Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Sea Hawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts

Published: September 10th, 2013     
Sea Hawk Ejection Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost now offers a 1/48 scale three-piece resin ejection seat to replace the nine-part injection-molded seat found in the Trumpeter Sea Hawk kit, or the resin one found in the Classic Airframes kit. The multi-part ejection seat found on the sprues in Trumpeter’s kit builds into a nice, but somewhat unconvincing, replica of what you would see in the prototype.  The resin seat in the Classic Airframes kit is much nicer, but requires the modeler to add PE belts to the seat, and the kit is now out of production.  The Quickboost seat offers superior detail than what’s provided in either detail set, plus it includes nicely molded safety belts (the photos below show the level of delicate detail molded into the parts).  The Quickboost seat also appears to be better proportioned.  In the comparison photo below, the Quickboost seat (on the right) exhibits superior detail over that found in the Trumpeter kit’s seat (on the left).

F-86F Ejection Seat with Safety Belts

Published: September 10th, 2013     
F-86F Ejection Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost now offers a resin 1/48 scale three-piece resin ejection seat to replace the injection molded seat found in the various F-86F kits marketed by Hasegawa (also should fit Academy kits). The Quickboost seat offers a more correctly proportioned seat with superior detail than provided in the kits, plus it includes nicely molded safety belts (the photos below show the level of delicate detail molded into the parts). See the comparison photo below to determine the difference in the Quickboost seat (on the right) to the Hasegawa kit’s rather basic seat part (on the left).

The parts are molded in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on reasonably small casting blocks. The quality of the molding is flawless, with no bubbles, pinholes, or flash to deal with.  A sharp #11 X-Acto blade or razor saw blade is the recommended tool for removing the parts from the casting block…and a quick swipe with a sanding stick can dress up the cut edges if necessary. However, be careful when removing the seat to avoid losing any of the fine detail along the bottom edge, and use extra care when removing the smaller detail parts.

P-61B Cockpit and Gunner Station Detail Set

Published: September 9th, 2013     
P-61B Cockpit and Gunner Station Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Avionix

Squadron is one of the mainstay companies in the United States for our hobby, and they have been making great strides in providing customers great items at reasonable prices.  In this case, their release of the Avionix-range of resin accessories is proving quite valuable.  We cannot thank Squadron enough for their support of the hobby, and IPMS USA in particular by providing us new releases.  On to the subject of this review: The Avionix front cockpit for Hobby Boss’ 1/32 P-61!

I’m a bit tardy on this review; I received the Avionix review item a month or so ago, but the reason is I needed to purchase a kit to use it on, (I thought the backorder would arrive before the review item) and they keep selling out!  Once I had it, I could use it to review the upgrade while meeting the reviewer corps requirement of “Use the set if you can…”  I thought it would be an easy to find one, but no…  I finally got one about two weeks ago, and here we are.

This set comes in a deceptively small box; inside are sufficient resin bits to keep the AMS modeler busy for at least (in my case) three full days of work.

MiG-3 Seat with Safety Belts

Published: September 9th, 2013     
MiG-3 Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Trumpeter’s 1/32 scale MiG-3 kit is quite nice and needs only a few changes to improve it.  Some kit reviews have pointed out that number one on the list is enhancing cockpit details, and the seat is the most conspicuous item noted.  Quickboost has now addressed that issue by offering a two-piece resin replacement that includes a high level of detail and nicely molded safety belts (the photos below show the level of detail on the front and back of each part).  The two-piece seat is designed to fit in place of the kit’s three-piece seat parts.  In the comparison photo below, the Quickboost seat (on the right) exhibits superior detail and avoids the ejector pin repair issue found in the kit’s seat back (on the left).

F6F Hellcat Wheels

Published: September 9th, 2013     
F6F Hellcat Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

One of the only complaints I have seen regarding the superlative 1/48 F6F Hellcat released by Eduard a few years ago was with respect to the wheels provided in the kit.  The kit parts are considered to be too thin, most likely representing the wheels/tires fitted to the prototype and very early Hellcats.

Ironically, Eduard themselves have now release a Brassin wheel set for the F6F that fixes this problem with their own kit.  This resin accessory comes with a pair of crisply molded wheels/tires, with a separate pair of hubs and a set of Eduard kabuki masks to ease with painting.  The tires have a diamond tread pattern (as opposed to the smooth tires of the kit-provided pieces), and the detail is extremely crisp.

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.

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