Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

UH-1D ARC-102 Antenna Mounts

Published: March 12th, 2018     
UH-1D ARC-102 Antenna Mounts
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
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 detail in modeling modern rotary aircraft subjects is evident in this release of resin antenna mounts to replicate the stand-off mounts used for the wire antenna array on Bell's UH-1D in 48th scale. The subjects of these sets continue Werner's Wings commitment to providing quality resin and metal detailing sets and decals for rotor-modeling interests.

Macchi C205 Veltro White Metal Landing Gear

Published: March 12th, 2018     
Macchi C205 Veltro White Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Hasegawa/Italeri 1/48 scale Macchi C205 Veltro kits. The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts. I have reviewed several of these replacement gear packages, and purchased many more on my own. I have always found them to be at least equal, and usually superior to the kit parts in detailing, with the added benefit of superior strength.

The supplied items in this issue include the two main gear strut and actuator assemblies, and two tail gear struts with the tail wheel molded in place (check your reference photos). Some other SAC packages include replacement main gear wheels, as well, but not the case here. You will need to use the kit wheels or other replacements for your build.

Kfir C2/C7 Antennas for AMK Kit

Published: March 12th, 2018     
Kfir C2/C7 Antennas for AMK Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost, which is part of Aires, is known for their wonderful and simple kit enhancements which are drop in or require slight surgery. This set is for the wonderful AMK 1/48th Kfir kit and is a replacement set of antennae. It consists of six resin parts on a small casting block which replace five of the kit parts. Parts 1,2 4 and 5 are listed as direct replacement while part 3 requires the removal of the molded-on kit part. All of the casting is superb and the parts are finer than the corresponding kit parts.

Going through the parts individually:

Jeannin Stahltaube Landing Gear & Wire Supts. (WNW)

Published: March 11th, 2018     
Jeannin Stahltaube Landing Gear & Wire Supts. (WNW)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions produces white metal replacement parts for kit details such as landing gear. This set provides metal landing gear, plow brake, upper & lower cable support struts, and outside wing cable supports for the WingNut Wings 1/32 Jeannin Stahltube plastic kit. These detail parts come in a 2 1/2"x 3 1/2"x 1" blister pack containing eight sprues with 12 parts. Parts include the main landing gear, plow brake, and the upper and lower struts and turnbuckles for the wing rigging cables.

Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts

Published: March 6th, 2018     
Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Ka-27/Ka-29 Helix helicopter family is a follow-on to the Ka-25 Hormone helicopter. Like the Ka-25, the Ka-27/29 has contra-rotating stacked rotors eliminating the need to a tail rotor to counter torque. Like most helicopters, the Helix's cockpit is very visible and unfortunately, the seats included by most kit manufacturers do not bear any resemblance to those of the actual helicopter.

This set from Aires, part of its Quickboost line, seeks to remedy this by providing very nicely detailed seats with the harnesses. The set includes four seats, which allows you to outfit two kits as there are only two seats in the front cockpit of the Helix. The seats are not identical, they each have different configurations for the lap belts, as unless the helicopter is at an airshow, on the actual aircraft, the lap belts end up in lots of different configurations depending on how they are unbuckled and set or tossed aside.