Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109G-6 Canopy Masks

Published: August 22nd, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 kit comes with masks inside the kit. I used them on my build but discovered a few things. The first thing that I noticed was that I needed to cut them out of the sheet. This was a pain. I would rather have my masks pre-cut. I did cut mine correctly, but it took some time.

The other thing that I noticed was that the Tamiya masks while nice just didn't have the amount of stickiness that would allow them to hold onto the curves. They just wanted to straighten out and this allowed paint to creep under the masks.

Well Eduard must have thought the same thing that I did. They released this mask set designed for the Tamiya kit. It addresses the same items I mentioned. The masks are made out of Kabuki tape which is the normal for the Eduard masks. They are designed not only for the canopy, but also for the wheels, main and tail, and the canopy armor. One thing this set doesn't do is mask off the inside framing of the aft canopy. It's easy enough to do with straight tape but it would have been nice to include.

Bf 109G-6 Gun Barrel

Published: August 22nd, 2018     
Bf 109G-6 Gun Barrel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is a phenomenal kit. That said it could use a little upgrading here and there. One of those things is with the guns on the closed cowling option. The kit guns are okay but they lack some detail. The kit ones lack detail due to the limitations of injection plastic.

Eduard has made some beautifully flawless light grey resin replacement ones. Packaged in the normal blister pack packaging are two gun barrels. The instruction sheet is a small double sided sheet that explains what has to be done. Simple and easy. These two resin pieces have the appropriate cooling vents over the barrel and the proper shape to the muzzle and flash suppressor. They are small.

These are near drop in replacements for the kit parts. You will need to cut off the mold plug at the end and drill the flash suppressor out slightly.

I haven't checked these out in my Eduard kits but I suspect that they will fit the Eduard kits as well.

A simple and easy upgrade to the Tamiya kit (and potentially the Eduard one) at a relatively low price. The look great and will show up on your CLOSED cowling option nicely.

Highly recommended

12.7mm Ammo Belts

Published: August 22nd, 2018     
12.7mm Ammo Belts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Ever want to add some detail to your scratchbuilding or diorama? Eduard offers you just this opportunity with these ammo belts. While 1/32nd it could also be used in 1/35th scale. Inside the usual Brassin blister pack are four 12.5 inch ammo belts. Molded perfectly in grey resin these parts include some exquisite detail of the ammo and the links. Carefully removing them from the sprue is really the hardest part. They are stiff when attached to the pour block, but once removed they are flexible. You can improve the flexibility by a little bit of heat to help bend it. Key word is a little bit.

Just in case you were wondering, 12.5mm equals a .50 Cal bullet.

You can use this set for a variety of things. I can see it on a figure wrapped around the neck or hanging off of a derelict airplane. They can be put into gun troughs for wing mounted guns or on an armored vehicle or two. Because you can cut them to length then this set will go a long way.

This is another neat item that you can put into your toolbox and use in a variety of ways.

Highly recommended

MK 103 - German 30 mm Autocannon

Published: August 21st, 2018     
MK 103 - German 30 mm Autocannon
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Mk-103 was used on a variety of aircraft including the Do-335, Hs-129, FW-190 and Me-410. The barrel and flame dampener are very unique looking. Master from Poland has captured this look perfectly.

The only thing you have to do is to drill a .5mm hole in the cannon housing and replace the plastic parts with the assembled barrels. Each part is separately packaged and then packaged inside of a Ziploc baggie with the instructions behind. The parts are protected with a heavy card stock backing. Inside the package are four turned metal parts, two barrels and two adapters. Also included are two distinct muzzle ends in dark grey resin. It is just simple matter of placing the ends and the adapter on the barrels. Then prime and paint. Perfectly formed barrels with no flat spots or mold lines. The detail is impressive.

This set is impressive and will add tremendously to the look of your model, regardless of which aircraft you use it on. A great set from Master.

Highly recommended

Linked Brass Chain - Medium and Coarse

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Linked Brass Chain - Medium and Coarse
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Czech Master's Kits

Czech Master's out of Czechoslovakia continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products; this time with packages of linked brass chain. Reviewed here are two sizes: 2.8mm (Coarse) and 1.8mm (Medium), suitable for 1/35thscale. The brass chain accepts blackening agent, such as A-West's 'Blacken It', turning the chain from a bright, brass color to a darker color, depending on how long the chain is left in the liquid. Once dry, pigments can be added to flesh out the effect desired. The two sizes are perfect for filling in detail on armor models and/or diorama layouts, and measure 30 cm, or just under 12 inches in length.

I recommend this Czech Master's product for any modeler who wants to add a nice little bit of detail to their work.

I would like to thank the Czech Master's for providing the chain for review, and to IPMS USAfor giving me the opportunity to work with it.

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