Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AH-1G Cobra

Published: May 4th, 2014     
AH-1G Cobra
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

The new AZ Model 1/72nd AH-1G is a nice addition to the helicopter modeling community.  I’ve never flown this version of the Cobra but I’m very familiar with it.  The limitations of plastic molding means that there are some things that have to be either simplified or left off.  Enter Res-Im (Resin Improvement). 

For those of you who are familiar with the Eduard Pre-painted Photo Etch and how good they are you won’t be disappointed.  Guess what?  Res-Im photo etch is printed by Eduard.  It even says Eduard on the photo etch sheet so you know the quality is excellent.  The PE parts are all well formed and will offer a nice upgrade to the kit.   The instructions are typical Eduard style as well so it is easy to understand.

AH-1G Canopy Masks

Published: May 4th, 2014     
AH-1G Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

Res-Im (Resin Improvement) is a new company to me out of the Czech Republic.  After checking out their website it appears they offer a variety of items, photo etch, masks, and resin, but how good is it?  Let’s find out.

The first item I got for review was a canopy mask set for the AZ Models AH-1G.   Packaged in a ziplock baggie you get one sheet of masks for one aircraft.

I hate to mask canopies and it is even worse in 1/72nd scale.  Made of the famous Kabuki tape this small sheet contains the outline of the canopy and will need to be filled in with a liquid mask.  This is the only way to do this type of canopy with all the compound curves. 

My only problem with this or any of the Kabuki tape masks is that it is yellow tape printed on a yellow background.  I use a pencil and make a thick patch of lead on a piece of paper then rub the mask over the piece of paper.  This will transfer a little bit of the lead to the mask and allow you to see the masks. 

AH-1G Gun Turret

Published: May 4th, 2014     
AH-1G Gun Turret
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

Res-Im’s multi-media upgrades for the AZ Model lifts this kit out of the ordinary.  This particular upgrade features three different resin turrets.  Molded in a medium grey resin with good recessed detail.  The first turret has no opening and would be used at a training center like Hunter Army Airfield or Ft Rucker.  The next one is the single weapon system, TAT-102, turret.  This one features a single 7.62mm minigun.  Strangely there is no hole for the minigun.  That is an easy enough modification.  The third turret is an M-28 style turret with two openings, either one 7.62mm and 40mm grenade launcher or two 7.62 mm miniguns.  Included on the resin pieces are two miniguns, one 40mm launcher and one other ‘gun’ that I’m not sure what it is.  This would go with the single turret opening and explains why there is no hole.

The other component of the set is a fret of photoetch to replicate the turret openings.  There are four ‘openings’ that can be added to the turrets.  I would have preferred the openings in the turrets to be molded in the turrets but this will make a good representation.

P-51 D/K Mustang Propeller w/Tool

Published: May 3rd, 2014     
P-51 D/K Mustang Propeller w/Tool
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the P-51D/K propeller to their line of resin aircraft accessories. The blades are molded separately from the spinner and a tool is provided for the proper blade pitch during installation. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are easy to remove from the mold block taking only a couple of minutes with a saw blade to remove them. 

I researched the difference between a P-51 D and K model and this is what I found out. The Inglewood plant that was manufacturing the P-51D was at max capacity so the Dallas plant was brought back in to help like it was for the P-51B, designated C when manufactured in Dallas. The P-51D designation was kept when it was manufactured in Dallas but when Hamilton Standard was unable to keep up with their propeller manufacturing demands, the Aeroproducts company was contracted to supply them with their propellers, a 4 bladed 11’ diameter hollow steel propeller. This caused them to change the designation of the P-51D to K.

Bf-110C/D/E/F Position Lights

Published: May 3rd, 2014     
Bf-110C/D/E/F Position Lights
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Parts

These resin position lights from Quickboost are intended for any of the 1/72nd Eduard Bf-110C/D/E/F models.  There are a total of six resin parts, but two of those parts are extra “lenses” in case you lose one cutting it from the resin block; smart move Quickboost!  The parts are exceptionally well molded and feature rivet detail like the kit’s parts.  Of note, the Eduard kit has very subtle rivet details, whereas rivet detail on the Quickboost parts are a little more pronounced/deeper.  Personally, I am a fan of the way Quickboost depicted the rivet detail as I feel the rivet detail on Eduard’s kit may get lost under some primer and paint.

AV-8B Harrier Wheels and Paint Mask

Published: May 2nd, 2014     
AV-8B Harrier Wheels and Paint Mask
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has added the wheels and masks for the AV-8B Harrier to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grey resin; it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free.

For comparison I pulled out a Tamiya and an Airfix Harrier from my stash. There really is no comparison. The Aires parts are solid and have a crisper detail. The paint masks are also a very welcome addition to assist in painting. Aires doesn’t recommend any particular kit, which would have helped out because the front wheel they provide won’t work with the 2 kits I compared it with. The Tamiya and Airfix kits had the front wheel molded onto the strut. The two center wheels worked well.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice set of tires for your Harrier model. I’d like to thank Aires Hobby Models and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12153A Metal Blades with ext. weights

Published: May 2nd, 2014     
FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12153A Metal Blades with ext. weights
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast offers a whole new and unique assembly for the front of your Focke Wulf A/F.  The addition of the external weights is quite common on late war Focke Wulf aircraft.  Until now they have not been available in model form without the modeler having to scratchbuild them.

This set is packaged in a small zip lock bag on the cardboard backing.  The resin is typical Ultracast, molded in a light caramel colored with no blemishes anywhere.  There are no pour blocks on the blades.  Minimal flash is present on the spinner and cooling fans.  Clean up will be easy with a new hobby blade. 

The external weights are flawlessly executed and will add dramatically to the spinner assembly.  The blades are thin and perfectly shaped.  No pour blocks on the blades means that none of the detail will be lost on the pitch change mechanism. 

FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12067A Metal Blades

Published: May 2nd, 2014     
FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12067A Metal Blades
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

How often have you wanted to build a FW-190A only to discover that your subject aircraft didn’t carry the ‘normal’ type of prop?  It has happened to me a few times.  You can either live with it, which I did at the time, or you can shelve that particular aircraft until the new props become available.  Well that time has come courtesy of Ultracast.

Like most of Ultracast’s products, this set is packaged in a small zip lock bag on the cardboard backing.  The resin is a light caramel colored with no blemishes anywhere.  There are no pour blocks on the blades.  There is a minimal amount of flash on the spinner and cooling fans.  All of which will be cleaned up easily and quickly with a new blade.

The first of three new prop and spinners designed for the Hasegawa FW-190 range is the ‘normal’ metal prop blade.  These blades are perfectly thin and perfectly cast with no pour block to remove.  This ensures that the exquisite detail in the pitch change mechanism is unblemished since there is no cleanup. 

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Mid-Late War

Published: May 2nd, 2014     
WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Mid-Late War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

If you’ve contemplated, built or painted any figures you will no doubt run across the name of Mike Good.  He is the world’s best figure sculptor.  He is well known for the perfect proportions, excellent faces and natural poses. 

Mike’s latest work for Ultracast is a Mid-Late War Luftwaffe pilot.  Packaged in the typical Ultracast style of a zip lock bag  attached with a staple to a card stock backing.  In this case the card stock carries a photo of the actual figure painted up from the front.  This will be very helpful to the modeler. 

IL-2 Shturmovik Gun Barrels & Pitot Tube

Published: April 30th, 2014     
IL-2 Shturmovik Gun Barrels & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This is another fine set of replacement details form Quickboost, this set for the Tamiya 1/72 Ilyshin IL-2 Shturmovik. The details include replacement gun barrels and pitot tube.

The Tamiya kit details are nice, but the Quickboost details are more refined and have no flash. The gun barrels and pitot tube are thinner than the Tamiya parts and don’t require any cleanup other than removal from the casting block.

The Quickboost details will add nicely refined detail to the Tamiya kit and are a great value for a low price.

Thanks to Quickboost for their continued support of the IPMS review program and for providing the review sample. Thanks also to the great IPMS review staff for letting me review the details.

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