Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

BAC Lightning Pitot Tube

Published: April 16th, 2017     
BAC Lightning Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Here's another of those handy little add-ons to save a model from the "shelf of not quite right models". In this case, it's a replacement for that pitot tube which got broken off (or was never there) on a current project or a long-finished model.

In this case, I asked for the Master Model pitot for my Revell Lightning F.6, which I finished a few years ago. When I looked on the shelf, I found it didn't have a pitot tube.

Master's instruction says to take the pitot assembly and remove the plastic pitot tube from the mount. Well, the mount was gone too, since it's all one part on the Revell kit. So I scratch built a new mount. This is not a huge project. It's very, very tiny, in fact. I started out by stretching a piece of sprue. As the stretch cooled, I bent one end to get a sort of L shape, only not a sharp angle. Almost a j.

Then began the fun part. I cut the sprue at the angle and cut the part down until it looked like it might fit on the Lightning nose. I then sanded one side with a sanding stick to get the angle right. Then I drilled the tiny hole in the end and was ready to insert the replacement pitot tube.

F-4 Seatbelts (grey) STEEL

Published: April 15th, 2017     
F-4 Seatbelts (grey) STEEL
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is the second set of steel seat belts and harnesses for the Martin-Baker MK. H-7 ejection seat as installed in the F-4 Phantom II. The set includes four complete sets of seatbelts and harnesses, allowing you to detail four seats, or two kits worth. The other set #73050 provides 4 sets of green belts and harnesses, while this set provides 4 sets of light grey belts and harnesses. As many of the older F-4 kits have a very generic ejection seat that does not even resemble the actual seat, these sets are intended for new kits. I used a seat from a Hasegawa F-4S kit as it has the correct configuration with the upper parachute container that is missing on many earlier kits. I assume that the new Academy kit seats are the correct shape as well, but I have not actually seen them yet. Before you decide which set to purchase, be sure to look at the aircraft that you will be installing the seats in, and check your references to determine which set is appropriate for your model.

F-4 Seatbelts (green) STEEL

Published: April 15th, 2017     
F-4 Seatbelts (green) STEEL
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The F-4 Phantom II needs no introduction. With over 5,000 Phantoms built, it is one of the most popular Western fighters since the Korean War. It served with the US Navy, the US Air Force and the US Marines, as well as 14 other air forces across the globe from Japan to Egypt to England. A number of them are still flying today in a variety of roles.

Littoral Combat Ships LCS-2 & LCS-4 Aerials, Masts, and Gun Barrel

Published: April 13th, 2017     
Littoral Combat Ships LCS-2 & LCS-4 Aerials, Masts, and Gun Barrel
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For ship modelers looking to improve the look of their USS Independence (LCS-2) or USS Coronado (LCS-4) in 1/700 scale, the folks at Master Model now offer a set that includes aerials and a replacement gun barrel that look fantastic. The folks at Cyber-Hobby/Dragon did a great job of representing the kits in plastic, and these brass detail parts add a very nice touch. Modelers with experience handling small items should have no issues with utilizing this set.

L-29 Delfin Antennas

Published: April 13th, 2017     
L-29 Delfin Antennas
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

This set from Quickboost provides replacement Antennas. The AMK kit provides a small "T" shaped antenna for under the left wing and a reasonable swept antenna for the top of the fuselage. The picture of my completed review model shows the kit upper fuselage antenna after painting.

An inspection of the actual aircraft shows that the under-wing antenna is very thin and consists of two separate tubes going up into the wing. I am attaching a photo showing the comparison between the kit part and the Quickboost part. Note, I have not cleaned up the parts but they do show a day and night difference. The fineness of the Quickboost part will make it very fragile. Quickboost have kindly provided two of the under-wing antennas in case one gets damaged during removal from the casting block or during subsequent assembly or display.