Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-6A Interior S. A. Photoetch

Published: February 9th, 2015     
A-6A Interior S. A. Photoetch
Reviewed by: J.R. Sharp, IPMS# 48773
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Having never built anything but “out of the box”, I was intrigued when I saw the availability for PE cockpit details for the Trumpeter A-6A. Having had the kit for a year, I stalled out very badly due to some poor build decisions on top of questionable engineering. I thought that getting these sets would potentially light my fire, so to speak.

The stock A-6 cockpit as provided by the kit, is no slouch. It was fairly well detailed. Unfortunately for me, I had it completely assembled by the time I picked up the PE sets. This greatly increased the difficulty as there was no easy way to remove the detail on the existing. As nasty of a job as it was, it came through okay in my opinion.

Lancaster Gun Barrels

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Lancaster Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The twin-engine Avro Manchester was used heavily during the first months of World War II. However, it was underpowered and not very reliable, and it fell short of the RAF’s expectation. The Avro engineers got busy and replaced the Manchester’s two 24-cylinder X-block Vultures with four V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. To accommodate the two extra engines, the Manchester’s wing span was increased. In turn, this caused problems with the airframe, so they enlarged the fuselage and redesigned the tail. Thus was born the Lancaster. It became an instant success, even though its defensive armament was somewhat light, consisting of eight .303 Browning machine guns.  

Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/4105
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius Models continues to add to their excellent line of Battlestar Galactica kits. This time with a detail set for the Galactica. This set is designed to be used with the Moebius Models kit #915 1/4105 Battlestar Galactica

Included in this set are three sprues of detailed rail guns, two photo-etched museum windows, and an enhanced decal sheet.

Because there is some minor surgery required to make these parts work, Moebius recommends this set for the more experienced modeler. However, I don’t think this set will be difficult to use for anyone with a little modeling skill.

The set comes with a heavy cardboard backing which doubles as the directions for the upgrade set. This backing folds down to reveal detailed directions on painting and applying decals. Note that several of these new parts will need to be added during the assembly process, so take a few minutes and read through everything before you begin. Stapled to the backing is a single bag with three sprues of upgraded guns, two PE window frames, and a large decal sheet.

Hawker Typhoon Ib Exhaust (for Airfix Kit)

Published: January 31st, 2015     
Hawker Typhoon Ib Exhaust (for Airfix Kit)
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Recently, Airfix has upped its game with the release of several 1/72 scale aircraft kits with new tooling and featuring excellent detail.  One such kit is their Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib.  Despite Airfix’s excellent out-of-box detail, aftermarket detail manufacturers have tossed their hats into the ring to make an excellent kit even better.

Among them is Quickboost -- bringing their improved engine exhausts.  Comparing fairly closely to the kit parts, the Quickboost versions offer the feature of hollowed out exhaust ports – saving the modeler time and stray cuts in the kit parts and fingers from errant drill bits or hobby knives.

Quickboost’s mold quality and fidelity of detail is exceptional, and the hollowed out stacks make a subtle contribution to improving this legendary 1/72 RAF tank killer.  Highly recommended for the braille scale modeler wanting to really trick out his Typhoon Ib.

Thanks to Quickboost for the sample parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain Propellers

Published: January 30th, 2015     
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Propellers
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s offers a set of detailed propellers to their aftermarket parts line that are to be used to replace the ones found in the new Airfix 1:72 scale C-47 Skytrain kit.  The Quickboost propeller set provides separate blades and hubs that feature far better hub detail and more accurate blade shape than those found in the kit.  The size and general shape of the Quickboost parts match the kit parts so they are designed to be quick drop-in replacements with no surgery.  An alignment tool is included that makes properly aligning and attaching the blades to the hubs almost foolproof.  See the photo below comparing them to the kit parts.

SC-250 German Bombs

Published: January 30th, 2015     
SC-250 German Bombs
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In this BRASSIN detail set, Eduard provides modelers with a quick and easy way to add a quartet of highly realistic SC-250 (Sprengbombe Cylindrisch 250) bombs to a 1:48 scale German aircraft model.  The set includes resin and photo-etched brass parts and a small decal sheet for the stenciled identification.  Four resin parts and four photo-etched parts make up each bomb and the decals add all markings needed for finishing the assembled and painted models.  This multi-media combination makes into realistic looking miniatures of the real thing. 

Metal Landing Gear for the HK Gloster Meteor

Published: January 29th, 2015     
Metal Landing Gear for the HK Gloster Meteor
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
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 Hong Kong Models Gloster Meteor.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade.

The 9 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 with the exception of the main mount retractors.  The parts require very little buffing, cleanup and polishing.  The SAC gear struts directly replace the Meteor kit parts.  The main mount parts and nose strut parts attached to the kit fuselage with no difficulty, even as a refit or upgrade to an existing kit.  Kit parts that are replaced by SAC parts are C1, C2, C8, C11, C12, C13, C14, C17 and C18.  No replacement is provided for C9 AND C10, but no replacement appears to be needed.

WWII IJN Ship Windows & Sealed Cap for Portholes

Published: January 28th, 2015     
WWII IJN Ship Windows & Sealed Cap for Portholes
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Lion Roar has produced an ideal product for superdetailers: a value-priced set of 1/700 scale (late-war) porthole covers and “eyebrows” for portholes (hull and superstructure) for Imperial Japanese Navy warships.

What You Get

Lion Roar photoetch set R7038, 1/700 WWII Imperial Japanese Navy Ship Windows & Sealed Cap for Portholes, does not actually contain any windows or portholes. The title for this set was obviously mangled in translation into English. This set has three sizes of “eyebrows” that are meant to be placed over portholes of various sizes and caps used to cover portholes later in WWII. Eyebrows are called rigols or rims in naval parlance, and they are an arc-shaped trough that goes around the upper third or half of a porthole (round scuttle) or window to prevent water running down the hull or wall from entering the porthole. Caps were used to reduce the risk of light escaping from a porthole and to assist damage control by removing a portal of entry for water when porthole glass was shattered by an explosion.

Browning M1919 .30 Caliber Barrels

Published: January 25th, 2015     
Browning M1919 .30 Caliber Barrels
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

History

The Browning M1919 was introduced after the end of the First World War and soldiered on for several decades. It saw action in WWII, the Korean Conflict as well as in Viet Nam. It was used as a light infantry support weapon, mounted in aircraft and vehicles as a self-defense weapon and used as an anti-aircraft machine gun. It was used by several countries. It can be seen sticking out the frontal armor on all US tanks, as well as being the common coaxial gun alongside the main gun in US built armored fighting vehicles. These sets will be a welcome addition to modelers wanting to update their .30 caliber crew serviced machine guns. Each set includes two turned brass barrels with perforated cooling jackets. Set 35-004 has the two piece conical shaped muzzle and 35-005 has the one piece cylindrical shaped muzzle. Set 35-004 represents the early gun muzzle and 35-005 the later type. Each set comes with two turned barrels and cooling jackets.

Exterior PE for Trumpeter A-6A

Published: January 24th, 2015     
 Exterior PE for Trumpeter A-6A
Reviewed by: Matt Quiroz, IPMS# 42772
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