Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

EMB-314 Super Tucano Exhaust, Control Lever, and Gun Barrels

Published: January 8th, 2015     
EMB-314 Super Tucano Exhaust, Control Lever, and Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Normally, I don’t build outside of my pre-1945 comfort zone, but I’ve always liked the shape and look of the Tucano and Super Tucano aircraft. When HobbyBoss released their 1/48 scale kit of the Super Tucano recently, I couldn’t pass on making the purchase. As with any decent kit, there is always room for a little improvement. To that end, Quickboost has released three new resin details for the HobbyBoss Super Tucano kit.

F-16CJ Block 50 Wheels

Published: January 8th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Wheels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their Brassin line are a set of wheels meant to replace the kit provided ones in the Tamiya 1/72 scale F-16CJ Fighting Falcon.  Consisting of three resin parts and a set of masks to aid in airbrushing the wheels and tires, the set can be used to dress up the appearance of the Tamiya kit.  The F-16CJ Block 50 release by Tamiya follows their impressive renditions first rolled out in 1/32 scale, and later in 1/48.

The set consists of two main wheels and the front wheel, which are cast in a grey resin, along with a set of painting masks.  The resin parts provide an improved level of detail as compared to the ones supplied by Tamiya.  As one can see in my comparison photos, the Tamiya wheels do have separate brake inserts for the backside of the wheels, where the Eduard wheels are cast as a single piece.  An advantage of the Eduard wheels is that they have a tread pattern molded into them, where the Tamiya tires are smooth.  As an added bonus, circular masks are provided that allow for airbrushing the wheels and tires, and prevent the need to hand paint the tires after the wheels are airbrushed.

AIM-9M/L Sidewinder

Published: January 8th, 2015     
AIM-9M/L Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Developed jointly by the US Air Force and US Navy starting in 1971, the AIM-9L was a vastly improved Sidewinder that was based on the H-model.  The missile used All-Aspect Capability against maneuvering targets, as well as high-speed targets.  The forward canards were longer in span, and of a double-delta design.  Production began in 1978 with over 16,000 missiles being built by Philco-Ford, Raytheon, BGT (Germany), and Mitsubishi.

The AIM-9M replaced the L-model and featured a motor that produced less smoke, an improved guidance section that worked better against countermeasures, and improved reliability.  Production began in 1982, and over 7000 of these missiles were built by Raytheon, and during Operation Desert Storm 13 aerial victories are credited to the AIM-9M.  Dimensions for the L and M are identical with the missile being 9 feet, 4.5 inches long; 24.8 inches across the rear fins, and a diameter of 5 inches.  Weighing in at 191 pounds (20.8 pounds belonging to the warhead), the missile can travel at over Mach 2.5 with a range of 9.7 nautical miles.

M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III Interior Set (US Calvary Fighting Vehicle)

Published: January 6th, 2015     
M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III Interior Set (US Calvary Fighting Vehicle)
Reviewed by: Chris Graeter, IPMS# 39558
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

History

The M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III CFV is the very latest model fielded by the US Army. The Cavalry Fighting Vehicle’s (CFV) primary duties are reconnaissance and scouting. The CFV Bradleys are normally assigned to Tank Battalions or Cavalry Divisions. The Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) Bradleys are used to transport troops into battle and out.

MENG has followed their kit of the successful M2A3 Bradley (IFV) w/BUSK III with the new M3A3 Bradley (CFV) w/BUSK III. They have separated the main vehicle and the interior into two kits and packaged both separately. This gives modelers the option to build the vehicle kit without the interior at a cost savings.

This review covers MENG’s M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III Interior Set. The vehicle itself is reviewed separately at: M3A3 Bradley w/BUSK III

AIM-9D Sidewinder

Published: January 5th, 2015     
AIM-9D Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Developed as a follow up to the B and C models of the Sidewinder, the AIM-9D featured a Nitrogen cooled Infrared (IR) seeker and utilized the Hercules MK 36 solid-fuel rocket motor.  Philco-Ford and Raytheon produced about 1000 of the missiles between 1965 and 1969.  The missile was 9 feet, 5 inches long; 24.8 inches across the rear fins, and had a diameter of 5 inches.  Weighing in at 195 pounds (25 pounds belonging to the warhead), the missile could travel at over Mach 2.5 with a range of 9.7 nautical miles.  The AIM-9D is credited with aerial victories over twenty-two aircraft during the Vietnam War (8 MiG-21 and 14 MiG-17’s) being launched from F-8E/C/H Crusaders and F-4B and J Phantom II’s of the US Navy.

This set consists of four missiles and optional nose covers that are cast in resin, a single photoetch fret that holds the forward fins and rings to represent the exhaust of the rocket motor, and a small decal sheet.  The photoetched parts include extra fins, just in case, but no additional rings, so be cautious when removing and handling them.  The decals include nine stencil markings and a single yellow band for each missile.

F-16CJ Block 50 Ejection Seat

Published: January 5th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their Brassin line is this ejection seat meant to replace the kit part in the Tamiya 1/72 scale F-16CJ Fighting Falcon.  The Eduard set consists of one resin part and a photoetch fret with eight items that can be used to dress up the appearance of the cockpit of the Tamiya kit.  The F-16CJ Block 50 release by Tamiya follows their impressive renditions first rolled out in 1/32 scale, and later in 1/48.

The set consists of an ejection seat that is cast in grey resin, and a photoetch fret that holds the seatbelts and canopy breakers (the seatbelts are provided pre-painted).  The resin seat provides an improved level of detail as compared to the one supplied by Tamiya.  As one can see in my comparison photos, the Tamiya seat is relatively plain, but will suffice if using the pilot figure provided with the kit.  If you want an open cockpit for your model, the Eduard offering has seatbelts, which will make the ejection seat more realistic. 

F-16CJ Block 50 Exhaust Nozzle

Published: January 5th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34768
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their Brassin line is an exhaust nozzle meant to replace the kit provided one in the Tamiya 1/72 scale F-16CJ Fighting Falcon.  The set consists of two resin parts and a photoetch fret that can be used to dress up the appearance of the Tamiya kit.  The F-16CJ Block 50 release by Tamiya follows their impressive renditions first rolled out in 1/32 scale, and later in 1/48.

The set consists of an exhaust nozzle and engine exhaust, which are cast in a grey resin, and a photoetch fret that holds three exhaust rings for the engine exhaust.  The resin parts provide an improved level of detail as compared to the ones supplied by Tamiya.  As one can see in my comparison photos, the Tamiya exhaust nozzle is cast in smooth plastic, where the Eduard nozzle has the correct texture in place.  Another advantage of the Eduard set is the inclusion of the engine exhaust as the Tamiya nozzle has a smooth front end, and no part is provided to represent the engine exhaust itself.

F-14 Remove Before Flight Super Fabric

Published: January 1st, 2015     
F-14 Remove Before Flight Super Fabric
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In case you missed the IPMS/USA Nationals this past summer, Eduard released a 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat as part of a special Danger Zone boxing that included a slew of photoetch and resin detail parts along with the plane. I mention this as some of the detail items, such as this set, are now being released to further spruce up the limited edition release. I have never seen anything like this fabric set, so I would consider this a warning shot across the bow of other detail part manufacturers.

Me 163B Seat with Safety Belts

Published: December 31st, 2014     
Me 163B Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s latest item is a detailed seat, with the harness installed, for the Meng 1/32 Scale Me 163B. All you need to do to use this seat is paint to it, remove it from the pour stub, and install it. This seat is well worth the investment, as it will save you the time of building a seat with harness. In person, it looks a lot better than under a digital camera’s lens.

This item is, like all Quickboost parts, worth every penny!

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA with this review set and to the IPMS/USA leadership for passing it my way!

F-14A Seatbelts FABRIC

Published: December 31st, 2014     
F-14A Seatbelts FABRIC
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786