Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-17/20/22 (Fitter) Pitot Tubes and 30mm Gun Barrels

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Su-17/20/22 (Fitter) Pitot Tubes and 30mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Sukhoi Su-17/20/22 family of aircraft were the primary air to ground to air for the Russian Air Force. It saw service during the Afghanistan war and was a primary attack aircraft during the Cold War.

The KP models and the soon to be released Kitty Hawk model of the Su-22 are out there. The main issue with many of these kits is the fragile pitot tubes that extend past the nose. The other issue with this particular aircraft are the pitot tube and AOA vanes on these protrusions. The limitations of plastic cause these parts to be slightly oversized. The other thing is mold release marks and trying to keep these tubes circular.

Packaged in a self-sealing baggie with a cardboard backing. Inside of this baggie is seven beautifully turned metal barrels and pitot tubes. They are packaged separately into each pitot tube and the gun barrels. Also inside the packaging are two cast resin pieces that feature beautiful detail. They are protected by a foam piece that totally surrounds both pieces and held in place by some tape to ensure they are safe and secure.

Su-25 (Frogfoot) Pitot Tubes

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Su-25 (Frogfoot) Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model has been producing some exquisite pitot tubes, gun barrels and static discharge wicks. So it is natural that they continue that success with new barrels and pitot tubes.

The latest offering is for the Su-25 Frogfoot, the Soviet version of the A-10. Eduard, KP and Monogram have the Frogfoot in their inventory. This set is different than some others that I’ve had to deal with from Master.

Contained inside the ziplock baggie are three brass pieces which are beautifully turned brass. Each brass piece is packaged separately. This will ensure the parts are flawless when removed from the package. In another self-sealing baggie is a very fragile resin vane that contains a bunch of separate shapes from the pitot tube. This piece is protected by a foam piece and held in place by some tape which completely protects it. The resin piece is a piece of art in itself. The piece requires no clean up and is perfectly cast.

AIM-7E Sparrow

Published: September 5th, 2016     
AIM-7E Sparrow
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

AIM-7E Sparrow’s are semi-active radar guided missiles and there were 25,000 of the “E” series produced and used extensively during the Vietnam era by all branches of the services. Eduard has produced a wonderful replica of the AIM-7E in their Brassin line in 1/32nd scale. The set includes parts to build four complete missiles which can be painted in three different paint schemes (which changed over the years). There are four main bodies and four sets of the front fins all cast in gray resin. Lastly, there is a small photoetch fret which gives depth to the rear missile motor. There is also a full set of nicely printed decals.

Assembly is straight forward. Carefully cut the main body from the casting block. The best way I found was to use a photoetch razor saw and cut close to the fin until you reach the center. I then trimmed of the casting block down to the center and cut the final center section loose. A little sanding down and that was ready. The front fins can be cut loose or painted on the casting blocks. It depends on the scheme you want to paint. They fit very well.

USAF/US Army Tow Tractor Driver

Published: September 5th, 2016     
USAF/US Army Tow Tractor Driver
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:32
Company: Aerobonus

Designed for the Aerobonus DMC Logan T-40 USAF Tow Tractor, this latest figure from Aerobonus is a single block of light grey resin that features a complete seated figure. There are no blemishes or bubbles anywhere.

The figure features a driver with a boonie cap, typical of a Vietnam era USAF enlisted personel. The resin is contained in a typical self sealing bag with a card stock backing. There are painting instructions on three pages.

Removal of the figure from the pour blocks will be easy enough. How they molded and cast these parts is simply amazing. There are lots of undercuts and plenty of room behind the driver on the seat. The parts include the seated body of the driver, two arms, and a separate head.

This figure is essential if you have the Tow Tractor and want to have it in a diorama. This would look great when attached to the tractor and then to an F-4 or F-105. Aerobonus offers quite a lot of figures to represent the Vietnam era flightline.

Highly recommended, if you have the tractor.

US Army LeTourneau Sheepfoot Roller, Single & Double Units

Published: September 5th, 2016     
US Army LeTourneau Sheepfoot Roller, Single & Double Units
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: LZ Models

Items

  • Stock - Item - Price
  • 35453 - Sheepfoot Roller Single - $24.95
  • 35454 - Sheepfoot Roller Double - $44.95

L.Z. Models from Ireland provide high quality resin models and accessories. These kits represent sheepfoot rollers manufactured by R.G. LeTourneau, whose machines represented nearly 70 percent of the earthmoving equipment and engineering vehicles used during World War II. The sheepsfoot roller is a flat head tamping roller, which employs tapered box heads, or ‘feet’ to compact dirt when towed behind a tractor or dozer.

L.Z. has produced both single and double width units as separate kits. These appeared to be simple little kits, until I noticed that there are 100+ resin parts, and over 200 in the double roller kit. Each of the feet are individual pieces that need to be adhered to the large roller drum. All but nine of the hundred plus parts are the individual feet.