Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Assortment Shutters, Type 1

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Assortment Shutters, Type 1
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Add On Parts

These shutters make a very nice diorama accessory and are a nice addition to building windows.

The package includes 10 cast resin parts, 2 pairs each of 5 deferent shutter styles. The styles include two pairs of louvered wood shutters, two pairs of metal shutters, and two pairs each of 3 different wood style shutters. Each set of shutters includes two shutters molded in the closed position, as if closed over a window. All but one of the shutter sets includes center astragals over the joint between the two shutters. The astragal will need to be dealt with if the shutters are cut apart and placed on each side of the window in an open position. The pair of shutters measure 1-3/4” tall by 1-1/16” inch wide, or 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide at 1/35 scale.

T-2 Buckeye Metal Landing Gear

Published: November 27th, 2014     
T-2 Buckeye Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Ross, you and your company do it again…. Thanks to SAC for developing a metal gear set for this new kit; and thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending it on!

These stronger, metal versions of the kit’s gear, continue the “form/fit/function” replacement mantra.  Short-run plastic is a bit soft, so metal gear becomes crucial with the larger kits.  In the case of the buckeye, the nose gear is an offset single-arm strut, which makes the metal even more appropriate.

Continuing the line of full-build reviews so we could see how the gear actually looks on a final product…  As reviewed by others, the basic kit is a computer-enlarged version of Special Hobby’s 1/48 kit released a few years ago by Two-Bobs.  Outline, detail, and appearance are catered for with plastic for the most part, and resin upgrades for the seats and a few other bits (Including the retraction arms for the main-gear tire follow-up doors on the inner side)… in the end you have a huge model of a visually-interesting aircraft.

Precolored Roof Tiles

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Precolored Roof Tiles
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Add On Parts

The kit includes approximately 325 ceramic tiles prefinished with a light terra-cotta color. The color of the roof tiles is nicely mottled and would be ideally suited for Southern Europe or Mediterranean buildings. The tiles in this sample are much lighter than the illustration on the package.

There are 3 shapes to the tile - the typical field tile, a shorter field tile, and a shape with an extended edge for a roof eave or cap. There are few bubbles in the casting, some chipped edges, and some flash that can easily be chipped off. All these add to the nice texture of the tile. The ceramic material is very fine grained, integrally colored so any chipping will blend in, and can easily be trimmed with a hobby knife or sanding stick. No instructions are provided.

Boarding Ladder for Mig-21

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Boarding Ladder for Mig-21
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

If you like to build your planes as they would be just before a flight, one problem has always been to get a decent pilot boarding ladder. Some have come out but have been all photoetch and delicate. Plusmodel to the rescue! They have recently released a series of 1/48th scale boarding ladders for several planes. This one if for a Mig-21 and could be used with either the Eduard or Academy kits and it is INJECTION MOLDED!!!!!

Ladders for F-105F/G

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Ladders for F-105F/G
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

What's a decent diorama builder to do if you want to pose your plane with a boarding ladder? Plusmodel to the rescue! They have recently released a series of 1/48th scale boarding ladders for several planes. This one if for a F-105F/G (the two seat version) and could be used with either the Hobbyboss or Revell kits and it is INJECTION MOLDED!!!!!

Wheel Chocks for MiG-29 and Other Russian Airplanes

Published: November 20th, 2014     
Wheel Chocks for MiG-29 and Other Russian Airplanes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models from Hungary has its own line of resin and photoetch and this set is an example of how superb their parts can be. Set 132001 is a set of wheel chocks meant for Mig-29's, but would work with any 1/32nd scale Russian planes. The set consists of two resin parts for the majority of the chock and 6 photoetch pieces. Four make up the braces and two are the ends with the claw-like grabbers, which prevent the chock from moving.

Assembly is done by removing the casting block from the resin chock bodies. Next two of the braces are bent into channel shapes. A hold and fold is excellent for this. Lastly, the front part is bent so the grabbing fingers bend down. All three of these are glued in place on the bottom via their excellent instructions. Super glue is a must for adhesion since we are bonding photoetch and resin.  Repeat for the other chock and prime (I used Alclad gray).

SU-27 Flanker Landing Gear (ZV)

Published: November 17th, 2014     
SU-27 Flanker Landing Gear (ZV)
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to SAC for developing a metal gear set for this new kit; and thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending it on!

These SAC reviews may be the proverbial broken record; stronger, metal version of the kit’s gear, “form/fit/function” replacement.  Bottom line is the SAC gear improves on the strength of the long kit legs.

A-6E Landing Gear

Published: November 14th, 2014     
A-6E Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released a set of white metal front and rear main gear for the Hobby boss A-6E 1/48 scale. The set includes 12 parts, a front gear strut with actuators and scissors, two main rear struts also with actuators and scissors. These twelve parts are replacements for kit parts front gear parts # F58, F18, F33, F32, F52, F29, F45, F46, F49, left main gear parts F23, F27, F22, F15, F47 and right main gear parts F28, F56, F57, F55, F3 and there accompanying metal inserts. 

The Hobby Boss A-6E landing gear is rather complicated.  It includes a metal strut that is encapsulated within plastic half’s to add strength to the undercarriage.  It would be hoped that the SAC gear would simplify the process of building the landing gear.  For better an understanding see the photos of the kit instructions.

Kawanishi N1K2-J (George) Landing Gear (Has)

Published: November 9th, 2014     
 Kawanishi N1K2-J (George) Landing Gear (Has)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The usual appreciation and applause to Ross at SAC for providing one more of his new metal gear for the new kits; and as usual, thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending it on!

This is a stronger, metal version of the kit’s gear. It is essentially a “form/fit/function” replacement, with the exception of the fact the SAC gear improves on the strength of the long kit legs.  For this build, I left the SAC items unpainted just to see how they looked. I may go back and change that later. 

This was a full-build review so we could see how the gear actually looks on a final product - as you can see, it looks pretty good (to my old eyes… at least)!  The Hasegawa George goes together great, the interior took most of the time.  I had a couple of areas requiring a bit of filler attention, only due to my being in a hurry.  Tamiya paints were used for the exterior; the interior was all Vallejo.  The only thing missing from the kit is a seat harness, which I shall take care of later.  The pilot is a magnificent molding as well, but you have to put him in place BEFORE finishing the cockpit.  Drat. 

F4U-1 Wheels

Published: November 9th, 2014     
F4U-1 Wheels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their still relatively new Brassin line are a pair of wheels to replace the kit provided ones in the Tamiya 1/32 scale F4U-1 Corsair.  Consisting of six resin parts and a set of masks to aid in airbrushing the wheels and tires, the set can be used to dress up the appearance of the Tamiya kit, especially for modelers that do not like using rubber tires on their kits.

 This set consists of resin tires with center sections molded-in that have inner sections added to the landing gear side, and covers added to the outer side.  The Tamiya kit provides outer covers that have hollow reliefs. The Eduard covers have filled reliefs, but looking at the backside, these could easily be filed and/or sanded to become hollow.  I have only started looking at my references for whether these were actually hollow or not, and have yet to find a definitive photograph.  Assembly and installation