Color Photo Etched Set

Published: April 8th, 2014     
SH-3D Sea King Interior Self-Adhesive Color Photo Etched Set
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Introduction

The Sikorsky Sea King helicopter was developed in the late 1950s for the US Navy’s growing anti-submarine warfare role.  Becoming operational in 1961, the Sea King would serve with the US Navy until 2006, and continues in service with other operators to this day.  Over its lifetime, the Sea King would spawn multiple variants and revisions.  This included versions to meet USAF and USCG roles, such as the well known HH-3E Jolly Green Giant combat search-and-rescue helicopters.  Additionally, licensed-built versions of the Sea King were made by Mitsubishi, Agusta, and Westland.  The British-built Westland Sea King variants differ in quite a few points from the Sikorsky-built Sea Kings, and are the basis for Cyber-Hobby’s 1/72 Sea King kits.

Fw190 Landing Gear (AX)

Published: April 6th, 2014     
Fw190 Landing Gear (AX)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

First off I’d like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for making this detail set available for review and thank IMPS/USA for allowing me to do the review.

Most of us are familiar with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.  But, for the one or two who are wondering what an Fw190 is, the following synopsis is provided.  During World War II the Fw 190 was a German single-seat fighter aircraft powered by a single radial engine.  It and its sister aircraft, the Bf109, made up the majority of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aircraft. The Fw190 is arguably the best fighter Germany had in its inventory.  It was used in a variety of rolls including day fighter, night fighter, fighter-bomber, and ground-attack aircraft.  It was very popular with the Luftwaffe pilots.  And so it is with today’s modelers.  At any show you will see a number of Fw190s on the table vying for recognition.  One way to make your model look as crisp and sharp as possible is through the use of after-market parts.

F4U-1 Corsair Flaps

Published: April 4th, 2014     
F4U-1 Corsair Flaps
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Since Tamiya now has three 1/72 Corsair releases on the market, Aires has added a highly detailed set of F4U-1 Corsair dropped flaps to their line of aftermarket parts. This set enables modelers to build a 1/72 Corsair with flaps dropped without the need to carefully remove and modify the non-dropped flaps molded into the Tamiya kits’ wings.

Complete flap units are provided for the left and right wings to make adding them to the model a fairly manageable task.  The parts are designed to fit onto the wings as complete units once the modeler has carefully removed the non-dropped flaps molded into the kit wings.  The instruction sheet says to trim and dry fit parts during assembly.  That is good advice.  I found it necessary to thin the trailing edges of the upper and lower wing halves, after I removed the molded flaps from the kit parts, so everything would fit well, and then notch the resin bar that slips into the opening so it would clear the rear wheel well wall (see photos below). 

F6F Hellcat Wheels (type A) & paint masks

Published: April 2nd, 2014     
F6F Hellcat Wheels (type A) & paint masks
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has added the Type A wheels and masks for the F6F Hellcat to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grey resin, is smooth, seamless and bubble free. When I compared the type A tire to the type B tire I found that the type A had a diamond tread look to it, while the type B had smooth sides and a few lines that circled the tire. That’s all I could find about the different types except that they were used as a “that’s what we have at the moment” type of application.

For comparison I pulled out a Heller Hellcat from my stash. There really is no comparison. The Heller tires are molded as separate halves that have to be glued together while the Aires parts are solid with no seam to sand down and the paint masks are a very welcome addition to assist in painting.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice set of tires for your Hellcat model. I’d like to thank Aires Hobby Models and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

Su-27 Flanker (Late) Wheels and Paint Masks

Published: April 2nd, 2014     
Su-27 Flanker (Late) Wheels and Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has added the wheels and masks for the SU-27 Flanker to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grey resin; it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free.

For comparison I pulled out an Italeri Sea Flanker from my stash but found out that the Sea Flanker had 2 wheels up front. I called a friend of mine and he had the right kit so I compared it to the Encore SU-27. The Aires parts seem to be a little more detailed than the Encore wheels and the Aires paint masks are a very welcome addition to assist in painting.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice set of tires for your SU-27 model. I’d like to thank Aires Hobby Models and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

US WWII Era Parachutes

Published: March 29th, 2014     
US WWII Era Parachutes
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: True Details

MMD-Squadron has added a 1/48 scale US WW II era parachute to their True Details resin aftermarket parts line.  The parachute is sculpted to represent a chute in pre or post-mission repose with integral pack, cushion, harness and hardware visible.  It is well sculpted with an amazing amount of detail for such a small item.

This parachute would be a perfect diorama accent for any US WWII aircraft model, posed the way parachutes were typically placed on the wings or stabilizers of aircraft prior to a mission so pilots could quickly ‘suit up’ for a takeoff.  Two parachutes come packaged on a blister card with a foam pad backing to protect the fragile features of the casting.  They are molded in gray resin on a very thin layer of molding scrap.  No assembly is required.  They just need to be sanded off the small casting scrap, painted and positioned.  A fresh #11 blade can then be used to carefully trim away scrap from the edges of the parachute without damaging the details.

Alpha Jet Landing Gear

Published: March 29th, 2014     
Alpha Jet Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I’d like to express my ongoing appreciation to Ross at SAC for continuing to provide us with review items; I know that everyone at IPMS/USA sincerely appreciates your contributions.

This is another in a series of “drop fit and direct replacement” metal gear for your models.  In this case, the set is for the Kinetic-series of Alpha jets in 1/48.  In my case, it is being used on my “Wingman” German aftermarket release of the kit, and as such, the weight of the resin cockpit, seats, and more make use of metal gear almost mandatory if you don’t want the “failed plastic gear” effect on your model.  As an aside, the Wingman release is fantastic too, but that’s not the point of the review.

As you can see by the pictures, 11 parts are provided for this set, totally replacing the plastic parts in the kit.  I will say that the metal parts have a bit more “crisp” look to them, and with no mold seam, you can install and paint with confidence.

P-38 Correct Engine Covers

Published: March 28th, 2014     
P-38 Correct Engine Covers
Reviewed by: Christopher Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has come out with a very nice aftermarket set of correct engine cowls for the 1/72 Academy P-38 Lightning. Right out of the clear packaging I could see that they did a very nice job in detail and size.

I took the kit cowls out and noticed I had to glue on the lower radiator intakes. The intakes did not fit very well, and would have to be filled and sanded. I then compared both cowls and you can see in the photos the kit lower intakes are bigger and thicker than the Quickboost. The scoops on the side look much nicer and are hollow, whereas the kit scoops are solid. After comparing them I started the task of cutting the Kit cowls off and installing the Quickboost ones. I used a very thin saw blade to do the job. Be careful and take your time so as not to ruin the rear cowls of the kit.

Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version - Hispano Cannons in Fairings

Published: March 27th, 2014     
Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version - Hispano Cannons in Fairings
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Master Model

This is the third replacement piece that I have acquired for my 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.Ixc build. Master Model has produced a detailed pair of Hispano 20mm cannons that provide details that are missing even in the excellent Eduard kit. This is not to diminish the Eduard kit that has been reviewed by Bret Green as the definitive (his opinion) 1/48 Spitfire kit.  In the photo the Master Model pieces are compared side by side to the sprue attached parts of the Eduard kit. You can clearly see the enhanced definition of the Master Model replacements. On close inspection there may be the opportunity for a steady hand, lots of patience and small sharp needle to do a little hollowing out of the front of the cannon barrel.

Recommendation

I highly recommend these replacement parts.

Thanks to Master Model for providing these parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.

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