Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

MiG-15UTI PE Set

Published: May 28th, 2018     
MiG-15UTI PE Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Eduard

This is the photoetch upgrade set for Eduard's 1/144 MiG-15 UTI kit, stock number 4444.

The PE fret contains parts for the cockpit, undercarriage doors, wing fences and antennas.

The PE is done concurrently with the kit build, as the tiny parts in the cockpit are just too small to manage while the parts are mounted inside the fuselage. The cockpit upgrade consists of instrument panels, control sticks, side consoles, and seat belts.

The additions to the cockpit make it stand out and look really good.

I did not use the wing fences. I just don't have the skill with the glue to make these look convincing. I have done this before with other kits, and the bottoms of the fences always look blobby, with areas not well connected.

On to page 2 of the instructions.

After the kit was pretty much finished, with decals installed and most of the parts installed, I did the landing gear. The nose wheel doors went in place nicely, using a small bit of CA and tweezers.

Soviet Rockets RS82

Published: May 21st, 2018     
Soviet Rockets RS82
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

The RS-82 rocket was an unguided air-to-ground rocket developed by the Soviet Union in the 1930s and used extensively in World War II. The rockets were pretty small, only around 3 inches in diameter and 24 inches long and like most early air-to-ground unguided weapons, their accuracy was questionable at best. As a result they were usually fired in one salvo. They were used on almost every aircraft flown by the Red Air Force during World War II and there are a lot of photographs on the Internet of various aircraft with them mounted under the wings.

Brewster Buffalo Flaps

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Brewster Buffalo Flaps
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Brengun

Anybody who knows me and my modeling preferences know that I am NOT a fan of photo-etch for photo-etch's sake. Too many model companies have begun including photoetch sheets in their products not because they actually enhance the accuracy and scale of the model, but because it gives them an excuse to jack the price up. This does not make me their friend.

That being said, there are times when nothing but photoetch will do the job. In this case, Brengun has offered a set to model separate landing flaps for the 1/32nd Special Hobby Brewster Buffalo, and what a lovely little accessory kit this is!

The parts come on two separate sheets - one for each wing - and feature not only the flap itself but the interior of the upper wing. They also include a somewhat cryptic instruction sheet to help with assembly. As a technical writer by profession, I can think of a few things that they might have shown differently, but it's still clear enough to be quite functional.

Focke Wulf FW-190A-4/5 Landing Gear

Published: May 16th, 2018     
Focke Wulf FW-190A-4/5 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal replacement gear for a variety of popular model kits from a variety of manufacturers. The white metal replacements are normally a one-for-one replacement with the plastic parts provided with the kit. Some landing gear sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and wheels. In some cases, inaccuracies in the original kit gear are corrected, but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts to ensure ease of use. The quality of the parts is normally spot on, or even better than the kit parts, and since the replacement parts are made of white metal, they provide the additional benefit of improved strength.

A-4E Masks

Published: May 16th, 2018     
A-4E Masks
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

If you want to make life a little easier when masking and painting canopies and wheels, you may want to check out the line of masks produced by Eduard. This particular set is made for the Hobby Boss A-4E (kit 81764), and provides masks for the windscreen, canopy, and wheels/tires. The precut masks are easy to use, so modelers with a little experience placing items in exact locations will have no issues with this set.

After seeing the decals provided at the IPMS Nationals last year, I decided that I needed to add an A-4E Skyhawk to my stash, and being a relatively small plane, 1/48 scale seemed appropriate. Hobby Boss had recently released their kit of the E model, so it was an easy decision when I saw one on the Squadron table. My late father in law was a Naval Aviator, and he flew some A-4 missions in Vietnam, including Iron Hand, so this will a bit of a tribute to him once built.