Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-104C Starfighter Ejection Seat

Published: December 10th, 2013     
F-104C Starfighter Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1:72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is known for producing finely cast resin details. This seat is no exception. The details are very good but some are fragile, such as the ejection rings, which quickly broke off and disappeared. This isn’t so much a function of the piece, but of careless handling on my part. They are easy to break, so be prepared to make up your own if you snap them off.

Removing the seat from the resin casting plug was easy enough with a razor saw. However, I eventually had to cut more, about 1/8”, from the seat bottom to get a decent fit in the Hasegawa 1:72 F-104C kit. I don’t know if this is a function of the kit or the seat.

Once painted, and with a subtle wash, the seat details pop out. After modifying the seat bottom as above it was a drop fit into the cockpit.

The Quickboost replacement seat is far better than the simple plastic form that Hasegawa supplies, plus, it has seat belts cast in. A worthy addition to your Starfighter.

H-34 USN/USMC Landing Gear (GM)

Published: December 5th, 2013     
H-34 USN/USMC Landing Gear (GM)
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions produces metal replacement parts for hundreds of kits in a wide variety of scales. Some of the landing gear sets are generic while others are designed to fit a specific kit. I’ve had some luck with cross-purposing some of the SAC gear, and having a Revell UH-34 in my stash I decided to compare this gear set, engineered for the Gallery kit, with the parts contained in my Revell kit.

The Parts

The SAC product is designed for an H-34, and my Revell kit is a UH-34. Googling images, I came to the conclusion that while there are some differences between the strut braces between the “H” and “UH”, I found enough similarity in appearance to assuage my concerns about significant differences in the appearance of the struts and bracing.

SAAB J35 Draken Pitot Tubes

Published: December 4th, 2013     
SAAB J35 Draken Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This accessory is for the Airfix, Hasegawa, and Heller Draken kits.   The parts are replacement pitot tubes and an Angle of Attack sensor.

The Kit

You get three finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope.  I found that the pitot tubes were in a separate tube-like pouch, with the AOA probe in a separated part of the inner plastic bag.  I had to cut the bag twice to get the parts out.

I liked the instruction sheet, it was simple, and showed you exactly where to put the pitots and the AOA. 

Assembly

This particular model had the tail pitot intact, but the nose one had been broken off long ago.  I cut off the tail pitot and drilled a small shallow hole.  The nose pitot required a little cutting to get the taper of the pitot to match the nose part.

The pitots went in nicely, and I was able to get the alignment pretty close before the CA glue set.  It’s also nice to be able to bend the pitot  if it’s out slightly without worrying about breaking it.

SAAB 37 Viggen - Pitot tubes & Angle Of Attack probe

Published: December 4th, 2013     
SAAB 37 Viggen - Pitot tubes & Angle Of Attack probe
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This accessory is designed to be used with the Airfix, Hasegawa, Heller or Matchbox kits.   The parts are a replacement for the pitot tube, angle of attack probe (AOA) and secondary pitot, located on the vertical stabilizer.  I used a Heller Viggen which was previously used for a paint mask review. The sensor and pitots are silver on this aircraft.  I found a great shot of a Viggen on airliners.net which showed this color nicely.

The Kit

You get three finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope.  This is done to prevent losing these tiny parts during shipping, handling or storage.

Assembly

I painted the brass parts with Testors Aluminum Metalizer.

Russian Missile R-23T (AA-7B Apex)

Published: December 4th, 2013     
Russian Missile R-23T (AA-7B Apex)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

Distinctive of the Mig-23 interceptor were the large white R-23 (NATO AA-7 APEX) missiles that it carried close to the fuselage. To me, with the large fins, they seem more menacing than the US Sparrow missiles. Now that there is a decent model of the Mig-23 available in 1/48 it is nice to see the aftermarket manufacturers step in and provide more realistic ordnance options. Even though the Trumpeter kit provides R-23 it is nice to see the variants and detail offered by Plus Models. In this case these are the infrared seeking R-23T missiles.

As I experience with some of their other products, Plus Models provides a small multi-media kit in each package. This kit is no exception, providing separate resin main fins, replacement missile rails, clear resin seeker heads, resin seeker head covers, PE details and decals. The instructions are adequate to get the missiles assembles, but I recommend some reference photos for the smaller details like protective covers. Before you start I suggest scrubbing the resin with a detergent to remove the mold release.

Landing Gear for Kinetic's Kfir C2/C7

Published: November 29th, 2013     
Landing Gear for Kinetic's Kfir C2/C7
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks again to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  Keep the production line up, many of us will continue to buy them!

Pardon a quick interlude on the relative merits of Metal gear over plastic.  About three years ago I built one of the new 1/32 JU-88 kits on the market.  The proprietor of a now-defunct, not-so-local hobby shop asked if I was interested in SAC metal gear for the kit.  I said, “naaa”… I was not convinced of the merits.  He purchased one of the Junkers for himself, and asked if I would build it for him. 

“Certainly” says I. 

German Wheel Chocks

Published: November 28th, 2013     
German Wheel Chocks
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:32
Company: Hauler

Hauler produces high quality photo-etched sets for AFVs, airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, resin accessories for dioramas and resin kits (1). Since this is my first association with Hauler-Brengun I think it is appropriate to mention something about the website. The company is located in the Czech Republic and the website is in British English. Other than the occasional misspelled word the website is user friendly, easy to navigate, uncluttered, and well laid out with clear links to the products available, contact info for the company, and a shopping cart for online purchases. I did not use the shopping cart to obtain this review sample. It was provided by Hauler as a courtesy item to the IPMS Reviewer Corps.

P-47D Landing Gear

Published: November 28th, 2013     
P-47D Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the Academy 1/48 P-47D, which has been boxed by Italeri and Eduard too.

The set includes 5 parts, two landing gear struts and scissors plus the tail wheel, finely molded in white metal. These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

You can see from the pictures the parts are very cleanly molded and formed. Attaching the struts scissors is very easily accomplished with superglue as regular plastic glue will not work on white metal.

While dry fitting the parts, I’ve noticed that the white metal landing gear struts are molded a little bit shorter than the plastic ones. I was able to tell that when I presented the metal part to the landing gear cover and the alignment pins did not completely line up. Not a big issue and actually the shorter struts represent a combat loaded P-47 better in my opinion.

Once painted and weathered, the landing gears look very realistic and provide some extra strength to your finished model.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels.

Spitfire Mk II, Vb, VI Landing Gear

Published: November 26th, 2013     
Spitfire Mk II, Vb, VI Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire Mk II, Vb, VI kits.  The gear strut attachment points will also match up with the Revell I/II kit, and perhaps some others with the same wing tooling.  I have reviewed several of these sets, and have purchased a few more on my own, because in all cases, they have been superior to the kit items.

The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kits plastic parts.  The supplied items include two main gear struts and braces, and one tail gear assembly.  Also included are white metal tires.  The tires are a significant improvement in detail over the kit tires, which are devoid of any tread pattern.  The SAC tires also have tread and improved rim/lug detailing.

Saab J-29 Tunnan Pitot Tubes

Published: November 26th, 2013     
Saab J-29 Tunnan Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This accessory is for the Heller Tunnan kit.   The parts are replacement pitot tubes.

The Kit

You get two finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope.  Good plan – lost parts of this size would be a disaster, not to mention impossible to find.  I liked the instruction sheet, it was simple, to the point, and uncluttered.

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