Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Sea King AEW Radar Cover

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Sea King AEW Radar Cover
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this really fantastic item to review!  We appreciate your support; thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

This upgrade consists of two parts; the swing boom which sets the radome away from the aircraft, and the actual radome itself.  A note about what this is; the Airborne Early Warning Sea Kings in the Royal Navy were a stop-gap measure to provide additional radar early warning to the RN fleet of impending low-level cruise missiles or fighters attacking the fleet during the Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982.   Their intent was to stand off a distance from where the ships were and provide the outer net of warning. 

MiG-15/17 Step Ladder (Two Types)

Published: July 9th, 2014     
MiG-15/17 Step Ladder (Two Types)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This boarding ladder is one of those spiffy little accessories which can add a lot to the presentation of a model. In this case, it’s being added to an old Attack kit of a Pakistani Shenyang JJ-5 trainer (based on the MiG-17).

I cut the ladder itself loose from the PE sprue, and I also cut out the ladder pads. These are very tiny in 1/144, so be really careful.

I bent the sides of the ladder using a “high-tech” tool, namely a pair of “duckbill” pliers. The pliers have a decent grip and good straight sides. I took a photo of the ladder with one side bent, then the other. I spent a few minutes getting the sides trued up and made sure the ladder steps were square with the side rails.

Once the ladder was trued up, I applied a spot of thick CA to one of the ladder pads and touched the ladder top to the CA. I then trued up the pad with the ladder top. Same with the other ladder pad.

Russian Pilot with KS-4 Ejection Seat for Su-7/9/11/15/17

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Russian Pilot with KS-4 Ejection Seat for Su-7/9/11/15/17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

To start, my thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA with this figure to review! One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products. We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this 1/48 scale figure is a Russian pilot sitting in a KS-4 ejection seat. The pilot, consisting of a torso in the seat, two separate arms, and a separate head/helmet, can be assembled in many ways. As designed, the head is supposed to be looking left, the right arm and hand are positioned for a grip on the control column, and the left arm is where the throttle would be. Also included with each set are painting instructions in color!

P-51D Wheel Bay

Published: July 9th, 2014     
P-51D Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this wheel well set to review…  We appreciate your support, and thanks to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

OK, so does the Hobbyboss P-51D kit require a new wheel well?  I’d say yes, due to the low cost and relative accuracy of the kit.  In the photos you can see the side-by-side comparison, of which I say “There is no comparison”.   

There will be modifications required on this kit even if you don’t have AMS. 

The Aires item makes a difference!  If you have the Hobbyboss kit, buy this upgrade!  There is nothing else to say here…

Thanks again to Aires for providing this review package to IPMS USA!

KFIR C2/C7 Pitot Tube

Published: July 9th, 2014     
KFIR C2/C7 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this pitot tube to review!  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

A simple upgrade for the Kinetic KFIR; it is a direct replacement, complete with the forward part of the under-nose fairing tip.  Superglue one of the three pitot tubes into place, paint it, and call it a day!  This was literally a three-minute install. 

I tested one of the spare pitot tubes for “twang” durability; I held the end in my hand, bent it back about ¼ inch, and it sprung back into shape.  It will NOT bent back totally on itself; that results in a bent or broke tube.  That said, unless you run the model off into a wall or stick it in your buddy, this should last a long time. 

Again, nothing more to add here than “a worthy upgrade”… this pitot tube prevents you from having to remove the chunky kit item, clean up the mold gate injection stubs off the sprue… and breaking it in the process! 

Thanks again to Aires for providing these to IPMS USA!

Halifax B Mk.I/II Landing Gear (Revell new kit)

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Landing Gear (Revell new kit)
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.”

This set is made to replace the kit parts from the new tool Revell Halifax.  It’s a large aircraft and will be a bit heavy when finished.  Having the metal landing gear underneath will help support that weight.  Additionally, they’ve changed the way the tail wheel and gear is assembled, making it simpler and making one less glue seam to remove.

Martin Baker MB Mk10 Ejection Seat

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Martin Baker MB Mk10 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits.  Among their many products is a series of ejection seats to replace the usually plain kit-provided examples.  This particular seat is a Martin Baker Mark 10 seat.  The listing isn’t more specific than that, but says it is to be used in the Mirage, Alpha Jets, Hawk, F-18, Tucano, F-5, Rafale, Tornado, Sea Harrier, Eurofighter, AMX, Gripen, Shenyang, Osprey, and MB-339.  Whew.  The only one I’m not sure about is the F-5, but maybe the Swiss jets or some of the other foreign sales specified the Mk 10 seat.  Still, plenty of jets to use the seat in.   

E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear

Published: July 6th, 2014     
E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear
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 plastic used in the kit’s 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.”

This set is made to replace the landing gear on Hasegawa’s relatively recent E-2C kits.  With added nose weight and all the parts that make up the kit, it can be relatively heavy.  The metal landing gear will much more easily support that weight. Since they’re direct replacements for the kit parts, no modifications are really necessary.  As with most of the things we do, some minor mold seams may need to be cleaned up, but they’re not bad at all.  You may also find some parts have become bent in shipping, but the metal is malleable enough to handle being straightened out.

Martin Baker MB Mk4 Ejection Seat

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Martin Baker MB Mk4 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits. Among their many products is a series of ejection seats to replace the usually plain kit-provided examples.

This particular seat is a Martin Baker Mark 4 seat. The listing isn’t more specific than that, but says it is to be used in Lightnings, Alpha Jets, Canberras, Hunters, and Vampires.

Now, I’m not entirely up on the Mk 4, but I know that most of those jets used different versions of the Mk 4, along with seats other than the Mk 4, in various versions of the aircraft. For instance, the Lightning used Mk 4BSB, 4BSC, 4BST, etc., while the Canberra used the Mk 1C, 3CSB, 4Q, 4QS, and others in various versions of the aircraft. I’m pretty sure the differences in the different types of Mk 4 were visually minor, so that’s acceptable to me.

F-100C/D Super Sabre Wheel Bay

Published: July 6th, 2014     
F-100C/D Super Sabre Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has created a new wheel bay upgrade set for the Trumpeter F-100C or F-100D. The set’s parts include the main wheel bay in the fuselage, the nose wheel bay, inserts to go into the wings, the nose gear doors and various struts, hoses, and retraction arms, along with a piece of wire to be used to replicate the hydraulic hoses for the main gear struts. In my set, the smaller pieces were broken off the casting block and all but two were missing. However, I’ve seen other copies of this set and this is not typical.

In order to install this set, you are directed to remove the kit wheel bays and the detail inside the top part of the wing. An advantage of this set is that you will not have to deal with the seam down the middle of the main bay after assembly. Additionally, there is added detail compared to the kit parts, especially in relation to the gear doors.

As is typical with Aires, the parts are cast in a medium-gray resin with very fine details and no casting flaws. All in all, a useful set for your next Hun and certainly recommended.

My thanks go to Aires Hobby Models for supplying the set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

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