Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-33 Flanker D Landing Gear (Zvezda)

Published: June 30th, 2018     
Su-33 Flanker D Landing Gear (Zvezda)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed for Zvezda's new tool Su-33 that was released in 2016. The set consists of three parts, the central portion of the nose gear strut and both main gear struts. The nose strut is a drop-in replacement for part C59, the central nose strut and its retraction arm. On the other hand the main gear struts replace several parts as the casting reflects the main gear struts (C81 & C82) with their respective side brace connector (C77 and C78) and an actuator (C74 & C75) already attached. On my set there is a small triangular connection cast between the center of the actuator and the main gear strut, which I assumed was supposed to be there as a brace, but after checking several online photographs of the Su-33 main gear; I discovered that it should not be there, so I will need to remove it.

The parts have a slight casting seam on them, but this is easily cleaned up using a sharp Xacto blade and some fine sanding sticks. I then polished the parts using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel on low speed.

This is another nice set from Scale Aircraft Conversions and will be a nice addition to your Zvezda Flanker D model.

AGM-154C1 Block II Joint Stand-off Weapon

Published: June 30th, 2018     
AGM-154C1 Block II Joint Stand-off Weapon
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has produced a beautifully cast 1/48 version of one of the most current US Military's air-delivered weapons - the AGM-154C1 (Block II) Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW).

The Wikipedia article for the AGM-154 says:

AN/ALQ-131 (deep) ECM pod

Published: June 26th, 2018     
AN/ALQ-131 (deep) ECM pod
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pod is used by the US Air Force, the Air National Guard and several US allies. The pod is a modular design that can be configured to address a variety of threats. It is cleared for use on the F-4, F-5, F-16, F-111, A-10, F-15 and C-130.

This set depicts the deep version of the ALQ-131 pod, often seen on an outer wing pylon of an A-10 or sometimes a C-130. The set is very straightforward consisting of the pod, two mounting lugs and a decal sheet.

The castings were very crisp with no flash anywhere. Take care in separating the mounting lugs from the pour stub as they are very tiny and prone to launching themselves into the unknown (I am still looking for one of them). I ran the bottom of the surviving lug over a piece of sandpaper taped to a sheet of glass to smooth and level out the cut I made removing it. I used a sharp razor saw to remove the pod itself from the pour stub as well and then cleaned up the attachment points with a fine sanding stick.

AN/ALQ-131 (shallow) ECM pod

Published: June 26th, 2018     
AN/ALQ-131 (shallow) ECM pod
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pod is used by the US Air Force, the Air National Guard and several US allies since the 80's. The pod is a modular design that can be configured to address a variety of threats. It is cleared for use on the F-4, F-5, F-16, F-111, A-10, F-15 and C-130.

This set depicts the shallow version of the ALQ-131 pod, often seen on the centerline pylon of USAF F-16s or an outer wing pylon of the A-10. I was also able to find a photo online of one mounted under the forward fuselage of an Australian F-111. The set is very straightforward consisting of the pod, two mounting lugs and a decal sheet.

Fw-190D-9 Propeller

Published: June 25th, 2018     
Fw-190D-9  Propeller
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost, an Aires Resin division, continues to produce quick and simple resin upgrades for a wide variety of subjects. The detail parts are crisply cast and often add to or correct kit items.

This review covers replacement propeller blades for Hasegawa's 1/32 Fw-190D-9. In overall dimensions, length and width, the kit and resin parts are very comparable with maybe .001 difference in length. The portion that differs is at the propeller base. The kit part starts to widen just a few millimeters from the base whereas the Quickboost parts taper more gradually and better match online profiles of the actual blades.

Installation is extremely simple and straightforward: carefully cut the propeller base from the poor stub and attach to the kit prop hub. One caveat here: the end of the prop base has a "D" shape on the kit and resin parts, but, if you're not paying enough attention and don't cut right at the connection point of the pour stub, you can clip off this "D" portion that acts as an alignment aid (ask me how I know...).