Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Premium 3-bar Rails

Published: January 16th, 2014     
Premium 3-bar Rails
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Tom's Modelworks

Many, many thanks to Mr. Richard Harden of Tom’s Modelworks for providing this beautiful ship model enhancement set for review.  I am also deeply appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer staff who tirelessly support a very large group of reviewers.  I am delighted to report on my experience with this neat product.

Description and Use

The set consists of a single 7.8 x 2.8 inch photo-etched and polished brass fret with more than 1000 scale feet of railing and about 300 feet of ladders.  The railings are mostly the 3-bar variety with several stanchion spacings represented.  Canvas dodgers or screens are represented well on a row of 2-bar rails.  The ladders have densely-spaced tabs that are designed to be bent for standoffs, holding the ladder off its attachment surface.  The brass has a nice balance of strength and malleability.  The parts are strong enough; the brass did not break too easily with repeated folding.  I was able to form shapes and bends easily without too much over-bending.  This is important to me, with the 100 scale-ton fingers I have.

F-102A Delta Dagger Correct Nose

Published: January 16th, 2014     
F-102A Delta Dagger Correct Nose
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the correct nose for the F-102A to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a gray resin, it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that the package says that it is for the Delta Dart, but it should read for the Delta Dagger.

Comparing the Quickboost parts to the Meng parts is a little hard to see. Once I took a photo I could really see the difference. The kit part looks narrower to the Quickboost part and closer to photos that I looked at. Replacing the nose is actually an easy process because Meng molded their nose as a separate piece. Just remove the Quickboost nose from the mold block and use CA glue to put it into place.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice and detailed F-102A. I would like to thank Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

F4U-1 Wheels

Published: January 16th, 2014     
F4U-1 Wheels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their still relatively new Brassin line are a pair of wheels meant to replace the kit provided ones in the Tamiya 1/32 scale F4U-1 Corsair.  Consisting of six resin parts and a set of masks to aid in airbrushing the wheels and tires, the set can be used to dress up the appearance of the Tamiya kit, especially for modelers that do not like using rubber tires on their kits.

This set consists of resin tires with center sections molded in that have inner sections added to the landing gear side, and covers added to the outer side.  The Tamiya kit provides outer covers that have hollow reliefs, while the Eduard covers have filled reliefs, but looking at the backside, these could easily be filed and/or sanded to become hollow.  I have only started looking at my references for whether these were actually hollow or not, and have yet to find a definitive photograph.  Assembly and installation instructions are provided on the inside of a bi-folded sheet of paper that include the calling out of only two Gunze paint colors, Tire Black and White

Waist and Tail Gunner Compartment Details for HK B-17

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Waist and Tail Gunner Compartment Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

… MORE on of our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit… thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets…!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The waist section on this set contains several similar panels and gauges for the crew oxygen and intercom system.  Ammunition feed chutes are provided for both waist weapons, as are crosshair gunsights, and an unusual modification in the form of spent ammo casing bags for the waist guns.  These, by the way, are supposed to be installed with the CURVED section toward the fuselage sides… I must have been distracted. 

The Auxiliary power unit is detailed up with placards, and various bits and pieces.  You will have to work to see this on the completed model, unless you open the crew access door on the right side of the aircraft. 

Bomb Bay Details for HK B-17

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Bomb Bay Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Next step in our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit.  Ongoing thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets… !

Having opened one other B-17 many years ago in 1/48th, using the Paragon resin flap and bomb bay sets, I vowed not to do that ever again, not due to the fault of the parts, but because it made it extremely difficult to move the model around.  Here I am again, with an even LARGER model… But it’s worth it in the end!

This upgrade seriously improves the appearance of the kit parts by having you replace the sidewalls with PE sheet, and styrene truss bracing.  Added afterwards are Gussets with excellent rivet detail.  What that does is brings the detail level over the top… it just looks a lot better in this scale.  The catwalk has improved rails and sides as well.  Additional placards and bulkhead details are added, and in the end (it does take a while) everything comes together.

Hawker Hunter Ejection Seat w/Safety Belts

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Hawker Hunter Ejection Seat w/Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a well-detailed Hawker Hunter Martin Baker Mk.2H ejection seat to their growing line of detail parts.  It is a replacement for the one found in the Academy (and Italeri) 1/48 scale kits and will greatly enhance the cockpit of a model built from either of those kits.  It is reported that RAF Hunters were manufactured with either Mk.2H or Mk.3H seats (and some Hunters manufactured with Mk.3H seats were retrofitted with Mk.2H seats), so Quickboost has chosen to offer the MB Mk.2H.  The Quickboost seat captures the look of the prototype very nicely with crisp and enhanced details and molded-in safety belts that will greatly improve the cockpit of any Hunter. 

Radio Compartment Details for HK B-17

Published: January 13th, 2014     
Radio Compartment Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is part 4 of our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit.  The usual thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets…

The radio compartment on the B-17 had a large clear panel over it.  On earlier aircraft, including some “G”s, the cover would drop down and slide forward, providing an emergency exit in case of ditching or belly landing, and was also provided with provision for a .50 caliber hand-serviced weapon.   On later “G”,s such as the HK kit, this window could be removed, but was fixed in place, along with a standard “through the plexiglas” gun mount for the gun.  Made for a much-less windy situation for the crew at -60 degrees below farenheit wind chill…

As the definition of the compartment states, the “radio room” is filled with radios, and Eduard provide new faces, handles, and panels for all of them.  They also provide covers for the electrical junction boxes.  All are extremely well done, and only require removal of the kit faces, and replacement with Eduard’s panels, which in this case have pressure-sensitive cement pre-applied.

F9F Panther Wingfolds

Published: January 12th, 2014     
F9F Panther Wingfolds
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires’ F9F Panther wingfold set comes in a bubble package, consists of 10 parts, and is made for the Hobby Boss F9F kit #87249. The pieces in the package are very nicely done and look great.

To install the Aires sections, about 1/4 inch needs to be cut out of the kit’s wings. I “under-cut” mine (slightly less than a full cut) then filed them down until I got a good fit. I had to thin the Hobby Boss leading and trailing edges on the inside of the wings to get a good fit for the resin parts.

Each fuselage side of the wingfold has 3 small tabs, and each wing side has two---these slide into the 3 on the fuselage side---just like the full size machine. But be careful; they’re very fragile. I broke one side sanding the joint and had to carefully glue them back on.

I used CA glue to attach the resin parts to the plastic and sanded them to blend in. Most panel lines lined up but a few didn’t.

FAB-100 Soviet WWII Bombs

Published: January 10th, 2014     
FAB-100 Soviet WWII Bombs
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has come up with a remarkably accurate rendition of the WWII Soviet FAB-100 bomb, and now a pair of them in their new Aero Bonus detail part line.   Aero Bonus set #480 058 provides six resin parts that make up into two of these little bombs.  Unlike some of the other Aero Bonus bomb and rocket sets, this one does not include painting instructions or decals for markings.  The photos below show the components and a finished product ready to paint. 

Saab JAS-39 Gripen Pitot Tubes and AOA Probes

Published: January 7th, 2014     
Saab JAS-39 Gripen Pitot Tubes and AOA Probes
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

If you want to build a Saab Gripen in 1/72 scale, you currently have only one choice - the Italeri kits that include single-seat or two-seat versions. These kits have been around a little while, but are good representations of the early versions. One area of these kits that needs improvement is the sensor probes, both the pitot tubes and Angle-of-Attack (AOA) sensors. They are over scale and not the correct shape.  Luckily for us modelers, this product from Master Model of Poland corrects the deficiency. Their package contains two AOA sensors, a nose mounted pitot tube, a tail mounted pitot tube, and a brass fret for the nose vortex generators. Since they are to scale, all of these pieces are extremely delicate. The two AOA sensors, mounted on the sides of the forward fuselage are "micro" sized. I quickly learned not to grab the model by the forward fuselage sides, as these sensors are also needle sharp. Ouch!

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