Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Roden O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear & Nose Ballast

Published: April 11th, 2018     
Roden O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear & Nose Ballast
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA appreciates the ongoing support from Ross and his team at SAC for supporting the reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases. These extremely useful and well-thought-out landing gear additions for the modeling community continue to prove their worth. Thanks also to IPMS leadership for sending it for review.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/32 Roden. When I learned of the O-1 release a couple of seasons ago, I thought "cool, that surely means they are going to invest in on O-2 as well!" I should be named Claire Voiant, because here in our hands we now have finished the triparty of USAF Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft; the OV-10, the O-1, and now the O-2. I don't see Trumpeter jumping up and down to release the two-seat F-100 in 1/32, (Heck yes I'll invest in one if they do) so that tells me we will have to do without the "Misty" FAC for a while.

USN Missile Cart w/Figures

Published: April 6th, 2018     
USN Missile Cart w/Figures
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is an Italian manufacturer of superb aircraft accessories, ground support equipment and figures in all three popular scales. I have had the luck to review a few of these and have always been impressed by the excellent casting and design of their kits. This newest set, a 1/32nd scale US Navy MHU-191 Missile cart and two ordnance man is excellent. The set consists of parts for a MHU-191 cart set up for missile transport. There are two ordnance men in different poses. All parts are cast in light tan resin with crisp details and minimal seams. Parts breakdown is as follow:

Mud and Water

Published: April 5th, 2018     
Mud and Water
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

Ammo by Mig Jimenez is expanding their line of acrylic diorama products with these products; Dry Earth Ground #2101, Dark Mud Ground #2104 and Slow River Waters #2204. These products come in a large mouth, 250ml plastic bottle. The Dry Earth Ground is a tan, gritty paste like it has fine sand in it. The Dark Mud Ground is a dark brown, smooth paste. The Slow River Waters is a slimy green gel. The bottle says you can pour this, but it seems way too thick to do that. Here are the descriptions from Ammo's website to explain each product better:

T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1

Published: April 3rd, 2018     
T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit, Part 1
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Models


This is part 1 of the review of MiniArt's T-55 Mod. 1963 Interior Kit. Part 2 will complete the assembly of the turret, tracks, fenders, and the remainder of the kit.

This kit is the first of MiniArt's T-55 variants and follows their earlier series of T-44/54 Russian tank kits. Following their previous versions, this kit is first released with full interior detailing. MiniArt has also announced a soon to be released IDF Tiran version of the T-55, and a T-55A Late Mod. 1965.

With over 1200 parts, this is an extremely well-detailed kit that is best suited for patient, experienced modelers. MiniArt provides full interior details of the hull, turret, and engine. The drivers' compartment provides some detail, but not as complex as the other areas. There is no detail in the rear compartment for the transmission, oil cooler, fan, etc. There is also no provision for the main fuel tank at the front of the hull. Otherwise, this tank is packed full of extreme detail!

AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM pod

Published: April 2nd, 2018     
AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM pod
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-184 is an electronic countermeasure pod carried by a variety of military aircraft and commonly seen on the F-16 and A-10. The ECM pods function is to jam and deceive the enemy radar.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AN/ALQ-184

Is part of their "Brassin" line which is a multi-media product that includes resin, photo etch and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away. There are two photoetch frets, however only one is needed. Detail is basic, but they do not require much detail. The decals are nice, however some of the sections are joined with lengthy clear carrier film. Most modelers will simply cut that part away so it is not an issue.