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Reviews of scale model detail sets.

OV-10 Bronco Pitot Tube

Published: August 20th, 2018     
OV-10 Bronco Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland has been making turned brass and aluminum gun barrels and pitot tubes (among other items) for several years now and turns out some outstanding replacement parts for aircraft, armor, and ship modelers. All of their products are reasonably priced as well.

Adding to the Air Masters series, Master Model of Poland has a simple replacement part for that 1/32ndscale Kitty Hawk OV-10 Bronco that is languishing in your stash. And all for the want of a descent pitot tube. I say that because the pitot tube is rather prominent on this aircraft.

Assembly can't be much simpler. You find the kit supplied injected molded part on the appropriate sprue, remove said part, and then throw it in the trash. Take the turned aluminum pitot tube from Master Model out of the packaging and insert it into the previously assembled nose bits. You'll probably spend more time just readying the last couple of sentences than the time you actually use installing this part from Master Model.

I have used several of Master Model products and am still constantly amazed at the finesse and fidelity to scale that they achieve.

A5M2 Claude Resin Replacement Flying Control Surfaces Parts

Published: August 20th, 2018     
A5M2 Claude Resin Replacement Flying Control Surfaces Parts
Reviewed by: Rob Booth
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has produced a set of resin flying control surfaces parts for the Wingsy Kits A5M2b Claude. The resin replacements are a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied items include two ailerons, two horizontal stabilizers and one vertical stabilizer. The tail plane parts will require modification of the horizontal stabilizer to accept the new resin parts.

An evaluation of the parts (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide not only better detailing, but control posable surfaces compared to those supplied with the kit. The parts are cast using Aires fine, rigid, grey resin with no signs of any bubbles or flash clean-up necessary. The ribbing detailing appears the slightest bit proud to me, but nothing that a couple of swipes with some fine sandpaper won't address.

As with any resin parts, be sure to wash thoroughly and rinse to remove any trace of mold release before priming (a must for any/all resin). Use your favorite paints to create well-rendered flying surfaces for your Claude.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Aires for the opportunity to review this item.

A5M2b Claude Resin Replacement Exhaust Parts

Published: August 20th, 2018     
A5M2b Claude Resin Replacement Exhaust Parts
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has produced a set of resin exhaust parts for the Wingsy Kits A5M2b Claude. The resin replacements are a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied items include two replacement manifolds with exhaust pipes.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) with the kit parts indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate exhaust system than those supplied with the kit (particularly if posing the engine area exposed). The parts are cast in fine, semi-rigid grey resin with no signs of any bubbles or flash clean-up necessary.

As with any resin parts, be sure to wash thoroughly and rinse of any mold release before priming (a must for any/all resin). Use your favorite metallic paint to create a well-rendered exhaust for your Claude.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item.

R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set

Published: August 18th, 2018     
R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

The tragedy of the Titanic sinking is legendary and needs no introduction. For those of us who are, or will build the 1/350 Minicraft Titanic kit, this mast set is a cause for celebration!

I have personally had this ship kit half built and left for a good number of years. I had already scratch built many items to adorn the bridge, grand staircases, and other areas, as well as acquiring about every brass photo-etch set and even a wooden deck set. When I saw this Mast set show up for review, I had to have it and hopefully kick start my enthusiasm to finish this long drawn out build! Goodness knows how much grief I've gotten over the years from my wife and model buddies about when the Titanic will be finished!

Master continues to build on their extensive offerings, and this brass mast set is every bit as spectacular as other Master Model brass and photo-etch sets I've had the pleasure of using.

Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX/Xvi Radiator Fairings

Published: August 11th, 2018     
Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX/Xvi Radiator Fairings
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed to replace the underwing radiator fairings on Eduard's 1/72 scale Spitfires. The set consists of two single piece fairings with separate exhaust flaps and a small photo-etch fret of actuators. The kit supplied fairings are constructed from three pieces, two sides and a top (bottom?) which actually fit together very nicely thanks to Eduard's outstanding engineering. This set provides the entire fairing cast as a single unit and thus is a drop in replacement for the kit's three part arrangement. As the left and right fairings are different, Eduard has thoughtfully cast "L" and "R' on the insides of the fairings to assist the builder in keeping them straight when it is time to attach them. Now to just figure out if the L/R applies when the wing is upside down or when it is right side up?

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