Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tracks for Merkava, Type 3

Published: May 4th, 2019     
Tracks for Merkava, Type 3
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:72
Company: OKB Grigorov

Without expressed or written consent, I stole the following from an IPMS/USA Review by Mike Lamm: OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria. The company, begun in 2002, focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of after-market products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch, and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.

This review is not of one of those but rather on an after-market set of tracks for Revell's Merkava series of tanks in 1/72nd scale. HobbyBoss has a 1/72nd scale Merkava but they choose to mold the road wheel /tracks as one piece. The Revell kit features separate road wheels and length and link style tracks. While it is might be possible to remove the tracks lengths from the Hobby Boss assembly, it will be a bit of a chore. Given a choice, maybe best to stick with the Revell version...for your own sanity.

MiG-29 Pitot

Published: May 4th, 2019     
MiG-29  Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

This product is for the MiG-29. It's more complex than many other pitot tubes because it's got two tiny vortex generator fins, one on each side of the pitot tube. So the package contains the pitot plus a PE fret with the vortex generators.

Installation of the pitot tube is pretty simple. I used the Academy kit for this review. The Academy MiG-29 has a flat spot at the tip of the nose for the pitot. So it was fairly easy to drill a .3mm hole in the center of the spot and glue the pitot in place.

The vortex generators were more complex, as they were thin brass and only about .1 mm wide. I had to use my heavy duty magnifiers to even see the parts, and holding them with tweezers while putting them on the sides of the pitot were delicate procedures.

Once the pitot and vortex generators were installed, I painted them using Tamiya Silver. Done.

USN Carrier Figures 3D Color

Published: May 2nd, 2019     
USN Carrier Figures 3D Color
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:350
Company: Eduard

The photoetch fret arrived in excellent shape in a resealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The fret is 2.75 x 2.00 inches in size. The color-etched laminated figures are printed on both sides on polished metal. The fret metal is just soft enough to fold the figures, but firm enough to hold shape, whew! The 3D concept is that each figure consists of two halves, joined at the feet. The halves are folded upwards and together, creating a thicker and more-to-scale figure. Properly folded, the shoulders will match, and the boots can be folded to form feet for the figure to stand on. Trimming should be done very carefully, as should the folding. If the folding is not done correctly, it will be difficult to have the shoulders and feet line up.

P-40N-5 Through N-40 Seats

Published: April 24th, 2019     
P-40N-5 Through N-40 Seats
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK, Czech Master Kits, has released several resin seats designed to fit their numerous P-40 kits. This one is designed for their new P-40N. The set includes 1 part, the seat. This is a direct replacement for the kit part. The detail is crisp and it should look nice settled in the cockpit. There are no seatbelts molded onto the seat so you can easily use your favorite option.

This is another quick and simple addition to your P-40N.

Thanks to Special Hobby and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Fine Brass Chain

Published: April 24th, 2019     
Fine Brass Chain
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

Czech Master Kits, known as CMK, is one of the prolific model companies out of the Czech Republic releasing full kits and aftermarket parts for aircraft, AFVs, ships, figures, and more.

This includes a series of brass chains which are listed as Fine (72nd scale), Medium (48th) and Coarse (35th). This review covers the Fine version of these products as I build mostly 1/72nd scale kits. What you get is a very nice chain in brass that is 30cm long (almost 12 inches). The links are 2mm long and 1.2mm wide. The quality is high. You can either use the chain at its full length or cut it into smaller sizes for different uses.

I took pictures of the chain in comparison with my most recent review builds, a 1/76th scale M3 half track from Airfix and Tamiya's new M3 Stuart. To my eye the chain would work for a heavy chain in 72nd - 76th scale, maybe in use to tow a vehicle. It looks more like a normal chain in 35th scale though would be too large to use as tailgate chains.

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