Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-14 Weapons Set

Published: July 17th, 2017     
F-14 Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has combined three wonderful resin sets into a combo set called the BigSin set for the Tamiya F-14A. I would think it would also work with other F-14's but watch the variant so you could match it to the missile variants. The set comes in an excellent box with a full set of four AIM-54A Phoenix missiles, four AIM-7E Sparrow missiles and four AIM-9G/H Sidewinders with launch rails and seeker head covers. Each set comes with full stenciling and individual instructions in color including the color call outs for painting. Let's look at the sets individually.

Workshop Windows: Square and Round

Published: July 16th, 2017     
Workshop Windows: Square and Round
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Plus Model was established in 1990 in The Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane plastic

They offer a superb line of quality dioramas made from a specially hardened gypsum, styrene sheets, of varying thickness for your own use and design, and other modeler accessories or tools. They also have a wide range of printed-paper 1/35th scale accessories - scale posters, road signs, rations boxes, tents, etc.

He-162 Vacu Canopy (Brengun kit)

Published: July 15th, 2017     
He-162 Vacu Canopy (Brengun kit)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Kit

This is a replacement or upgrade for the Brengun He-162 kits. There are two canopies on the Vac-Form plastic. I didn't look at this item until I was ready to install the canopy, and I now wish I had looked closer and sooner. One of the canopies is a direct replacement for the kit item. The other one is the AMS version. It's a little longer, and there's an area between the windscreen and canopy which can be cut out so you can build your He-162 with the canopy open.

Of course this will require quite a bit of interior detailing for the cockpit. The Brengun kit comes with a seat, a stick and a blank instrument panel. Obviously it would require seat belts, instruments, rudder pedals, a throttle, and the open canopy support rod. As I said, AMS version.

Assembly

I prepainted the canopy to match the Heinkel I was finishing. I paint the color on with a fine brush, making sure I get pretty good coverage.

I don't worry too much about staying inside the lines, just making sure I get all of the frames well painted. I then go back with the opti-visor and a toothpick and clean up the edges of the canopy frame.

Crusader Exhaust Nozzle

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Crusader Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Extreme appreciation to Eduard for their having once again provided a sample copy of a long-awaited product, the F-8E Crusader, and the usual wave of thanks to the IPMS USA leadership for ensuring I received it!

This upgrade provides additional detail for the recently re-released Hasegawa F-8E crusader under the banner of Eduard, in the form of a detailed Exhaust nozzle for the afterburner section.

I begin by spray priming all the parts with Tamiya spray gray primer to allow the color paints and weathering to commence.

Bae Hawk All Variants

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Bae Hawk All Variants
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the 1/48 Bae Hawk and it can be used with all variants of that kit.

The set includes 7 parts with the following breakdown two main landing gear struts, plus actuator arms for the above and a tail wheel. The parts are finely molded in white metal. These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

I should say that these parts are more than just drop-in replacements. Some of the white metal parts actually comprise the equivalent of a few plastic parts, so you get an easier job of assembling the landing gear as you have fewer parts to deal with. In addition, you don't have to deal with cleaning seam lines.

Typically I tend to think of replacing a plastic landing gear by a white metal one when the model is large and heavy. For most single engine 1/48 scale models, weight is not an issue. However, if you have added a resin cockpit, resin engine, and other AMS goodies, weight could be an issue.