Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces some finely turned brass barrels for aircraft and ships in a variety of scales.  One of their latest offerings is a barrel set for the Spitfire 'e' wing.  There are a total of 6 parts - 2 cannon barrels, 2 fairings and 2 .50 caliber barrels.  The .50 cal barrels are designed to fit snugly in their fairings, which they do exactly.

The barrels are perfectly turned, the details are very fine and will avoid the issues associated with eliminating molding seams , such as ending up with an oval shaped cannon fairing (been there, done that).  I pulled out the kit barrels from the latest Tamiya Mk. VIII as well as the wing and barrels from the Pacific Coast Models Mk. IX for comparison's sake.  The Tamiya cannon are very finely detailed themselves down to the drilled out barrel, but clean up will still be a chore.  The PCM kit part has much softer detail and needs drilling out and careful clean up as well.  The Master-Models product is ready as is with no clean up needed.

Ship Accessory Set Type 93 13mm Machine Guns

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Ship Accessory Set Type 93 13mm Machine Guns
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/700
Company: Fine Molds

Fine Molds continues their series of finely detailed ship accessories with this weapons set of small caliber anti-aircraft guns. The 13mm gun, which was based on a Hotchkiss design and originally imported from France, was one of the two primary light automatic AA guns used on IJN warships (the other being the 25mm Type 96).

This boxing includes two each of two different sets of weapons. Fret A contains two twin 13mm guns and two pedestals for them, along with one each single mounted Vickers machine gun and one single mounted Lewis machine gun. Fret B contains one single quad 13mm unit and one mount, plus four single mount 13mm guns. In total, the box includes two quad mount 13mm, four twin 13s, eight single 13s and two each of the Vickers and Lewis guns. All of the parts are exceptionally well molded with extremely fine detail. There's practically no flash on any of these tiny parts.

German Sd.Kfz. 251 Engine

Published: October 13th, 2010     
German Sd.Kfz. 251 Engine
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35
Company: Great Wall Hobby

Kit

The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. All the parts were numbered and bagged, matching the corresponding numbers on the assembly instructions located on the back of the box. The details were in excellent condition, with no defects. Minimal or no flashing on the details and a small sheet of brass etched details.

Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E Seats without belts

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E Seats without belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Loon Models

Loon models (Roll Models brand) has added an aircraft seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E. Loon models doesn't specify a kit for this seat, but it will have to be a kit that has a cockpit in it and it can't be one that has a huge seat in it, like some of the older kits have. While I was looking through my stash for a kit that would be good for this review I compared the Loon seat with and an old Revell kit, an old Hasegawa kit, and an Academy kit. I picked the Academy kit of the Bf-109E because the seat was comparable to the size of the replacement. The older Hasegawa kit was out because the seat was molded to the floor, it would work but I didn't want to cut out the seat. The older Revell kit had an extra large seat that was reminiscent of an old BarcaLounger and had a piece of the back hull molded to it

Bf-109E Radio Equipment

Published: October 13th, 2010