Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-1 Skyraider 20mm Gun Barrels & Pitot Tube

Published: July 31st, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider 20mm Gun Barrels & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Guns and pitot probes on most plastic model aircraft leave a lot to be desired. There is often a mold seam down the center of the guns or pitot probe. Another set of problems are that the same parts, once cleaned up, are usually oval shaped in diameter, and the guns do not have that proper hollowed look of a real gun barrel. In some scales, such as 1/72, it would be difficult if not impossible to drill out these plastic gun barrels and pitot tubes.

Master Model has solved this problem with an aftermarket kit for the A-1 Skyraider. This kit consists of thirteen metal parts which will allow for two different gun barrel configurations, and a pitot probe to replace the kit's pitot probe. Each gun barrel is realistically hollow on the inside, with the thickness of the barrel in scale with the model. Master Model's parts are not unique to a specific A-1 kit, but are compatible with any 1/72 scale A-1 Skyraider kit, no matter which variant it is.

JakB-12.7 Machine Gun Barrel and DUAS Probe

Published: July 25th, 2017     
JakB-12.7 Machine Gun Barrel and DUAS Probe
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

The Mi-24 Hind is one of the meanest attack helicopters on the battlefield. It is huge, ugly and spectacularly brutish. The Hind-D/E had a 12.7 YakB machine gun mounted in a turret under the nose. This gun was capable of carrying 1,470 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition and firing at a rate of 4,500 rounds a minute. This gun is a whole lot of whoop ass to go along with its brutish looks.

Master Model has started to release some helicopter armament systems in their turned metal barrel range. The third in the 1/35th scale series is the gun and DUAS Probe for the Mi-24D/E.

Contained on a stiff cardstock backing sheet, is a ziplock baggie that contains three turned metal pieces and two resin pieces in light grey plastic. The resin pieces are things of beauty. There is no cleanup required, which is a Godsend since the DUAS vanes are very fragile. The resin pieces are protected by foam and some very light tack tape to hold them in place. The other resin piece is the actual gun barrels already mounted together.

SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 & 4 Blade Propellers

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 & 4 Blade Propellers
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued two resin radiators to upgrade the radiator in their SE.5a kit:

  • 648319 SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 4 blade prop 1/48 $7.95
  • 648320 SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 blade prop 1/48 $7.95

These radiators are for the Hispano-Suiza engine version of the SE.5a. The upgraded radiators include resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit parts.

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was introduced in 1917 with a 150 HP V8 Hispano-Suiza 8A engine with two-bladed counter-clockwise (left) rotating propeller. The SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP Hispano-Suiza 8B gear-driven engine ('Hisso'), with a counter-clockwise (left) rotating four-bladed propeller. The gear-driven engines proved unreliable, and were quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper direct drive engine with clockwise rotating (right) two-bladed propeller.

AIM-9G/H Sidewinder

Published: July 19th, 2017     
AIM-9G/H Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The AIM-9 Sidewinder has been a mainstay of the US Air-to-Air arsenal since the 1950s. The AIM-9G/H was used extensively in the Vietnam War by US Navy. Most of the Navy kills during the war were with the AIM-9G. The later AIM-9H was a navalized version of the AIM-9G and had the highest kill ratio of the Vietnam War. The difference between the two missiles were all internal with the H having solid state electronics. The AIM-9H missiles were used well into the 1970s when they were superseded by the AIM-9L.