Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

C-47 Skytrain Exhaust

Published: March 16th, 2011     
C-47 Skytrain Exhaust
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

In this set Quickboost offers a drop-in replacement set of exhaust pipes for the Trumpeter C-47. This set eliminates pesky mold seams and provides a deeper more realistic exhaust opening. The exhaust pipes in the kit and the QB replacements appear to have built-in mufflers. My guess is that Trumpeter depicted a later style exhaust. The Monogram kit, on the other hand, has a short pipe with a more turned out opening. This earlier style is more appropriate for the WWII aircraft. Working on the hunch that the QB pipes are a later style, I went through my reference and I have found pictures of Vietnam era Gooney Birds with such a pipe, including the AC-47 gunships. This also includes the C-47s the Army used for VIP transport in CONUS. So if you are modeling the later aircraft, including the Monogram AC-47 release, these mufflers would be more appropriate for your model. Highly recommended.

P-38 Lightning wheels - Spoked nose wheel with rear cover (diamond tread)

Published: March 15th, 2011     
P-38 Lightning wheels - Spoked nose wheel with rear cover (diamond tread)
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Many times one of the areas that we find lacking in kits is the wheels. Usually the tread pattern is very shallow, incorrect, or incomplete. Plus, whatever tread is present on the kit parts tends to get removed when smoothing over the seam created from having the wheels in two halves.

Ultracast has recently released a series of 1/48 wheel sets for the P-38 Lightning. This review concentrates on the "diamond tread" version. The parts are cast in flawless cream colored resin and feature beautiful detail including valve stems. Also on the main wheels, the internal brake drum is visible through the open spokes. The tread pattern is good and defined, and is more accurate than that in the Hasegawa kit. Comparing photos of wartime P-38 wheels, the Ultracast pattern looks correct while the kit tread pattern is very small. There is also a very slight flattening effect in the resin parts, which looks far more authentic than the "other" more common resin wheels available.

Mig-23 Flogger Wheel Bay

Published: March 14th, 2011     
Mig-23 Flogger Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Now this package is deceiving - it is marked as 1/48 scale. But Aires goofed in the printing of the packaging and these are really 1/32; if you have the Esci kit, you will instantly see the size difference. But no matter and on with the review...

While there is still no state of the art Mig-23 kit in 1/48, we now have the Trumpeter one in 1/32. Typical of the large Trumpeter aircraft, the basics of the wheel wells are there and are accurate, but they lack a lot of the detail that this scale cries out for. In 1/32 scale, the wheel wells are easier to detail, but the wells of the Mig-23 are complex and it will take a lot of effort to replicate the complexity of the space. Aires to the rescue!

Mig-29A Air Intake Covers, Type C

Published: March 14th, 2011     
Mig-29A Air Intake Covers, Type C
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost continues to deliver targeted resin details; designed to improve one overlooked aspect of a model, for a wide range of subjects. Here are three recent releases:

Quickboost states on their website that this set is for the Trumpeter Mig-29A. Unfortunately Trumpeter has only modeled the later model Mig-29s, the -K and -M variants. So I reviewed these covers against my Mig-29K build up and Mig-29A kit.

DB 601A/N Engine

Published: March 10th, 2011     
DB 601A/N Engine
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853