Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Jas-39A/C Gripen Speed Brakes

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Jas-39A/C Gripen Speed Brakes
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 scale Jas-39 Gripen is a detailed, well-executed kit. It does require skill to assemble, and many of the details are simplified for various reasons. This is where Aires Hobby Models has stepped in to provide some added detail.

This particular Aries resin set provides an upgrade to the Gripen’s speed brakes. Aires provides two fully-detailed brake wells and two speed brakes with fine, accurate rivet and internal bracing detail. The bays have no actuators or tubing to install, but have better detail featuring light riveting and embossed bits. They brakes and wells are truly drop-fit replacement items for the kit parts; the fit was excellent!

Thanks to Aires for providing this set for review. Your continued support is more than valued, and we appreciate it. Thanks once again to the IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review such a cool accessory!

Jas-39A/C Cockpit Set

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Jas-39A/C Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 scale Jas-39 Gripen is a detailed, well-executed kit. It does require skill to assemble, and many of the details are simplified for various reasons. This is where Aires Hobby Models has stepped in to provide some added detail.

In this case, Aires has created a very nice resin replacement cockpit. Opening the package reveals fine details that would take endless patience and hours of skillful work to deliver. The cockpit set provides sidewalls, a control column, a full lower cockpit tub, the forward instrument-panel coaming, and a world-class ejection seat. Etched details are provided for the seat harness, a few extra cockpit details, and an instrument panel.

With practice and a steady hand, this cockpit will look fantastic in the finished model and will raise the kit’s overall look from good to great.

Thanks to Aires for providing this set for review. Your continued support is more than valued, and we appreciate it. Thanks once again to the IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review such a cool accessory!

R4D/Arctic C-47 Conversion Set

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
R4D/Arctic C-47 Conversion Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lone Star Models

To start, I’d like to thank Mike West at Lone Star Models. I told him I was reviewing a C-47 kit for the IPMS/USA and wanted to use one of his Arctic ski sets on the model. He had it to me in two weeks, which is a really great delivery time for someone who makes his products “to order.” I also must say thanks to the IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to present a review of this item.

This R4D/Arctic C-47 Conversion from Lone Star Models was used on my review of the Revell reissue of the Monogram 1/48 scale C-47. I have long wanted to build an Arctic C-47, and when I received the box I was pleasantly surprised to note a USAF version in the kit.

This conversion set includes a decal sheet, full-color instructions, and 21 resin parts. This set is NOT for amateurs, requiring skills with resin, superglue, and resin preparation/painting to be successful.

Seahawk Mk.100 Pitot Tube, Antenna

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Seahawk Mk.100 Pitot Tube, Antenna
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is known for replacement parts that are pretty much just drop-in, without modifying the kit very much.  Such is the case with these parts.  This set includes two pitot tubes (you’ll only need one for the kit) and two antennas.  Depending on antenna fit on the aircraft you’re modeling, you’ll need both for the upper spine.  The resin parts are more finely cast and the antennas have a better shape than the kit parts do.  They should be easily removed from the pour plug and will fit into the holes in the kit for the kit parts.  Plus, you don’t have to clean up the blade of the antenna, as you would with the kit parts, where the sprue attachment is on the side of the antenna.  Recommended for having sharper detail and easier cleanup.

Thanks go to Aires / Quickboost for providing the parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review them.

A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts

Published: July 19th, 2014     
A-4 Skyhawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

I intend to use this Quickboost seat to replace the kit part in an Airfix A-4B.

The seat is molded in super nice bubble-free resin, with sharp, molded detail of the lap belts, shoulder harness, and oxygen hose.  The primary and secondary ejection handles are molded separately and are located on the pour stub beneath the seat pan.  

The stiffening corrugations on the sides of the seat are correctly portrayed as standing proud of the metal surface, whereas the kit part has them indented.  This is a moot point, since when the seat’s installed they won’t be visible anyway.

When I placed the Quickboost seat into the Airfix cockpit tub, it was apparent that it was too tall---the canopy would never close.  Compare the photo of the Airfix seat in the fuselage half on the left, with the Quickboost seat in the fuselage half on the right. 

N1K1-J Shiden Exhaust

Published: July 19th, 2014     
N1K1-J Shiden Exhaust
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Here is another great addition to the growing Quickboost line of detailed exhaust parts. Here we see a set for the 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-J “George” WWII Japanese Naval Fighter

The exhaust set comes in the typical Quickboost plastic sleeve packaging, and contains a single resin part attached to a ‘base plug’ which is easily removed.

The Quickboost set is a direct replacement part for those with the kit, so there is no major surgery needed to use these parts. With some very minor clean-up, they are able to be painted and glued into place. Since these are resin parts, you will have to use your favorite brand of super-glue.

One of the best details, and what makes this set a ‘must have’ for me, is that the exhaust stacks are finely hollowed – something which is rather difficult to replicate easily when dealing with the oblong holes on the Shiden stacks. While round exhaust stacks are easy to hollow out – these often pose a much greater challenge to realistically duplicate without destroying the original part.

USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament

Published: July 18th, 2014     
USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

History

I’ll have to admit a personal fascination with the story of the USS Indianapolis.  I read a magazine article about the tragedy during my high school years, which was probably close to the 30th anniversary.  In July of 1945, the Indianapolis, a Portland-class heavy cruiser, was tasked with the top secret mission of delivering parts for the first atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.  On the next leg of her journey, the ship was struck by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine.  The ship sank within minutes, leaving almost 900 of her surviving crew stranded in the Pacific Ocean at the mercy of the elements, dehydration, and marauding sharks.  After three days in the water, they were finally rescued, but only 317 of the men survived the ordeal.

F-35A Interior Detail Set

Published: July 17th, 2014     
F-35A Interior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models continues to add these excellent pre painted cockpit interior sets that save modelers both time and grief when it comes to painting an aircrafts interior. This one is for the Italeri F-35A. The pieces look very realistic and dress up the cockpit. I know that I will leave this canopy open. They are also self adhesive, but I like to add a little CA glue for that added strength.

It doesn’t take very much time to add these details. Just add an interior base coat and then start adding details. Some pieces just go right on while some need a little bending. I only needed a bending tool for part # 9 because it is shaped like a small box, for the rest I bent the parts with a small set of pliers. I’m really impressed with the final results.

I highly recommend this interior detail set if you want a nice touch of realism.

I would like to thank Eduard for making a very tedious task easier and IPMS USA for the chance to review this item.

JAS-39 Gripen Wheel Bay

Published: July 17th, 2014     
JAS-39 Gripen Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires and Quickboost (a division of Aires) continue to provide us modelers with very nicely detailed addition to many new and older kits that can greatly enhance the final appearance of the build.

This installment will look at the Aires replacement wheel wells for the fairly new 1/48 Kitty Hawk Saab Jas-39 Gripen (kit #KH80117).

Kitty Hawk does a reasonably nice job in detailing their injection molded main wheel wells, though the placement of several of the tiny parts, on the inside wells is somewhat vague. By comparison, the Aires rendition of these parts adds substantially more of the details and also replicates them much more accurately. This is true in also in the nose gear wheel well. Here though, the stock kit part lends itself to easier painting due to the well being a 2-piece assembly, where the Aires replacement has all sides molded as one part. Again, with the nose gear well, the additional detail is readily visible and will add a greater touch of realism to your build.

F-14A Wheels and Tires

Published: July 15th, 2014     
F-14A Wheels and Tires
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wheeliant

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA this wheel set for review… As ALWAYS we appreciate your support, and thanks to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this set.

About 20 years ago I never thought we would be living in the age of such cool resin parts… and then I receive this set for review.  The “Oh cool” factor (some call it ‘wow’) is very high here. 

The Hobby Boss F-14 appears to be a great kit.  One area that needs a bit of picking up the bar on is the wheels and tires.  Enter Aires Wheeliant!

Inside the Retro-red slip cover are 8 wheel halves, and four tires which have been pre-flattened to a proper level for high pressure tires.  Also included (at least in this package) was a length of copper wire to add brake lines.  Absolutely a great idea!

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