Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tornado Exhaust Nozzles

Published: May 6th, 2018     
Tornado Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This update set is typical Aires, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing and instructions tucked in between the cardboard back and plastic. First impression is how crisp the detail is on the internal afterburner nozzles and after burner cans. Mold release is non-existent however I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Revell kit parts, the Aires set has a finer detailed afterburner fuel manifold & flame stabilizer at an astonishing degree of detail. One word or warning as you will see in the pictures, be very careful when removing the excess material. I used a belt sander and trimmed to what appears correct in the instructions and it gets very thin. Portions of the burner ring backing vanish just leaving the fine webs of the fuel manifold. This will allow you to see right through the part until it is installed on the kit. I fine-tuned removing the back of the part with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper so be very careful.

Fw-190A Exhausts

Published: May 6th, 2018     
Fw-190A Exhausts
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickbost has produced replacement exhausts for the Hasegawa 1/48 F-190 kits. The resin replacements are a simple drop-in substitute for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied items include all three separate exhaust stacks. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements. The resin parts will need to be cut with a razor saw close to the base of the stacks to fit properly, so use care when removing the stubs.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the Butcher Bird's exhaust assemblies. Check your references for the appropriate placement. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item.

MiG-31 Foxhound Speed Brakes

Published: May 6th, 2018     
MiG-31 Foxhound Speed Brakes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

AMK's 1/48 Mig-31 is a kit that, once you see one built, it grabs you. Phenomenal engineering of a large subject is a real show stopper. Even as well designed as the kit is, there is always some room for improvements. Aires to the rescue with a set of speed brakes and pistons as replacements.

Inside the package, you will find a left and right speed brake (they are handed so watch for location) and two pistons for support. There are no instructions as these are direct replacements for the kit parts.

Preparation consists of freeing the pistons from the casting block and webbing which is easily accomplished with a sharp knife. You can see that the Aires parts (also available from Quickboost as a standalone set) are cast finer especially in the piston parts. A small difference but noticeable.

Aero L-29 Wheels

Published: May 5th, 2018     
Aero L-29  Wheels
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 the enhanced release. I don't have the earlier Planet Models resin kit, but I'm sure these wheels will dress it up as well.

F-14A/B Tomcat Chin Pods

Published: May 4th, 2018     
F-14A/B Tomcat Chin Pods
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 4728
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Tamiya F-14A Tomcat set a standard for plastic model kits. If there is a drawback it is that the aircraft can only be built as a very early Tomcat. Well Quickboost has addressed most of the options to upgrade your Tomcat's chin pod. All these chin pods were used on later F-14As and F-14Bs.