Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

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!

F-102A Delta Dagger Antennas and Details

Published: January 6th, 2014     
F-102A Delta Dagger Antennas and Details
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the antennas and details for the F-102A to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a smoke, red and clear resin, it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free.

Comparing the Quickboost parts to the Meng parts is no comparison because they are replacing the little sticks and nubs that are already molded onto the fuselage or as in the case of QB parts #2 aren’t even there to begin with. You know, those little things sticking out in your way as you build and that eventually tend to disappear as you handle it. The thing that I like is that they already come molded in color and I don’t have to paint them. Just remove them from the mold blocks, remove the old antennas and lights from the kit body, which ever ones are still there and super glue them in 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.

Sea Vixen Ejection Seats with Safety Belts

Published: January 5th, 2014     
Sea Vixen Ejection Seats with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks again goes out to our friends and suppliers at Quickboost for yet another outstanding upgrade for a good kit, namely the Airfix Sea Vixen.  If you are into Vacuforms, you could also use it on the Dynavector kit if you so desire (and have one).  

These seats are designed for “right” and “left” sides, i.e. the #1 seat is for the pilot (Stick actuator), and seat #2 (as indicated on the pour stub) is for the “right”, or Radar systems operator position (in the “coal hole” as many called it).

This took maybe an hour to paint and dry; as there are no color instructions, I found a few internet pictures to determine the information I needed.  The back pad was painted in leather brown, and the seat pad in dark green.  Drybrush with white, pick out some details in silver, and it’s done.

Vampire Landing Gear

Published: January 4th, 2014     
Vampire Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC continues their production of replacement landing gear parts for various kits.  This set, engineered for the newly tooled 1/72 Airfix Vampire T.11, is a faithful and delicate copy of the kit parts, but undoubtedly stronger.  In the photo below the plastic kit parts are on top with the SAC parts below them for comparison.

MiG 15 Ejection Seat w/Safety Belts

Published: January 3rd, 2014     
MiG 15 Ejection Seat w/Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has released a highly detailed MiG 15 ejection seat to replace the ones found in the Trumpeter and Tamiya 1/48 scale kits.  The seat may be easier to find than the Tamiya kit these days, but it is a welcome detail part for anyone with that kit.  Anyone building the easier to come-by Trumpeter kit will likewise be pleased with the opportunity to considerably enhance the cockpit of that kit by adding this one detail.  The Quickboost seat captures the look of the prototype very nicely with crisp (and more refined) details, and realistic molded-in safety belts that will add much to the cockpit of either kit. 

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