Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Exhaust Nozzles (open)

Published: March 8th, 2016     
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Exhaust Nozzles (open)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This set is made specifically for Hasegawa’s F/A-18 E/F kits and as Hasegawa’s EF/A-18 G Growler is the F/A-18F kit with extra sprues for the Growler add-ons, it can also be used on the Growler too.

The set consists of 6 resin parts, three for each exhaust.  The parts are the actual nozzle, the exhaust can and the rear face of the engine.  The parts are extremely well cast, as expected from Aires and in comparing the parts to photographs of the real nozzles, Aires is spot on, capturing the details perfectly.

Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

Published: March 6th, 2016     
Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler

Hauler is an accessory company based in the Czech Republic that produces high quality photo-etched sets for AFVs, airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and resin accessories for dioramas and resin kits.

Before we go into the product here is a brief explanation of what “Dragons teeth” are. Dragon's teeth are square-pyramidal fortifications of reinforced concrete first used during the Second World War to impede the movement of tanks and mechanized infantry. The idea was to slow down and channel tanks into killing zones where they could easily be disposed of by anti-tank weapons.

In practice, the use of combat engineers and specialist clearance vehicles enabled them to be disposed of relatively quickly, and they proved far less of an obstacle than many had expected. The obstacles could also simply be buried using bulldozers and dump trucks.

Items in the Box

  • 8x Light gray resin Dragons Teeth

These are by far some flawless little tank traps! They come in a small black and gray cardboard box, and are enclosed in a small plastic bag

AC-47 Gunship Interior S. A.

Published: March 6th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Interior S. A.
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

The set is made up of two frets: one brass and one tin printed self-adhesive. First let’s look at the brass one, it mainly supports the mini-guns and ammo boxes with just a few parts for the cockpit and forward cabin pieces. Next the printed tin fret, it’s loaded with radio faces, console panels, and the instruments panel. It also has a complete set of seat harnesses and assorted placards. My sample arrived in perfect condition and included an easy to understand fold out instruction sheet.

The Build

Starting in the forward sections; cockpit and radio room. First the kit parts require a little plastic removal and land scrapping. The new radio faces and instruments panel fit perfectly as did the rest of the smaller items The hardest items to contend with were all the small levers and control knobs. The rudder pedals turned into a nightmare of photo-etch payback, but I managed somehow. The pilot seats received a makeover complete with seat belts. The ammo boxes look pretty decent but are over engineered.

A-6E TRAM Interior Zoom

Published: March 5th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Interior Zoom
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard offers their photoetch in a couple different formats for those that haven’t had the pleasure. They offer the Big Ed sets which are full meal which include multiple frets, masking sets and many, many parts for those that want the ultimate detail on their kits. They also offer the sets in groups which include multiple frets for specific areas such as interiors, wheel wells or exteriors. Lastly, they offer “Zoom” sets which are one fret of colored photoetch to address, usually, cockpits. This set is one of the latter and addresses the kind of barren cockpit in HobbyBoss 1/48 A-6E TRAM kit which is already a wonderful kit. The set consists of one colored photoetch fret with excellent instructions which included a multipart instrument panel, multiple parts for the ejection seats including belts and