Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hurricane Mk IID Conversion Kit

Published: October 5th, 2011     
Hurricane Mk IID Conversion Kit
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: 3D-Kits

To counter Axis armor, the British introduced a tank busting version of the Hurricane. Armed with two Vickers 40mm cannon they had the same effect as an armor-piercing rocket, but were four times more accurate. First fitted to the Hurricane as the Mk IID, they were also used on the later Hurricane Mk IV. Hurricane IIDs saw service in North Africa, the Far East and in the UK.

Masks for Trumpeter Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 1st, 2011     
Masks for Trumpeter Voroshilovets Tractor
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

These sets of masks are for the use in painting the model without painting the clear glass windows and lamps. The masks are made of a vinyl type of material and are different from the yellow "Tamiya" type of tape. Because they are of this vinyl type of material, they are much stiffer, but do allow you to place them fairly easily. However, it became a task to remove them without popping the glass out. There is a two part mask for the windshield that allows for a depiction of a dirty windshield that has been wiped clean by the windshield wipers. This worked very well and does make the weathering process easier.

Photo Etch for Trumpeter Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 1st, 2011     
Photo Etch for Trumpeter Voroshilovets Tractor
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Page 1 has the replacement of the front bumper after removing the plastic one. You will need a PE bending tool as the replacement part is several inches long. This step also replaces the rear fender support with a PE U channel. A bending tool would be helpful here. There are replacement foot petals, but I did not use them. They are deep in the cabin and are hard to see unless you leave the doors open. There are two front grill add-ons that look very good. The final item on this page is the addition of PE chains to the towing bolts. I did not place them on until very late in the build, as these have a tendency to pop off during handling.

Spitfire Mk II LR Conversion Kit

Published: September 28th, 2011     
Spitfire Mk II LR Conversion Kit
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: 3D-Kits

To increase the Spitfire's range about 100 Mk IIs were adapted in 1941 to carry a non detachable fuel tank under the port wing. These served with 66, 152 and 188 Squadrons. The tank gave a useful increase in range and allowed Spitfires to escort bombers on daylight raids to the continent, but speed and maneuverability suffered.

Railings 45-deg. 3-Chain Bars, Short

Published: September 17th, 2011     
Railings 45-deg. 3-Chain Bars, Short
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/350
Company: Eduard

Thanks as usual to Eduard for providing us the latest upgrades for our AMS builds. Eduard's photoetch is world-class; so here's a simple upgrade opportunity for the ship builders... the elusive railings for stairways!

During my recent IPMS build of the new Academy "HMS Warspite", I used a section of this railing for one of the stair sections to the upper fighting top area. Simple as can be; measure, cut, superglue in place. Worth every penny... Railing is always difficult to find, and I appreciate Eduard developing this set. 10 of 10!