Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Wellington Mk. Ia/c Landing Flaps

Published: January 13th, 2019     
Wellington Mk. Ia/c Landing Flaps
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set for is for the Wellington Mk 1/b Flap and is the now-expected as a norm high-end upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. I consider this an EXPERT level of detail, and I failed BUT read on...

I primer painted the unpainted fret, in retrospect, not smart, as the superglue tended to not bond the paint as well as the actual metal. I don't have a good option here, as the glare and requirement to cover up the brass color will come up and require priming after the build. Sigh. Of course, if I had not kept having the tweezers wick up the superglue, then the problem would not be there. Maybe Gator glue would be a better option, as you can at least clean up a bit with water!

DC-8 Landing Gear

Published: January 13th, 2019     
DC-8 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The DC-8 was Douglas' version of the Boeing 707. I reviewed Minicraft's DC-8-73 back in 2014. You can read the review of the kit here http://www.ipmsusa.org/reviews/Kits/Aircraft/minicraft_144_dc8/minicraft_144_dc8.htm

Unfortunately, sitting on the shelf for 5 years has taken its toll on this model. It's still quite good looking, and when Phil Peterson, who manages the sending of review items, said there was a landing gear set available, I took it. When I picked up the model from the shelf to see how tough it would be to remove the original gear, one of the main gear legs fell off. OK, SAC to the rescue.

There are also kits of the DC-8 61 and -71. These are pretty much the same kit, with a different fuselage. Minicraft also released their DC-8 63 and -73 as a bagged kit with no decals. The big advantage to this kit is that it has the engines for either the -63 or-73, which the original kits didn't have.

MiG-21MF Interceptor Weapons Overtree

Published: January 12th, 2019     
MiG-21MF Interceptor Weapons Overtree
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

In conjunction with the release of its new 1/72 MiG-21 series, Eduard has released an Overtree set of the weapons sprue that is included with its new MiG-21MF kits. In looking at the weapons included on the sprue, I expect that this sprue has been designed to be a common sprue through-out all its planned MiG-21 kits.

The set includes two 490 liter tanks which are either mounted on the outer wing pylons or a single tank on the centerline and one 800 liter centerline tank. There are four types of air-to-air missiles - two RS-2US (AA-1 Alkali), two R-3S (AA-2 Atoll), two R-13 (AA-2 Improved Atoll) and two R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missiles. For ground attack load outs there two types of rocket pods (UB-16 and WB-32), two S24 unguided air-to-surface missiles, two FAB 250 kg and four FAB 100 kg dumb bombs. The set also includes the different pylons needed for mounting the different weapons on the four underwing and one centerline hardpoints. There is also a single MBD bomb rack on which the four FAB 100's can be mounted.

Wellington Mk. Ia/c Cockpit Interior

Published: December 29th, 2018     
Wellington Mk. Ia/c Cockpit Interior
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits.  Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set is a now-expected high-end upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c.  Included are color fret elements including the instrument panel, interior control and indicators, and various bits and bobs that make up a British design from the 1930's. 

The Airfix Wellington is part of the new Airfix from Hornby, and has been profusely reviewed elsewhere.  It is an excellent kit, only requiring a bit of care in lining things up when it comes time to assemble things.  The Eduard set improves the lot, and is invaluable in making the kit really shine. Micro-detail is evident everywhere, and standard hand-painting will be hard-pressed to come to this level of detail as evidenced on the Eduard improvements

Wellington Mk 1/b interior

Perforated Metal Plate

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Perforated Metal Plate
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Croco Models

Croco Models from Latvia specializes in aftermarket detail sets and resin sets, mainly of armored vehicles. They sure know how to find unique and interesting subjects. Visit their webpage and you will see.

Besides aftermarket details and resin kits, they release small generic detail parts, in this case a perforated metal plate, with very small circular plates in a diamond pattern.

The size of the fret is about 2 inches by 1.25 inches and it can be used for detailing many different models, probably armor in 1/35 scale (engine covers), perhaps aircraft in 1/32 and 1/48 (air intakes filters).

You can see how finely and homogenous the perforations are, as you can "see-through" them and still see the mini-ziploc bag behind it. Just think of it as a way to dress up any opening towards the interior of a model where you want to make it look like there is "something there", like a radiator, a screen or just "something" which is better than bare plastic.

This is a great supply that you can use to enhance the looks of any of your models, whenever you need some mesh.

Highly recommended.

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