Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

L-29 Delfin – Control Surfaces

Published: February 11th, 2017     
L-29 Delfin – Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

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 Aires provides replacements for the kit elevator, rudder, and flaps. The four flap parts provide additional surface detail but mainly provide very sharp trailing edges. The flap parts also have some added detail molded into the sides of the flap parts. These parts must be carefully removed from their molding sprues because of their fine mounting struts.

The new elevator offers a slight improvement over the kit part. Surface detail is about the same but the Aires part has finer elevator tip counterbalances and of course, the trailing edges are sharp.

Finally, the rudder is a big improvement over the kit part. The kit rudder consists of two halves which makes for a much thicker trailing edge. The Aires part is much more realistic with a sharp trailing edge.

Ventura MkII Interior Set

Published: February 10th, 2017     
Ventura MkII Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Revell Ventura MkII. This set is colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit and other areas. They really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for the set for a kit that needs them. I do find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. Also I would recommend install the assembled parts 34 and 14 into part 7 before you fully form it.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Ventura MkII Bomb Bay Set

Published: February 10th, 2017     
Ventura MkII Bomb Bay Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch bomb bay upgrade set to for the Revell Ventura MkII which has very simple molded details in the kit part and really needs them. One reason I put off buying the Revell kit was my disappointment in the bomb bay detail, this set make it very simple to really improve the kit.

In the packet is:

  • 1 large photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set and the kit really needs this as it’s a major improvement. The set does require a lot of work removing the simple molded details on the kit parts especially part B6. But it’s well worth all the effort. The set also includes the bomb fins and spinners. I really loved the finish look of the bomb bay once this was done. If you have the Revell kit you have to get this set!

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Remove Before Flight Steel

Published: February 9th, 2017     
Remove Before Flight Steel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Every type of aircraft that has an ejection seat or explosive cartridges has a safety item that can be removed to make them safe to be around. That item is a Remove Before Flight safety pin. Every pin has a red tag attached to it so it can be removed before flight. Funny how that works.

Eduard has offered Remove Before Flight tags before in their normal line. They worked but they were very stiff. These new tags are much thinner and can be bent much more realistically.

Inside the usual Eduard packaging is one colored fret with coloring on both sides. The printed “Remove Before Flight” is only on one side. One set has some printing on the other side. The printing is crisp and looks great.

You will have to make the chords from wire. But that makes it easy to adjust the length of the flags.

If there is a downside to this set, it is that there are only a few of each type of tag. There are three No.1 style, three No.2 style, three No.3s, only two style 4, and three of style 5. Depending on your modeling subject you may need multiple sets.

Soviet Small Arms WW2

Published: February 9th, 2017