Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Wing Flaps for Hasegawa Ki-61-1

Published: November 13th, 2018     
Wing Flaps for Hasegawa Ki-61-1
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

History

The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

4 crisply molded resin parts along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. These parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

Construction

The first thing you need to do is remove the flaps from kit part B10 and thin the undersides of the corresponding areas of parts B11 & 12. This 2nd part is where I totally messed this up due to my not paying attention. I removed the areas totally and this made it almost impossible to build. I managed to get these on and make them look halfway decent, but it could have and should have been better. With the exception of my mistake, these went on pretty easy and look very nice.

Conclusion

A very nice set but I would recommend only modelers who have experience with resin sets tackle this.

I would like to thank Special Hobby and CMK for providing this and the Review Corps for letting me build it.

Tu-22M3 NK-25 Exhaust

Published: November 13th, 2018     
Tu-22M3 NK-25 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

IPMS/USA gladly welcomes the return of the Advanced Modeling/Amigo team for sending us this new-technology set; their lineup continues to grow! And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

Advanced Modeling/AMIGO (Hereafter referred to as AM for simplicity) is a Russian company specializing in modern Soviet and Russian aircraft accessories; their first items released a few years ago were weapons, and they have recently branched out into other items, in this case, an upgrade to Trumpeter's 1/72 Tu-26M3 NK-25 Bomber kit exhaust, augmentor tubes, and afterburner nozzles.

BL 755 Cluster Bombs

Published: November 11th, 2018     
BL 755 Cluster Bombs
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for use with many UK fighter aircraft. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit utlizing these unique cluster munitions. Consisting of four bomb bodies with fins cast in place (THANK YOU EDUARD), and four sets of fusing windmill vanes. I have only seen one or two sets of these bombs in plastic from modeling companies, and usually these wind vanes are molded as circles. Yep, circles. Kinetic's bombs have actual vanes, but they are subject to the limits of plastic injection; the resin on Eduard's set is far better! These vanes look the part and are delicate but take the minor sanding of the backside to remove the pour stub well (if you do it carefully). Also included are accurate decals.

More simple work! I primer painted the bomb body, then painted the aft section olive green; after the paint cured, I masked the aft section, and painted the forward bomb body in semi-gloss greenish Brown (a color from Krylon in their "Camo" paint range for the hunters among us to

AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod

Published: November 11th, 2018     
AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit needing this pod. Consisting of a resin main body, a resin seeker head, and two different tail vent plates in Photoetch, I had this one knocked out in a couple of hours. First is minor prep; removal of the seeker head was simple, and the same for the main pod body. Careful use of thin superglue ensured the end plate stayed in place, and the seeker head just snaps into place.

Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Veteran Models

Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems.

If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler.

This offering comes in the standard oversize matchstick box which I love. Included are sufficient resin and brass details to make 4 AK-630 close in weapons system (CIWS) and two Bass Tilt (NATO Name) fire control radars. This is sufficient for the Trumpeter 1/350 Sovremenny, Udaloy or Slava. The brass is for the grab rails on the AK-630.

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