Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Metal Landing Gear for B-17G

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for B-17G
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the new tool 1/72 Airfix B-17G, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me....

Another of SAC's expansive line of white metal upgrades to the basic kit plastic! The set consists of six parts: Two set of main gear struts, two extension support struts, and two-part tail gear for the kit.

Not much to say here; build your kit, leave off the kit gear, and install the SAC gear. Paint, add the painted wheels and tires, and you are done.

The mains are simply dropped in place with superglue, and the side supports glued to the other extension side support. Same process with the tail gear; the main offset axle and mount are cemented with superglue to the other side strut, and installed in the tail gear well.

The offset tail gear strut on the fortress makes this an attractive package, as the tail strut on these small models frequently fails. The metal takes the stress, and the same can be said for the main gear.

Me 262B-1/U1 Landing Gear

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Me 262B-1/U1 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC has made an adaptation of the Me 262B-1/U-1 landing gear in white metal for the 1/32 Revell kit. The set contains the two main gear legs with oleo scissors and retraction struts. The main gear leg, its retraction strut, and its mount are also part of the set. I have seen photos of some 262s with an oleo scissor on the nose gear strut, but apparently, the B model did not have it. These are direct replacements for the parts that come in the Revell Me262B-1/U-1. Comparing the kit landing gear and the SAC landing gear side by side you will notice a lot of similarities between the two. Overall this is highly recommended for stronger landing gear especially since the 262 had tricycle landing gear and the nose will be weighted to keep the model from sitting on its tail. This is a great addition to the Revell kit.

I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for another great offering in metal landing gear and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this item.

Ventura MkII Seatbelt Steel Set

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Ventura MkII Seatbelt Steel Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch steel seatbelt set to for the Revell Ventura MkII which has mold seatbelts and really needs them. This set is colored and also made of steel which means they are better for forming. They are very realistic and accurate and really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for the set for a kit that needs them. I do find the steel seatbelt the best to form but be careful as the painted surface can peel if you're not careful.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

F6F-5N Hellcat Nightfighter - Weekend Photoetch

Published: April 4th, 2017     
F6F-5N Hellcat Nightfighter - Weekend Photoetch
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has an outstanding line of F6F Hellcat models in both Profipack and Weekend boxings and it has released photoetch frets for the Weekend line as a stand-alone item. The Weekend models have only plastic parts (as opposed to the Profipack boxes), but at times you might want to enhance the look of them by adding some photoetch, hence the Weekend Photoetch frets. Often they only cover the cockpit, the part number tends to be low, and the parts require limited bending, hence being a simplified version of the full photoetch fret of the Profipack package.

In particular, this fret is devoted to the night-fighter version of the Hellcat used during the last few years of WWII. Note that the instrument panel (IP) includes a visor/screen for the radar. In addition to an IP, you also get cockpit side detail and seatbelts, making for a very nice and busy cockpit.

Messerschmitt Me 262B-1 Zoom Set

Published: April 3rd, 2017     
Messerschmitt Me 262B-1 Zoom Set
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's ZOOM set for the new 1/32 Revell Me262B-1 kit. I waited and waited for the new 1/32 Revell Me262B-1 to be released in the States and that day has not come yet so I bought one from Germany. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the sealed flap on the back of package to allow for easy access to parts.

Upon removal of the photoetch from the package you will notice the great level of detail on the pre-painted pieces that make up the interior detail set. There is a lot of great detail that covers the front and rear instrument panels, side instrument controls, plus side fuselage detail. This is typical instrument detail from Eduard with the 2 piece construction that includes dials and colored overlay. Construction is easy with a good instruction sheet with the hardest thing to do is to trimming of the existing detail from the plastic that is included in kit.