Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Supermarine Walrus Landing Gear (Airfix)

Published: June 30th, 2018     
Supermarine Walrus Landing Gear (Airfix)
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

A newer addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions ever-expanding line of metal landing gear is this set for the Airfix 1/48 scale Supermarine Walrus.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear. The set comprises of both main gear legs and the tailwheel (with accompanying fairing). All are made of sturdy, white metal.

I could see no appreciable difference in the detail between the kit items and those in this set. They look to be almost exactly the same. If anything, I believe the SAC details were a bit softer than the kit items.

I will say the SAC gear is considerably stronger than the kit plastic. The Walrus is a big and somewhat hefty model, so the additional strength might come in handy. I haven't heard of any issues with the Airfix landing gear, but that is really the only advantage over the plastic parts that I can see in this set.

L-29 Ejection Seats

Published: June 30th, 2018     
L-29 Ejection Seats
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Czechoslovakian Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin (NATO code Maya) became the standard jet trainer for the Warsaw Pact Air Forces. First flight was on April 5, 1959. Two-thirds of the over 3,000 aircraft manufactured have served with the Soviet Air Force as its standard basic, intermediate, and weapons platform trainer. The L-29 has seen combat in several wars, notably the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the Nigerian Civil War in the sixties. Many have been sold to the private sector with some performing in airshows and air races.

This set is specifically designed for the AMK 1/48 L-29 kit. Of course it will work in the Eduard kit as well since Eduard used the AMK molds for Eduard's enhanced release. I don't have the earlier Planet Models resin kit, but I'm sure these seats will dress it up as well.

AN/ALQ-131 Countermeasures Pod

Published: June 30th, 2018     
AN/ALQ-131 Countermeasures Pod
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Chances are, if you model aircraft in any of the major scales you are well familiar with Eduard. Their product range varies from simple photo-etched enhancement frets to multi-media kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are amongst the finest in the hobby. Their products may be purchased online through www.eduard.com. I have built a few of their kits, and have used many of their accessories over the years. I am even a card-carrying member of the Bunny Fighter Club, which provided me a carrot-themed 1/48 Mig-21 and allows me a modest discount when buying direct. Check the website, and it will make sense.

Eduard has produced a resin AN/ALQ-131 (deep) ECM pod in 1/48 scale as a part of their "Brassin" line. The resin pod is a beautifully cast representations of the stores needed to accurately portray many modern military aircraft for missions that might expect retaliatory SAM activity. The pod comes packed in a sturdy plastic "blister" pack, in which it is sandwiched between foam pads for protection, along with Eduard's effective pictorial instructions.

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: