Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Ship Display Base #4

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Ship Display Base #4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits specializes in display bases for models and has a wide ranger covering aircraft, armor, ships, railway and even sci-fi. From their website above, the bases are pre-printed with high quality imaging on a laminated wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble and are mounted on a durable 3mm foamex base. The base for this review is the Ship Display Base #4 which is 12" x 17" in size and printed with a nice ocean scene. It is an excellent size for 1/700 large ships or smaller ships in larger scales.

Looking at what is in the package, it is a beautifully printed base on one side attached (as advertised) to the foamex board. The board is fairly flat but I suggest attaching to an even firmer board and taking the time to frame the edges for better finish.

Attaching the ship will be easy. In the pictures, a 1/720 scale Nimitz class carrier is positioned on the base and fits well at an angle. I will glue the ship in place, add the wake around the ship in gel and have a finished display. The top of the sheet is sealed and water resistant so this won't affect it.

Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels

Published: September 14th, 2017     
Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

These are 4 20mm gun barrels for Japanese WW2 fighters. I had a 1/144 Platz N1K2 "George" on the shelf, which I built for a review about 4 years ago. I selected it for the upgrade.

Removal and Replacement

Removal was a simple job. I used sprue cutters and cut the guns off the wing, as close as I could to the leading edge. The kit has fairings at the base of each gun, but I fixed that later. Once I got the plastic guns removed, I used a sanding stick to flatten the base of the kit fairings. This gave me a clean surface to drill into. The instructions call for a .4mm drill. Looking at my .4mm drill and the guns, I downgraded the drill to a .25mm. The hole was still just a little large, but .25mm is about the smallest drill I've got.

Drain and Manhole Covers

Published: September 14th, 2017     
Drain and Manhole Covers
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Hauler

Hauler has been making photoetched sets in multiple scales including my favorite, 1/72nd. This set is about as easy of a PE set as you can get. It contains 6 grills (4 of one style and 2 of another) and 15 manhole covers (5 each of 3 styles one of these is square). They literally are just cut from the fret and add to your diorama.

As such no instructions are needed but there actually was a set included with mine. Turns out it is for one of their Typhoon sets. Whoops.

I have been unable to track down what countries the manhole covers are from but pretty sure they are from Europe and should look good in a WWII setting. If anyone can find a location that fits please post the info.

All in all, a nice and easy to use accessory that will liven up that street scene.

Thanks to Hauler and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

AFV Tools

Published: September 14th, 2017     
AFV Tools
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

Another nice PE set from Hauler which will find many uses for the Braille Scale modeler, especially when working with armor and dioramas.

The set includes wrenches, axes, shovels, picks and even a couple machetes. I am guessing for those jungle jobs. There are also a couple of different design tool boxes that you will have to fold.

The first thing I thought when I heard PE tools is how is that going to work with types, they will just look flat, right? Hauler has thought of this and the sledges and a mallet come with an couple extra pieces of PE to thicken the head. A couple of the picks and shovels are designed to be used with some plastic or metal rod to give a more 3-dimensional look.

Instructions are provided for the tool boxes and those tools that use more than one part. Just make sure you are careful when you cut these parts out and they will be sure to liven up that aircraft or tank maintenance scene.

Thanks to Hauler and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Defiant Mk.I Undercarriage Covers

Published: September 14th, 2017