Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Stony Steppe Diorama Grass Mat

Published: March 26th, 2018     
Stony Steppe Diorama Grass Mat
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1:35
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

This product is a premade diorama grass mat that represents the steppe region of Russia. A steppe is a vast area which is usually a level grassy, treeless tract of land. This mat's measurement are 5 inches by 9 inches, or 130mm by 230mm to our metric speaking friends.

The mat is packaged nicely in a plastic, hanging container with a paper backing slid in and stapled. There is some grass and stones that came lose in shipping that make it look a little messy. This loose debris can be glued back onto the mat with a little white glue with very little effort. There are two colors of grasses represented, plus what looks like little tuffs of cactus needle fuzz. The different sizes of rocks look like the walnut kitty litter my cat uses but represents rocks very well. There also are some areas of little, light green speckles that appear to be moss.

Bf 109F/G/E Landing Gear

Published: March 19th, 2018     
Bf 109F/G/E Landing Gear
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. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it for review.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/48 2016 Eduard release series ME-109F and G models. As such, it covers the majority of '109s' available in the current Eduard catalog.

I bought several of these SAC sets when they came out, because I found the kit gear did not like handling on the shelf. The tail wheel assembly was the major culprit, and this set fixes the issue by being robust and able to "give" without snapping. It has the added benefit of being able to be carefully bent back into position if tagged by the cat, dog, angry wife, or husband, etc.

B-2A Spirit Landing Gear

Published: March 18th, 2018     
B-2A Spirit Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Modelcollect 1/72 B2-2A Spirit aircraft.

The white metal parts are good but I found that the kit parts had a better defined details. They are an acceptable replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the main two gear struts which replace part numberA27, Front strut which replaces part number C29 and support strut which replaces part number C32.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The main struts were a little twisted and needed strengthening to allow the correct installation. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble. The only issue I did have, was getting the main landing gear lights part number A21 to adhere to the white metal.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 Landing Gear (HB)

Published: March 17th, 2018     
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 Landing Gear (HB)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/18
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 of extremely useful and well thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the unbelievably huge FW-190A-5 released this past fall.

Another simple strengthening opportunity for a heavy kit, with my usual admonition to use metal gear for larger models. Larger models put more stress on plastic than metal.

CRP 37 Pylon for Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D

Published: March 14th, 2018     
CRP 37 Pylon for Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin CRP 37 Pylon for use with Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D aircraft with an RP 825 Drop Tank. (This issue appears to be a separate casting of just the pylon from their set # 481216, which includes the tank). An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates a reproduction of the French manufactured pylon that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with the appropriate attachment supports. The panel detailing is extremely fine.