Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Merlin Engine Set for Mosquito FB VI

Published: April 8th, 2017     
Merlin Engine Set for Mosquito FB VI
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

As usual, IPMS USA are, as usual, appreciative to Eduard for kindly providing an outstanding example of one of their new items to review, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me..

This set is one of the few times I have opened a box and said "what HAVE I gotten myself into?" Yes, I asked for it, but the answer is because I thought it would be a cool addition to the kit. I didn't realize how much there was to this set...

Enclosed are several pages of drawings and detailed instructions, and two complete engines along with cowling, hoses, and some wiring runs. Boxes galore, magnetos, supercharger with more defined details... it's a true miniature of the Merlin.

Jet Provost T.3 Landing Gear (Airfix)

Published: April 8th, 2017     
Jet Provost T.3 Landing Gear (Airfix)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the new 1/72 Airfix Jet provost T.3, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me.

Another of SAC's expansive line of white metal upgrades to the basic kit plastic! The set consists of six parts: Two duplicate sets of main struts and nose gear for the kit.

Not much to say here; build your kit, leave off the kit gear, and install the SAC gear. Paint, add the painted wheels, paint the nose tire, and you are done.

You can see by the 'before and after painting" pictures that I'm getting old and sloppy, but you get the idea. The nose gear has the anti-shimmy tire incorporated along with the gear, which makes it a better option because the kit gear has the tire split to account for the raised side portions of the anti-shimmy tire. It's easier!

Junkers Ju 88 Landing Gear & Engine Supports

Published: April 8th, 2017     
Junkers Ju 88 Landing Gear & Engine Supports
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the ICM/Special Hobby JU-88, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me.

Another of SAC's expansive line of white metal upgrades to the basic kit plastic! The set consists of 11 parts: Two main struts, one tail gear strut/retraction cylinder, wheel/tire assembly, six gear strut supports, and two engine supports for the kit.

The ICM kit contains two complete engine assemblies in addition to the basic kit. I used a set of replacement resin cowing and exhausts for the inaccurate kit cowl intakes, so I was not able to use the engine supports. I did, however, appreciate the strength provided by the metal gear after using the resin parts for the kit. With the thin nature of the gear axles in plastic, this would eventually be a failure point for the completed model. Not with SAC gear.

M230 Chain Gun Barrel (30mm) AH-64 Apache

Published: April 7th, 2017     
M230 Chain Gun Barrel (30mm) AH-64 Apache
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1:72
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin heat sealed pouches and one portion in a reinforced section with parts adhered to low tack tape. There are eight unique machined parts and a small photo etch (PE) fret. The duplicate photo etch parts may come in handy in case you mess up bending parts or you lose them. The PE is extremely thin, maybe twice the thickness of aluminum foil so take care. You will need to pick the parts up with tweezers and I was lucky the small parts did not fly across the hobby room.

Compared to the Academy parts, the Master Details (MB) parts are very fine and detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. Assembly started with the main gun barrel and one PE part. Next you will want to bend up the other PE part. Install the vented shield then glue the bent PE to the back of the barrel. Use very thin CA glue, as the use of thick CA glue will show up in the build. Once both PE parts are attached, you can put the outer machined parts on since the forward PE has slots in it and parts can easily be installed. On the kit part, remove the barrel and drill holes as instructed. Glue the new barrels to the gun body and you are done.

Sniper ATP

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Sniper ATP
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Lockheed-Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod is one of the newest targeting pods fielded by the United States and its allies. According to Lockheed, the Sniper ATP provides superior targeting capabilities in air-to-ground, maritime and air-to-air environments. The pod is compatible with and is currently used on variants of the F-16, F-18, B-1, B-52, A-10 and other fighter/attack aircraft.