Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tie Down Points (Star Type) US Aircraft Carrier

Published: July 10th, 2016     
Tie Down Points (Star Type) US Aircraft Carrier
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

For those unfamiliar with carrier aviation, when an aircraft is not actively in use, it is secured to the deck using a come-along device between attachment points on the aircraft and tie downs on the deck. The tie downs are dished out areas on the deck (flight deck and hangar bay) with a welded on set of metal rods that form a star shape. I became most familiar with a flight deck tie down during my shellback initiation as I blew the water out of one of the tie downs as I awaited the next station. When the flight deck or hangar bay has a fresh coat of non-skid applied, the tie downs are masked off. Depending on the era of the carrier you are modeling, you will find tie downs painted either white or a dark gray (I prefer Model Master Engine Gray to represent this).

MG–14/17 Parabellum WWI gun

Published: July 10th, 2016     
MG–14/17 Parabellum WWI gun
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Developed in 1917 as a follow up to the MG-14, the MG-14/17 Parabellum was a machine gun used on WWI German aircraft that was capable of firing 700 rounds per minute of its deadly 7.92 mm ammunition. In addition to use on aircraft, my internet research also located photos of the guns used by the infantry. The offset 3-power scope shown in many of the photos is included with this Eduard release.

Eduard did a great job capturing the detail of the MG-14/17 with the gun itself, ammunition drum, and scope being cast in resin, while the ammunition drum faces and their details, barrel handle, front sight, scope mounts, scope ring, and trigger/guard being photo etched parts. The set includes 11 parts for each gun, with two guns contained in the kit, and a single sheet of paper with directions and recommended colors (Gunze color numbers are provided along with the noun names). Also mentioned in the instructions is a 12 mm piece of 0.25 mm wire, which is not included in this release.

MG–14 Parabellum WWI gun

Published: July 10th, 2016     
MG–14 Parabellum WWI gun
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Developed as a replacement for the Maschinengewehr 08, the MG-14 Parabellum was a machine gun used on WWI German aircraft that was capable of firing 700 rounds per minute of its deadly 7.92 mm ammunition. Although Anthony Fokker used this model gun in the development of the synchronizing gear for his aircraft, the gun was typically used in the flexible mounts of reconnaissance aircraft, bombers, and Zeppelins. The lighter weight of the gun (as compared to the MG-08), high rate of fire, and reduction in the size of the ammunition belt, set the MG-14 apart as a weapon of choice.

Su-7 Pitot Tubes and 30 mm Gun Barrels

Published: July 10th, 2016     
Su-7 Pitot Tubes and 30 mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Su-7 - in 1/48 scale - has one kit in town: the late 80s kit from Kopro/OEZ recently re-boxed by Eduard. The model is somewhat limited in surface detail and different manufactures offer ways to enhance it. Among them is Master Model which offers a drop-in replacement for the guns and pitot tubes (nose and wing).

As you can see in the pictures, the guns are a vast improvement over the originals, which are basically a plastic rod. The metal replacement parts have nice hollow ends and have different lengths to properly reproduce the placement of the guns in the Su-7.

The wing’s pitot tube has a much fine shape than the plastic one. Please note that you will have to keep the base of the plastic pitot tube and modify it to receive the turned brass one. Very simple to do with a file and a drill bit.

Perhaps the master piece of this aftermarket set is the nose pitot tube, with its combination brass/resin and the incredible detailed vanes (to provide angle-of-attack information to the pilot).