Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F4F Wildcat Landing Gear

Published: June 29th, 2015     
F4F Wildcat Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Tamiya’s Wildcat has been around for a while and it is an excellent kit. Scale Aircraft Conversion has produced a set of metal landing gear to use on the kit. The set includes all the gear parts including the portions up inside the nose. A new tail wheel is also included. The metal parts are well made and are drop in replacements for the kits parts, but are made of metal. The metal is stiff but retains its malleability. Some cleanup will be needed to free it from the molding sprues and I recommend a razor saw for this work.

Several modelers have asked me “why metal gear”? I agree, that this kit is not particularly heavy and my answer is twofold. First, have you ever lost a part? I have and while you can get the parts for most kits, getting these sturdier parts is much easier and it may be cheaper that the alternative of buying an entire sprue to get a part or two.

GBU-10 Paveway II

Published: June 29th, 2015     
GBU-10 Paveway II
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The GBU-10 weapons system consists of a Mk.84 2,000 lb. bomb coupled with a laser guidance system. The Paveway II guidance system replaced the Paveway I system beginning in the early 1970’s and features a simpler but more reliable seeker and pop-out wings in the tail fins to increase the bomb’s performance.

Like the earlier Paveway I set, this set includes 2 bombs molded complete with the rear fin assembly, 2 sets of guidance canards and 2 sets of seeker heads, one with the protective cover and one without. Construction is very simply once the casting blocks are removed, as the guidance canards are keyed to ensure that they are properly aligned fore and aft and side to side on each bomb. The canards did not snap into place as well as they did on the Paveway I set I reviewed previously, as it appears the mounting holes are just a hair smaller than the mounting pegs. I recommend drilling out the mounting holes a little before assembly to improve the fit. I used gel superglue to give me a little time to ensure the canards lined up with the tail fins.

Mk.20 Rockeye II

Published: June 28th, 2015     
Mk.20 Rockeye II
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Mk. 20 Rockeye II (also known as the CBU-100 cluster bomb) is an American designed cluster bomb. The Rockeye II is intended for use against armored targets and each canister includes 247 anti-armor bomblets.  The Rockeye was first used in Vietnam and has been steadily modified and improved over the years since.  The Rockeye was used extensively by American forces in Desert Storm to attack Iraqi vehicles.’

AGM-78 Standard ARM

Published: June 28th, 2015     
AGM-78 Standard ARM
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When the United States first started its bombing campaign in North Vietnam, it discovered that its ability to combat the sophisticated air defense system was very limited and early on it became apparent that the AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missile had a number of serious limitations, particularly in its range, small warhead and limited seeker.  In effort to overcome some of these limitations, the Navy worked with General Dynamics to develop an air-launched version of the Navy’s RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile.

AGM-78 Standard ARM

Published: June 24th, 2015     
AGM-78 Standard ARM
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When the United States first started its bombing campaign in North Vietnam, it discovered that its ability to combat the sophisticated air defense system was very limited and early on it became apparent that the AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missile had a number of serious limitations, particularly in its range, small warhead and limited seeker.  In effort to overcome some of these limitations, the Navy worked with General Dynamics to develop an air-launched version of the Navy’s RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile.

PBY-5A Undercarriage Detail Set

Published: June 23rd, 2015     
PBY-5A Undercarriage Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Revell’s PBY-5A Catalina has been around for 20 years now and I have seen quite a few built and it looks large and impressive when finished. The kit comes in two style- the “-5” who has no wheel wells and the “-5A” which does. Eduard has released sets for the PBY-5A which allow improvements to the entire airframe. This set (#48825) addresses the wheel bays which are only present in the “-5A” model and cannot be used on the initial “-5” release.

MHU-12 Munition Trailer

Published: June 23rd, 2015     
MHU-12 Munition Trailer
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation out of Italy is one we don't often see here in the US. But I can tell you that any modeler with an interest in aviation modeling needs to look at their suite and wonderful selection of products. The item for review in this case is a 1/32 MHU-12 munitions handling trailer, used to transport munitions between the storage areas and the flight line for the US and many other forces. It has a 5,000 pound capacity and can accommodate a wide variety of munitions.

The kit is beautifully cast in 66 resin parts with parts for two different versions in the box; one (yellow) early with tires and towbar, one (green) late with tires and towbar plus decals. The kit can be configured many different ways based on what munitions would be being hauled. I elected to do the late version in green and configured as shown in the pictures in the instructions. Another comment, the  instructions are superb with red highlights where things go and notes and options carefully noted.

PBY-5A Interior SA Detail Set

Published: June 23rd, 2015     
PBY-5A Interior SA Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Revell’s PBY-5A Catalina has been around for 20 years now and I’ve seen quite a few built. It looks large and impressive when finished. The kit comes in two styles - the “-5” which has no wheel wells, and the “-5A” which does. Eduard has released sets for the PBY-5A which allow improvements to the entire airframe. This set (#49697) addresses the cockpit and interior.

The set comes with two beautiful photoetch frets. One is colorized and includes a multi-part instrument panel, a full set of seat belts, and various panels and boxes for the cockpit. The second is not colorized and includes replacement parts for the cockpit floors, the nose gunners floor, replacement rudder pedals and linkages, ammo storage racks for the waist gunners area, and again, various boxes and panels.

Junkers F.13 Tauchente Conversion Set

Published: June 21st, 2015     
Junkers F.13 Tauchente Conversion Set
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master-X

It has been a while since Revell released this 1/72 scale Junkers J.13 kit, but given their history of re-release, I would hope to see this little gem of kit again in the next year or two. Lumir at Master-X models has recently released three resin / decal sets to upgrade your Revell F.13 kits. Two sets are geared to the wheeled kit, and the third is designed to work with the pontoon geared F.13 kit.

Panavia Tornado GR.1/IDS/ECR Landing Gear

Published: June 19th, 2015     
Panavia Tornado GR.1/IDS/ECR Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC produces replacement metal landing gear for many aircraft kits in many different scales. The replacement gear can be a big help in larger, heavier kits that may require lots of weight in the nose area to allow them to sit correctly or for gear that is inherently fragile in its design.

This set is for the newer mold Revell of Germany Panavia Tornado kits (GR.1/IDC/ECR), a great kit by itself, with excellent detail and engineering.  The SAC gear, for this application, gives the builder a comparable level of excellent detail (see the side-by-side photo of the assembled and painted parts and try to decide which is kit and which is SAC) and one less step in the assembly process of the main gear legs. The one detractor I found in using the SAC main gear legs is that the attachment block/peg was not properly molded on either gear leg, so proper alignment and location would be left to the Mk. 1 eyeball of the builder.