Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tiger II Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Photo Etch Set

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Tiger II Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Photo Etch Set
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

The Tiger II Ausf.B, Konigstiger, King Tiger or Royal Tiger, as it was called depending where you were from, was the most powerful tank produced by the Germans. It became operational in July 1944, during the Invasion of Normandy. This formidable tank fought on the Western and Eastern Fronts until the end of World War II.

Hauler is located in the Czech Republic, and produces high quality photo-etched sets for AFVs, aircraft, cars, railway vehicles and resin accessories for dioramas and resin kits.

This set fits the 1/72 scale Revell Tiger II kit, and comes nicely packaged with the two photo etch frets inside individual clear plastic bag. The instructions are folded and everything is stapled to the folded over cardboard backing.

Detailed and fairly clear instructions are shown pictorially on the front and back of a small sheet. Semi circles and arrows are shown that indicate how to fold parts. These are little confusing initially, but after further study, they made sense.

The first photo etch fret contains all the mesh grates over the engine inlets, and should be straight forward to attach.

Metal Landing Gear

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the massive Boeing 777, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me….

This is ‘du rigeur’ SAC white metal upgrade to the basic kit plastic! The set consists of 9 parts: Two main struts, two strut retraction cylinders, the nose gear, retraction arm, and a drag brace, and two centering and leveling cylinder assemblies for the main trucks.

The landing gear on the 777 is a monster in real life; it has six wheel/tire assemblies on each wing, and is quite a piece of kit for supporting this highly-successful airliner and cargo hauler. On the kit, it makes sense to have similar strength. For 1/144 scale, it’s a big model. Zvezda’s plastic is pretty strong, but the SAC gear makes it better…

My recommendation is to attach the side retraction ram to the gear AFTER installation, as the space is very tight. Then, the main gear centering and leveling cylinders are glued to the bottom of the gear truck, and you are done on the wings. Simple!

Su-25K Frogfoot Control Lever and Pedals

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Su-25K Frogfoot Control Lever and Pedals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

Big sprue attachment points and soft plastic are not a good combination for small parts. The KP/Smer kits have just his problem. They are great kits and the most accurate Su-25K available, but there are some things that you can do better.

Enter Quickboost. This two-piece resin upgrade is for the cockpit. Perfectly cast in light grey resin this set has a control lever and pedals. The detail that is on the control lever alone is beautiful. Every switch is there and they are all perfectly cast. The pedals are beautifully done on the control yoke. The pedals are so nice that they have the anti-slid surface. A good paint and dry brush bring out all the detail. These parts are simple replacement for the kit parts.

Easy to remove parts with far superior detail and an inexpensive price tag makes this another winner from Quickboost.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them at http://www.aires.cz/en/.

Su-25K Frogfoot Landing Light

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Su-25K Frogfoot Landing Light
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

The Su-25 is the Soviet equivalent of the A-10 first utilized in Afghanistan. This mud mover is pretty well represented in 1/48th scale by KP/Smer. As always there are ways to improve what comes in the box.

Quickboost has taken to updating the Frogfoot to a whole different level. This particular set is designed to upgrade the lights. Packaged in a typical Quickboost resealable package with card stock backing has two resin sprues. The first is light grey resin which holds the two reflectors. The second resin part is molded in clear resin. It has the bulbs and two new clear resin lens.

To use the set you simply have to drill out the landing light hole in the wing. Then you paint the reflector, add the bulb, and use the clear resin lens. Done. Simple, easy and effective.

This light set will replace the kit parts which are not very accurate looking. The Quickboost set is very realistic, easy to use, and inexpensive.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them at http://www.aires.cz/en/

Fokker Dr. 1 Engine

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Fokker Dr. 1 Engine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases in the rapidly expanding line of Brassin products is a beautiful representation of the Fokker Dr.1 nine-cylinder Oberursel engine. Consisting of three resin parts and a single photo-etched part, the engine builds up quickly, and will make a great addition to your 1/72 scale triplane!

As mentioned, there are three resin parts in the set, which consist of the engine itself, firewall mounting plate, and a single part that has the intake shaft, magneto, oil pump case, and spark distributor, all molded on. The ignition wires are contained on a single photoetched fret.

I found the construction of the engine relatively easy, but on my sample, the opening in the firewall mounting plate and attachment area for the intake shaft and other components did not match the corresponding raised key on the back of the engine, as they had a lot of slop from side to side. As there is a circle with a small square alignment key, it was still relatively easy to line everything up. I also recommend caution when removing the engine pour plug and flash as I nearly removed the reach rods, not realizing that they were present in the molding.