Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

OS2U Kingfisher Beaching Gear (KH)

Published: October 7th, 2017     
OS2U Kingfisher Beaching Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC once again provides a very nice set of cast metal gear to help your model stand out in public places. And this one is as simple as it gets. THANKS ROSS for providing this set to IPMS USA, and to Dick and Dave for sending it to me. Particularly Dick, who HAND DELIVERED the item (along with other cool things) to me at the Nationals.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation.

The other benefit in this case is the axle assemblies are metal verses plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place). With the short wheelbase and narrow track of the Kingfisher, this one is a must have, because the stress will kill the plastic parts. Also, have you seen that itty-bitty tail wheel? The SAC tail gear strut, being metal, will take hits and bend and have ability to be bent back. Work hardening takes about 8-10 tries, and you REALLY have to bend it to do that, before it breaks. Worth every dime for what you paid for the Kittyhawk kit (which is a beauty, BTW).

Curtiss P-40 B/C British Version Browning .303 and Pitot Tube

Published: September 27th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 B/C British Version Browning .303 and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in turned brass aftermarket details. In recent releases, they have added small resin pieces and also small photo-etch parts making them be a multi-media aftermarket supplier.

This particular set is devoted to the 1/48 P-40 fans, which I know many of us are. The set provides you with PE sighting rings (4x), sighting bead, pitot tube and pitot tip (resin), .303 cal browning cooling jackets (x4) and blasting tubes (x2). The blasting tubes can be installed with either a straight edge or with a tapered edge at the business end of the tube.

The pitot tube tip shape and the shape of the cooling jacket make this set appropriate for the P-40B/C in British service.

As you can see from the pictures the detail of the parts is superb. Well defined features and in scale. Please note that the resin parts do not have pour stubs and they have a little bit of 'flex', making them slightly more resistant to handle than the standard brittler resin - and that is a good thing for heavy fisted modelers like me!

JGSDF Komatsu LAV Detail Set

Published: September 26th, 2017     
JGSDF Komatsu LAV Detail Set
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler

Hauler has chosen to support a very fine kit with this release of a photo-etch & resin parts for the 1/48 Tamiya LAV. Please note, Tamiya also makes this LAV in 1/35 scale. Like the 1/48 HUMVEE kit Tamiya also produces, this kit can benefit from a bit of bling to really make the finished model pop! This set from Hauler includes a large photo-etch fret, one small photo-etch fret and two pour stubs of resin parts along with a detailed set of instructions to help you to install this array of parts on the Tamiya JGSDF LAV model.

Curtiss P-40 B/C - US version - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube

Published: September 25th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 B/C - US version - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in turned brass aftermarket details. In recent releases, they have added small resin pieces and small photo-etch parts making them a multi-media aftermarket supplier.

This particular set is devoted to the 1/48 P-40 fans, which many of us are. The set provides PE sighting rings (4x), sighting bead, pitot tube and pitot tip (resin), .30 cal browning cooling jackets (x4), and blasting tubes (x2). The blasting tubes can be installed with either a straight edge or with a tapered edge at the business end of the tube.

The pitot tube tip shape and the cooling jackets make this set appropriate for the P-40B/C in US service.

As you can see from the pictures the detail of the parts is superb. Well defined features and in scale. Please note that the resin parts do not have pouring stabs and they have a little bit of 'flex', making them slightly more resistant to handle than the standard brittle resin -and that is a good thing for heavy fisted modelers like me!

R-73/AA-11 "Archer"

Published: September 22nd, 2017     
R-73/AA-11 "Archer"
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The R-73 (NATO designation AA-11 Archer) was designed as a replacement for the R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) close-in dogfight missile. The R-73 is an infrared homing missile with thrust vectoring and has been exported to a number of air forces around the world.

As a follow-on to its previous release of the R-60/AA-8 Aphid missile set, Eduard has now released the R-73/AA-11 Archer. The set includes parts for 4 missiles, including seeker caps and engine covers as well as 4 P-72 missile rails. A nice touch by Eduard is that in addition to the missile rails, the set is designed in a modular fashion, much like the actual rails, so you can construct the appropriate pylons for both the MiG-29 and the Su-27 simply by installing different pylon mounts. The set includes enough of the pylon mounts for you to construct four of either type. I elected to construct two of each for illustration purposes.