Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Douglas A-1E "Fat Face" Skyraider Conversion

Published: January 21st, 2019     
Douglas A-1E "Fat Face" Skyraider Conversion
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent set to upgrade the Trumpeter AD-2/6 or A-1H to an A-1E Hallelujah! WE HAVE A LARGE SPAD! And thanks to Phil and John for graciously allowing me to review this set.

On the "be patient" side of the ledger, Paul and Susy have had some misfortune by being located in Paradise, California. Although they lost most all their manufacturing capability and personal possessions, they are still here with us, and my last note from him showed he's temporarily out of the business until they can recover with a new place. I expect they will be back.

On to modeling: This shall be a basic review of the set as received and built so you can see what is in the box.

The kit I received contained one upgrade with fuselage, cowling, and details for the two seater, with both early non-ejection seat version, and later YANKEE ejection seats; I purchased the Trumpeter AD-2/6 unarmored Korean war single seat version as a donor kit. It also would be appropriate for an early model spAD, before armor was added to the airframe in Vietnam conflict, (AkA A-1H later on),

F-14D Photoetch and Placards

Published: January 19th, 2019     
F-14D Photoetch and Placards
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

If you are looking for some improved detail, and a quick way of handling cockpit controls painting for your F-14D, then Eduard has once again come to your rescue! This set consists of two PE frets, one being the Zoom set for the cockpit placards and one for additional cockpit and canopy details. Modelers with experience adding photo-etched details will have no issues utilizing this set.

When Tamiya released their 1/48 scale F-14A (kit 61114), which I immediately had to add to my stash, the parts layout led me to believe that a "D" model would likely follow. Just in time for the 2018 IPMS Nationals, Tamiya did indeed release kit 61118, of the ultimate F-14, which was also quickly added to my stash. While Tamiya did a fine job in rendering the cockpit and canopy details in plastic, this PE set makes quick work for representing the various panels with pre-painted items, and improves and also adds details to the canopy.

BIG ED Set for ICM HE-111H-3

Published: January 15th, 2019     
BIG ED Set for ICM HE-111H-3
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team.

Eduard is a company that has truly come of age. They seem to go from one success to another, and there is not a part of their range I have not used or tried. In this case, I have the "BIG ED" set for the new ICM HE-111H3, and it fills a major niche.

Thanks to Eduard and the IPMS USA team for joining forces to make sure I have this set on my workbench!

In the "Big Ed" format, Eduard provides one each of the following photoetch frets:

Mig-25 RBT Exhaust Nozzle

Published: January 14th, 2019     
Mig-25 RBT Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Amigo Models

Amigo Models is a relatively new company in Russia which has been producing resin aftermarket accessories for modern Russian aircraft in multiple scales. They are perhaps best known for detailed replacement exhaust nozzles. I first became aware of them when they offered a highly detailed replacement set of maneuverable nozzles for the Kittyhawk 1/48 Su-35.

This set is designed for the ICM 1/48 Mig-25 RBT. The reconnaissance versions of the Mig-25 have longer exhaust nozzles than the interceptor variants. The nozzles in the ICM kit are correct for the variant but lack detail. Such a large engine begs for the additional detail that an aftermarket company can provide. Amigo does not disappoint and their engines are a small kit in their own right. This is a single medium set, just resin, but the renderings of engine are highly detailed and the moldings are superbly crisp. The components truly look the part. The resin is durable and well packaged. Despite a long trip from Russian via the IPMS-USA review team, nothing was damaged.

Brimstone w/AGML III Rack

Published: January 13th, 2019     
Brimstone w/AGML III Rack
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History and Background (thanks to WikiPedia)

Brimstone is an air-launched ground attack missile developed by MBDA for Britain's Royal Air Force. It was originally intended for "fire and forget" use against mass formations of enemy armour, using a millimetric wave (mmW) active radar homing seeker to ensure accuracy even against moving targets. Experience in Afghanistan led to the addition of laser guidance in the dual-mode Brimstone missile, allowing a "spotter" to pick out specific targets when friendly forces or civilians were in the area. The tandem shaped charge warhead is much more effective against modern tanks than older similar weapons such as the AGM-65G Maverick, while the small blast area minimises collateral damage. Three Brimstones are carried on a launcher that occupies a single weapon station, allowing a single aircraft to carry many missiles.