Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-24 Fencer Landing Gear

Published: October 7th, 2014     
Su-24 Fencer Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Back in 2008 I built a Dragon Su-24, with the Zvezda nose to review Olimp’s Fencer decal sheet.  In the ensuing years, the landing gear was broken on the kit.  The Fencer was otherwise OK, but the nose gear was trashed.  So when they offered Scale Aircraft Conversions’ new Su-24 metal landing gear for review, I jumped at the chance.

What you get is a new nose gear leg, and two main landing gear legs.  They’re nicely cast in white metal, and very easy to work with.  I include a comparison photo of the Zvezda gear and the SAC gear.  They’re identical, except the SAC gear will last a LOT longer.

Nuts and Bolts 1.6 mm, 2 mm, and 2.5 mm

Published: October 6th, 2014     
Nuts and Bolts 1.6 mm, 2 mm, and 2.5 mm
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/35
Company: Squadron Products

Squadron has issued 1/35 resin sets for nuts and bolts to detail your armor and about any other kit needing nuts and bolts. The Three examples review here are:

  • 93505-  1.6mm Nuts and Bolts- $6.99
  • 93506-  2.0mm Nuts and Bolts- $9.99
  • 93507-  2.5mm Nuts and Bolts- $11.99

Each resin set contain 36 nuts with bolt tips and 36 bolt heads, 6 complete separate bolts and 6 separate nuts.  There are 84 pieces per set all in blemish and pin hole free resin.  Threads are so fine on the nut and bolt that they will actually thread together.  Check pictures for proof!

The packaging draws reference to 1/35 scale but I am sure that these will look well in whatever scale you chose to use them.  Just remember to scale your sizes.

All are molded in a soft resin, very easy to cut and sand.  The resin is so soft and flexible, I though it was vinyl to begin with.  I airbrushed the nuts before removing from the tree with Model Master Metalizer Steel and once dry lightly dusted with AK Enamel Light Rust wash.  Paints adhered very well.

KC-135 Landing Gear

Published: October 6th, 2014     
KC-135 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released a set of white metal front and main gear for the Minicraft USAF KC-135E in 1/144th scale. This set includes a one part front gear strut and two 4 part main rear struts. These nine parts are direct replacements for kit parts # 12, 16, 17, 28, 29 and 36 times 4.

During my parts inspection I did discover that on the SAC main landing gear assemblies where the tires are mounted, two tire mounting pins are a rather short (see photo). Modelers of average experience should be able to overcome this deficiency by extending the mounting points with pins.

There are really no deficiencies in the kit gear that are alleviated by the SAC replacements.  I found the kit gear fully molded with comparable detail to the SAC gear.  In fact building the Minicraft kit gear will be easier for those not familiar with using superglues and cast metal.  But, by replacing the Minicraft kit gear with the SAC gear you will give the KC-135E more strength in the landing gear.

Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk TF-9J

Published: October 6th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk TF-9J
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
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 TF-9J.  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 with the exception of the main mount retractors and nose well equipment.  The parts require very little buffing, cleanup and polishing.  The TF-9J kit gear struts directly replace the SAC parts.  The main mount parts and nose strut parts attached to the kit fuselage with no difficulty.  Kit parts that are replaced by SAC parts are D4 and E31, 33, 34.  No replacement is provided for D1, but no replacement appears to be needed.

Lavochkin La-5 Landing Gear

Published: October 3rd, 2014     
Lavochkin La-5 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement gear for the Eduard 1/48 Lavochkin La-5.  Of course this set will also work with the Zvezda kit since that is what the Eduard kit is based on.  The supplied items include two main gear legs, two main gear retraction struts, and one tail gear. (Photos 1016, 1005, 1018, 1020)

This replacement set will provide stronger landing gear that won’t sag over time, and is 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 Eduard kit, particularly with the tail wheel assembly.

P-40E Warhawk Undercarrage Covers

Published: October 1st, 2014     
P-40E Warhawk Undercarrage Covers
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has recently added 1/32 scale undercarriage covers for the P-40E to their aftermarket parts line. They are specifically designed to replace those in the Hasegawa 1/32 scale kit. They are designed as drop in replacements for the kit parts. With some adjustment, they should work on the Revell kit as well. Detail is marginally better than the Hasegawa kit parts, but they offer one advantage: there are no seam lines or ejector pin marks for the modeler to eliminate.

The parts are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Parts can be separated easily from the casting block with a razor saw or a sharp #11 X-Acto blade. Since there is no flash, prep work is minimal. Installation of the doors is pretty simple as well; again, they are direct replacements for the kit parts. It is a good idea to rinse the resin parts in warm soapy water to remove any mold-release residue before attaching them. Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach these parts to the kit’s styrene plastic.

Arado Ar-196 Propeller with Tool

Published: October 1st, 2014     
Arado Ar-196 Propeller with Tool
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Attached to the front of a BMW 132K nine-cylinder, 960-horsepower radial engine, the VDM propeller helped the Arado 196 to reach speeds of up to 193 mph at 13,120 feet. The seaplane was used for reconnaissance missions, and it was initially produced in 1937 as a prototype, with the first production planes being delivered in 1938. By the end of production in 1944, Germany and her allies had deployed over 540 of the aircraft during the Second World War.

Packaging for Quickboost’s Arado Ar-196 Propeller set is simple. The three propeller blades are attached to a runner, and the hub is attached to a pour plug on its backside. Also included is a tool that is used to set the pitch angle on the propeller blades when attaching them to the hub. The tool doubles its usefulness by helping to set the length of the blades as well. Finally, a single sheet of paper illustrates attaching the blades to the hub. The resin used by Quick Boost is gray in color, and I found it easy to work with.

AIM-9B Sidewinder

Published: October 1st, 2014     
AIM-9B Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

First developed for the US Navy by Raytheon in the early 1950s, the AIM-9 (Air Intercept Missile) has been a mainstay for the United States and our allies for nearly 60 years. The AIM-9B represented in this offering from Eduard was the first production model of the Sidewinder, entering service in 1956. There have been several updates over the years, and the current model in use is the AIM-9X. Raytheon and General Electric produced approximately 80,900 of the B variant, and the model is credited with one Navy and 26 Air Force victories during Vietnam.

This set consists of four missiles and optional nose covers that are cast in resin, a single photoetch fret that holds the forward fins and rings to represent the exhaust nozzle of the rocket motor, and a small decal sheet. The photoetched parts include extra fins, just in case, but no additional rings, so be cautious when removing and handling them. The decals include three stencil markings, two yellow stripes, and one black band per missile.

F-101 Voodoo Landing Gear Set

Published: October 1st, 2014     
F-101 Voodoo Landing Gear Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues its line of white metal gear with a replacement set for the KittyHawk F-101 Voodoo. The Voodoo is a large, heavy plane, and this set will keep it upright.

The set is cast in SAC’s traditional white metal and consists of 13 parts with minimal to no seam lines. All the parts of the kit gear are replicated in white metal perfectly. For the main gear, the wheel hubs are integral to the strut, and this arrangement is replicated in SAC’s version. The interior bracing is also replicated and attached to the retraction strut.

The front gear is more complicated, consisting of six parts plus the retraction strut. The KittyHawk parts are very fine and the plastic is moderately soft. Thus, as you can see in the pictures, one part of the kit’s oleo was destroyed in removal. Not so with the excellent SAC parts. The front landing gear will certainly be sturdy when the SAC parts are installed.

A3D-2 Exterior Set

Published: October 1st, 2014     
A3D-2 Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s A3D-2 Exterior Set, number 48793, address some of the shortcomings of the Trumpeter 1/48 scale A-3D kit with additions to the slats on the outer wing, the tail hook area, the crew door, and the speed brakes. There are also additions to the windshield wiper and the back of the engine pylons.

The speed brakes in the kit are nice; however, they lack surface detail, such as rivets and boxes. Eduard corrects this by adding five panels to the interior of the speed brake that have superb relief-etched rivets and lines. These panels require a couple of small bumps to be removed and then glued back into place. The speed brake housing gets a similar treatment with two parts each. One requires some bending, and the easiest way to start the bend is to use the kit’s plastic part as a form.