Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

USS Hornet CV-8 Part 1 - Cranes

Published: April 16th, 2015     
USS Hornet CV-8 Part 1 - Cranes
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/200
Company: Eduard

Eduard has come out with several photo etch sets for  the 1/200 Scale, Merit, USS Hornet CV-8 (kit# 62001). This is Part 1 of the series, and provides new aircraft and boat cranes for the starboard and port sides, and detail parts to upgrade the ships main aircraft and boat crane on the flight deck.

The new aircraft and boat cranes for the sides are an entire crane assembly. They replace the existing cranes.

The main aircraft and boat crane for the flight deck includes replacement parts for existing kit parts. You get a new boom, hooks, stays, man rails, platforms and ladders. 

Assembly is straight-forward but extremely fiddly. There are a bunch of very tiny parts that need to be bent and shaped. Most of the small parts are hard to hold and glue at the same time. This makes for a time consuming and sometimes aggravating assembly. Thank you Eduard for providing some extra parts. 

The instructions are quite adequate to provide detailed information on part numbers and placement. There is some minor surgery required on the main aircraft and boat crane for the flight-deck but nothing that is overwhelming.

F-89D/J Resin Jet Pipes

Published: April 16th, 2015     
F-89D/J Resin Jet Pipes
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Revell’s 1/72nd F-89D/J came out in the early 90’s and is a great kit.  There are really only two shortfalls of the kit; the first being the lackluster cockpit and the second being the multi-part exhaust/jet pipes.  Pavla has recently released resin detail parts for the cockpit and the exhaust.

The resin jet pipes consist of only two parts, one per engine.  These are simple replacements for the multi-part kit versions.  There are no instructions, but it’s a relatively cut-and-dry process.  There is a small pour stub on each part that will need to be removed.  Afterwards, you’ll need to thin out the inside of the Revell fuselage in the area where the jet pipes will go.  Once you do that, these parts slip right in.  Unfortunately, I did not realize the kit would need alteration until after I had painted the jet pipes.  As such, some sanding and test fitting resulted in me marring the paint on my Pavla jet pipes.  This is not a big deal as I can easily repaint them.  However, with this knowledge in hand, your build should be much easier.

German Submarine 10.5 cm Gun

Published: April 16th, 2015     
German Submarine 10.5 cm Gun
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Background

The 10.5cm SK C/32 (SK - Schnelladekanone (quick loading cannon) C - Construktionsjahr (year of design) was a German naval gun used in World War II. This was the standard unshielded low-angle deck gun mounted forward of the conning tower in Type I, Type IX and Type X U-boats. The guns were also used in shielded high-angle mountings aboard type 35 and type 43 minesweepers, Elbing class torpedo boats, cruiser Emden, and old battleships Schlesien and Schleswig-Holstein. The LC/32 mounting used in Type I and early Type IX U-boats weighed about 5 tons and could be elevated from -10° to +35°. Later Type IX and Type XB U-boats used the LC/36 mounting reducing weight by 10 percent by restricting elevation from -10° to +30°. During the early war years, these guns were used to encourage surrender of independently routed merchant ships or to sink ships damaged by torpedoes. The rate of fire with a good crew was 15 to 18 rounds per minute. When the Allies improved their aerial hunting capabilities, the guns were removed since they contributed significant hyrdodynamic resistance.

Westland Whirlwind Metal Landing Gear

Published: April 15th, 2015     
Westland Whirlwind Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

What you get in the package is a full gear replacement in white metal for both main gear legs and the tail gear. In many cases SAC will assemble some of the kit parts prior to casting. In this case the replacement  parts number is the same as the kit parts. They have cleaned up the gear and filled  any imperfections that were present on the original plastic parts. They also have enhanced the level of detail on the gear well above that of the plastic parts

The gear  in the kit consists of  five plastic parts. The metal replacement parts make up five pieces, two for each main gear and a single piece for the tail gear.

Detail is crisper on the metal gear than on the kit’s plastic parts. One can also tell from the photos that the SAC gear  is much beefier, especially on the main gear retraction arms. The replacement parts are a drop fit with no issues what so ever. The overall appearance of the replacement gear is vastly superior to the kit parts.

Eduard Bf109F/G Fabric Seatbelts

Published: April 14th, 2015     
Eduard Bf109F/G Fabric Seatbelts
Reviewed by: William Nichols, IPMS# 36068
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s partnership with fellow Czech company HGW continues with their release of these pre-cut printed fabric seat belts.  The belts themselves are made from very thin, elastic like fabric onto which the details and colors are printed.  The belts are printed in the standard Luftwaffe light tan for this set, with the late war Orlon green available in a separate set.

The hardware is typical Eduard, rendered beautifully and precisely.  Three types of mounting brackets are included for the shoulder harnesses, so check your references to the type used specific to your model.

Assembly is straight forward, if not a tad fiddly.  The belts re very thin, and thread well through the photo-etched buckles and parts.  As noted in other reviews here, they work best if you do not crumple them up before threading them as the instructions states. 

T-72M Early Turret

Published: April 14th, 2015     
T-72M Early Turret
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/35
Company: SBS Models

History

This is a review of the SBS T-72 M early turret, for the Tamiya T-72 M1 kit. As such, the model requires the Tamiya kit for almost all parts needed in this build (aside from the basic turret itself).

Kit

This box contains 11 resin cast parts, a sheet of decals, 55 separate photo-etched parts, as well as a printed outline of where all the P-E should go’

Though I have a limited amount of experience with PE and resin, I volunteered to undertake this review because I have acquired a ‘taste’ for the Soviet bloc armor and thought this would help expand my modeling knowledge and enjoyment. On second thought, my ambitions may have exceeded my grasp of the undertaking at hand.

Builders Notes

The overall quality of the casting and PE is excellent and I expect a more experienced armor modeler will be rewarded with this excellent after-market set. There are several items on the PE sheet, which reflect some incredible surface detail, with multiple levels of chemical or other type of milling evident. I am not sure how this is accomplished, but the resulting effect is beautiful and evident when painted.

Fairey Firefly - Hispano 20mm Cannons In Short Fairings

Published: April 13th, 2015     
Fairey Firefly - Hispano 20mm Cannons In Short Fairings
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master-Model offers modelers three different sets of turned metal parts that can be used in place of the Special Hobby kit’s plastic parts to add extra detail to models of the Fairey Firefly.  These sets are available in both 1:72 and 1:48 scale.  This set (AM-48-097) provides parts to assemble crisply detailed 1:48 scale Hispano 20mm cannon in short fairings for the Fairey Firefly.

The Master-Model parts are designed to replace the injection molded ones in Special Hobby kits without significant surgery.  Since the kits already have holes on the wings’ leading edge to install the injection-molded parts, the Master-Model barrels should literally drop in place instead.  (Although the size of the holes may need to be increased to 1.5mm diameter to accept the plug on the end of the fairings).

MiG-19S (Farmer C) Gun Barrels Set & Pitot Tube and Shenyang J-6/F-6

Published: April 13th, 2015     
MiG-19S (Farmer C) Gun Barrels Set & Pitot Tube and Shenyang J-6/F-6
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-19 and Chinese version of it, the J-6/F-6, are essentially the same aircraft.  The Chinese version had an additional wing hard point on each wing.  One thing about early MiGs is that they had long pitot tubes.  In plastic they are fragile and easily bendable.  The clean up of the plastic part is difficult to ensure that you keep a round cross section.  Then if you are like me I ALWAYS break them off, either on the way to a show or just in handling the model.

Dassault Mirage IV Refueling Probe Boom

Published: April 9th, 2015     
Dassault Mirage IV Refueling Probe Boom
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Heller Mirage IV is a slightly older kit, but still the only option in town.  The Mirage IV has its refueling boom off of the nose so it sits out there just waiting to be knocked off or bent.  Enter Master from Poland.

Why do would you want to use the Master turned metal part?  Well there are numerous reasons.  The first, and most important, is that turned metal is stronger.  Another reason is that you don’t have to worry about the mold line or keeping the round cross section all the time worried about losing detail.  These reasons are enough for me to use the metal parts. 

Packaged in a Ziploc bag, this set is a single piece of machined aluminum.  The refueling boom is perfectly rendered and captures the shape of the tube and probe.  This set is simply a replacement of the kit boom.  You may not even have to drill the hole unless you accidentally filled it with slurry of plastic while gluing the nose. 

Simple, yet effective.  Strength and a perfectly machined part make this an easy and impressive upgrade.  You’ll want to add this to your model if you have the Heller kit.

X-29A Mask

Published: April 9th, 2015     
X-29A Mask
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

I've used more than a few masks on my models lately and have always been happy with the results. This X-29 set from RES-IM continues the trend and performs as advertised. Printed on yellow Kabuki type tape and laser cut, the sheet provides masks for the windscreen, canopy, and the three wheels. The only omission was the instruction sheet - there was none to be had. Fortunately, the X-29A has a very simple windscreen/canopy with frames only around the edges of the Plexiglas. Consequently, the positions of the individual masks are easy to decipher. They are also easy to see on the sheet and easily removed. Masks for the clear parts were "outlines" leaving the modeler to fill the openings. I cut some pieces from unused sections