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Reviews of scale model detail sets.

RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Sensor

Published: March 20th, 2014     
RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Sensor
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland makes turned metal parts for ships and aircraft. They can be used for replacements or, more importantly, improvements. The set reviewed here is for Trumpeter’s 1/48 RA-5C Vigilante kit. The set consists of two turned brass parts to replace the AOA sensor and pitot tube. The parts come in the usual pouch, and have a nice set of instructions. You will have to drill a small hole for the AOA sensor.

There is a great picture of the pitot here.

As you can see from the comparison shots, the kit pitot is a nice attempt, but it is too short and way too fat. The Master Model replacement is perfect.  It is a straight drop-in replacement; simply glue the pitot tube in place. Add to that the strength of turned brass pitot tube, and it becomes essential for building the Trumpeter Vigilante.

Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk Mig 25

Published: March 17th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk Mig 25
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The usual comments of appreciation to Ross at SAC for continuing to provide us review items; we at IPMS USA sincerely appreciate your contributions!

Unlike other landing gear on kits, Kittyhawk have provided a sturdy but complex design to emulate the actual landing gear on the Mig 25.  If you have ever worked on or around Russian gear, you know that it is built like a tank, but sometimes can be a bit complicated.  The Mig 23 comes to mind, but surprisingly the Mig 25 main gear is ALSO a complex assembly.

As you can see by the pictures, a grand total of 11 parts are used for each main gear, including the metal rod.  Now, you CAN use all this, and in the end have a sturdy gear (See side by side of kit gear unassembled plus assembled).  Or you can make your life a bit easier and use the SAC gear.  There are still three extra linkages to apply with your favorite metal cement, (I use CA), but the gear will not bend, splay out, or have the axle break off when you are installing the wheels. 

Ki-45 Nick Exhausts and Ki-45 (Kai Tei) Gun Barrels

Published: March 16th, 2014     
Ki-45 Nick Exhausts and Ki-45 (Kai Tei) Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost recently added 2 new sets in their line-up specifically for the Hasegawa 1/48 Ki-45 “Nick”.  These are recommended for Hasegawa’s kits, but might also work with the old Nichimo one.

As with other Quickboost products, these are meant to be drop-fit replacements for kit parts.  The molding on both of these resin sets was extremely crisp.

BAC Lightning - Pitot Tube

Published: March 15th, 2014     
BAC Lightning - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Models now provides coverage of the Airfix 1/48 Lightning kit with a perfectly formed replacement pitot tube. Master Models is well known for their superb turned brass parts and this set is another fine example. The set is one part of perfectly turned brass to replace the kits parts.

Here's a great picture of the pitot tube and how far it sticks out from underneath the front of the plane.

Pitot Tube Photo

The instructions are great. In this case , the kit part is cut off of the support, a small hole drilled and the new part inserted. As you can see by the comparison pictures, the kit parts is straight, much thinner and too scale and also has the durability of brass. Another hit for Master Models.

Highly recommended for both accuracy and toughness. My thanks to Master-Models and IPMS/USa for the chance to review it.

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk I 20mm cannons (with flat recoil springs)

Published: March 14th, 2014     
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk I 20mm cannons (with flat recoil springs)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
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 weapons of the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC. There are several kit options in 1/48 scale: Hasegawa, Hobbycraft and Italeri. This set can be used with all of the above, with different modifications in each case.

For any of the base kits, you are instructed to drill holes in the wings for the fairings and to replace the plastic parts with the metals ones. In the case of the Hasegawa model (see photo), it could be possible to modify the wing fairing and just use the cannon barrel. You’ll lose a bit of detail, but you “gain” less effort needed to modify the kit.

Be aware that the outer and inward cannon fairings have different sizes, and should not be used interchangeably. The instructions are very clear about which one is which and how to position them.

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk II 20mm cannons (with round recoil springs)

Published: March 14th, 2014     
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk II 20mm cannons (with round recoil springs)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in metal turned parts for aftermarket kits. In my personal opinion, they are among the best in the market. I really like their products, and this set in particular is probably one of the nicest I have seen from them.

This set is devoted to the weapons of the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC. There are several kit options in 1/48 scale: Hasegawa, Hobbycraft and Italeri. This set can be used with all of the above, with different modifications in each case.

For any of the base kits, you are instructed to drill holes in the wings for the fairings and to replace the plastic parts with the metal ones. In the case of the Hasegawa model (see photo), it could be possible to modify the wing fairing and just use the cannon barrel. You’ll lose a bit of detail, but you “gain” less effort needed to modify the kit. For the Hobbycraft and Italeri models, you have to drill the holes and use the full metal assembly.

S2F Tracker Propeller with Tool

Published: March 14th, 2014     
S2F Tracker Propeller with Tool
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Review

The S2F Tracker needs no introduction. It has been in service for decades with Navies from all over the world. Kinetic has the only 1/48 injection molded kit in town and as such it is getting the attention from different aftermarket manufacturers.

Quickboost has released a series of aftermarket details (wheels, pylons, radar, etc) including one for the propellers, which is the subject of this review. The addition of a “Tool” is a great idea to ensure all the blades have the same pitch and very easy to use.

The resin parts are clearly sharper and finer than the plastic ones. Perhaps the main differences relates to size. The resin propeller hub is a tad longer than the plastic counterpart and the resin blades are a bit longer and narrower than the plastic ones. I do not know if that might have something to do with earlier/later marks of the Tracker. Check your references.

Another difference is that the propellers and the hub are separate parts in this aftermarket set making the paint much easier as no masking is required. Perhaps the only detail missing in the resin parts is the de-icing boots present in the plastic ones.

Antonov AN-2 Exhaust

Published: March 13th, 2014     
Antonov AN-2 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The AN-2 "Annushka" bi-plane (NATO designation “Colt”) is a throwback from a very earlier age, not only because it is a biplane, but because of the larger Shvetsov Ash-62 9 cylinder radial engine that powers it. On the right side of the plane is a single large exhaust pipe that belches fire and smoke when in operation. The pipe on the real AN-2 comes out from the engine at a shallow angle of incidence and then makes a radius bend outward to carry the exhaust away from the fuselage.

R.A.F. 3-inch 60lb Rockets

Published: March 12th, 2014     
R.A.F. 3-inch 60lb Rockets
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

This latest weapons set from Aerobonus contains all the parts necessary to represent eight 3-inch aircraft rockets and the launch rails used with them on a variety of British aircraft. The set includes eight rocket bodies, along with four different 8-piece sets of warheads (for a total of 32 warheads). Also included is a photoetch set with clips to attach the rockets to the rails, individual rocket fins (32 of them) and a photoetch alignment tool to help set the fins properly in place. A comprehensive decal sheet completes the package.

Once the choice of warheads is made, assembly of the rockets is pretty straightforward. Be mindful, the resin is somewhat brittle; and around the insert holes in the rocket bodies, where the warheads fit, it is thin. The ends were already broken on two of the rockets in my set, and I chipped a third one assembling a tight fitting warhead. I had to re-sculpt the tubes with putty.

F-104 20mm Vulcan Cannon

Published: March 11th, 2014     
F-104 20mm Vulcan Cannon
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/32
Company: True Details

True Details has made a very nice 20mm Vulcan cannon for the Hasegawa F-104 kits. All the parts are well molded, have nice detail and clean up very easy. 13 parts make up this set including: Gun body (one with the shroud and one without), gun nuzzle, bracket, reservoir, hatch, control box, duct, regulator(X2) and gun body support(X2). You will have to use aftermarket or the kit barrels and neither the kit nor this set includes the braces that stabilize the barrels so you will have to make those.

One note - I wanted to use this in the new Italeri F-104 kit but it does not fit without a good bit of surgery although it gives me an excuse to pick up a Hasegawa kit now!!!

Overall, I would recommend this set as it has much more detail than what you get with the Hasegawa kit and it comes at a very reasonable price.

I would like to thank Squadron for supplying this set; IPMS for letting me review it and all of you for reading it.

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