Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hurricane Canopy

Published: October 20th, 2018     
Hurricane Canopy
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This is a replacement canopy for Sweet's 1/144 Hurricanes. The Sweet kit is a really great Hurricane, very nice to build, with great fit. The kit canopy is molded as a solid piece, very thick. Well, for a 1/144 kit it's very thick. There's no hollow part inside the canopy, it's just a chunk of nicely molded clear plastic. But that's not why I really, really appreciated this review item. When I got the canopies in the mail, I got out a kit I bought at a local swap meet. The kit comes with two complete aircraft. Except this box only had ONE CANOPY!! That's when I really knew I owed Phil Peterson and John Noack a big thank you for this one.

OK, back to the review. The kit was partially built in the box, so it was only a few items to cement together. The Sweet kit is nicely molded, easy to build, and the fit is spectacularly good. Once I had it mostly assembled and the decals installed, I put on the landing gear, the prop and the antenna. I was not ready to install the canopy.

A-1J Skyraider Tailwheel

Published: October 20th, 2018     
A-1J Skyraider Tailwheel
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance.

Quickboost's A-1J Tailwheel brings an improvement to the Hasegawa A-1 kit. This part replaces only the bottom part of the strut, and not the entire strut. The wheel itself is separate from the strut.

I cut the bottom portion of the tailwheel strut where indicated in this kit's instructions, and then glued the replacement strut piece into place using cyanoacrylate glue. Once the glue was dry, I painted the strut, installed the wheel onto the strut, and installed the strut onto the model.

I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.

A-1H Skyraider Tailwheel

Published: October 20th, 2018     
A-1H Skyraider Tailwheel
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance.

Quickboost's A-1H Tailwheel brings an improvement to the Hasegawa A-1H kit. This part replaces only the bottom part of the strut, and not the entire strut. The wheel itself is separate from the strut, and you have a choice of two wheel designs, one being spoked and the other is a solid wheel design.

I cut the bottom portion of the tailwheel strut where indicated in this kit's instructions, and then glued the replacement strut piece into place using cyanoacrylate glue. Once the glue was dry, I painted the strut, installed the wheel onto the strut, and installed the strut onto the model.

I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.

Me 262A-1A Landing Gear for Airfix

Published: October 14th, 2018     
Me 262A-1A Landing Gear for Airfix
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal replacement parts for kits in a variety of scales. Some of their landing gear sets are for a variety of kits and some sets are designed for a specific model. The white metal sets are designed to support the weight of a specific model without warping that can be seen with kit styrene landing gear.

The parts are for the Airfix Me-262 are well cast and had no flash or other area that needed to be sanded. I bent one of the struts when removing from the sprue but could straighten it out easily. I had to put heavier weight in the front of the jet than anticipated so it would not be a tail sitter and the SAC landing gear stood up to the weight very well.

When gluing the landing gear to the aircraft I used CA and the parts fit perfectly without any modifications to the join areas.

The landing gear would be a great addition to the model kit and is a recommendation for purchase.

I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS for the ability to review this product.

FW-190A Tface Masks

Published: October 12th, 2018     
FW-190A Tface Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

For as long as I can remember I've always painted the outside of my canopy framing the interior color first and then painted the exterior color overtop of that. This ensured that the interior color showed through the canopy. But there was always one thing that bothered me a little bit, the color was always glossy. Well Eduard has finally fixed that with their new line of TFace Masking sets.

This particular set is designed for the FW-190A series of Eduard models, including the A-8/R2 Rammjaeger. The masks are made of the infamous Kabuki tape so they are flexible and very easy to use. There are instructions to show you which masks to use where, including which is the inside masks and which are the outside ones.

Placing the masks is fairly easy but care has to be exercised when adding them to the interior as there are no panel lines to follow. I recommend that you add the interior masks first and then the exterior ones. Placing the exterior ones is easy enough.