Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Soviet Fighter Pilot with Ejection Seat for Su-27

Published: March 25th, 2016     
Soviet Fighter Pilot with Ejection Seat for Su-27
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aires and Aerobonus fill another gap with a Soviet pilot in a K-36 ejection seat meant to be added to Trumpeters very large 1/32nd Su-27. The set includes five well-cast resin pieces - two arms, the head/helmet, the top of the ejection seat and the seat/pilot figure.

Preparation is simple, remove the parts from the casting blocks and add the top of the seat and the two arms. There were small amounts of putty at the arms- I used Squadron white putty smooth with lacquer thinner. The head can be kept separate for painting if you like, or glued in place.

I primed the piece with Alcad gray primer, cleaned up a few seam lines, primed again, and set aside to dry. Since the pilot is attached to the seat, I actually started by painting the seat with a base coat of black. I then started with the face and hands and used Scale 75 acrylics. I base coated the face and then added several highlights and darker colors. I painted the eyes and added more color to the face until I was happy. I sealed everything.

AIM-9J Sidewinder

Published: March 20th, 2016     
AIM-9J Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

I am bringing you guys the AIM-9J Sidewinder in 1/48th scale from the Eduard Brassin line. I have not worked with Eduard’s resin line ever up to this point, and I can honestly say I'm impressed! The Sidewinder Missile does not need an introduction from me, seeing as they have been around for 60 long productive years, with the J model being used in the early 70’s as an Air Force production model.

These missiles come in a clear plastic package with multiple foam inserts to protect the product and keep them still.

There are a total of 28 resin pieces consisting of: 4 missile bodies, 1 resin block with the clear seeker heads, 4 blocks containing a set of fins per missile, and 1 block containing seeker head covers. There is one photo-etched fret and one decal sheet.

S-35 Somua Detail Set

Published: March 19th, 2016     
S-35 Somua Detail Set
Reviewed by: Chris Graeter, IPMS# 39558
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

History

The SOMUA S35 was a French Cavalry tank of the Second World War. Built from 1936 until 1940 to equip the armored divisions of the Cavalry, it was for its time a relatively agile medium-weight tank, superior in armor and armament to its French and foreign competitors, such as the contemporary versions of the German Panzerkampfwagen III. It was constructed from well-sloped, mainly cast, armor sections, that however made it expensive to produce and time-consuming to maintain.

During the German invasion of May 1940, the SOMUA S35 proved itself to be a tactically effective type, but this was negated by the French command's strategic mistakes in deploying the Cavalry armored divisions. After the defeat of France in June 1940, limiting production to a number of about 440, captured SOMUA S35s were used by the Axis powers, some of them on the Eastern Front*.

Build

My friend and fellow modeler Georg Eyerman Provide the donor kit to be used with the review PE item. Here is Georg’s build summery and review.

Focke Wulf Fw 190 Exhaust

Published: March 19th, 2016     
Focke Wulf Fw 190 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

I am have here today a set of resin exhaust stacks from Quickboost and anyone who has used their products know you are getting the absolute best bang for your buck in awesome engineering and accurate fit to go with a very affordable price which is extremely important in today’s economy and greatly affects the decision making for a lot of modelers when it comes to selecting aftermarket details.

The exhaust stack have 3 small sets mounted to 1 pour stub with the exhaust ports already bored out, and are designed to replace about 4 parts total from the Eduard 1/72nd scale Fw 190 and these can be used for either the A-5 or A-8 which are currently the only released kits in this scale from Eduard.

Kit Parts replaced are as followed

  • # A33
  • # A34
  • # A71+A58 (this part is extremely small)

The only cautions I would advise are using extreme caution when separating the exhaust pieces from the pour stubs just due to the small size and potential to cut yourself or damage the parts.

L-29 Nitrogen Nose Bay

Published: March 17th, 2016     
L-29 Nitrogen Nose Bay
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The AMK L-29 is a superb kit with great detail and options for display. One option is to pose open the nitrogen bay in the nose with a forward opening cover as was seen during pre-flight servicing. While the kit nose base is detailed, Aires offers additional detail cast into these resin replacement pieces for the bay and the cover. I have included pictures of the resin parts and a comparison with the kit pieces (darker gray). Neither the kit nor the Aires set provides the prop for the cover.