Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

German 30mm Autocannon Mk 103

Published: September 11th, 2018     
German 30mm Autocannon Mk 103
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: Master-Model

I'm not sure I need to discuss the utility of having a really good rendition of the German Mk 103 cannon available in this scale. It was used on a number of aircraft - slung under the wings of tank-destroying Fw190s and Hs129s, mounted in the Do335 and the Horton Flying Wing, and even used in a fair number of ground mounts. This 30mm weapon was not to be trifled with.

It is, however, a fairly difficult shape to successfully mold using the standard styrene molding processes. Master from Poland has come to the rescue with a lovely little kit from their Air Master series. The kit supplies two complete barrel assemblies, including the barrels and adapters in brass and two variants of the complex gun muzzles in resin.

As can be seen, assembly is very straight-forward and the enhanced detail a true delight. I like the brass barrels, as it renders the assembly much stronger than it might have been if the barrels were resin. The delicacy of the muzzle detail is a eye-popping enhancement to any aircraft you care to add these to. For me, it's going to be the Fw-190. Fun!

A6M5c Zero Type 52 Gun Barrels

Published: September 11th, 2018     
A6M5c Zero Type 52 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: Quickboost

I love a quick fix. Lord knows there are plenty of labor-intensive so-called "fixes" out there in the modeling market (some photoetch sets spring immediately to mind). Quickboost, at least in this lovely little detail set, does all the heavy lifting for the modeler.

If you have the old Hasegawa 1/32nd scale Zero, the limitations of the molding process definitely shortchange the weapon systems of this classic craft - no fault of the manufacturer. Quickboost offers this simple, beautifully crafted set to bring this older model into the 21st Century. It also offers a similar set (QB 32 153) for the newer Tamiya offering.

Comprising five gun barrels - three machine gun caliber Type 3 and two 20mm Type 99-II cannon - this set is a direct replacement for the kit parts. Molding is exceedingly fine and without any blemishes or mold lines. Each gun features an open muzzle and the cooling holes in the machine gun barrels are beautifully reproduced.

Ju 87B-2/ R2 Zoom

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Ju 87B-2/ R2 Zoom
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The ZOOM series of photo-etch from Eduard features the absolutely essential parts to upgrade your model. Typically, it includes the things in the cockpit that provide dramatic impacts such as the pre-painted instrument panel and various other knobs, buttons, and stuff in the cockpit.

It is packaged in a resealable packaging. The set includes one fret of nickel plated pre-painted brass. The detail contained in the pre-painted parts is phenomenal. The detail that is painted is better than I could ever do. Some like it and some don't. I love it.

In addition to the instrument panel are rudder pedals, radio faces, and all the little parts that are in the cockpit area. The amount of detail contained is impressive, to say the least. Adding this set to the kit cockpit elevates the cockpit to the level of some resin sets.

You will need another set, the seatbelts (set FE895) to complete the interior. Even so, this set will dramatically add to your model with minimal cutting. If you are going to buy one set, or in this case two, for your Stuka this is that set. Another great set from Eduard.

Highly recommended

Ju-87B-2/R-2 Canopy Masks

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Ju-87B-2/R-2 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Many Luftwaffe aircraft had canopy framing on the inside but not on the outside. How to replicate and paint this has always been a challenge. The Stuka has a few of these panels. Well, what is a modeler to do? Well if you are like me you look to Eduard to help you because I hate to mask canopies.

Eduard's masks are made from Kabuki tape which is just like Tamiya tape. The tape is precisely cut and conform to curves perfectly. This sheet of masks comes in the traditional resealable packaging that Eduard uses. The larger than usual masks includes all the masks you'll need for your Airfix Stuka, except the camouflage.

The set is broken down into each canopy section and is quite easy to understand. There are masks for the outside and the panels that are just the inside framing. German aircraft frequently use the internal framework that until now has been represented on the outside. With these masks, you'll finally be able to do it right. A nice addition is the inclusion of wheel masks for all the wheels.

The instructions can look daunting switching back and forth from inside to outside but careful studying makes is short work.

Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells
Reviewed by: Ben Morton
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

One of the perks about being a member of the IPMS/USA Review Corps is that occasionally you get pre-notification from a manufacturer on their latest releases. Along with this notification comes the opportunity to order, for review, any of those newer items. Such an opportunity was recently presented to reviewer corps members by Master Model of Poland.

Master Model of Poland is a company that was created by a passion for modeling. Their focus is on providing metal details to give the modeler the opportunity to build replicas of the originals. Their turned brass and aluminum items include gun barrels (naval, armor, and aircraft), antenna sets, ship masts, and aircraft pitot tubes. These items range in scale from 1/700th to 1/24th.

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