Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The F-8 Crusader has always been one of my favorite aircraft. I personally tend to model in 1/48 scale, however when the opportunity came up to review Aires 1/32 detail set for the Trumpeter F-8E/H, I could not resist. The set showed up, and I found an F-8 kit with a few other goodies shortly after, so I was all set.

Aires has always been a leader in the realm of aftermarket resin sets. I am used to their 1/48 line and the level of detail found on those, but was blown away with their treatment in 1/32. First, the set is large, and comes in a sturdy cardboard box with lid and clear picture of the contents. Opening the box you are greeted with several bags of large resin parts, a small photo-etch fret, and instructions.

The main areas covered by this set are:

HISPANO Spitfire Mk.V 20mm Cannons

Published: October 17th, 2010     
HISPANO Spitfire Mk.V 20mm Cannons
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I'll admit to being a little confused when I requested this assignment. I was expecting something else. Still, these are very welcome components as I have two 1/72nd scale Spitfire Mk.V's in my "to-build" pile.

The Spitfire was among the earliest production fighter aircraft to adopt a 20mm cannon as armament; with the "B" arrangement for the cannon being introduced in the Mk.I and Mk.II models that fought the Battle of Britain. While the success of the armament was spotty at that time, it became the standard on the Mk.Vb [the same guns also found their way into the initial production Sea Fury]. The earliest Mk.Vc Spitfires also used this pattern of gun barrels before going to the "beefier" barrels as standard (parts that Master also offers separately). So these parts are not only compatible with the Spitfire Vb, as advertised.

The brass parts are sturdy and very well machined. In fact, the fine detail on the parts was too sharp for my digital camera to readily pick up on, so my apologies for the inadequate visual evidence. The cannon barrel even has a depression at the muzzle hole so it can be blacked in for the illusion of hollowness.

HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS

Published: October 17th, 2010     
HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I happen to be reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.

AU-23A detail items

Published: October 16th, 2010     
AU-23A detail items
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

  • QB48 333 AU-23A Nose  $3.49
  • QB48 334 AU-23A Propeller with tool  $6.29
  • QB48 335 AU-23A Exhaust   $4.61

Roden's AU-23A kit was a welcome addition for those who like Counterinsurgency (COIN) aircraft, and Roden has established itself with a fine line of kits. However, being a short run kit, there are areas that can be improved with the addition of resin details. Quickboost comes to the rescue, with a series of items to help overcome some of the minor shortcomings of the Roden AU-23A kit.

Weighted Wheels and Tires

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Weighted Wheels and Tires
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

These represent a fairly new product from Aires, long time producer of quality resin aftermarket aircraft accessories and they are absolutely GORGEOUS !!!

As image shows, all tires and hubs are cast flawlessly as separate pieces which makes making painting a breeze.  The tires have raised "Goodyear" and tire info in raised letters that take a light dry brushing extremely well.  Images show the difference between kit and resin parts. There is also included a length of copper wire to be used as a brake line.  I truly believe that these will sell very well when the work spreads as to the quality found here.  See the "Wheeliant" line on Aires website at http://www.aires.cz/en/. Many thanks to Aires for the review sample.

Please note that cost is an estimate.