Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

E. E. Lighting Landing Gear

Published: September 11th, 2014     
E. E. Lighting Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Yet again, extreme thanks to Ross at SAC for providing one more of his new metal gear for improving our kits; The IPMS USA reviewer corps appreciates your continuing to provide us review items… Thanks also to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review!

Once again, SAC improves an already great kit’s gear; it is essentially a “form/fit/function” replacement, with just a small tweak which shall improve the basic kit parts….Review switch on.

This set is for Trumpeter’s English Electric Lightning kit.  The basic aircraft uses the same gear on all marks, F1 through F6, and all the “T” (trainers)… and this is where the SAC gear shines.

I have included a photo of the basic kit landing gear.  Out of the box you get plastic gear for the whole aircraft, or you can opt to use metal struts for strength.  This is one of Trumpeters’ best kits out of the box…. It can be improved on, but it’s a great kit.  

SAC also provides a shimmy damper, two retraction and support struts for the main gear, and replacement oleo scissors.  The pictures show these in place…

A6M5 Gun Barrels

Published: September 9th, 2014     
A6M5 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Tamiya has issued some of the most spectacular 1/32nd scale kits that have ever been made. One of these was the A6M5 Zero (Model 52) which raised the bar yet again. The kit is excellent but Quickboost shows it can make it better. This set includes two perfectly cast gun barrels for the 7.7mm guns above the engine cowling and two 20mm cannons for the wings. There is no assembly, prime and paint the parts and install and you are done.

Comparing the parts to the kits parts, several things are evident. First, the two wing cannons are more representative of the real thing as Quickboost has them narrower than the plastic can be made. The 7.7mm guns have beautiful jacket details and much finer muzzle details than the kit parts.

For $6.50, this is a superb upgrade to an already excellent kit. Recommended. My thanks to Aires,  Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great set of detail parts.

Wheel Chocks for Russian Planes

Published: September 9th, 2014     
Wheel Chocks for Russian Planes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models is based in Budapest, Hungary and has an excellent selection of laser cut wood, photoetch and resin parts. This particular piece is a 1/32nd wheel chock for Russian planes. This is four individual pieces of photoetch. The main part is bent six times to get the main shape. The back piece is bent to shape and fit into its spaces.

I used a Hold and Fold for the majority of the bends and rolled the back piece around a wooden dowel to get the approximate shape. I let the glue dry thoroughly and the started trimming the bent face piece back. When it was close, I sanded the brass parts back until I could putty them smooth. It then primed with Alclad gray primer. The pictures show a nice orange color so I used Italeri international Orange and got it nice and glossy. I added a couple left over decals top represent the numbers shown in the pictures. A quick flat coat followed by some scratches and wear marks and the chocks were done.

A-7D Corsair Ejection Seat with Seat Belts

Published: September 9th, 2014     
A-7D Corsair Ejection Seat with Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost released two seats for Trumpeter's 1/32 A-7 series. This seat is the Escapac 1G-2 Ejections seat used in the A-7D variants. Quickboost previously released a later version of the SJU-8A seat for late A-7E which is reviewed here: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/7e-corsair-ii-late-ejection-seat-seat-belts

The seat for the A-7D is four perfectly cast parts. The seat is the major part with two side cylinders and the tab between the headrest being separate. Cleanup takes almost nothing and the parts glue right in place. For a reference to this seat, you can check out the pictures here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/don_busack/a-7dk_eject/

The seat was painted dark gull gray and the seat khaki drab. A wash of oil black was washed over all the surfaces. I added a few leftover decals to represent the marking panels on the seat. I painted the ejection seat handles yellow and the seat belts gray. I then flat coated the seat. I painted a few parts flat black and dry brushed the seat cushion khaki and the seat lighter gray. Another flat and the seat was done.

Metal Landing Gear - Revell Germany Spitfire Mk II

Published: September 9th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear - Revell Germany Spitfire Mk II
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks again to Ross at SAC for providing one more of his new metal gear for the new kits; The IPMS USA on the reviewer corps appreciates your continuing to provide us review items… and as usual, thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review!

This is an improved version of the kit’s gear; it is essentially a “form/fit/function” replacement, with the exception of the fact the SAC gear greatly improves on the kit parts…. Let’s review!

This set is for Revell Germany’s new 1/32 Spitfire Mk II, 2014 release version.  I say this, because there have been at least three Revell 1/32 releases of the early Spitfires:  The original 1967 release (one of three kits at the time that made all us young modellers salivate:  a Spitfire, a ME-109G, and a Warhawk)… these kits had retractable gear, detail formerly unheard of in models, and were a step up toward accurate, 1/32 kits.  They had a lot of flaws, BUT they came with great box art and have been re-released on occasion…

GBU-12 Paveway II Bombs

Published: September 8th, 2014     
GBU-12 Paveway II Bombs
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The GBU-12 Paveway II is a laser guided bomb based on the 500 lb. general purpose bomb with an added head and fins. they have been around since 1976 and model have had versions of them probably since about that time. Eduard has issued a set of four GBu-12's in their Brassin resin line. The set comprises four tail sections, four bodies, four seeker hears with 2 different variants and four sets if front fins for a total of 32 well cast resin parts. Also is included is a small but well printed decal sheet with 13 decals per bomb.

Valve Hand Wheels

Published: September 6th, 2014     
Valve Hand Wheels
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

My thanks to Hauler-Brengun and the IPMS Reviewers’ Corps for allowing me to review this excellent detailing accessory set.

Valve hand wheels are everywhere, found on many different kinds of equipment. Plastic valve wheels are often mediocre, so helpfully, Hauler has produced a photo-etched brass sheet of valve hand wheels in several sizes and shapes.

The valve handles arrived in a 5.5 x 2.75 inch plastic pouch on a 1.65 x 1.5 inch photo-etched brass sheet. No instruction sheet was included in my sample. The photo-etched sheet is bright brass and has etched part numbers, but the handles themselves are flat. There are three diameters included in five- and six-spoke varieties. The diameters are roughly three, four, and five inches in 1/48 scale. There are 24 three-inch wheels in each of the five- and six-spoke varieties, 18 four-inch wheels in each of the spoke varieties, and 18 five-inch wheels in both spoke arrangements, for a total of 120 valve wheels! The outer edge of each hand wheel is ergonomically scalloped, but a circular wheel could be simulated with a little thick paint built up along the scallops.

WWII German Sd.Kfz.10/5 2cm Flak38 (Armoured Cab Version)

Published: September 6th, 2014     
WWII German Sd.Kfz.10/5 2cm Flak38 (Armoured Cab Version)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Griffon Model

Griffon Model from China specializes in photoetch, turned brass, and resin details for armor vehicles. This set, L35039, it is actually a combo including the L35037 and L35038 sets, one for the Sd.Kfz.10/5 and the other for the Flak 38 gun. This set is recommended for the Dragon 6677 kit.

The set includes a total of 16 (16!) photoetch fret, two brass rods, one hollow brass pipe, and some extra materials, like plastic rod and brass wire.

So, what parts do you get to upgrade with close to 300 photoetch pieces? Almost everything.

A partial list for the half-track includes:

  • Lower and upper surfaces of the fenders
  • Rifle racks
  • Tool boxes and tool clamps
  • Locking latches for the engine hood
  • The driver’s compartment floor
  • Gearbox and perforated heat shield
  • Straps for all ammo boxes
  • Latches for the folding rear platform

Included upgrades for the 2 cm Flak 38 include:

Bf 109G-6 Wheels

Published: September 6th, 2014     
Bf 109G-6 Wheels
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Without a doubt, the Eduard 1/48 scale Bf 109G-6 has to be one of the most controversial kits released in the past year or two. Personally, I’ve had a good look at completed examples, as well as a good look at the plastic in the box, and I’m pretty happy with the kit.

For this review, I’ll be looking at the Eduard Brassin Bf 109G-6 wheels made for Eduard’s kit. Without diving into my stash to check, I see no problem with these wheels being used on Bf 109 G-6 kits from other manufacturers. Although, please note, your mileage may vary. The wheels are pre-molded to fit directly over the landing gear legs with just a slight bit of slop. Personally, I prefer this type of fit with resin parts, especially over the alternative: extremely snug fit.

First, out of the box you receive two very finely cast and bubble-free wheels to fit your 109 G-6. Alongside the wheels are a set of four tape masks used to mask off the wheel rims to facilitate painting. The parts, along with the instructions, are packaged in a very sturdy plastic tub. The instructions are not really need, other than to set the correct direction of the wheel on the model.

A6M2b S.A. Detail Set

Published: September 5th, 2014     
A6M2b S.A. Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653