Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Japanese Battleship Mikasa (1905) Armament

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Japanese Battleship Mikasa (1905) Armament
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/200
Company: Master Model

This set of replacement barrels for the 1/200 scale Mikasa. It includes 4 305mm (12"), 14 152mm (6"), 20 76mm (3") and 12 47mm (1.85" Hotchkiss Guns). The 305mm and 152mm barrels are machined from aluminum and the other 2 are machined from brass. The 305mm barrels include brass trunnions.

These are designed for Merit International IJN Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Mikasa.

The 305mm is a straight replacement. The machining is quite good, and the only difference is that the plastic piece has what appears to be a cover on the end of the barrel while the metal barrel is bored out to depict the barrel in action.

The rest of the barrels requires surgery to remove part of the old barrel and drilling out a locating hole for the replacement barrel to slip into.

British 500lb Bombs Set

Published: June 4th, 2018     
British 500lb Bombs Set
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This set is the latest in Eduard's "Brassin" line. The set comes in a resealable clamshell package with a cardboard insert to separate the decals, etched parts, and instructions from the sixteen resin parts. The instructions comprise one sheet representing the cover sheet with the decal application guide along with painting instructions. The inner spread provides the assembly guide, with the back sheet showing the parts list and the color codes for Gunze paint (Aqueous and MrColor). I will note that the resin parts on my set had lots of room in the blister to move and as a consequence, I had the rear fins broken off (R33) on two of the four bombs. This set will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin or photoetch.

Metal Gear Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Metal Gear Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

MORE SAC FUN! Yes, the Revell P-51D-5 receives the SAC treatment because it's a big kit, and Ross and his team came up with metal gear for this kit. Thanks to Phil for sending it and Fearless Leader John for approving my working the set.

Included in this set are two main gear, two Oleo strut braces, and a tail gear strut. All replace the Revell kit parts, and fit is just like the plastic except it's stronger and can be re-adjusted as required.

Why is readjustment good? OK, Mustang experts, where does the axle fall on the P-51 and why when the aircraft is on the ground? (Answer: Just in front of the leading edge when looking down). WHY? Because it makes the whole aircraft more stable on takeoff and landing with toe in and proper alignment, and helps the aircraft track straight (without P effect from the prop), and is not as prone to tip on it's nose and prop like aggressive stick actuators can make happen. (...Or really tall grass, i.e. wheat, like just happened at Duxford to the guy who had his Merlin engine fail at low level on his pony and ended up just off the end of the runway in a perpendicular landing).

FW-190A Seat Belts

Published: June 4th, 2018     
FW-190A Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for the new Eduard FW-190 series. And thanks to Phil and John for running the team...

This seat harness is simplicity itself. There are four parts. That's it, four. FOUR-lap belts, and over the shoulder harness. Installation? Carefully bend these durable steel belts into place. No paint flaking, no fiddling with parts that are too small for even surgical standard tweezers to hold. Just install and admire.

Far better than tape and paint, the STEEL series seat harnesses should become one of Eduard's fastest sellers for upgrading kits that don't have harnesses attached. Competitively priced too!

Thanks once again to Eduard and their groundbreaking technology leaps and for keeping AMS alive in those of us who have it!

United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)

Published: June 3rd, 2018     
United States WW2 Naval Ensigns (Flags)
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard for supplying the set.

Bottom Line: At first glance these steel, foldable flags look bright and colorful, but there are a few limitations. On a real model, they are good enough. Not to mention the unspoken scandal of oversized flags for all 1/700 WW2 warships kits, decals or paper. In that case, Eduard's flags are at least good enough, sturdier and more flexible than other options.