Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Spitfire Mk. IX seatbelts STEEL

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
Spitfire Mk. IX seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

This set is part of Eduard's growing line of Steel seat belts sets. The set consists of 2 complete shoulder harness sets and 4 sets of lap belts for Eduard's outstanding Spitfire Mk. IX kit. The set will particularly useful for those modelers who did not spring for the ProfilePack or Royal Class kits of the Mk. IX. I also suspect that with a little work or ingenuity, the set can be made to work with other manufacturer's Mk. IX kits such as Airfix or Hasegawa.

GBU-11 Vietnam Era Laser Guided Bombs

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
GBU-11 Vietnam Era Laser Guided Bombs
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The GBU-11 is a 3000-lb. laser guided bomb primarily used in the Vietnam era made by adding laser guidance and fins to a M118E1 bomb. Eduard has now given us an option of attaching this bomb to all the wonderful new 1/48th scale Phantoms among others.

Eduard's set consists of enough parts and markings to make two of the large bombs. The set includes two tail units, two main bodies and a block of two different types seeker heads. The parts are cast in Eduard's dark gray resin and are perfect. The bomb fins are super thin so be careful of them. Preparation is simple. Sand the main body and tail unit casting blocks off and join them. I used a little putty due to my sanding. I smoothed it with lacquer thinner. Pick which seeker head you need and cut it free from the casting block. Then sand the back smooth. Lastly, drill a hole into the center and attach to the rest of the bomb.

Landing Gear for the Zvezda 1/144 IL-76

Published: December 17th, 2017     
Landing Gear for the Zvezda 1/144 IL-76
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The IL-76 has the NATO reporting name "Candid". It came out about 2 years after the Lockheed C-141, and has the same mission, of strategic and tactical airlift. The aircraft are pretty similar in appearance. The IL-76 can haul about 60 tons of cargo, a C-141 can manage about 90.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

The SAC set for the IL-76 consists of 5 parts, all in white metal. There are four main gear legs, with oleo scissors which use the kit wheels, and a nose gear leg. These parts closely match the kit parts.

Painting

I painted the parts light gray, and left the oleos metal. This was probably the easiest part of the whole thing.

Metal Landing Gear for Academy 1/72 F-15E

Published: December 11th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for Academy 1/72 F-15E
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. What started out as an "I don't know if they will sell" idea a few years ago has flourished into a busy worldwide trade for modelers seeking just a bit more out of their model accessories...

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/72 F-15E from Academy. This kit is a jewel; there are two areas needing true replacements for a contest level model, that being the "featherless" open afterburner nozzles, which are supplied simplified, and the rather thick one-piece canopy over the extremely well-detailed cockpit. Those issues are for others to address... SAC provided us three metal parts to replace the kit-supplied plastic gear.

Photoetch for MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51

Published: December 6th, 2017