Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Victor B.2 Landing Gear (GW)

Published: March 11th, 2015     
Victor B.2 Landing Gear (GW)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

A bit of explanation here.  I try to do full-build reviews with photos taken through most of the process.  When I hooked my memory card into the USB port on my computer, it said, “there are no files”.  And there weren’t.  It had erased my photos, so all my pictures are GONE.  It did the same to another memory card.  I am quite unhappy.

On with the review.

Scale Aircraft Conversions does white metal landing gear for a lot of aircraft kits.  Some are necessary because the kit parts aren’t correct.  Some you need because the plastic kit parts aren’t strong enough to hold the model.  And then there’s this case.  I finished the Victor kit, and it was a tail sitter.  OK, I glued it to a piece of foamcore board, and the glue held the nose down.  When the opportunity came to get the SAC gear, I jumped at the chance. 

F-14 Tomcat Landing Gear (Has)

Published: March 11th, 2015     
F-14 Tomcat Landing Gear (Has)
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I was in the midst of building Hasegawa's 1/72 F-14A Tomcat when a new list of review items came out and SAC's gear for the mighty 'Cat was one of the available goodies.  Having already done some work on the kit landing gear, it provided a great opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison.

SAC's gear come in an attractive clear bubble/card packaging emblazoned with the (USAF) SAC logo.  I opened the package, removed a small amount of flashing from the 3 white metal parts, and  went immediately to paint – flat white as a primer coat followed by gloss white out of a rattle can. Score one point for SAC, as I had spent a lot of time with needle files, blades and sandpaper removing a whole lotta flash from the kit parts (this is a theme that will repeat in the kit review). 

USN 16in/45 Mark 1 Barrels Without Blast Bags

Published: March 9th, 2015     
USN 16in/45 Mark 1 Barrels Without Blast Bags
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in metal turned parts for aftermarket kits. In my personal option they are among the best in the market. I really like their products.

This set is devoted to the USN 16in/45 Mark 1 cannons (without blast bags) and it includes a set of 8 metal barrel which is very nicely detailed down to the holes on the end of the barrels. It can be used for the USS Colorado, USS Maryland and USS West Virginia

The instruction sheet clearly describes where to cut and how to modify the plastic part to receive the aftermarket detail part. It is a very easy task and any modeler with a bit of experience modifying parts will run into no problems.

This aftermarket set will enhance the looks of your finished model.

Recommended to the average modeler due to the need to replace plastic parts.

I would like to thank Master Model Poland and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

HMS Belfast Armament Barrels

Published: March 9th, 2015     
HMS Belfast Armament Barrels
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in metal turned parts for aftermarket kits. In my personal option they are among the best in the market. I really like their products.

This set is devoted to the HMS Belfast and it includes a set of 12 replacement metal barrels for the 6-in guns and a set of 12 replacement metal barrels for the 4-in guns. The parts are very nicely detailed down to the holes on the end of the barrels. It also includes resin correction parts for the 6-in mountings, including some metal pins to keep the parts in place and to allow variable elevation of the guns.

I have to apologize for not being able to get good pictures of all the parts. They are so diminutive that my camera was not able to focus on them. I have included some screen captures from the manufacturer website in this review.

The instruction sheet clearly describes where to cut and how to modify the plastic parts to receive the aftermarket detail part. It seems to be a relatively simple task and any modeler with a bit of experience modifying parts will run into no problems.

This aftermarket set will enhance the looks of your finished model.

F3H Demon Nose

Published: March 9th, 2015     
F3H Demon Nose
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

If you are looking to improve the appearance of the nose on your 1/72 scale EMHAR F-3H Demon, I would direct your attention to this new release from Pavla Models. Recommended for the EMHAR kit released in 1991, this replacement nose is a clear advancement over the old plastic nose provided in the kit. Modelers with some experience in using resin parts should have no issues with utilizing this part.

As I stated in another recent review, from my perspective, Pavla Models continues to quietly add new items to their product lines in order to add detail to existing kits; many of these lines are intended for aircraft modelers, but there are some AFV items as well. Pavla Models provides replacement canopies that are vacuum-formed as well as cockpit sets, ejection seats, and general detail sets for aircraft.

SSW D.III engine

Published: March 8th, 2015     
SSW D.III engine
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

My sample arrived in standard blister pack. Inside I found one photo-etch fret, one resin reducer, one resin carter with cylinders, one resin exhaust manifold and the instructions. http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/648166.pdf

The Build

I began by easily removing the pour blocks from the resin parts. Luckily the resin parts didn’t require a lot of clean up and they fit together very well. The photo-etch parts were a bit more challenging, the push rods were the trickiest part of the construction and could have been engineered to be a little more user friendly. They kept falling off because of the delicate glueing points. When set side by side the Brassin engine is certainly more superior to the kit engine and once painted it really looks the part.

The Bottom Line

If you really want to dress your new Eduard SSW D.III this is a must have, I highly recommend it to the advance modeler.

I would like to thank Eduard, Brassin and IPMS for the opportunity to present this fine product.

German 2cm L50 KwK 38 Gun Barrel

Published: March 6th, 2015     
German 2cm L50 KwK 38 Gun Barrel
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Master Model out of Poland, well-known for producing high-quality, precision after-market products, has recently released a German 2cm L50 KwK 38 Gun Barrel.  This barrel is made to replace the ubiquitous AA and infantry support weapon found in a variety of 1/35th scale kits.

The barrel comes in two pieces of turned brass; a shaft and a delicately perforated cone that slips over the end of the shaft.  The shaft is shorter than the standard 2cm L50 KwK 38 barrel and must be cut-in to the plastic using super glue.

I looked across my stash and found the following three comparison barrels:

  • (DML) Dragon 6590 Flak 38(t) Ausf. M Late Production
  • (TAS) Tasca Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. L “Luchs”
  • (ITAL) Italeri 380 Opel Maultier with FlaK 38

I decided to upgrade my Tasca “Luchs” kit for this article.  It came with a barrel that, coincidentally, was the narrowest of the three.

Assembly

Assembly of the brass barrel is a snap.  The cone slips tightly over the shaft and only requires a dot of super-glue to keep it in place.

Crates Set #C1

Published: March 6th, 2015     
Crates Set #C1
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72 - 1/76
Company: Value Gear

Value Gear is an aftermarket company that I have never heard of before. My apologies to Value Gear for that. Now I’m glad I have heard of them as they have some really neat stuff. Reading on their website you can tell it is a business that is run by a modeler who chooses to release items thinking on what a modeler would like to see and use.

This set consists of 49 pieces -all of them casted on dark grey resin- representing at least 9 different shapes of wooden crates. They have nice surface detail, including wood texture on the surfaces. There are no mold casts that need to be removed and you can just start working with them as soon as you take them out of the bag.

I prepared one crate by wiping it down with alcohol and letting it air-dry. Then I painted it with acrylic paints and I applied an enamel wash to bring up the wood detail. It was about 15 minutes of my time and I am sure that if you work with several of them at once you could probably have 4 or 5 crates ready on that amount of time.

Wire Wheels (15-Inch 60-Spoke)

Published: March 5th, 2015     
Wire Wheels (15-Inch 60-Spoke)
Reviewed by: Joseph Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24, 1/25
Company: 3D Model Parts

The future of modeling has arrived! 3D Model Parts is a company specializing in 3-D printed resin accessories for car and ship models. Their only offering for cars at the moment is these wire wheels. They will work as 15” wheels for 1:25 scale cars, and14” wheels for 1:24 scale cars.

Available with 3 different styles of knock-offs, the wheels come in a pack of 5, with an instruction sheet that explains how to work with them. The wheels and knock-offs each come attached to a thin wafer of resin, not unlike traditional resin parts, which must be sanded away to release the part. I found it easier to cut the wafer away from the knock-offs, as they were too small to hold against any kind of sanding surface without also sanding the skin off my fingertips.

The wheels themselves are beautifully detailed, with open space between all the spokes just like the real thing. The surface is slightly rough to the touch, as is common with 3-D printed items because they are built up in layers, but they look fine. A very light touch with paint and Alclad chrome will be required to avoid filling the spaces between the spokes and covering up the fine details.

British RP-3 Rockets with 60lb SAP Heads for Late MkIII Rails

Published: March 3rd, 2015     
British RP-3 Rockets with 60lb SAP Heads for Late MkIII Rails
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Model

The owner of Masterwork truly knows Micro-metal machine work; This is the second review of three sets from Master Model which are all common in design but different in utility; IPMS USA sincerely appreciates Master’s support of our reviewer corps, and thanks to our leaders for sending these my way!

All parts are individually bagged by item within the generic display header bag; this prevents damage and ensures you have the correct bits to finish the set.

The difference in this set (24 0012) from the first set (24 0011) is the design of the