Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

IAR-80 Metal Landing Gear

Published: July 10th, 2017     
IAR-80 Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the 1/48 Hobbyboss IAR-80.

The set includes 5 parts with the following breakdown: two main landing gear struts plus actuator arms for the above and a tail skid. The parts are finely molded in white metal. These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

I should say that these parts are more than just drop-in replacements. Many of the white metal parts actually comprise the equivalent of a few plastic parts, so you get an easier job of assembling the landing gear as you have fewer parts to deal with.

Note that in this particular set, you will have to bend "open" the wheel fork for the main landing gear in order to install the wheel and then bend it back to the "closed" position. This is not an issue because you are using white metal.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels.

I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the review sample

Crusader Air Intakes (For Afterburner Cooling)

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Crusader Air Intakes (For Afterburner Cooling)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Extreme appreciation to Eduard for their having once again provided a sample copy of a long-awaited product, the F-8E Crusader, and the usual wave of thanks to the IPMS USA leadership for ensuring I received it!

This upgrade provides additional detail for the recently re-released Hasegawa F-8E crusader under the banner of Eduard, in the form of a hollowed out intake with visible depth to the intake. Just four parts here; two very thin PE baseplates with rivet detail, and the scoops themselves.

Installation steps: drill the two mounting holes in the afterburner position on the model at the pre-located drill hole wells from the inside, then carefully remove the PE baseplates from their fret. Dress the cut marks with your favorite method, then set aside.

The resin intakes themselves require an individual to: carefully remove them from the casting web and bloc; clean up the mounting surface; then fit the two pegs through the PE mounting plate and into the spot on their model.

SE.5a Propeller Four-Blade

Published: July 9th, 2017     
SE.5a Propeller Four-Blade
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued a four-bladed resin propeller to upgrade the propeller in their SE.5a kit. The upgraded propeller includes 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.

In their recently issued SE.5a kit, Eduard includes both the Hispano-Suiza 8B and Wolsely Viper engines, as well as right & left two-bladed propellers, and a left four-bladed propeller. The propeller reviewed here is the four-bladed upgrade to the kit propeller. The counter-clockwise (left) four-bladed propeller is for the Hispano-Suiza 8B engine.

F-100 Super Sabre Pitot Tube

Published: July 9th, 2017     
F-100 Super Sabre Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes, and gun barrels.

This "add-on" is a single pitot tube. It's very fine turned brass. The detail is so fine that I had to use my magnifiers to determine that there are three different diameters on the pitot, getting smaller at about 1/3 and 2/3 of the length.

The instructions are to the point:

  • Remove the kit pitot from the mount.
  • Drill a hole in the mount.
  • Glue the new pitot in the hole using CA
  • Put the mount under the F-100's intake.

I was able to skip step 4, as the kit pitot was already mounted under the nose.

Otherwise, things went very much as planned.

I did manage to get the Master pitot mounted slightly off left and right, but the brass part is easily bendable. When I was working on typebar typewriters, back in the last century, we never referred to bending a part. It was always called "forming". So I formed the pitot to straighten it out.

MiG-29 Landing Gear

Published: July 7th, 2017     
MiG-29 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Earlier this year Zvezda released a new kit of the MiG-29 (9-13), known as the Fulcrum C under the NATO naming standards. The kit has since also been released under the Revell label. Scale Aircraft Conversions released a replacement set for this MiG-29 kit. The set is comprised of five parts, two main landing gear legs, a two piece nose strut, and the nose strut retraction actuator. The two side braces on the lower part of the nose gear strut are well molded but will require care in removing them from the casting tree as they are easy to bend since they are so thin.

As with Scale Aircraft's other sets, the parts are drop in replacements for the kit parts. As shown in the photographs, the replacement parts are identical to the kit parts, but will add some rigidity to the landing gear when compared to the kit parts. After removing a slight molding seam on the parts, I polished them using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at low speed. This works very well and results in a nice uniform finish to all of the parts.