Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Oil Draining Dolly

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus latest release is an oil draining cart used as a catch basin for motor oil. The set consists of eight resin parts and a decal sheet. The parts are in typical gray resin and are flawless. Parts removal is easy with careful trimming needed on the cart body and handle. Take your time and use a razor saw. A light sanding and you are good to go. The wheels are tiny as are the bolts to hold the handle. Be careful and things will clean up quickly.

I did notice one problem and that is the two bars that extend out of the front of the cart to hold the handle. Mine were broken off so i sanded them smooth and made a new set with strip in less than five minutes. Aires has protectors built into the casting block to prevent this but it didn't work in this case.

Dornier Do 217 Exhaust stubs

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Dornier Do 217 Exhaust stubs
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides one set of Dornier Do 217 exhaust stubs.  Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements.  These Quickboost parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the Monogram Pro Modeler’s Do 217E-5 (85-5954), Revell’s Do 217E-4 kit (85-5526),  and Revell’s Do 217E-5 (04557)

Quickboost has molded the exhaust stubs perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost exhaust stubs have no mold seams to sand off along with the superior detail for the exhausts.  Be very careful removing the parts from the resin block.  I used a photo-etched saw along with a couple swipes of a sanding stick to have great looking parts.  Test fitting revealed no discernable differences that should cause any problems compared to the kit parts

5 Gallon Waste Oil Drain Tank

Published: November 30th, 2014     
5 Gallon Waste Oil Drain Tank
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus continues its run of diorama/aftermarket add on sets with a 5 gallon waste oil drain tank. The set consists of 5 resin parts and decals and is perfectly formed with no flash or air bubbles.

There is one choice to be made and that is with the high or low fill spout. I cut the main pail and dump pan free with a razor saw and the cur the handle and the low fill support free with nippers and cleaned all of it up very gently with sanding sticks. Some care is needed as the handle is very fragile. All that was required then was to super glue the support, the pan and handle on the main pail. I primed with Alclad gray and let it dry overnight.

The directions called for a red pail and support and I painted these Insignia Red. The pan was painted silver and the decal added. A wash of brown (to look like oil stains) and a few silver marks for scratches and we're done.

This is a great little set for having a leaky airplane being serviced or a garage setting. It is simplicity itself to build and looks great. highly recommended. My thanks to Aires for the review sample.

FOD Buckets

Published: November 30th, 2014     
FOD Buckets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Need a little something to spice up that 1/48 scale plane on its base? Aerobonus to the rescue with a set of four FOD  (foreign object debris) buckets. The set is one casting of four buckets with a piece of wire to form the handles and decals.

Assembly is basic with the modeler cutting the bucket free and adding the handle. I did use a drill and pin vise to open the handle holes slightly. Cut the wire and bend like a handle and your done. the color call put is for blue grey. I used medium blue gray from Testors and then gloss coated for the decals. The decals come in white or black lettering and I chose the white and they went on well. A quick flat coat and then paint the handle silver and we're done. Just that quick and easy.

The set is simple, well made and would make a great addition to the base or a diorama. Recommended. My thanks to Aires for the chance to build and paint these great little buckets,.

Assortment Shutters, Type 1

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Assortment Shutters, Type 1
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Add On Parts

These shutters make a very nice diorama accessory and are a nice addition to building windows.

The package includes 10 cast resin parts, 2 pairs each of 5 deferent shutter styles. The styles include two pairs of louvered wood shutters, two pairs of metal shutters, and two pairs each of 3 different wood style shutters. Each set of shutters includes two shutters molded in the closed position, as if closed over a window. All but one of the shutter sets includes center astragals over the joint between the two shutters. The astragal will need to be dealt with if the shutters are cut apart and placed on each side of the window in an open position. The pair of shutters measure 1-3/4” tall by 1-1/16” inch wide, or 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide at 1/35 scale.

T-2 Buckeye Metal Landing Gear

Published: November 27th, 2014     
T-2 Buckeye Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Ross, you and your company do it again…. Thanks to SAC for developing a metal gear set for this new kit; and thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending it on!

These stronger, metal versions of the kit’s gear, continue the “form/fit/function” replacement mantra.  Short-run plastic is a bit soft, so metal gear becomes crucial with the larger kits.  In the case of the buckeye, the nose gear is an offset single-arm strut, which makes the metal even more appropriate.

Continuing the line of full-build reviews so we could see how the gear actually looks on a final product…  As reviewed by others, the basic kit is a computer-enlarged version of Special Hobby’s 1/48 kit released a few years ago by Two-Bobs.  Outline, detail, and appearance are catered for with plastic for the most part, and resin upgrades for the seats and a few other bits (Including the retraction arms for the main-gear tire follow-up doors on the inner side)… in the end you have a huge model of a visually-interesting aircraft.

Precolored Roof Tiles

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Precolored Roof Tiles
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Add On Parts

The kit includes approximately 325 ceramic tiles prefinished with a light terra-cotta color. The color of the roof tiles is nicely mottled and would be ideally suited for Southern Europe or Mediterranean buildings. The tiles in this sample are much lighter than the illustration on the package.

There are 3 shapes to the tile - the typical field tile, a shorter field tile, and a shape with an extended edge for a roof eave or cap. There are few bubbles in the casting, some chipped edges, and some flash that can easily be chipped off. All these add to the nice texture of the tile. The ceramic material is very fine grained, integrally colored so any chipping will blend in, and can easily be trimmed with a hobby knife or sanding stick. No instructions are provided.

Boarding Ladder for Mig-21

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Boarding Ladder for Mig-21
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

If you like to build your planes as they would be just before a flight, one problem has always been to get a decent pilot boarding ladder. Some have come out but have been all photoetch and delicate. Plusmodel to the rescue! They have recently released a series of 1/48th scale boarding ladders for several planes. This one if for a Mig-21 and could be used with either the Eduard or Academy kits and it is INJECTION MOLDED!!!!!

Ladders for F-105F/G

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Ladders for F-105F/G
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

What's a decent diorama builder to do if you want to pose your plane with a boarding ladder? Plusmodel to the rescue! They have recently released a series of 1/48th scale boarding ladders for several planes. This one if for a F-105F/G (the two seat version) and could be used with either the Hobbyboss or Revell kits and it is INJECTION MOLDED!!!!!