Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

T-38A Landing Gear

Published: June 7th, 2014     
T-38A Landing Gear
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The SAC landing gear for the Trumpeter 1/48 T-38A Talon kit is a direct “plug and play” replacement for the kit gear with one minor change. The nose gear is one piece for the SAC gear whereas the Trumpeter part is a two piece affair (the nose gear attachment point is separate from the strut itself). I am not sure why Trumpeter did this but to me it seems like it would add a natural weakness in the structure and that joint has to hold the nose of a fairly large aircraft up. The SAC gear cleaned up nicely, with just some minor cutting and filing of excess metal. The top of one main gear had a bit of a pour plug that came off with a sprue cutter and a file.

A3D-2 Seatbelts and Seats

Published: June 4th, 2014     
A3D-2 Seatbelts and Seats
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Many of the latest releases seem to have been ignored by many of the resin companies. One of these is the Trumpeter 1/48 A-3D Skywarrior. Eduard has come to the rescue with several sets that address some detail issues in the kit. This set addresses the seats which are weak. While Trumpeter also includes some photoetch seat belts, they are generic at best.

This set is one colored photoetch seat with enough belts and parts to fix all three of the kit seats and address the needed belts for the folded jump seat. The set comes with two choices of seat backs; one slatted the other more fabric looking. I built a copy of both. The one with the fabric look has to be slightly engraved to look more realistic. If you use a ballpoint pen and take your time, it is a simple process. the set also includes seat fronts (missing in the kit) and details for the head rest area. Lastly, is a really nice set of lap belts and shoulder harnesses I color and nicely detailed. as you can see in the picture, the seats are a world ahead of the kit parts.

A3D-2 Interior Self Adhesive Photoetch

Published: June 2nd, 2014     
A3D-2 Interior Self Adhesive Photoetch
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Many of the latest releases seem to have been ignored by many of the resin companies. One of these is the Trumpeter 1/48 A-3D Skywarrior. Eduard has come to the rescue with several sets that address some detail issues in the kit. This set is a self-adhesive (SA) upgrade for the cockpit. The set comes with one standard sheet of photoetch and one precolored sheet with SA backing. The SA sheet is for the instrument panel, side instruments and about anywhere a black panel is needed. The other sheet addresses replacement boxes on the back of the cockpit, sidewalls to the cockpit and rudder pedals.

Installations are pretty straightforward. There are a couple places where you need to sand smooth. The primary one is the cockpit instrument panel, which shows instruments from one side to the other. This is incorrect in that the right side is blank.  Sand it smooth and the precolored parts really jazz it up. I flat coated these and added Kristal Klear to the instrument faces to replicate glass. It looks even better than my pictures show.

J2M3 Raiden Gun Barrels

Published: June 1st, 2014     
J2M3 Raiden Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added two different sets of gun barrels to their aftermarket parts line that are specifically designed to replace those in two different brands of 1:32 scale J2M3 Raiden kits.  This set is to be used to replace parts in Hasegawa kits. The barrels are quite impressive.  They have hollow openings, the detail is refined and crisp, and there are no injection molding seam lines for the modeler to eliminate.

The parts are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. The barrels can easily be separated from the casting block with a razor saw or sharp #11 Xacto blade.   There is no flash, so prep work is a breeze.  Installation is pretty obvious because these are direct replacements for the kit parts.  Remember, it is a good idea to rinse the resin parts to remove any mold release residue before installing them.  Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach these parts to the kit’s styrene plastic. 

This set is highly recommended as a quick and easy way for modelers to enhance the detail of a Hasegawa 1:32 J2M3 Raiden.

Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC – Hispano Mk.1 20mm Cannons

Published: May 30th, 2014     
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC – Hispano Mk.1  20mm Cannons
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model is an aftermarket supplier that offers modelers the opportunity to add exceptional turned metal parts to their models. Generally, the sets are available for builders in 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scale.  Most builders who prefer to add aftermarket gun barrels, refueling probes, antennas and pitot tubes to their aircraft models are quite familiar with Master Model’s line of excellent detail parts.

This set (AM-72-066) provides highly detailed 1:72 scale Hispano Mk. 1 cannon (with flat recoil springs) for the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC. The parts may be used to replace the injection molded ones in Revell, Airfix, Hasegawa, Academy, Smer, Matchbox and Heller kits.  In some cases, they simply will drop into place, in others a little surgery may be required.  Holes may need to be drilled in the leading edge to accept the fairing and barrel combination or a kits’ molded wing fairing may be drilled to accept only the cannon barrel.

Note - the outboard and inboard cannon fairings are different sizes. The instruction sheet packed with the parts clearly shows which ones are which and how to position them.

Bismarck Main 38cm SKC/34; Secondary 15cm; and AAA 10.5cm, 37mm SKC/30,and 20mm C/30 Turned Metal Gun Barrels

Published: May 29th, 2014     
Bismarck Main 38cm SKC/34; Secondary 15cm; and AAA 10.5cm, 37mm SKC/30,and 20mm C/30 Turned Metal Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/200
Company: Master Model

Trumpeter’s recent 1/200 scale Bismarck is a gigantic kit at over four feet in length! Using plastic for her guns is, frankly, a serious disservice.  Fortunately, Master Model has fired a salvo of several metal barrel upgrade sets aimed squarely at this large-scale Bismarck.

The three Bismarck sets being reviewed are:

  • SM-200-06 - 1/200 German battleship Bismarck - main gun barrels - 38 cm (15in) SKC/34 (8 pcs) - $24.00
  • SM-200-07 - 1/200 German battleship Bismarck - secondary and heavy AA armament barrels - 15cm (12 pcs), 10,5 cm (16 pcs) - $15.00
  • SM-200-08 - 1/200 German battleship Bismarck - anti-aircraft armament barrels - 37 mm SKC/30 (16 pcs), 20 mm C/30 (12 pcs), 20 mm C/38 (8 pcs) - $15.00

Master Model has excelled in creating amazing turned metal products at reasonable prices, and these upgrades are no exception. The main guns are huge, well machined, and beautiful. The secondary and AA guns have astounding detail.

US Navy Airborne Mark 13 Torpedoes (Early and Improved Types)

Published: May 29th, 2014     
US Navy Airborne Mark 13 Torpedoes (Early and Improved Types)
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Master Model has a knack for making impossibly small upgraded detail “kits” that are assembled from turned-metal parts and photoetch (PE).  Previous highlights included the 1/72 scale six-barreled M61 Vulcan machine gun found in most modern US fighters, and the 1/72 GAU-8 Avenger gun tip, found at the business end of an A-10.

Now, Master has somewhat outdone themselves with two “kit” versions of the aircraft-carried WWII Mark 13 torpedo…in 1/350 scale:

HMS Dreadnought 12in and 12pdr Turned Metal Gun Barrels

Published: May 29th, 2014     
HMS Dreadnought 12in and 12pdr Turned Metal Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Master Model, maker of some amazingly detailed metal replacement parts, offers a new turned-metal barrel upgraded set for the 1/350 scale Zvezda kit of the HMS Dreadnought.  The set consists of ten turned-aluminum 12in main gun barrels and twelve turned-brass 12-pounder secondary gun barrels. Both barrel sizes are spectacularly cut.

Using the Master Model barrels couldn’t be easier, as they feature a small mounting peg at the breech end of the barrels.  Simply remove an existing kit barrel, drill a small hole in its place, and insert and secure the Master barrel’s mounting peg into the hole with a bit of CA glue.

Like many of the Master Model barrel sets, this set is not only limited to use with the HMS Dreadnought, as both the 12-inch and 12-pounder guns were found on many other British ships before and during WWI.

This set is a welcome addition to raise the detail level on Zvezda’s HMS Dreadnought.  Once again, Master Model has delivered a top-notch product that deserves praise and a hearty recommendation.

Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC – Hispano Mk.2 20mm Cannons

Published: May 29th, 2014     
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC – Hispano Mk.2  20mm Cannons
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model is an aftermarket supplier that offers modelers the opportunity to add exceptional turned metal parts to their models. Generally, the sets are available for builders in 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scale.  Most builders who prefer to add aftermarket gun barrels, refueling probes, antennas and pitot tubes to their aircraft models are quite familiar with Master Model’s line of excellent detail parts.

US Navy 16"/50 caliber Mark 7, 14"/45 caliber, and 5"/51 caliber Turned Metal Gun Barrels

Published: May 29th, 2014     
US Navy 16"/50 caliber Mark 7, 14"/45 caliber, and 5"/51 caliber Turned Metal Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Christopher Martens, IPMS# 48653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

Master Model has turned out quite a few turned-metal parts in the last few years.  They’ve recently sighted in on some common US Navy guns with three new turned-metal barrel upgrade sets as part of their Sea Master line of products:

  • SM-700-37- 1/700 USN 16in/50 Mark 7 barrels (9 pcs) - Iowa and Montana battleship classes- $7.00
  • SM-700-38 - 1/700 USN 14in/45 (12 pcs) - New York (B-34), Nevada (B-36) and Pennsylvania (B-38) classes - fits to USS Arizona model - $7.00
  • SM-700-39 - 1/700 USN 5in/51 (22 pcs) - many USN warships - fits to USS Arizona model - $5.50

Both the 16” and 14” barrel sets are an excellent replacement for kit parts. The barrels are hollow and the shapes appear dead on. The 5in/51 barrels are fantastic, but they will require a modeler of extreme skill and determination to use thanks to their small, but accurate, size in 1/700 scale.

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