Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear (ICM)

Published: June 2nd, 2018     
MiG-25 Foxbat Landing Gear (ICM)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the crowd out here in the modeling world.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 ICM Mig-25. As to the basic kit, it is well designed and accurate BUT also is not for beginners. A lot of locations are vague on where parts should line up. I have struggled with the afterburner/augmentor petals, and the overall assembly of the basic fuselage. The landing gear is no different, as the angles and installation are to be expected to cause grief. It gets done but prepare yourself mentally and lay off the adult beverages while trying to line everything up.

SAC provides 9 metal parts to replace the kit-supplied plastic landing gear. The landing gear can be installed after basic fuselage assembly, which will help with painting later.

P-51D 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks

Published: June 2nd, 2018     
P-51D 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN 75 Gallon Fuel Tanks for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

The set contains:

  • resin: 2 parts
  • decals: yes
  • photo-etched details: yes

Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the fuel tanks and the added photo-etch adds some great touches.

You should be careful when removing the pieces from the casting blocks to prevent damage and blemishes that will show up in prominent areas on the aircraft, but with some patience and careful sanding you should accomplish a good fit. The Airfix kit also comes with the fuel tanks that have good detail, but are in two pieces compared to the one-piece resin design of the Brassin.

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Landing Gear

Published: May 30th, 2018     
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes six parts, the main gear struts, two retract arms, one tailwheel trailing link and strut. All the main gear and tailwheel items are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. The tailwheel kit part has excessive molding flash and that is cleaned up on the SAC version.

SAC gear does require some clean up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are use to working with metal gear.

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 Landing Gear

Published: May 30th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes four parts,  the main gear struts and two options for the tail wheel. The main gear are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. The tail wheel offers both tail wheel versions offered by Tamiya where one has a canvas covering over the oleo strut and the other showing the strut exposed. Tamiya's instructions indicate which subject uses which tail wheel option.

SAC gear does require some clean up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are use to working with metal gear.

He 219A-0/A-2 Gun Barrels

Published: May 28th, 2018     
He 219A-0/A-2 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

This is another high-quality resin aftermarket product from QuickBoost and their parent company Aires.

These gun barrels are a simple replacement for the 1/32 Revell He 219 barrels. They are attached to a resin stub, and each gun will need to be removed with a razor saw. All the barrels show fine detail and hollowed barrel ends.

Per the QuickBoost instructions when using Part # 2 (that replaces kit part # F41), the outer two barrels need to be removed. QuickBoost shows where to cut with the use of indentations in the stub. This is also shown in the Revell instructions. These guns will be used in the forward fuselage belly. The two guns that were removed can be used in the upper fuselage gun pack if required.

Part 1 is a wing root mounted gun and replaces Revell kit # G50.

While gun part # 2 is a definite improvement over the kit part # F41, there is little improvement that I can see with Part # 1 over the Revell guns. Both Part # 1 and G50 guns have the barrel ends hollowed out and exhibit similar dimensions and detail.