Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf 109F-4 Weekend

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Bf 109F-4 Weekend
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a detail set for the excellent Bf 109F-4 (kit84146) from Eduard that I wrote up in a separate review. Another in the "Zoom" sets this includes the instrument panel, rudder pedals, seat harnesses and other small cockpit details. There are radiator faces for front and back, screens for the tropical filter and the actuator arms for the filter cap. One important addition is the tail reinforcement strips added to the "F" series aircraft after a structural weakness was revealed. Topping off the set are some details for the canopy and antennas.

As with all the Zoom sets I've used from Eduard this one is worth the instrument panel and seat harnesses alone. I used all but the tiniest parts and am really happy with the results. Highly recommended the addition to an already outstanding kit.

Thank you to Eduard for the sample and to IPMS for this forum to share it with you.

BLU-27 Fire Bombs Finned

Published: October 8th, 2017     
BLU-27 Fire Bombs Finned
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is a small company out of Italy manufacturing big things; in this case, they provide large scale modelers the items missing from many of our 1/32 models to bring them to life, particularly in a diorama setting if you have room!

Having built their Dash-60 Power cart earlier this year, I was aware of the quality of Videoaviation products... and this continues with this simple, effective set of two firebombs.

The BLU-27 firebomb set will produce two, Vietnam-era Napalm with stabilizing fins. The BLU-27 was utilized as an effective anti-personnel weapon during a war where the world was less concerned about environmental issues. Common employers of this weapon were the A-26, A-1, F-100, F-4, and F-105 (not so much when their mission changed later in the war). I don't know if these were certified for use on other aircraft.

F-35A Exterior Set

Published: October 8th, 2017     
F-35A Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for the Italeri 1/32 scale F-35A Lightning II kit. This set contains 1 sheet of etched brass details for the exterior of the aircraft as well as details for the weapons and weapon pylons. There is an afterburner ring for the engine exhaust, ladder and ladder door details, refueling bay details, screens for the exterior and details for the weapons. The instructions are the normal Eduard instructions with clear drawings showing where the PE parts go and what details need to be removed from the kit plastic parts.

F-35A Wheel Bays & Bomb Bay Set

Published: October 8th, 2017     
F-35A Wheel Bays & Bomb Bay Set
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for the Italeri 1/32 scale F-35A Lightning II kit. This set contains 1 sheet of etched brass details for the landing gear bays and weapons bays. There are panel faces for the nose gear bay, boxes for the weapons bay, nose gear doors, main gear and other miscellaneous details. The instructions are the normal Eduard instructions with clear drawings showing where the PE parts go and what details need to be removed from the kit plastic parts.

The first step deals with the nose gear bay and doors. There are a few panel faces to be placed in the bay replacing the molded detail. There are also a couple of boxes to be folded up and added to the gear doors. The added details improve the looks of the kit parts.

Bomb Trolley US Bombs 500lb AN-M64 (6)

Published: October 7th, 2017