Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels

Published: August 1st, 2014     
B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has come out with a direct replacement for the .50 Cal machine gun barrels on the HK Models 1/32nd B 17 Flying Fortress kit.  You get 12 barrels, all the same length and style cast in resin.  The packaging is quite adequate.  There was nothing broken or warped.  The quality of the casting is superb and there is no flash or pinholes.  I would assume that the barrels are the proper length.  They are a little fatter then the kit ones and look good.  Another nice feature is that they are drilled out on the ends.

A word of caution may be necessary, on the HK kit, the kits gun barrels come in various lengths and some have flash suppressors.  The quickboost are all the same length and style.  A nice feature about these barrels is that they are somewhat generic in nature.  I believe they can be used on any Allied Airplane that is 1/32nd and used .50 Cal machine guns. 

Overall, I would recommend these barrels as replacement for the kits parts. They make a vast improvement over the kit machine gun barrels and will add an outstanding detail to an already outstanding model kit.

Static Dischargers for Sukhoi Jets

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Static Dischargers for Sukhoi Jets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Master Model

Master Models has started to issue static dischargers in all scale and types. As a bit of background,  static dischargers or static wicks are used on aircraft to allow the continuous satisfactory operation of onboard navigation and radio communication systems during precipitation (p-static) conditions. if you look at any plane, they have these on the back of the wings, tails and horizontal stabs.

This particular set is made for Sukhoi jets and in 1/32 scale. This would fit Su-27 and Su-7 for example. The set contains 14 pieces of very small (7mm or so) almost hair thin machined brass. As you can see in the picture, even the end is cupped out. Installation involves drilling out the appropriate spot and gluing the part on. To demonstrate, I used a Trumpeter Su-27 and you can see by the comparison, it is NO comparison. The Master Model parts are a world better, more accurate and look all around better.

These parts also come in other scale. For 1/32, they are so head and shoulders above the kit parts, they are a great replacement. Highly recommended! My thanks to Master Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these.

ZU-23-2 "Sergey" Ammunition

Published: July 27th, 2014     
ZU-23-2 "Sergey" Ammunition
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Master Model has produced a nice ammunition set to go along with their beautiful ZU-23-2 barrels.  This set consists of 20 empty casings, 10 OFZ (HEI) rounds and 10 BZT (API-T) rounds.  The items are made from turned brass and ultra-tiny.  The only issue I have with these great items is that they can only be used as a diorama accessory.  Without the disintegrating links that hold the rounds together, they can only be used as individual pieces unless the builder is a REALLY good scratch builder.

SH-3D Sea King Exterior

Published: July 27th, 2014     
SH-3D Sea King Exterior
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Introduction

The Sikorsky Sea King helicopter was developed in the late 1950s for the US Navy’s growing anti-submarine warfare role. Becoming operational in 1961, the Sea King would serve with the US Navy until 2006, and continues in service with other operators to this day. Over its lifetime, the Sea King would spawn multiple variants and revisions. This included versions to meet USAF and USCG roles, such as the well-known HH-3E Jolly Green Giant combat search-and-rescue helicopters. Additionally, licensed-built versions of the Sea King were made by Mitsubishi, Agusta, and Westland. The British-built Westland Sea King variants differ in quite a few points from the Sikorsky-built Sea Kings, and are the basis for Cyber-Hobby’s 1/72 Sea King kits.

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube

Published: July 27th, 2014     
Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Hot on the heels of their 1/48 scale release, Master Models has released a 1/32 scale version of the GAU-8 Avenger gun tip for the Trumpeter A-10. Also included is a corrected pitot tube.

The set is straightforward with a sheet of photoetch for the front and back of the gun barrel, a turned brass center post, seven turned gun barrels, a brass main gun housing and a turned pitot tube. I included several shots of the main gun housing with its holes as it is a work of art. Finely made and with the holes made perfectly.

Assembly is done by adding the back plate and gluing the brass center post into its hole. The only tricky part is next when the front cap is added- you must make sure the holes align for the barrels. I did this by adding the end cover and holding it up to light and making sure things were straight. Let that dry and then slide the barrels through and secure them. The pitot tube is a direct replacement.

As you can see by the comparison pictures, there is no comparison. If you are going to build this kit, you need this part. it is much more accurate and to scale. I would say this is not just highly recommended but is required.

SH-2 Seasprite Landing Gear (KH)

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
SH-2 Seasprite Landing Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 48251
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat conversion and replacement set for the new Kitty Hawk SH-2F.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade.

The 7 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo.  The heft of the parts is very noticeable.  All parts are free of sprues and require little buffing, cleanup and polishing.  The gear struts of the SH-2F kit are directly replaced with the SAC parts.  The main mount parts attach to the kit fuselage with no difficulty.  Kit parts that are replaced by SAC parts are D 20, 21, 23, 24 and E 24, 25, 26.

Note that you will need to use kit part E 27 along with the SAC replacement for kit part E 26, the tail wheel strut.  Kit part 27 is not weight bearing and easily works with the SAC part to hold the tail wheel in place.

Seahawk Exhaust Nozzles

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Seahawk Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Another of Quickboost’s drop-in replacement parts, this set replaces the exhaust nozzles on the Hobby Boss Seahawk FGA.6 and Mk.100/101 kits.  The exhaust parts that come in the kit are two part assemblies and are curved.  The trailing edges of the parts are slightly too thick and the seam on the inside needs to be cleaned up.  With the curve, this can be difficult. 

The Quickboost parts eliminate both of the above problems, giving you two parts that need to be just removed from the pour plug and installed.  The trailing edges are commendably thin.  The one-piece nature of the parts will save you a lot of time trying to remove the seams on the kit parts.  Recommended, especially for the price.

Thanks go to Quickboost / Aires for supplying the parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review them.

MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is another of SAC’s drop-in replacement landing gear sets.  It is meant for the ICM MiG-25 Foxbat kit.  As you can see from the pictures, they’re a direct replacement for the kit parts.  With the Foxbat being a substantial aircraft, the extra support of the metal landing gear could come in handy. 

The detail on the parts is sharp and should paint up very nicely.  The parts require minor cleanup of mold seams, easily done with a knife blade.  Some small parts may have been slightly bent during shipping but they are easily straightened.  Recommended.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the landing gear set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Airbus A400M Grizzly Landing Gear

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Airbus A400M Grizzly Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 72042
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is another of SAC’s drop-in replacement landing gear sets. It is meant for the Revell 1/72 scale Airbus A400M Grizzly kit. As you can see from the pictures, they’re a direct replacement for the kit parts. With the A400M being such a large aircraft, the extra support of the metal landing gear could be vital over time.

There are a lot of parts in this set, with basically six of everything except the nose gear parts. There are gear struts, strut braces, and wheel hub/axles for the mains, plus the main gear, V-strut, and retraction strut for the nose gear.

The detail on the parts is sharp and should paint up very nicely. The parts require minor cleanup of mold seams, easily done with a knife blade. Some small parts may have been slightly bent during shipping but they are easily straightened. This set is certainly recommended.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the landing gear set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Jas-39 Gripen Refueling Probe

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Jas-39 Gripen Refueling Probe
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 scale Jas-39 Gripen is a detailed, well-executed kit. It does require skill to assemble, and many of the details are simplified for various reasons. This is where Quickboost (Aires’ in-house brand) has stepped in to provide some added detail.

Quickboost provides us with a better-detailed, very fine aerial refueling boom and probe. The nozzle head itself is literally perfect. The remainder of the boom is a worthy upgrade just so you don’t have to scrape the mold seam from along the sides of the kit’s boom. This can save a ton of time! Also included in the detail set is a well for the retracted boom and exterior door with actuator. Ultimately, the kit’s parts were best described as “meh,” and these Quickboost additions are just the thing to kick the build up a level.

Thanks to Aires for providing this set for review. Your continued support is more than valued, and we appreciate it. Thanks once again to the IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review such a cool accessory!

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