Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Kfir C2/C7 Wheel Bay

Published: December 26th, 2014     
Kfir C2/C7 Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Many of us have waited a long time for a quality kit of the Kfir, and Kinetic released a very fine example about a year ago.  Though the kit is very detailed, of course there is always room for improvement and embellishment, so Aires has come up with a couple of offerings for this kit.  One of these is a very nice set of highly detailed main and nose gear wheel wells.  All together there are fifteen exquisitely detailed parts that include new doors and actuators for each of the wells.  Both the main gear well and nose gear well include all of the plumbing that is inherent in those wells.

P-40E Warhawk Exhaust

Published: December 26th, 2014     
P-40E Warhawk Exhaust
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a highly detailed set of P-40E Warhawk exhaust pipes to their aftermarket parts line that can be used to replace the two-part ones found in Hasegawa’s 1:32 scale kits (Note that the pipes are correct for the early P-40Es [and Ds] that had the circular shaped pipes).  The twelve one-piece Quickboost pipes provided in this set allow model builders to avoid the repetitious assembly of the kit’s 24 parts, thereby making the whole process of installing exhaust pipes a bit easier and faster (see the comparison photo below of the Quickboost parts and the kit parts that had been pre-painted on the sprues). In addition to the convenience they offer, the Quickboost pipes will add a little higher level of detail.   They capture the look of the prototype very nicely with crisp (and more refined) details that include the raised weld beads that easily can be lost when assembling and cleaning up the kit parts. 

Kfir C2/C7 Gun Bay

Published: December 26th, 2014     
Kfir C2/C7 Gun Bay
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Many of us have waited a long time for a quality kit of the Kfir, and Kinetic released a very fine example about a year ago.  Though the kit is very detailed, of course there is always room for improvement and embellishment, so Aires has come up with a couple of offerings for this kit.  One of these gives the modeler the capability of opening the gun bays and showing the two Rafael DEFA 553 30mm cannons.

Packed in the normal Aires card and bubble pack one will find three pour blocks which include two gun bays, two gun breeches and two gun bay doors with latches.  The detail is typical high quality Aires.  The installation is rather simple.  All the modeler has to do is remove the two doors from the lower wing half and install the bays and the doors. There is no great concern about having to thin everything as much as possible on this installation.

For the modeler who likes to display all of the various bays open, this is a great addition to the Kinetic Kfir.          

My thanks to Aires and IPMS for the review sample.

F-4B/N Phantom II Undercarriage Covers

Published: December 23rd, 2014     
F-4B/N Phantom II Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Academy family of F-4 Phantoms are impressive kits.  I absolutely love them.  They are very detailed, but as always there is room for improvement.  Enter Quickboost. 

Packaged in typical Quickboost bottom opening package with a cardboard stiffener.  Two pour stubs of light grey resin hold eight resin pieces that are blemish free.  They contain beautiful detail on both sides.  They are easy enough to remove from the pour blocks and are direct replacements for the kit parts.

German Luftwaffe Pilot WWII for Bf-109 late version

Published: December 23rd, 2014     
German Luftwaffe Pilot WWII for Bf-109 late version
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

This latest offering from Aerobonus is typical of their line of figures.  There is one pour stub containing four pieces of flawless light grey resin.  There are two arms, body and head.  That sounds all kind of boring but this figure is molded as if he were exiting a late war Bf-109.  The two separate arms are set to lay on the top of the canopy frame.  The arms are added on a natural seem line.  The legs are already set to have one leg on the seat and the other on the canopy sill, no assembly required on them.  Overall clean up is relatively easy.  The pour stubs are small and easy to remove.

Obviously a good pose won’t make a necessarily good figure.  That is the job of the sculpting.  The sculpting on this figure is nothing short of superb.  The proportions of body to head are perfect.  The flight suit is flawlessly executed with perfect folds and highlights.  The arms and head are keyed so you will get them perfectly in position.  The parachute pack is beautifully rendered on the back of the figure.

MiG-3 (Early) Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: December 22nd, 2014     
MiG-3 (Early) Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

QB 48-604 provides drop-fit replacements for Tumpeter’s MiG-3 (early) gun barrels and pitot tube.

As with every QB resin accessory I have ever had the pleasure of using or reviewing, these are molded in very crisp dark gray resin.  There is no flash, and the ends of the gun barrels as well as the pitot tube are nicely hollowed out.  There are no instructions provided, but are not really necessary as these are direct replacements for existing kit pieces.

F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear

Published: December 22nd, 2014     
F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Yet another landing gear set from our friends at Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC). Like the other sets I’ve used these are an exact reproduction of the kit parts in white metal.  My first impression every time I use SAC parts is they look rough in the package but are indistinguishable from the kit parts once painted and installed. This set is no different. I have to confess up front, I had started the kit before I saw this on the review list so I couldn’t use the whole set. The nose gear leg cannot be added after the fuselage is together so I missed the boat on that one. As for the main gear legs I decided to do one of each to see if any difference is apparent, there isn’t.  I could go either way on this set. The real F-106 had a very robust landing gear design that Trumpeter has captured beautifully in plastic. In some ways the plastic has its advantages. Each gear leg is a multi-part assembly and the ability to manipulate the parts as the glue sets were a plus. Superglue on white metal doesn’t give you much time to adjust. However the metal parts have advantages too.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain Exhaust

Published: December 22nd, 2014     
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Exhaust
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a set of detailed exhaust pipes to their aftermarket parts line that are to be used to replace the ones found in the new Airfix 1:72 scale C-47 Skytrain kit.  The Quickboost exhausts feature a little better detail than those that come in the kit and open ends for a greater level of realism.  Their size and shape exactly match the kit parts so they are designed to be quick drop-in replacements with no surgery.  See the photo below comparing them to the kit parts.

Like other Quickboost parts, these are cast in a reasonably flexible gray resin that is easy to work with.  The pair of exhausts come on a small casting block and can easily be separated from the block with a razor saw or xacto blade.  There is no flash so cleanup is simply a matter of using a fine grit sanding stick to smooth away the line left where the exhausts are removed from the casting block.  Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach the aftermarket parts to the kit’s styrene plastic engine cowlings.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain Air Intakes

Published: December 22nd, 2014     
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a number of aftermarket detail sets for the new Airfix 1:72 scale C-47 Skytrain kit.  This set provides a pair of air intakes that can be used as drop-in replacements for the ones found in the kit.   The Quickboost parts feature crisp detail that is similar to that of the kit parts but they simplify the installation of the intakes because they are one-piece parts instead of the kit’s two-piece intakes that require assembly before they are installed.  See the photo below that co