Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

U.S. Aircraft Drop Tank Caps

Published: February 7th, 2017     
U.S. Aircraft Drop Tank Caps
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Brengun for this sending us review items like this fuel tank cap set! And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making them available to me to review....

This set takes the kit components and improves them by providing a more 3-d effect after installation. This simple set has different fuel caps for use on aircraft and, most assuredly, on other items in 1/48 scale. Included are 50 caps of various designs, sufficient for several WWII fighters

To use this set is actually simple; prepare the kit fuel cap area by removing any detail, and use a spot of gel or thick superglue (a VERY SMALL SPOT or you will have ooze) to hold the part in place.

I never would have thought a set like this would have utility, but when placed next to the kit part, I see the improved appearance.

Highly recommended for improved detail; Brengun/Hauler has many other interesting items in their catalog, and I'm impressed with their work! Thanks again to Brengun/Hauler and IPMS USA for providing these items...

Bristol Blenheim MK. 1 Photoetch Landing Flaps

Published: February 5th, 2017     
Bristol Blenheim MK. 1 Photoetch Landing Flaps
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is a highly detailed and intricate kit in its own right, and makes a definite improvement in the flaps provided in the Airfix kit. Since the Blenheim, and many other aircraft types of the era as well, had flaps with only one exterior surface, the inside detail is quite visible when the flaps are lowered. This kit provides a set of metal flaps, which are to be held together with superglue, and a very detailed set of instructions. I have done landing flaps for other kits with Eduard accessories, and they are well designed and easy to assemble. However, for the reasons I gave in the Airfix Blenheim kit review, I chose not to use these for my Airfix kit, and will probably adapt them to a Frog kit shortly. However, I have no doubt that if you do decide to build a Blenheim with the flaps in the "down" position, these flaps will be a definite improvement over those included in the kit. Highly recommended if you choose to add this feature to your model.

Thanks to Eduard for the Photo-etch review samples.

Bristol Blenheim MK. 1 Exterior Photoetch

Published: February 5th, 2017     
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is a much larger photo etch sheet providing exterior details for the Blenheim kit. In reality, it really contains some exterior parts, such as access panels and some engine details, and also has many parts which fit inside the wheel wells, including most of the bulkheads, panels, some struts, etc. One problem here is that if you are going to use a lot of these parts, you'll need to start using them at the first stages of the construction of the model. Unfortunately, I didn't do this, so when the time came to use these parts, I couldn't get them into the wheel wells, so I will save them for the next Blenheim I build, probably the Frog kit I've had next to my workbench for a long time. Probably most of this set is devoted to the wheel wells, but some very nice wing radar antennas are included, but strangely, not the one on the nose. Also, some engine detail is provided. One set of parts confused me, however. Parts 15 and 16 are little braces that protrude directly behind the main landing wheels, but examining all of the photos and drawings I have of all marks of Blenheims, I never saw them in a photo. I wonder what they are, and if they were ever on a Blenheim.

Bristol Blenheim MK. 1 Interior Photoetch

Published: February 5th, 2017     
Bristol Blenheim MK. 1 Interior Photoetch
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is an excellently done photo etch set for the cockpit interior of the new Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk. 1 kit. Although appearing to by small, the sheet provides just about everything you could want in the interior of the Blenheim, and since the glass canopy of the kit is very nicely done, any interior detail will be plainly visible. Some parts, such as the control wheel, some of the engine and flap controls, and some sidewall panel detail should be removed and replaced with the PE parts. Other parts can be added to existing structure, such as instrument panels, seat belts, etc. There are a few parts to be added to the rear turret, and one rather large piece of metal is to be placed on the right cockpit sidewall, and although there are no instructions as to color, it probably should be painted interior green.

Bristol Blenheim MK. 1 Mask

Published: February 5th, 2017