Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

German 8.8cm Submarine Gun

Published: August 5th, 2014     
German 8.8cm Submarine Gun
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

At the start of WWII, the U-boat packs operated with impunity in the North Atlantic and while their torpedoes sunk a lot of ships, their deck guns did a lot of damage also. This ended with the advent or air patrols and small carriers. Eduard has produced an excellent resin and photoetch kit of the 8.8cm gun used on the Type VII U-boats. My only recommendation is to check references in that on the later Type VII's, the gun was removed due to its ineffectiveness due to the threat of aircraft.

Eduard kit consists of 14 perfect resin parts and 15 photoetch parts on a single fret. The first dozen of these parts actually forms the gun sight alone. Fit is excellent but the parts are small with some being 2mm long and requiring bends. The rest of the gun assembly is smooth with the resin parts coming off the pour stubs easily and fitting perfectly. Add the adjustment wheels and tampion (gun plug) and its clamp and the gun can be set aside.

AGM-65 Maverick

Published: August 5th, 2014     
AGM-65 Maverick
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard's Brassin resin line continues adding top quality armament with this latest release, an AGM-65 Maverick in 1/48th scale. The set contains parts for 2 missiles and consists of 10 gray resin parts, 2 clear resin parts for the seeker cover and a set of decals. The parts allow for three versions to be built, the B, E or H and have decals to cover all the types along with an excellent painting guide.

Construction of the missile is not difficult but requires a soft touch as the fins are scale thin and can be snapped easily. I cut the fins loose and trimmed off below them and then cut the main plug off the bottom. I did the same with the rear fins which are a separate piece. You want these pieces to be square so they align well when gluing. Mine required a small dab of putty but nothing difficult. Once that is done, your missiles are ready for paint. I chose to build the "B" version as the white stands out. A quick coat of Tamiya gloss white and we were ready for decals. These are small but went on perfectly and have all the stenciling. A quick flat and you are ready for the highlight of the kit.

NATO Pilot (1960's) Seated in Aircraft

Published: August 5th, 2014     
NATO Pilot (1960's) Seated in Aircraft
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production of Belgium makes some awesome products and from figures to conversions in all the popular scales. This items is 1/32 NATO pilot seated in his aircraft. The kit is simple with three parts (two arms and body). Cut off the pour spouts and glue the arms on to start. I used a little Squadron white putty to insure the gaps were sealed and then cleaned the putty off with lacquer thinner for a smooth finish. The kit was primed and set aside to cure and we were ready to paint.

Painting is straightforward. The face was painted with acrylics from Andrea an sealed. the uniform was base coated in NATO green. The mask base coated in black, the helmet in white and the gloves in dark tan. All of this was sealed and the detail painting was started with the lap belts and straps. the boots were coated black and other details were picked out. Seal again and I added a light oil wash over the figure. Highlight were picked out with lightened filters and some minor dry brushing and the kit was sealed. Lastly, the visor was coated silver and then clear green in several coats.

Bf 109 F, G1-G4 Armament Set

Published: August 3rd, 2014     
Bf 109 F, G1-G4 Armament Set
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

These gun barrels and pitot tube from Master Model are made for the 1/32 Bf109F, G1 - G4. The model that I used them on was the Monogram "Pro Modeler" Bf109G-4, which is a Hasegawa rebox. They fit perfectly and are a superior enhancement versa the kit parts.

The set comes with two barrels and one pitot tube made from brass. The barrels are both the same size, but be sure to check your instructions when installing as my kit shows them off set.

I highly recommend this set, especially if you are looking to give your kit that little extra zing.  I would like to thank Master Model and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this kit.

B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels

Published: August 1st, 2014     
B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has come out with a direct replacement for the .50 Cal machine gun barrels on the HK Models 1/32nd B 17 Flying Fortress kit.  You get 12 barrels, all the same length and style cast in resin.  The packaging is quite adequate.  There was nothing broken or warped.  The quality of the casting is superb and there is no flash or pinholes.  I would assume that the barrels are the proper length.  They are a little fatter then the kit ones and look good.  Another nice feature is that they are drilled out on the ends.

A word of caution may be necessary, on the HK kit, the kits gun barrels come in various lengths and some have flash suppressors.  The quickboost are all the same length and style.  A nice feature about these barrels is that they are somewhat generic in nature.  I believe they can be used on any Allied Airplane that is 1/32nd and used .50 Cal machine guns. 

Overall, I would recommend these barrels as replacement for the kits parts. They make a vast improvement over the kit machine gun barrels and will add an outstanding detail to an already outstanding model kit.

Static Dischargers for Sukhoi Jets

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Static Dischargers for Sukhoi Jets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Master Model

Master Models has started to issue static dischargers in all scale and types. As a bit of background,  static dischargers or static wicks are used on aircraft to allow the continuous satisfactory operation of onboard navigation and radio communication systems during precipitation (p-static) conditions. if you look at any plane, they have these on the back of the wings, tails and horizontal stabs.

This particular set is made for Sukhoi jets and in 1/32 scale. This would fit Su-27 and Su-7 for example. The set contains 14 pieces of very small (7mm or so) almost hair thin machined brass. As you can see in the picture, even the end is cupped out. Installation involves drilling out the appropriate spot and gluing the part on. To demonstrate, I used a Trumpeter Su-27 and you can see by the comparison, it is NO comparison. The Master Model parts are a world better, more accurate and look all around better.

These parts also come in other scale. For 1/32, they are so head and shoulders above the kit parts, they are a great replacement. Highly recommended! My thanks to Master Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these.

ZU-23-2 "Sergey" Ammunition

Published: July 27th, 2014     
ZU-23-2 "Sergey" Ammunition
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Master Model has produced a nice ammunition set to go along with their beautiful ZU-23-2 barrels.  This set consists of 20 empty casings, 10 OFZ (HEI) rounds and 10 BZT (API-T) rounds.  The items are made from turned brass and ultra-tiny.  The only issue I have with these great items is that they can only be used as a diorama accessory.  Without the disintegrating links that hold the rounds together, they can only be used as individual pieces unless the builder is a REALLY good scratch builder.

SH-3D Sea King Exterior

Published: July 27th, 2014     
SH-3D Sea King Exterior
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Introduction

The Sikorsky Sea King helicopter was developed in the late 1950s for the US Navy’s growing anti-submarine warfare role. Becoming operational in 1961, the Sea King would serve with the US Navy until 2006, and continues in service with other operators to this day. Over its lifetime, the Sea King would spawn multiple variants and revisions. This included versions to meet USAF and USCG roles, such as the well-known HH-3E Jolly Green Giant combat search-and-rescue helicopters. Additionally, licensed-built versions of the Sea King were made by Mitsubishi, Agusta, and Westland. The British-built Westland Sea King variants differ in quite a few points from the Sikorsky-built Sea Kings, and are the basis for Cyber-Hobby’s 1/72 Sea King kits.

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube

Published: July 27th, 2014     
Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Hot on the heels of their 1/48 scale release, Master Models has released a 1/32 scale version of the GAU-8 Avenger gun tip for the Trumpeter A-10. Also included is a corrected pitot tube.

The set is straightforward with a sheet of photoetch for the front and back of the gun barrel, a turned brass center post, seven turned gun barrels, a brass main gun housing and a turned pitot tube. I included several shots of the main gun housing with its holes as it is a work of art. Finely made and with the holes made perfectly.

Assembly is done by adding the back plate and gluing the brass center post into its hole. The only tricky part is next when the front cap is added- you must make sure the holes align for the barrels. I did this by adding the end cover and holding it up to light and making sure things were straight. Let that dry and then slide the barrels through and secure them. The pitot tube is a direct replacement.

As you can see by the comparison pictures, there is no comparison. If you are going to build this kit, you need this part. it is much more accurate and to scale. I would say this is not just highly recommended but is required.

SH-2 Seasprite Landing Gear (KH)

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
SH-2 Seasprite Landing Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 48251
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat conversion and replacement set for the new Kitty Hawk SH-2F.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade.

The 7 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo.  The heft of the parts is very noticeable.  All parts are free of sprues and require little buffing, cleanup and polishing.  The gear struts of the SH-2F kit are directly replaced with the SAC parts.  The main mount parts attach to the kit fuselage with no difficulty.  Kit parts that are replaced by SAC parts are D 20, 21, 23, 24 and E 24, 25, 26.

Note that you will need to use kit part E 27 along with the SAC replacement for kit part E 26, the tail wheel strut.  Kit part 27 is not weight bearing and easily works with the SAC part to hold the tail wheel in place.