Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

R.P.K. Tank

Published: April 19th, 2016     
R.P.K. Tank
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: PJ Production

Background

This is an interesting accessory for Mirage III or V models from PJ Production of Belgium. These R.P.K. tanks are basically 500 L fuel tanks with four 250 kg bombs attached to each. The weapons are used for ground attack. They were used by French aircraft as well as Australia, South Africa, Peru, Bolivia and possibly others. I was able to find a few photos on the internet but very little data. Most of the information came from a request to PJ Production.

The Kit

The kit consists of three castings. The first contains the two fuel tanks, the second contains the eight bombs while the third contains the sixteen clasps that attach the bombs to the tanks. The pour sprues made it simple to hold the parts while painting. The instructions call for the tanks to be painted aluminum with a blue gray nose but the tanks could also be painted in the colors of the aircraft upper and lower surfaces. The painted tanks are then easy to separate from the sprue with little clean-up required.

The eight 250 kg bombs are easily painted while on the sprue. A couple of swipes with my UMM saw blade separated them with minor clean-up required.

Matra R-530 Missile

Published: April 18th, 2016     
Matra R-530 Missile
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: PJ Production

Background

The Matra R-530 is a medium range air-to-air missile. This two stage rocket propelled missile entered production in 1962. Frequently, interceptor aircraft utilize this missile for longer range along with the Matra R-550 Magic 2 short range air-to-air missile. The missile is available with Infrared Homing or with Semi-Active Radar Homing. In some cases, a missile of both types is carried. This weapon is used by at least sixteen countries, most utilizing French sourced aircraft.

The Kit

Like the previously reviewed AS-30, this kit consists of two parts, the missile and its mounting pylon. The parts come in a simple small envelope and the instruction sheet is printed on the back side of the label. The missile has a round pouring sprue attached to the rear. This makes it easy to hold the part during painting and is easy to remove when finishing the part. The pylon has a pouring sprue with some flash attached to the top of the pylon. Again, this makes painting easy and is easily removed when the part is finished.

F-104 Resin Wing Pylons

Published: April 17th, 2016     
F-104 Resin Wing Pylons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Hasegawa’s 1/48th scale F-104 kit has been around for a while and it is a very nice kit making the grade at many shows all over the world. One thing missing from the standard kit is any underwing pylons. Granted, there are a lot of pictures of F-104’s with any pylons attached but they were able to carry one under each wing and also a centerline pylon also. Eduard gives that option in spades with this newest release- a complete set of pylons for the entire airframe.

Inside the package, you’ll find 25 beautiful resin cast parts, a photoetch fret with 25 detail parts for the pylons and also a full set of decals. This is a very comprehensive set for $14.95.

Let’s take a little more detailed look at what the pylons are and what they are used for:

HMS X-craft Submarine Photoetch Set

Published: April 17th, 2016     
HMS X-craft Submarine Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Merit quietly issued a 1/35 X-craft submarine and once I got my hands on it, I was impressed with both the molding and size of the kit. Still, there was some room for add-ons and improvements and Eduard has issued a photoetch sheet to help address some of the issues.

Eduard’s sheet is composed of a single sheet with 30 superb parts. The sheet addresses the hatches on the top of the ship by replacing 6 individual parts and adding detail and texture. A little removal of the hinges and these go on smoothly. There are slight folds on four of the parts but this is easy to accomplish with a new #11 blade.

Next, the kit propeller is undersized and Eduard uses the kit hub but has you wrap three individual blades around a dowel and add them to the hub. This takes a little patience but the result is a larger and more accurate prop.

F4F Wildcat Landing Gear

Published: April 17th, 2016     
F4F Wildcat Landing Gear
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Parts

Scale Aircraft Conversion is known for making white metal landing gear replacement sets for numerous aircraft in multiple scales. I have reviewed a few of these sets before. Normally, the only advantages that I see are that these make for a sturdier model. However, this set I feel is different. The parts are exact replacements of the Airfix parts; instead of plastic, these are made of white metal. There really is no additional detail. The parts do not have the mold seams that the kit parts do, which is nice.

The reason I am very much for this set is that the Airfix parts are very finicky. What I found to be very useful of the SAC parts is the ability to bend slightly some of the parts so that you can fully assemble the landing gear. Once assembled, and thanks to the material (white metal), you are able to manipulate the landing gear so you get the perfect stance of your Wildcat!