Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109F Cockpit

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
Bf-109F Cockpit
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Bf-109F kit cockpit is quite nice in the box but it does lack the crispness that can only be offered in resin and photo etch. The Brassin set is designed for the Eduard kit. As such it will fit with minimal work.

Contained in a plastic thermoform package the set includes 17 light grey resin parts with no bubbles or blemishes anywhere. There are some clear resin parts included for the fuel inspection tube and the cockpit lights. As this is an Eduard set, it has to have photo etch. There are two photo etch frets, one is pre-painted and the other in brass. There is a plastic film for the gunsights. A decal is provided for the instrument panel should you elect to use that one. You get the option of one of two ways to represent the instrument panel.

I started construction on the cockpit by separating the resin parts from their pour blocks. This is all easily done. Then it was easy enough to follow the instructions. left off the seatbelts and shoulder harness until after painting.

FW-190F-8 Weekend (Exterior/Interior Photoetch Details)

Published: May 2nd, 2017     
FW-190F-8 Weekend (Exterior/Interior Photoetch Details)
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This product includes two photo etch sheets for the Eduard FW0-190A/F kit. One is the previously described SS589 sheet, and the other is a different detail set, #73-589, which provides some exterior details, such as bomb fins, as well as some wheel well details and a part for the landing gear. If you get this set, you don't need #SS589, as it is included here. This one is recommended if you want to add interior detail to your model.

FW-190F-8 Interior Weekend (Photoetch Details)

Published: May 2nd, 2017     
FW-190F-8  Interior Weekend  (Photoetch Details)
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This product is a small photo-etched sheet of metal that provides interior details for the cockpit of the Eduard FW-190A/F kit. It provides details for the instrument panel, seat belts and shoulder harnesses, and at least one interior wheel control for the cockpit side. Instructions are clear, and the effect on the cockpit interior is traumatic. The only problem I had was with the large piece for the side panels along with the mounting face for the lower instrument panel. This is all done in one piece, and I had trouble lining it up, so I had to cut the side control portions off and glue them directly to the cockpit parts on the kit. This is a welcome addition to the kit, and is worth getting. It is a lot easier to use these than it is to paint the kit details under a microscope. Recommended.

FW-190A Die-Cut Flexible Mask

Published: May 2nd, 2017     
FW-190A Die-Cut Flexible Mask
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This product is a set of paper adhesive masks for any of the Eduard FW-190A and FW-190F kits. It will also work for almost any current FW-190 kit. Although I haven't tried it on any of the FW-190D kits on the market. It is made up of two sheets of yellow masking paper, with cutouts for the canopy, windshield, and wheels. Although the wheel masks are included, the instruction sheet only covers the canopy masks, which will do for either the flat or bulged unit. These can be removed undamaged from the sheet with a pair of pointed tweezers, and they are simple to use. They cover the edges of the canopy only, and the central window area is supposed to be filled in with liquid mask, although masking tape works just as well. They save a lot of work and are highly recommended for use on any FW-190 kit.

Venturi Tubes

Published: April 30th, 2017     
Venturi Tubes
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

Croco Models is a small model manufacturer from the Republic of Latvia. They've recently begun developing small kits of rare vehicles, and various model building accessories. One of their more recent products is a set of 1/72 scale Venturi tubes. The Venturi tube is used to measure a plane's airspeed, and although most planes now use a Pitot tube for measuring this, Venturi tubes were common on early planes, and are still common on smaller planes in use today.

This accessory kit comes in a small plastic bag with a photo of a close-up shot of the nose of an early Tupolev ANT-40, also known by its service name Tupolev SB, with the Venturi tube prominently featured on the port side. Inside, Croco Models provides a single strip of resin with 15 Venturi tubes in varying sizes. This is a nice feature which allows the modeler to use these for multiple planes, even though most planes probably have 2 or more tub