Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hawker Tempest/Fury and Sea Fury Mks. II/V/VI Early Type Cannons with Un-covered Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 13th, 2018     
Hawker Tempest/Fury and Sea Fury Mks. II/V/VI Early Type Cannons with Un-covered Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master - Reality in Miniature is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales.

Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with un-sheathed barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Tempest early Mk V kits, or early Fury or Sea Fury kits. Also included is a turned brass pitot tube. These items are intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts. My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk V, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for.

Hawker Tempest Mk. V Early Type Cannons with Covered Barrels

Published: March 13th, 2018     
Hawker Tempest Mk. V Early Type Cannons with Covered Barrels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Models

Master - Reality in Miniature is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales.

Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with sheathed barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Tempest early Mk V kits. This item is intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts. My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk V, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for.

The parts instructions are graphic, with English text. They are easily understood, and offer some important cautions and sequencing for the assembly and use of the parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with a significantly improved appearance to moulded plastic kit parts.

UH-60 or AH-64 Skis

Published: March 13th, 2018     
UH-60 or AH-64 Skis
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/35
Company: Werners Wings

Werner's Wings is a Baltimore, MD based firm that offers decals and resin detail parts for scale modelers. Founder Floyd Werner has been around scale modeling for many years and is one of the hobby's leading authorities on US Army rotary wing aircraft (not just through modeling, but from years of very personal experience!), and WWII Luftwaffe fighters. A quick search of the IPMS Review or other modeling-related sites will yield plenty of background on his considerable modeling skills and knowledge.

Floyd's passion for modeling modern rotary aircraft subjects is evident in this release of resin skis designed to replicate the Landes Airglas skis used on Sikorsky's UH-60 Blackhawk Series and Boeing's AH-64 Apache series in both 48 and 35th scales. The subjects of these sets continue Werner's Wings commitment to providing quality resin and metal detailing sets and decals for rotor-modeling interests.

USN MK83/BLU-110 Bombs

Published: March 12th, 2018     
USN MK83/BLU-110 Bombs
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation continues their excellent 1/32nd scale ordnance releases with a set of 4 USN MK83/BLU-110 bombs with light ablative fire-retardant coating used by the US Navy. The set consists of 34 cream colored resin parts perfectly cast: four main bodies, four tail fins, four fuses, four caps, and 18 attachment lugs along with decals. The main bodies are especially impressive. They have a very finely detailed molded on ablative coating. I have not seen this done often but have seen it replicated by modelers using putty or primer and a stiff brush. Ablative coatings are used to protect the explosives from cooking off as quickly if heated and look like rough sandpaper texture. Some great pictures are on the Videoaviation site listed above.

SAC Kfir C2/C7 Landing Gear

Published: March 12th, 2018     
SAC Kfir C2/C7 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is well known for making replacement white metal landing gear for many, many subjects. This set replaces the main and nose landing gear for the AMK 1/48th scale Kfir C2/C7 kit from AMK. The set consists of seven well-made white metal parts; four are the main gear and three make up the nose gear. The main gear replaces kits parts C54/57 and E19. The nose gear replaces parts C17, 21, and 68.

To prepare the parts, I sand off a few small seam lines and the parts are ready. For the main gear, the assembly adds the two white metal parts together and then you complete the assembly with the plastic oleo from the kit.

The nose gear is broken down differently than the kit gear. The kit gear has the retraction strut molded in and the remainder of the gear as a single piece. It's easier to see in the reference picture. The SAC parts are easy to prepare and assemble with the biggest thing being the straightening of the strut. I did this by rolling it between two flat surfaces.