Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

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.

A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube

Published: March 26th, 2014     
A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

I have several of Master-Models pitot tubes in my stash and when I saw this latest set, I jumped on the review item as they have out done themselves again. This is a GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip for the A-10 Warthog. The set also includes a replacement pitot tube.

In the set, you get 2 photoetch pieces making the ends of the gun barrel with holes for the barrels and center support. Your get one turned brass center post and seven turned gun barrels and the gun barrel cover in turned brass with drill holes- this piece is spectacular in its craftsmanship. Lastly, you get the tuned brass pitot tube.

Assembly is simple. Glue one end on the barrel housing. Insert the center shaft and glue the other end on making sure the holes are aligned with one another. Once dry, glue in the barrels and you're done.

V-22 Osprey Landing Gear (Ita)

Published: March 23rd, 2014     
V-22 Osprey Landing Gear (Ita)
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat conversion and replacement set for the Italeri V-22.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on.

The 5 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo.  The heft of the parts is very noticeable.  The main and nose gear mounts were loose in the package and the two retractor arms were attached to a metal sprue.  The struts are polished and require little buffing and cleanup.  The gear struts of the V-22 kit are directly replaced with the SAC parts.  The main mount actuators are included and provide a nice bit of flexibility when installing the main mounts in the gear well.  The arms fit into small holes in the wheel well and ability to gently flex the parts is a plus.  I found that seating the nose strut was a little tricky, but a prudent amount of pressure popped the part in, resulting in a very solid attachment. 

Scale Aircraft Conversion A3 Skywarrior Landing Gear

Published: March 23rd, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Conversion A3 Skywarrior Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This detail set from Scale Aircraft Conversions is for the Hasegawa 1/72nd scale A-3 Skywarrior. The kit has been around for some time and although not a newer rerelease it is still available. This set is a direct replacement for the kits landing gear and has a few modifications that help improve the Hasegawa kit. This conversion set has 7 parts, which includes the main landing gear legs, the nose gear and the oleo scissors and retraction struts for the main gear. The nose gear comes complete with the wheel molded in place. This appears to be a direct copy of the kit gear. As a result you will be required to open up and clean the space between the nose gear fork and the tire. 

USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament

Published: March 23rd, 2014     
USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

This set of finely turned stainless steel and brass gun barrels for is designed for the new Academy USS Indianapolis kit. It does not include a styrene turret face, as is included in the set designed for the Trumpeter kit, but could undoubtedly be used to augment the Trumpeter San Francisco class cruisers as well.

Each of the 8” barrels are slightly tapered with very finely defined segmentations. The short stubs at the end of the barrel allows for easy insertion into the kit’s turret face. Although the barrel openings are not as pronounced as compared to other Master barrel sets (or the kit’s barrels), these barrels are noticeably longer, more even and, no doubt, more accurate than the kit parts. A couple of my kit’s barrel ends were noticeably uneven. That’s not an issue with the Master barrels. 

The 5” brass barrels are also nicely tapered and noticeably slimmer that the kit parts. They, too, have very slightly opened ends, as compared to the kit’s solid barrels.

F4U-4 Corsair Wheel Bay

Published: March 20th, 2014     
F4U-4 Corsair Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This F4U-4 Corsair wheel bay update set is packaged in the typical Aires fashion, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing, and instructions tucked in between the cardboard back and plastic. My first impression was of how crisp the detail is on the wheel bays, as well as the gear doors. Mold release agent is non-existent; however, I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Hobby Boss kit parts, which are decent, the Aires wheel bays are very sharp and have more details, such as more pronounced ribs and wiring. The landing gear door’s interior and exterior surfaces show very few differences between the Hobby Boss kit parts and the Aires replacements, with the exception of the superior detail on the interior surface of Aires’ small forward landing gear doors.

Aires is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets, and this F4U-4 Corsair wheel bay update set is no exception.  I would like to thank Aires Hobby Models for this review sample.

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