Reviews of scale model detail sets.

UH-1D Masks

Published: January 6th, 2018     
UH-1D Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The thing about helicopters besides all those fiddly parts is that there is typically lots of clear parts. The Huey is a perfect example. I really dislike masking windows and canopy. This latest set from Eduard makes this a simple matter.

Printed on Kabuki tape, which takes curves really well, this set has masks for the interior windows on the door and the rest of the exterior windows and canopies. You will have to supply some liquid masking fluid.

These masks will save you lots of time and frustration. They will fit flawlessly like every other one I've ever used. Its nice that the interior windows on the cargo doors are addressed as well.

I try not to build a kit without canopy masks and these Eduard canopy masks are just the ticket to make it simple and easy. Thank you Eduard for these great masks.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review items. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at or you local hobby shop or online retailer.

Metal Landing Gear for F-35A

Published: January 2nd, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for F-35A
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 MENG F-35A. (If they do an F-35B and C, we are truly going to be blessed, Meng's new kit has great details, fit, and has a host of appropriate ordinance with proper dimensions and appearance...).

Personal note: While the official name of the F-35 is "Lightning II", I personally refer to it as "The Horny Toad" because that's what it looks like to me from the side while taxiing by. I have been fortunate to see most the test articles at Edwards and PAX River in operation, and it's a noisy little beast, particularly when the fanny is lit.

Mapping Naval Warfare; A Visual History of Conflict at Sea

Published: January 2nd, 2018     
Mapping Naval Warfare; A Visual History of Conflict at Sea
Author: Jeremy Black
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

For anyone who enjoys scale modeling or is a military history buff, Osprey Publishing is a familiar company. They are a prolific publisher of a wide-range of works related to the entire chronological spectrum of military history - from ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary events and weapon systems. Recently they have expanded their line into what can only be described as coffee table books.

Authored by Jeremy Black, this work supplements a concise and brief text on naval warfare with a wide selection of color plates of maps and charts. Using a chronological approach, Black begins his narrative with the sixteenth century and goes through the present day, examining naval warfare through the prism of maps and charts. The narrative of each chapter is relatively short but is supplemented by maps and charts related to each time period under discussion. Black's argument is relatively straight forward - while we cannot ignore technological developments, one of the keys to understanding the growth and evolution of naval warfare and capabilities is through access to spatial information. There is a symbiotic relationship between the two.

Junkers JU 87 Stuka Seats w/ Belts

Published: January 1st, 2018     
Junkers JU 87 Stuka Seats w/ Belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the seats for the JU 87 Stuka to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. The seats are molded in one piece and are easy to remove from the mold block. The set contains both the front and rear seat.

The package states that it is for the Zvesda or Academy kits but it would probably work well with any of the JU 87 kits. I compared it with the Academy kit. Talk about a noticeable difference, the detail on the Quickboost parts is outstanding. From the photos, you can see that the Quickboost seat has the belts molded on and you can almost feel the metal underneath. You will definitely want to have the canopy open for this.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a really nice and detailed set of seats. All that you need to do is cut off the molding block and drop it into the cockpit with a little CA glue. Quickboost can be really proud of the detail that went into it. Thanks to Q