Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F/A-18E/F Landing Gear

Published: September 9th, 2013     
F/A-18E/F Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions makes various landing gear sets from lead-free white metal. Some come with the wheels attached, if needed. Others might have the wheel bay included to help with added weight, but most only come with the new landing gear struts.

The detail of the metal parts is much crisper and looks flawless. The advantage to these parts is their strength, and that they won’t warp under the kit’s weight over time. They will also hold up well while you work with them – no accidentally snapping them apart. To attach the new landing gear, you will need to use CA glue. On SAC’s website, they recommend a gap-filling CA glue so the gear can be positioned the way you want it, and then using an accelerator to bond the parts instantly.

I highly recommend this product. I have had models where the landing gear has broken under the aircraft’s weight, especially during transport. It’s good to know that there is a solution for this. Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

B-52G/H Landing Gear

Published: September 7th, 2013     
B-52G/H Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The B-52 has been flying longer than a lot of IPMS members have been building.  It entered USAF service in 1955, and 85 of them are still in active inventory, with 9 in reserve.  The combat-ready B-52Hs left are at Minot AFB in North Dakota and Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions set

The SAC set for the B-52 consists of 4 identical main gear sets and two outrigger wheels and struts for the wings, all in white metal.  The outriggers are cast with a protective sprue, which is a great idea since they’d be a little fragile.

The main gear uses the kit wheels.

Painting

This was pretty simple.  The main gear and the outriggers are painted white.  I used Floquil Reefer White, which goes on nicely from the airbrush and sticks wonderfully to the metal parts.  I then brush-painted the wheels on the outriggers with Floquil Grimy Black.

I painted the kit main wheels the same way, except they came in white plastic, so I didn’t have to paint the hubs.

S-2F Tracker Wing Pylons

Published: September 3rd, 2013     
S-2F Tracker Wing Pylons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The last S-2F set I have for review from Quickboost is a replacement set of wing pylons for the plane. There were six underwing hard points for rocket pods and conventional depth charges, or up to four additional torpedoes. This set is six direct replacement pylons. Trim them from their well-molded sprue and glue to the plane. I test-fitted three and they snap into place. The molded detail is somewhat finer than the kit parts. The kit includes three rocket pods for each wings.

There is some improvement in accuracy and detail, as the Quickboost parts have better rivet definition and detail. This is especially true on the bottom of the pylons if they are left empty. Kinetic completely missed the prominent pad on the front of the pylons.

This is a very simple replacement. It is easy to use and fits well. For $6.50, this set will definitely improve the look of the pylons. Recommended. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the set and chance to review it.

EA-6B Prowler Air Scoops

Published: September 3rd, 2013     
EA-6B Prowler Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost makes another addition to its sets for the Kinetic 1/48th EA-6B Prowler with a replacement set of air scoops. There are 10 different scoops cast perfectly in the expected gray resin.

There are three different varieties of scoops:

  • Part 1 replaces kit parts (two scoops) C15+C17/C17+C18
  • Part 2 replaces kit part C11 in six scoops
  • Part 3 replaces kit part C21 in two scoops

Using the set is simple – cut from the casting block, make sure the bottom edge is good, and glue in place and paint. The Quickboost parts have good depth to the openings, which is not the case with all the kit parts. Also, the kit’s two large scoops have to be glued together and sanded, which is not done with the Quickboost set.

Overall, a good upgrade for the kit parts. Simple and easy to execute, reasonably priced, and also an improvement in accuracy. Recommended to all fans of the Prowler and those wanting that extra detail.

My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the chance to review the EA-6B Air Scoops.

SAAB J-35 Draken Pitot Tubes and AOA Sensor

Published: September 3rd, 2013     
SAAB J-35 Draken Pitot Tubes and AOA Sensor
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland continues their great run of products with a set of two pitot tubes and an AOA sensor for the Hasegawa 1/48 Draken. If you have never used one of Master's products, you are in for treat. They make machined metal parts for ships and planes. Ship parts are mostly gun barrels, while the planes’ parts are gun barrels, pitot tubes, and various sensors, all of which are in metal, either brass or aluminum.

This set includes three parts – the long nose pitot tube, a second short pitot tube which was on the top of the tail on some planes, and lastly, a replacement AOA sensor for the nose. I included a picture of the kit nose pitot compared to Master’s and it is not even close. Master's pitot is a drop-in replacement and is much finer and more accurate than the kit part, and has no attachment points or seams to sand. Sand the nose flat, glue in place, and paint. The AOA will need to be drilled out and replaced. If your particular build has the pitot at the top of the tail, it is included.

S-2F Tracker Tail Wheel (skid)

Published: September 2nd, 2013     
S-2F Tracker Tail Wheel (skid)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has issued a replacement "tail wheel" for the Kinetic S-2 tracker. It really isn't a tail wheel, but rather a tail skid. The parts are three – a tail wheel, the skid, and the piston. It is well cast in Quickboost’s gray resin. You separate the parts from the casting blocks, sand the minimal attachment points, and assemble the wheel by adding the separate tire.

One thing to note in the comparison photos is how blob-like the kit parts are – almost no detail whatsoever. The kit part is molded as one piece, lacks any wheel hub detail, and will also need filling as there are definitely some sunken-in areas.

If you are building this kit, this part is a must-have! It is recommended, especially due to the low cost and improved detail. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this excellent item.

S-2F Tracker Radar (MAD Boom)

Published: September 2nd, 2013     
S-2F Tracker Radar (MAD Boom)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost continues its aftermarket parts for the 1/48 Kinetic S-2F Tracker family with a part labeled as the Tracker’s radar. First and foremost, this isn't part of the radar. It is really the MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) boom which extends from the back of the plane as it looks for submarines. A good picture of the boom extended is here (bottom picture): http://www.s2ftracker.com/TrackerHistory.htm.

In looking through internet pics, it looks like the boom was always retracted while on the ground.

The parts for this set are a two-part boom – the extension boom and the detector end. You trim off the two parts and glue them together, then add to the back of the plane. The resin is perfectly cast with no issues at all. You will notice in the picture that the Quickboost set is thicker and more representative to the actual boom, so some widening of the hole will be needed.. The kit MAD boom is also two parts and glues together reasonably well. The Aires part is much easier and a real time saver as there are no seams or worries about getting a flat spot sanding.

S-2F Tracker Engines

Published: September 2nd, 2013     
S-2F Tracker Engines
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Another addition to the Quickboost line for the Kinetic S-2F Tracker is a replacement set of engines. The set comes with four parts – two engines and two holders. They are cast in familiar gray resin and are perfectly molded.

The installation is simple. Assemble the nacelle as per kit instructions. Sand down the backing ring so it slides into the opening, paint it up and glue the engine in place, and then the cowling, and you're done.

One thing noticeable in the comparison pictures is that the Quickboost engines are missing the rods connecting the valve covers and engines. They are easily made, and if you add ignition wires you have a superb upgrade.

In summary, this is a more detailed simple upgrade which is cast perfectly and fits very well and is very visible on the finished kit. A couple simple push rods and you're there. These are definitely recommended. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the chance to review them.

PV-1 Ventura Engine Cowlings

Published: September 2nd, 2013     
PV-1 Ventura Engine Cowlings
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Plusmodel

Plusmodel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic.  Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased on line through www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of replacement cowlings for the Academy 1/72 PV-1 Ventura kit.  The resin cowlings are a two-piece, cut and glue in-place replacement of the kit’s plastic parts.  The supplied items include a two-piece main cowling and engine nacelle, and tiny intake covers for each.

F-8 Crusader Ejection Seat

Published: September 2nd, 2013     
F-8 Crusader Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Adding to the Quickboost line of 1/32nd scale ejection seats is this latest offering for the Trumpeter F-8 Crusader. The seat, cast in their normal gray resin, comes in two pieces. The main body and the pull ring are both perfectly cast, and the pull ring has a resin protector cast in front of it. To assemble, cut the bottom plug off the seat, trim the pull ring and attach it, and paint it up. As with all Quickboost seats, the belts are molded in and have a nice draping effect to them. I included several shots of the seat plus a shot of the kit seat and the Aires seat. The kit seat is styrene and does have a set of PE belts, and for a kit seat is pretty nice. The Aires seat is, not surprisingly, very similar to Quickboost's, but the belts are multiple PE parts, as well as some seat detail. In looking at the seats, either the Aires or Quickboost are much better defined and accurate. It comes down to your choice of building the PE belts with the Aires which come with their set, or using the Quickboost. Either way, you can't lose – it will improve your Crusader.

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