Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

BV-141 Self Adhesive PE Set

Published: May 7th, 2015     
BV-141 Self Adhesive PE Set
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Hobby Boss released a 1/48 scale kit of the Blohm & Voss Bv 141 reconnaissance plane last year.  Eduard has released this detail set for the kit.

The detail set comprises of 2 frets of metal parts, one with pre-painted instrument panels, consoles and seat belts, the other fret is unpainted brass.  The unpainted sheet contains main landing gear doors, ammo racks, walkway area for the wing and other small details.

The interior details replace some of the molded detail and add other missing details that Hobby Boss left out.  The control/instrument panels are all self-adhesive, although I ended up using either CA or Gator Grip Glue, depending on the part, because the adhesive seemed to be lacking and didn’t want to stick very well. I don’t know if it was because of the way I handled them or if it is the adhesive Eduard uses that they weren’t very sticky. The control and instrument panels all fit perfectly on the intended areas after shaving and sanding off the molded detail.  There are also rudder pedals included which add a lot of detail to the very visible cockpit.

Spitfire Mk.II Exhaust

Published: May 4th, 2015     
Spitfire Mk.II Exhaust
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a set of exhaust stacks to their line aftermarket parts for the new 1/32 scale Revell Spitfire Mk.II. The Quickboost set provides a pair of exhausts that feature detail that closely matches the kit-supplied parts. These parts accurately depict the flattened shape of the openings in the first two exhausts in each stack and the circular opening of the last one.

The Revell kit provides exhausts with open ends, however, they are comprised of four parts, and the modeler must clean flash from the openings of each exhaust port prior to assembly.

The Quickboost set may help speed up the build, as their exhausts are molded with the ends open, but do not require assembly of separate halves to achieve the open ends, nor do they require the modeler to clean up flash. The size and general shape of the Quickboost parts match the kit parts exactly so they are designed to be quick drop-in replacements with no further assembly or surgery to fuselage sides. See the photo below comparing the Quickboost parts to the kit parts.

US Navy Wheel Chocks - Modern

Published: May 3rd, 2015     
US Navy Wheel Chocks - Modern
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Brengun has produced a detail set of modern US Navy Wheel Chocks. With all the plethora of 1/48 scale kit out there, these make a great display item. The set consists of twelve nicely cast resin pieces. Four of these are the blocks, two are the rails, four are the ends to the block and the last two are two tiny locks for the rails. The tread patterns and lines on the blocks is very well defined. The ends are separate in this scale to allow a good channel for the rails. The rails include the toothed pattern used to lock the chocks in place just like the real item. The lock are very small so caution will be needed.

Preparation of the set requires removal from the casting blocks. The large pieces are a snap. Be careful removing the rails. The resin is strong. I used a photoetch razor saw and slowly worked it off with no issues but patience is needed. Same goes for the locks- they are so small as to be almost invisible. The ends are separate in this scale and need trimmed and sanded to fit which is quick and easy.

M4A1 Deep Wading Kit

Published: May 2nd, 2015     
M4A1 Deep Wading Kit
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

History

The need for armored support early on during an amphibious invasion was indicated early in the war. It was apparent that there might not be a chance to unload armored vehicles directly on the beaches. This meant that invading armor would need to be unloaded off shore and wade to the beach. In order to do this the tank needed to be waterproofed and a means to supply air to the intakes and to dispel exhaust gases would have to be designed. The answer to this problem was the deep wading kit. These were usually manufactured on site and consisted of a quick release upper stack mounted to a lower stack. The forward stack was for the intake and the rear stack was the exhaust. Once the stacks were in place, the tank was further waterproofed by sealing the transmission, the glacis machine gun, the muzzle of the main gun, the gun shield, hatches, lights and ventilators. Just about anything that could spring a leak was sealed. Quick release jettisoning ropes were attached to the stacks in order for a quick release of the upper stacks once the tank reached the beach.

Bort Numbers and Bort Numbers Rounded

Published: May 2nd, 2015     
Bort Numbers and Bort Numbers Rounded
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: Delta One Decals

Delta One Decal is a new European decal manufacturer. At time of writing, the Delta One Decal website is not live, but they have an email address: delta1decal@gmail.com.

These are limited edition decal sheets that cover generic Bort Numbers (Warsaw Pact nose numbers) in both “square corner” and “rounded corner” versions. For several numbers you get more than one style (see images).

Each set comes with red numbers (black and white edges), blue (black edge) and yellow (black edge). In addition you get some generic Red/Russian stars.

The decal sheet has vivid colors, with good color density; it is very shinny on the sheet, and has perfect register. There is very limited carrier material, so I would expect them to blend in and have a very small chance of silvering. There is no indication regarding which company printed the decals, but they are professionally printed and they are not “continuous carrier film”. Each decal is individual.

Panavia Tornado Landing Gear

Published: May 2nd, 2015     
Panavia Tornado Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks again to a great IPMS supporter, Ross at SAC… and to IPMS leadership for providing it to me for review.  Metal gear rule!

This set provides 15 metal parts to replace the main and nose gear for the new Revell 1/48 Panavia Tornado.  Besides the three struts, retraction arms, torque links, and associated extension and compression arms, there are also the torsion arms which fit at the top of the main struts which twist the gear as it retracts.  Continuing their recent business model, Revell’s kit is a superior, cost-effective alternative to past 1/48 Tornado kits; detail is there, and out of the box you will have a show-stopper.  Adding the metal SAC gear is, however, an excellent option.

One thing to note up front: the kit gear has two-sided struts; the SAC gear is one-piece per strut.  In this scale, it matters…

As with Airfix, the Revell styrene on the newer kits can be a bit soft; landing gear, pitot tubes, etc., tend to be prone to bending over time.  This is where SAC gear shines; replace with metal gear and solve the problem.

AGM-88B HARM

Published: April 30th, 2015     
AGM-88B HARM
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard Model Accessories for sending these excellent aftermarket missiles from the Brassin line for review.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them!  I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

This review covers a complete pair of AGM-88B HARM missiles, with both long and short pylon options.  The missiles replace and supplement kit ordnance.  They are cast in dark gray resin and all parts were easily removed from the pour plugs.  I found the resin to have a very nice balance of workability and strength.  I had no troubles with brittle parts or needing to do excessive sanding.  Flash was minimal and easily removed when present.  The missiles are cast from the tail forward, leaving very little material to trim off, only from the after edge of the fins and the nozzle on the missile body.  The forward guidance fins are cast as separate pieces and were easily attached to the missile body.  Photo-etch brass exhaust rings are included, with extra rings, and a comprehensive decal sheet is included.    

Lancaster B Mk III Dambuster Exterior

Published: April 30th, 2015     
Lancaster B Mk III Dambuster Exterior
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

First off I’d like to thank Eduard for supplying this great set of photo-etch parts.  I’d also like to thank IPMS/USA for allowing me to review this product.

One of the more famous night bombers of the Second World War was the RAF’s four-engine Avro Lancaster.  A total of 7,377 Lancasters of all marks were built.  Of that number 3,039 were B.Mk.III bombers which were equipped with Packard built Merlin engines and an enlarged bombardier’s compartment.  Nineteen of those Mk.IIIs assigned to No. 617 Squadron were modified to attack Germany's Ruhr Valley dams using the Barnes Wallis-designed "bouncing bomb".  On the night of May 16, 1943, Wing Commander Guy Gibson lead the Ruhr Valley attack.  Two of the four targeted dams were breeched, but eight of the 19 Lancasters and 53 crewmen were lost.  After the raid 34 medals were awarded the survivors including Gibson’s Victoria Cross.

Pfalz D.IIIa Landing Gear

Published: April 26th, 2015     
Pfalz D.IIIa Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement landing gear for the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Pfalz D.IIIa.  The supplied items include two main gear legs, the main gear axle, and the tail skid.  All four parts are loose in the blister package and not attached to any metal sprue.

This replacement set will provide stronger landing gear that won’t sag over time, and are somewhat adjustable if necessary to obtain proper alignment. Even with zero previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no problem installing.  Scale Aircraft Conversions does not use lead in their white metal mix, so the builder does not have to be concerned with that perceived hazard.

There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new white metal items.  You do need to be very careful following the instructions in the Wingnut Wings kit to assure proper alignment on all three axes.  The SAC main gear struts may need to be slightly adjusted to be straight (a benefit of using metal is that you can bend it slightly).

F-104 Undercarriage Wheels - Early

Published: April 26th, 2015     
F-104 Undercarriage Wheels - Early
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues its F-104 accessories with this set which is a set of early wheels. The set consists of five parts, two main wheels with separate hubs for one side. There is also one front wheel. A masking set is also included. All the parts are perfectly cast and bubble free. Preparation involves removing the pour stubs and a light sanding. The separate hub makes painting easier.

The detail on the wheels is head and shoulders above the kit parts. There are no ejection marks to deal with and the hub detail is greatly improved. The wheels have the needed writing on them versus the smooth surface on the kit parts.

These are definite upgrades to the kit parts. Well made and more detailed. Recommended. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.