Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Wire Wheels (15-Inch 60-Spoke)

Published: March 5th, 2015     
Wire Wheels (15-Inch 60-Spoke)
Reviewed by: Joseph Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24, 1/25
Company: 3D Model Parts

The future of modeling has arrived! 3D Model Parts is a company specializing in 3-D printed resin accessories for car and ship models. Their only offering for cars at the moment is these wire wheels. They will work as 15” wheels for 1:25 scale cars, and14” wheels for 1:24 scale cars.

Available with 3 different styles of knock-offs, the wheels come in a pack of 5, with an instruction sheet that explains how to work with them. The wheels and knock-offs each come attached to a thin wafer of resin, not unlike traditional resin parts, which must be sanded away to release the part. I found it easier to cut the wafer away from the knock-offs, as they were too small to hold against any kind of sanding surface without also sanding the skin off my fingertips.

The wheels themselves are beautifully detailed, with open space between all the spokes just like the real thing. The surface is slightly rough to the touch, as is common with 3-D printed items because they are built up in layers, but they look fine. A very light touch with paint and Alclad chrome will be required to avoid filling the spaces between the spokes and covering up the fine details.

British RP-3 Rockets with 60lb SAP Heads for Late MkIII Rails

Published: March 3rd, 2015     
British RP-3 Rockets with 60lb SAP Heads for Late MkIII Rails
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Model

The owner of Masterwork truly knows Micro-metal machine work; This is the second review of three sets from Master Model which are all common in design but different in utility; IPMS USA sincerely appreciates Master’s support of our reviewer corps, and thanks to our leaders for sending these my way!

All parts are individually bagged by item within the generic display header bag; this prevents damage and ensures you have the correct bits to finish the set.

The difference in this set (24 0012) from the first set (24 0011) is the design of the

SSW D. III Seatbelts Fabric

Published: March 3rd, 2015     
SSW D. III Seatbelts Fabric
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

My sample arrived in Eduard’s trademark clear poly envelope enclosing a piece of card stock, Eduard’s Knight standing at parade rest at the top right-hand corner. Inside I found one small photo-etch fret, one small textile fret and the instructions.

Cockpit for F3D-2/F3D-2T/EF-10B

Published: February 28th, 2015     
Cockpit for F3D-2/F3D-2T/EF-10B
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

This set consists of a cockpit tub, seats, instrument panels and glare shield for early and late instrument/radar panels, control stick, rudder pedals, a couple of boxes for the sides of the cockpit, headrests, and ancillary parts for the back deck of the cockpit.  This set is designed for the Sword kits, though Pavla makes a set for the Matchbox version of the Skyknight, too.  The parts are well cast in a medium grey resin.  I found no bubbles or short molds in any of my parts.  The instructions are two pages in the typical Pavla format of line drawings with color callouts and occasionally slightly vague locations.

Cockpit for B-57B Night Bomber

Published: February 27th, 2015     
Cockpit for B-57B Night Bomber
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

This set is a replacement cockpit for the Italeri B-57B Canberra cockpit.  It is well cast in a medium grey resin with no pinholes or short casts.  Light flash was present on a couple of the parts but was easily removed.  It should be noted that care must be exercised when removing the pour plug from the bottom of the cockpit. If you remove the plug completely up to the level of the bottom of the cockpit, the resulting floor of the cockpit is very thin.  The set consists of the cockpit tub with detailed side consoles, side walls, and bulkheads, two pretty accurate, well detailed seats, front instrument panel, rear instrument panel relevant to the B-57B, throttle and gear levers (very fragile), a canopy strut jack, and a canopy support bow.  This last piece has an extension that rests against the top center of the middle canopy bow.  This extension is very fragile and prone to breakage.  However, I did not use this piece, since the pictures I have show a more angular canopy support mechanism.  The instructions are typical Pavla, showing color callouts for all the parts, including the side consoles and instrument panels. 

Typhoon Mk. Ib Landing Flaps

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Typhoon Mk. Ib Landing Flaps
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Recently, Airfix has upped its game with the release of several 1/72 scale aircraft kits with new tooling and featuring excellent detail.  One such kit is their Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib.  Despite Airfix’s excellent out-of-box detail, aftermarket detail manufacturers have tossed their hats into the ring to make an excellent kit even better.

Among them is Eduard with it’s set of photoetched landing flaps. Consisting of a single fret of photoetched brass, the set includes the movable surface areas as well as the stationary wing-side structural elements.  Rib and rivet detail is crisp and delicate.  Instructions are visual, succinct, and clearly presented.

Typical of Eduard products, fidelity of detail is exceptional.  Some care and experience working with PE are recommended for this set, making it most suitable for intermediate and experience modelers. Highly recommend this set of flaps for builders wanting to further detail their Typhoons.

Thanks to Eduard for the sample parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review.

Metal Landing Gear - Typhoon

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Metal Landing Gear - Typhoon
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/24
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC continues its prolific output of metal gear designed to support our increasingly resin-filled, detail enhanced large models; thanks for passing on this set to IPMS USA and to our leadership in forwarding it out for review!

This SAC set contains two main gear struts, strut extension braces, torque links, a tail wheel fork, the tail wheel oleo extension strut, and the tail wheel mounting trunnion tube. These are all identical to the kit items, with the exception of having more strength.

AND, the main gear strut on the SAC parts is assembled with the mounting trunnions in place; all total, 3 Airfix kit items replaced per strut with one item. Unity = Strong!

On the Airfix Typhoon kit, you must plan ahead; it is a complex kit, and there are some areas where confusion could exist as to which way certain parts go (such as the main wing spar with all it’s bracing and holes for other parts to fit into). I GOT IT WRONG at least twice, and the plastic Airfix uses is unforgiving once welded together.

Hawker Typhoon Ib Control Surfaces

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Hawker Typhoon Ib Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Recently, Airfix has upped its game with the release of several 1/72 scale aircraft kits with new tooling and featuring excellent detail.  One such kit is their Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib.  Despite Airfix’s excellent out-of-box detail, aftermarket detail manufacturers have tossed their hats into the ring to make an excellent kit even better.

Among them is Aires -- bringing their improved horizontal stabilizers and elevators.  Comparing fairly closely to the kit parts, the Aires version offers some slight differences in surface detail and panel location, as well as posable elevators.

Aires’ mold quality and fidelity of detail is exceptional, and the positionable elevators make a subtle contribution to improving this legendary 1/72 RAF tank killer.  Highly recommended for the braille scale modeler wanting to really trick out his Typhoon Ib.

Thanks to Aires for the sample parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review.

Landing Gear for Spitfire Mk. IX, PR XIC

Published: February 24th, 2015     
Landing Gear for Spitfire Mk. IX, PR XIC
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed for Airfix’s newer molding of the later marks of the Spitfire.  It consists of 5 white metal parts: 2 main gear struts, 2 main gear doors and a tailwheel.  As always, the parts are designed to be drop-in replacements for the kit parts, however, where the kit has the main gear struts and doors molded together, SAC has split each into two pieces, which adds extra depth and definition to the main gear.  At first look, I thought the casting blocks had been left on the struts as there is a rectangular piece at the top of each strut, but fortunately before I trimmed them off, I realized that these pieces are part of the struts and actually slot into the square mounting holes in each wheel well, establishing the correct angle both front to back and left to right.  The tailwheel is also nicely molded and paints up very nicely.

While many SAC sets are needed to support the finished kit or to prevent a tail-sitter, this is not the case for this little Spitfire, but they really look great!

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review sample and IPMS for the

Mobile Barriers

Published: February 24th, 2015     
Mobile Barriers
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Hauler

This is an interesting set of 6 photo-etch moveable barriers that I think will have multiple uses for modelers who build 1.72 modern armor or aircraft or even civilian vehicles or dioramas.  In looking at photographs of a number of European airshows, barriers like these show up on a regular basis being used to separate curious spectators from very expensive aircraft.

Construction is very simple, once each barrier has been removed from the fret.  I recommend using either a new exacto blade or a set of phot-etch scissors to remove the barriers from the fret as they are very fine and easily bent.  Use care and try to nip the attachment points as close to the barrier as possible as they are almost impossible to file or sand once off the fret due to their delicate nature.