Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

HE 111P-2 Exterior Photoetch Set

Published: October 3rd, 2015     
HE  111P-2 Exterior Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set contains 1 large sheet of photoetch parts. These parts are used to add a lot of detail to the engine cowlings, bomb bay, and landing gear for Airfix’s latest HE 111-P2 kit.

As with these sets from Eduard the details are great and add a lot of realism to the finished kit.

A great price for such fine additional detail especially to the bomb bay.

Many thanks for Eduard providing these for us to review.

World War I US Propaganda Posters (Set 1)

Published: October 2nd, 2015     
World War I US Propaganda Posters (Set 1)
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche, IPMS# 30337
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

Thanks to Matho Models for this sample.

During the First World War, it was common to see posters to support the effort, buy bonds and accept the sacrifices asked of people on the home front.

This item, packed in a zip lock bag with a hanger and cardstock backing, provides 22 various US posters in 1/35 scale printed on 0.1 mm semi-gloss paper. Under extreme magnification, reading glasses, Optivisor and magnifying lamp, I was able to see some signs of the printing process, however, under normal viewing conditions, these look fine. All but the finest print is readable, colors are sharp but muted enough to not be overwhelming. Each poster will need to be cut from the sheet using a straight edge and sharp X-Acto type blade. A couple will need closer than usual attention to get the light edges cut properly as they tend to blend into the background.

These will add a touch of color to a street scene and some might even work as a name plate on a figure base.

The website recommends using their Varnish Glue to attach the posters, but regular white glue should do just fine.

Beverage Boxes

Published: October 2nd, 2015     
Beverage Boxes
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche, IPMS# 30337
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

Thanks to Matho Models for this sample.

Modern personnel carriers are often seen with boxes of bottled water or soda in and about the crew compartment and cargo areas. As modelers, these can add a splash of color to otherwise drab subjects.

This item, packed in a zip lock bag with a hanger and cardstock backing. It provides 32 boxes on a sheet of paper. There are six each 12 and 24 can cases of Coke, four 36 can cases of Pepsi, four each of three sized cases of Evian water and four cases of Spa water. Each case needs to be carefully cut from the sheet of 0.1 mm paper using a straight edges and a sharp X-Acto type blade. Each box is printed as one piece and the folds should be very lightly scored to get a sharp edge. The paper responds well to a small drop of white glue and looks about right in scale. The printing is quite fine and most of the labelling is readable. Of particular note, the inner surface is printed to look like the heavy card stock of soda cases. There are no instructions in the kit, but the website provides a directions if you haven’t worked with this type of box before.

S-30M-2 Flanker Big Ed Photo Etch

Published: September 30th, 2015     
S-30M-2 Flanker Big Ed Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I won’t go into a long drawn out spill about the S-30M2 due to the fact that just about all of us know about the Su-27 Family of Soviet/Russian fighters or build one. So a brief history is as followed, the Su-30M2 is a long-range, high-endurance, heavy-class Air Dominance Fighter with multi mission capabilities. It is currently the most advanced version of Su-27 Flanker flying anywhere in the world. The Su-27, which was first produced in the Former Soviet Union starting 1982 is counted among the world's best fighter aircraft even without any upgrades; but some of the technology and capability that the Su-30MKI boasts has absolutely no parallels across the world's air forces. The Su-30M2 gives its operator a capability that will remain unmatched by all rivals for the foreseeable future. Eduard set consists of two previous photoetch sets and a mask. The photoetch sets deal with the interior and exterior plus the mask

Wooden Pallets

Published: September 30th, 2015     
Wooden Pallets
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche, IPMS# 30337
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

Thanks to Mathomodels for this sample.

This is a kit of two average sized wooden pallets used in transporting any number of products by way of some type of fork lift. They would be at home in a base camp, as debris in a modern setting, or in the bed of a truck. With some creative cutting of the parts, they could be displayed as broken or disassembled.

This small resin kit is packed in a zip-lock bag attached to a peg hangar. It includes 8 resin parts to make two compete wooden pallets that scale out to about 32 X 48 inches. Parts are cast in gray resin. At first glance, there appeared to be a very fine wood grain pattern, but this was lost to a coat of primer. There are two upper portions and six bases/legs. There are no instructions, but assembly is completely intuitive. Simply cut the pour plugs and put a tiny drop of superglue to attach the legs at the outer and middle slats.

Mk 103 Gun Muzzle

Published: September 29th, 2015     
Mk 103 Gun Muzzle
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Czech manufacturer Quickboost continues to expand its aftermarket line of simple details that enhance the look of your models.

This time the aftermarket piece is the very distinctive muzzle of the Mk 103 cannon, with its “organ pipe” look, a difficult piece to reproduce in injection molded parts.

The parts are finely molded, with all the pipes –and gun opening- being hollow. There are no bubbles nor are defects of kind and the attachment point to the pouring stub small and easy to remove.

The parts are a simple “drop in” replacement to the plastic parts. I only added a small piece of metal rod (copper) to strengthen the connection point to the nose of the Me-262.

This is a very easy and simple way to enhance your next model. Recommended.

I would like to thank Quickboost, AIRES and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Dornier Do17Z Propeller w/Tool

Published: September 26th, 2015     
Dornier Do17Z Propeller w/Tool
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

For several years, Quickboost has been known for producing high quality, molded resin replacement parts for many model kits from most manufacturers.  The current Airfix kits are produced from new molds, and are exceptionally well molded and nicely detailed on their own.  However, with the limitations inherent in the injection molding process, some parts can be improved with resin parts, which can be molded with a greater level of detail and accuracy. 

Quickboost now offers a set of resin replacement propellers for the Airfix 1/72 Dornier Do17Z kit. The Dornier Do 17 was a light bomber used by the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II.  Designed in the 1930’s, they first saw combat with the Condor Legion in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War.  Although it was eventually replaced in frontline service, the aircraft was used throughout the war in a variety of roles.

Mk. 84 Bombs with Retarded Fins

Published: September 24th, 2015     
Mk. 84 Bombs with Retarded Fins
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Mk. 84 general purpose bomb is a 2000 Lb. weapon which can be configured with different fins and fuses depending on its mission at the time. In this iteration, Eduard has provided a Mk. 84 with retarded fins, I believe based on the BSU-50/B parts to allow lower release and the plane to escape the blast radius.

Eduard’s set comes with two main bomb bodies, three styles of fuses, a photoetch fret with two pieces, decals, and instructions. Construction is simple- take your time and cut the main body away from the pour stub being careful of the rear fins. Sand smooth and add the photoetch to the rear. After that, all that is needed is to select the fuse type. The fuse can actually be added after the painting.

Color is simple with olive drab being the main choice. The decals are well done and settle very well. A little wash to accentuate the well molded details followed by a flat coat and done.

Well detailed and accurate, this is a bomb I don’t see in too many places. It builds easily and definitely is recommended. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great set.

GBU-10 Paveway II

Published: September 24th, 2015     
GBU-10 Paveway II
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The GBU-10 Paveway II laser guided bomb is a modified version of the Mk. 84 general purpose bomb with added fins and guidance system. Eduard has produced a set of two GBU-10’s in 1/48th scale. Each set has two bomb bodies, separate front fins for 8 parts and two sets of seeker heads for the front; one ready for use and one with a cast in cover. Casting is perfect and in standard Eduard dark gray resin.  Also included are the instructions and a decal sheet with all the markings.

Construction is simple. My one piece of advice is to take your time and cut slowly. The parts are small and thinly cast to make them realistic. The main body gets cut loose at the rear of the assembly. I cut each fin loose separately and the trimmed off the pour block and the cut the remainder loose with a PE razor blade. Be careful at the front of the bomb as there is a little pin to fit the seeker head onto also. There are no other seam lines. The front fins need cut loose just as carefully and trimmed at the bottom. If you take your time, they parts fit perfectly. You need to drill a hole in which ever seeker head you use and glue it on.

Dornier Do 17Z Air Intakes

Published: September 24th, 2015     
Dornier Do 17Z Air Intakes
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost is well-known for producing high quality, “drop in” resin replacement parts for many model kits from a variety of manufacturers.  Many of the current Airfix kits are produced from new molds, and are exceptionally well molded and nicely detailed on their own.  However, with the limitations inherent in the injection molding process, some parts can be improved with resin parts, which can be molded with a greater level of detail and accuracy.