Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-16 (Heavy) Landing Gear (Kin)

Published: October 20th, 2016     
F-16 (Heavy) Landing Gear (Kin)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

More metal gear from Ross at SAC. THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review.

This is the SAC-standard metal landing gear improvement over the kit plastic. Kinetic’s F-16 series are most excellent, and easy to work with, but the landing gear, being part of the new plastic as well, tends to be a bit “soft”. This SAC set has 11 parts; two main struts, three retraction links, two main gear extension rams, a nose gear and separate nose tire along with a torque link, and the set includes a replacement back bulkhead for the kit main gear well.

This installation was a bit more involved; I did not use the SAC aft bulkhead, as I was using an AIRES F-16 resin main gear well on my F-16I SUFA two-seater. The gear struts (both left and right struts are interconnected) fit right into place once I cut a bit of resin out of the gear well parts, superglue and finished. Same for the retraction/extension arms; all were a direct replacement for the kit parts.

Metal Landing Gear for Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant

Published: October 18th, 2016     
Metal Landing Gear for Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant
Reviewed by: Rod Less, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

More metal gear from Ross at SAC - another winner set. THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review.

This is the SAC-standard metal landing gear improvement over the kit plastic. Airfix newest releases are just fantastic, and easy to work with, but the landing gear being part of the new plastic as well tends to be a bit “soft”. This SAC set has seven parts; two main struts, two retraction links, two torque links, and a tail wheel and strut combo.

This was another “only takes five-minutes” installation once I got to the point of being ready to install the gear. The gear struts and drag link fit right into place, superglue and finished. Same for the retraction/extension arm; all were a direct replacement for the kit parts.

The torque link required care in installation because of the size and use of gel superglue to hold it in place, but once there in stayed in place. This link includes a representation of the curved “Dirt scraper” brush which exists on the actual aircraft.

US Jerry Can Holders

Published: October 17th, 2016     
US Jerry Can Holders
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

This is a nice set of jerry can holders that can replace the usually over-scaled plastic holders on military vehicles. The photoetch comes on one small fret that is about 1 ½ in. x 1 5/8 in. Four holders are provided with the photoetch. Each holder consists of seven parts: the holder, four bolts, and two straps for the jerry cans.

The bolt heads are actually six-sided hexagons and are microscopic. I soldered the first bolt head into place, but the solder obscured the shape of the head. The subsequent bolt heads were glued into place with superglue, which worked much better.

Folding the holder worked well. The corners of the holder are rounded so I bent them around a 1/16-in. drill bit, which worked pretty well. Hauler provides tabs for the bottom and side edges of the holder, which helps greatly in assembly. I used superglue on two of the holders and soldered the other two, and both worked OK. The soldering option is more challenging and I think the superglue option turned out to be neater and cleaner.

Luftwaffe Instruments

Published: October 16th, 2016     
Luftwaffe Instruments
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues to bring out superb sets meant to help modelers detail kits. This set consists of 100 individual instruments meant for 1/32 WWII Luftwaffe planes. There are multiples of each instrument. The printing on the instruments is awesome and clear.

The instructions show the needed folds and the like. This set will require the modeler to research and determine which instrument goes where. These will let you replace or fabricate a new instrument panel easily. To test them, I sprayed a piece of styrene with RLM 66 paint. I then added the instruments and folded them. You’ll note in the pictures that I got a little heavy-handed with the glue. Once attached, I folded and glued the needed instruments flat. This gives them a nice three-dimensional look. Once glued, I flat-coated the instruments and then added a drop of Kristal Kleer to the instruments to look like the glass.

Ju-88A-4 Seatbelt Steel Set

Published: October 14th, 2016     
Ju-88A-4 Seatbelt Steel Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch steel seatbelt set for the ICM Ju88A-4 which has no seatbelts and really needs them. This set is colored and also made of steel which means they are better for forming. They are very realistic and accurate and really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for the set for a kit that needs them.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.