Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Export Seat with British Sutton Harness

Published: May 11th, 2014     
P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Export Seat with British Sutton Harness
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast has released a series of four highly detailed resin seats for early P-40s.  This, the third one in the series (#48257) correctly represents the early square back export style seat with British Sutton harness that was standard issue for Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk fighters that were in service with the RAF, RAAF and SAAF.   One seat comes packaged in a zip-lock bag stapled to Ultracast’s familiar folded card.  The seat is cast in a light tan color resin and comes on a small casting block with a minimum amount of casting flash that is easily removed with a sharp #11 blade.  

The review sample was first airbrushed with Mr. Color Interior Green and details were hand brushed with Vallejo acrylics.  As the photo below shows, the finely cast details sculpted into this seat come alive when they are painted. 

This aftermarket item provides a quick and cost effective way to add the correct seat to the cockpit of any 1/48 scale RAF, RAAF or SAAF P-40 Tomahawk.  My thanks to Ultracast for providing the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Export Seat with Wide Lap Belt Harness

Published: May 11th, 2014     
P-40 Tomahawk Early Square Back Export Seat with Wide Lap Belt Harness
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast has released a series of four highly detailed resin seats for early P-40s.  This, the second one in the series (#48256) correctly depicts the early square back style seat with a wide lap belt harness that was installed in the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk fighters that were flown by the AVG.   One seat comes packaged in a zip-lock bag stapled to Ultracast’s familiar folded card.  The seat is cast in a light tan color resin and comes on a small casting block with a minimum amount of casting flash that is easily removed with a sharp #11 blade.  

The review sample was first airbrushed with Mr. Color Interior Green and details were hand brushed with Vallejo acrylics. As the photo below shows, the finely details cast into this seat come alive when painted. 

This aftermarket item provides a quick and cost effective way to add the correct seat to the cockpit of any 1/48 scale AVG P-40 Tomahawk.  My thanks to Ultracast for providing the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

A-10 Thunderbolt II GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube

Published: May 10th, 2014     
A-10 Thunderbolt II GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master – Reality in Miniature is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland.  Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales. 

Master has produced a replacement gun tip and nose pitot for 1/72 A-10 Thunderbolt II (that’s the “Warthog”, for those not in tune with “official” USAF nicknames) kits.  This goodie is intended to dress up and/or supplement the plastic kit parts.  The easily assembled gun nose and turned metal pitot are clean plug-in replacements for the kit plastic parts.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Machine Gun Set - Browning M2 Aircraft .50 Caliber Barrels with Flash Hiders

Published: May 10th, 2014     
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Machine Gun Set - Browning M2 Aircraft .50 Caliber Barrels with Flash Hiders
Reviewed by: Christopher Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

The 1/32 B-17G by HK Models was a kit that I really wanted to get my hands on, and last year I finally acquired one. I have been waiting to build it, slowly getting aftermarket pieces for the kit. When I had a chance to review the Master Model .50 cal. brass machine gun barrels, I jumped at it.

The package contains 13 turned-brass barrels, 13 brass cooling jackets with drilled holes and 4 brass flash suppressors. Right out of the package, I could see these were of very good quality. When I compared them to the kit barrels it was no contest; the kit barrels were so crude one would think that HK made a mistake. First, they were too thin. Next, they had 4 different lengths, and finally, the blast suppressors looked like cones on the ends. The Master Model barrels are about as perfect as you can get and the quality is first rate.

P-40B/C Seat with Wide Lap Belt Harness

Published: May 9th, 2014     
P-40B/C Seat with Wide Lap Belt Harness
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast has released a series of four highly detailed resin seats for early P-40s. 

This seat (#48255) correctly represents the early style curved back seat that was installed in both pre-war and early-war USAAF Curtiss P-40 B/C fighters (as well as D and early E models).   It comes packaged in a zip-lock bag stapled to Ultracast’s familiar folded card.  The seat is cast in a light tan color resin and comes on a small casting block with a minimum amount of casting flash that is easily removed with a sharp #11 blade.  

The review sample was first airbrushed with Mr. Color Interior Green and details were hand brushed with Vallejo acrylics. As the photo below shows, the finely details cast into this seat come alive when painted. 

This seat is a fast and cost effective way to add detail to the cockpit of any current 1/48 scale P-40B/C kit on the market.  My thanks to Ultracast for providing the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube

Published: May 9th, 2014     
B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales. 

Master has produced a replacement nose pitot for the venerable old Monogram B-58 Hustler kit.  Chances are that if you are tackling this aging kit, you’ll want some aftermarket goodies to dress up and/or supplement the old, brittle plastic parts where possible.  The turned metal pitot is a clean plug-in replacement for the kit plastic part.

Jaguar A Avionics Air Scoop and Antennas

Published: May 6th, 2014     
Jaguar A Avionics Air Scoop and Antennas
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 48573
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The usual “Thanks very much” goes out to our friends and suppliers at Quickboost for an excellent detail set, for use on the new Jaguar kits out there.

Face it, trying to drill out intakes on air scoops, and fabricating delicate antennas is out of the realm of most of our abilities.  Let the experts in resin at Quickboost take care of your needs!  This set addresses both areas for your Jaguar A…

The avionics air scoop is delicate yet strong; same for the antennas.  These are simple cut/fit items, replacing the chunky kit items.  And no having to clean up the inner seam on the air scoop!

Full marks for detail, appearance, and simplicity of use!  Thanks again to Quickboost, Aires and IPMS USA for providing these items…   

CH-53/MH-53 Landing Gear (ACA)

Published: May 4th, 2014     
CH-53/MH-53 Landing Gear (ACA)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for continuing to provide us review items; we at IPMS USA sincerely appreciate your contributions!

This set is, yet again, a simple drop-in replacement for the kit items.  The set contains two main gear struts, a nose gear, and the retraction strut for the nose gear.  Definitely a must if you are adding a lot of weight to the model; and particularly useful if everyone who views your model wants to “spin the rotor” (too much temptation) and see if it works. 

(Office fun if you take models to work:  Make your wheels, props and rotors fit real tight and watch the face of the holder when they snap off parts.  Of course, there is the repair, but it’s a common theme.)

The usual notes apply to this gear; they fit perfectly, and provide the same level of strength and “peace of mind” with attaching wheels/tires to the axles.  No wobbly gear here, and the short stroke of the struts makes it easy to fit them in place.  The only problem that I see is you cannot see the gear in the well; it is pretty well hidden by the wheels and how short they are in the wells, but again the strength is the key.

AH-1G Cobra

Published: May 4th, 2014     
AH-1G Cobra
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

The new AZ Model 1/72nd AH-1G is a nice addition to the helicopter modeling community.  I’ve never flown this version of the Cobra but I’m very familiar with it.  The limitations of plastic molding means that there are some things that have to be either simplified or left off.  Enter Res-Im (Resin Improvement). 

For those of you who are familiar with the Eduard Pre-painted Photo Etch and how good they are you won’t be disappointed.  Guess what?  Res-Im photo etch is printed by Eduard.  It even says Eduard on the photo etch sheet so you know the quality is excellent.  The PE parts are all well formed and will offer a nice upgrade to the kit.   The instructions are typical Eduard style as well so it is easy to understand.

AH-1G Canopy Masks

Published: May 4th, 2014     
AH-1G Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

Res-Im (Resin Improvement) is a new company to me out of the Czech Republic.  After checking out their website it appears they offer a variety of items, photo etch, masks, and resin, but how good is it?  Let’s find out.

The first item I got for review was a canopy mask set for the AZ Models AH-1G.   Packaged in a ziplock baggie you get one sheet of masks for one aircraft.

I hate to mask canopies and it is even worse in 1/72nd scale.  Made of the famous Kabuki tape this small sheet contains the outline of the canopy and will need to be filled in with a liquid mask.  This is the only way to do this type of canopy with all the compound curves. 

My only problem with this or any of the Kabuki tape masks is that it is yellow tape printed on a yellow background.  I use a pencil and make a thick patch of lead on a piece of paper then rub the mask over the piece of paper.  This will transfer a little bit of the lead to the mask and allow you to see the masks. 

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