Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

SU-17 Landing Gear for Kittyhawk

Published: September 20th, 2017     
SU-17 Landing Gear for Kittyhawk
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC once again provides a very nice set of cast metal gear to help your model stand out in public places.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation.

The major benefit In this case is the axle assemblies are metal verses plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place)

Consisting of 9 cleanly-cast metal parts replacing the 9 structural parts for the kit, the SAC gear just requires a bit of inspection, a swipe or two with a sanding stick to clean up any mold parting marks, and painting. The detail is fantastic on today's scale landing gear, and it's obvious to me SAC have been listening to their customers. The only difficulty for just about ANY gear is the scale size can be a bit fragile, even for metal. Don't try carrier landings with it... .

SU-27 Landing Gear for Hobbyboss Kit

Published: September 19th, 2017     
SU-27 Landing Gear for Hobbyboss Kit
Reviewed by: Rof Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

SAC once again provides a very nice set of cast metal gear to help your model stand out in public places.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation.

The other benefit I n this case is the axle assemblies are metal verses plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place). The debris deflector is strong and in two halves and cleans up well after assembly. I only installed 1/2 of the deflector on the photographs as the kit is still in the construction phase, and this review is more about the gear and how it works...

Consisting of eight cleanly-cast metal parts replacing the eight structural parts for the kit, the SAC gear just require a bit of inspection, a swipe or two with a sanding stick to clean up any mold parting marks, and painting. Use metal primer first (I like Tamiya's gray spray primer from a rattle can), you can finish paint with whatever color you like to match the model, then install with superglue gel, thick, or epoxy. Finished!

Ship Display Base #4

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Ship Display Base #4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits specializes in display bases for models and has a wide ranger covering aircraft, armor, ships, railway and even sci-fi. From their website above, the bases are pre-printed with high quality imaging on a laminated wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble and are mounted on a durable 3mm foamex base. The base for this review is the Ship Display Base #4 which is 12" x 17" in size and printed with a nice ocean scene. It is an excellent size for 1/700 large ships or smaller ships in larger scales.

Looking at what is in the package, it is a beautifully printed base on one side attached (as advertised) to the foamex board. The board is fairly flat but I suggest attaching to an even firmer board and taking the time to frame the edges for better finish.

Attaching the ship will be easy. In the pictures, a 1/720 scale Nimitz class carrier is positioned on the base and fits well at an angle. I will glue the ship in place, add the wake around the ship in gel and have a finished display. The top of the sheet is sealed and water resistant so this won't affect it.

Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels

Published: September 14th, 2017     
Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

These are 4 20mm gun barrels for Japanese WW2 fighters. I had a 1/144 Platz N1K2 "George" on the shelf, which I built for a review about 4 years ago. I selected it for the upgrade.

Removal and Replacement

Removal was a simple job. I used sprue cutters and cut the guns off the wing, as close as I could to the leading edge. The kit has fairings at the base of each gun, but I fixed that later. Once I got the plastic guns removed, I used a sanding stick to flatten the base of the kit fairings. This gave me a clean surface to drill into. The instructions call for a .4mm drill. Looking at my .4mm drill and the guns, I downgraded the drill to a .25mm. The hole was still just a little large, but .25mm is about the smallest drill I've got.