Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: CMK

History

The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

7 crisply molded resin parts (Rudder, ailerons and horizontal stabilizers) along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

Construction

Construction begins with some surgery to the kit. You will have to carefully remove the ailerons from the kit parts B10 & 11 and the rudder from A1. The rudder was simple and the easiest to do but the ailerons were a bit troublesome. The instructions have you making too deep of a cut and removing too much of the wing. Luckily, I saw this before cutting. Another thing I noticed about not only the ailerons, but the rudder also is that they are a bit undersized. The rudder was a little too thin as are the ailerons. The horizontal stabilizers went on without a hitch.

Conclusion

A very nice set but I would recommend only modelers who have experience with resin sets tackle this.

Ki-61-1 Cockpit SET

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Ki-61-1 Cockpit SET
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: CMK

History

The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

17 crisply molded resin parts and a clear film of instrument faces are provided along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

Ki-61-1 Armament Set

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Ki-61-1 Armament Set
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: CMK

History

The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

11 nicely molded pieces make up this set. You are given two gun bays, ammo chutes, receivers' and doors for the wing guns. Also included are wing tanks which are much better detailed than the ones provided in the kit. The instructions are on a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of paper.

Blenheim Mk IV Mask Set for Airfix Kit (new tool)

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Blenheim Mk IV Mask Set for Airfix Kit (new tool)
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the bug-a-boos of a lot of aircraft models for me is all that glass that needs to be masked in order to paint. I've read several tutorials and tried lots of methods, but it's all tedious and with my skill level brings about at best mediocre results. Then along comes pre-cut masks and my life is changed.

Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/200
Company: Veteran Models

Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems.

If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler.

This offering comes in the standard oversize matchstick box which I love. Included are sufficient resin and brass details to make 4 AK-630 close in weapons system (CIWS) and two Bass Tilt (NATO Name) fire control radars. This is sufficient for the Trumpeter 1/200 Sovremenny. The brass is for the grab rails on the AK-630.