Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Perforated Metal Plate

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Perforated Metal Plate
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Croco Models

Croco Models from Latvia specializes in aftermarket detail sets and resin sets, mainly of armored vehicles. They sure know how to find unique and interesting subjects. Visit their webpage and you will see.

Besides aftermarket details and resin kits, they release small generic detail parts, in this case a perforated metal plate, with very small circular plates in a diamond pattern.

The size of the fret is about 2 inches by 1.25 inches and it can be used for detailing many different models, probably armor in 1/35 scale (engine covers), perhaps aircraft in 1/32 and 1/48 (air intakes filters).

You can see how finely and homogenous the perforations are, as you can "see-through" them and still see the mini-ziploc bag behind it. Just think of it as a way to dress up any opening towards the interior of a model where you want to make it look like there is "something there", like a radiator, a screen or just "something" which is better than bare plastic.

This is a great supply that you can use to enhance the looks of any of your models, whenever you need some mesh.

Highly recommended.

P-40E Engine Set

Published: December 26th, 2018     
P-40E Engine Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin Allison V-1710-39 engine for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40E kits. The supplied items include the engine block, parts to assemble the mounting frame, firewall, engine cover panels and radiator assembly. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40E kit, with some prudent sanding to fit, the engine set should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40E kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Academy example (see photos).

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.

Su-34 Fullback Landing Gear

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
Su-34 Fullback Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed to fit Trumpeter's new Su-34 kit. The set consists of 9 parts, a nose gear with a separate lower axle, two main gear legs, two part scissors links for each main gear, and retraction struts for each leg. The castings are nicely done and require just a little clean up on the casting seams. I cleaned the seams up using a Xacto knife and sandpaper. I then used a brass wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at slow speed to polish up the struts and finish smoothing out the casting seams.

In order to assemble the nose strut I had to drill out the end of the axle part as it was partially filled in during the casting process. Before assembling the two parts, double check their orientation with the kit instructions to ensure they are correctly oriented.

MiG-21MF Canopy Masking Set

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
MiG-21MF Canopy Masking Set
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for Eduard's new MiG-21MF kits. The set provides masks not only for the canopy and the windscreen, but also for the HUD, the underwing landing lights, and the antenna panels on the vertical tail, the ventral fin, the wing leading edges and a number of smaller ones under the wings and fuselage. Unlike many of Eduard's other masking sets, this one does not include masks for the tires or wheel hubs.

The inclusion of the masks for the antennas is a great idea as the MiG-21 has a lot of antennas. Most visible are the large panels on the vertical tail and the front of the ventral fin, but there are a lot of smaller ones on vertical tail, on the leading edges of the wing and on the underside of the jet. The panels are crisply molded on the kit and after painting the antenna panels green, the masks were fitted and fit perfectly as expected.

P-40 Diamond Tread Wheels

Published: December 16th, 2018     
P-40 Diamond Tread Wheels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of diamond treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the diamond tread tires and separate hubs in two options. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels.

The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs.

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.