Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

SE.5a Guns

Published: May 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Guns
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This is a nice resin & photoetch set that replaces the Vickers and Lewis machine guns in Eduard's new SE.5a kit. The resin has better detail than the kit plastic parts and the Vickers gun is easier to install. Some of the resin and photoetch pieces are extremely small.

Background

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a was armed with a single synchronized .303-inch Vickers machine gun mounted in the fuselage in front of the cockpit. Many versions also had an upper wing-mounted Lewis gun fitted on a Foster Mounting to allow the pilot to fire at overhead aircraft. Eduard's newly released SE.5a kit includes both guns, which are replaced by the parts in this add-on package.

Kit

This set includes 16 resin parts, some that are extremely small. It also includes 14 brass photoetch parts, some of which are very small also. There are duplicates of some of the resin and photoetch parts. The resin parts have finer detail than the kit plastic parts, particularly in the cartridge magazines and gunstocks.

SE.5a Propeller Two-Blade (right) and Two-Blade (Left)

Published: May 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Propeller Two-Blade (right) and Two-Blade (Left)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued two resin propellers as upgrades to the propellers issued with their SE.5a Wolsely Viper kit. The upgraded propellers include resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit propeller.

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was introduced in 1917 with a 150 HP V8 Hispano-Suiza 8A engine with two-bladed counter-clockwise (left) rotating propeller. The SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP  Hispano-Suiza 8B gear-driven engine ('Hisso'), with a counter-clockwise (left) rotating four-bladed propeller. The gear-driven engines proved unreliable, and were quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper direct drive engine with clockwise rotating (right) two-bladed propeller.

L-29 Delfin - Delfin Air Scoops

Published: May 22nd, 2017     
L-29 Delfin - Delfin Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

B-17 E/F Interior Set

Published: May 21st, 2017     
B-17 E/F Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F. This set with three photoetch sheets, two are colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit and other areas. They really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 2 x colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details to this massive kit. The cockpit parts really add great additional and replacement details to this kit. I did find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. The set includes lots of additional instrument panels and details. The only advice will give is that there are some additional raised details that need to be removed to allow the install of the parts. The other item of note is that the straps are provided for the Parts J7, J8, J31, and J32, of which there is a total of 16 but only parts for 12 sets are provided. The straps could also have been longer in some locations. The seat cushion parts look at little stiff and could do with being thinner so they could be shaped better to look more like cushions.

T-34/85 Running Gear Late Type

Published: May 21st, 2017     
T-34/85 Running Gear Late Type
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087