Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-7E Corsair II Cockpit Set

Published: June 26th, 2011     
A-7E Corsair II Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Product:

The Aires set arrived in the standard blister pack we all have come to recognize. The multimedia mix includes cast resin pieces in varying shades of gray finely cast and flawless they are beautifully done, my sample came with a couple broken pieces from the delicate control stick and was easily repaired. The photo etch instrument panel fret also includes seatbelts and other fiddly bits all renderings are very nice. Topping off the mix is the infamous Aires acetate sheet with the printed dial faces.

Bottom line:

The instructions are well thought out pointing out where modifications are required. This mainly consists of removing raised detail and thinning the plastic. This may seems old school to a lot of us modelers but remember fundamentals are what make a great model. All in all this is a great improvement over the Hobby Boss parts and is well worth the time and effort needed for a proper fit.

Ferrari F60 Detail-up Set

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
Ferrari F60 Detail-up Set
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hobby Design

This detail set if for Tamiya's new F1 F60 car kit. It incorporates three frets of etched metal parts. The fret for the wing and aerodynamic body parts is relatively heavy, which should make these parts more resistant to breakage and warping as well as being more in scale. The other detail parts on the two remaining frets are of lighter material, not brass, but seem to be a light steel or perhaps aluminum alloy. As a nice touch, a Bridgestone tire painting template is included which would be useful for many other kits that do not include pre-painted Bridgestone tires.

The instruction sheet is one fold out, black and white set of diagrams. There are a few "instructions" next to certain parts, e.g., "cut off"; "smoothen" (sic); etc. The drawings are all well done and clear. There are many very small detail parts to be manipulated, such as the seat harness buckle/lock attachments. While I would not attempt this, if done correctly, it would add significant "whomp!" to the model.

If you love Formula One kits, and have, or plan to get, Tamiya's new F60 kit, you might want to include this detail set in your build.

P-38 propeller and Spinner (with jig)

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
P-38 propeller and Spinner (with jig)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks once again to Quickboost, and Aires Hobby Models for providing IPMS USA review items; more cool stuff for us!

This is a "well-then" item for me. I wondered why, and learned soon. Enclosed in the upgrade are propellers, spinners, and a jig to make sure the props are properly aligned. This is a cool set, and here's why: in the side-by side pictures, you will note the kit items have a split spinner, with front and back parts. The props are ok, but could use a bit of "tweaking". These are ok if you don't mind a seam through where the props attach. I've built a few of these kits, and always had a bit of filler required to finish the spinner.

AIM-26B Missiles

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
AIM-26B Missiles
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Scale: 1/48
Company: True Details

Description:

Includes 2 resin AIM-26B missiles with separate exhaust nozzles. Designed for the Revell/Monogram kits (Note: these missiles are also included in the resin detail parts of the Encore F-102A kit).

History:

The AIM-26 Falcon was a larger, more powerful version of the AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missile built by Hughes. The AIM-26A, with the nuclear warhead, entered service in 1961 with the Air Defense Command F-102 Delta Dagger interceptors. It used a radar proximity fuse and a radar guidance system. To date, it is the only guided U.S. air-to-air weapon ever to carry a nuclear warhead. Considering the issues with using nuclear weapons over the US homeland and friendly territories, the missile was eventually converted to a conventional high explosive warhead and designated the AIM-26B. These were carried by the F-102s, F-106s, and the J35 Draken (designated as RB27).

Inspection:

SU-24M Fencer D Air Scoop

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
SU-24M Fencer D Air Scoop
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks once again to Quickboost for providing IPMS USA review items; they have become quite prolific in output!              

As usual, Quickboost provides a fast one-for-one replacement for the kit item, in this case the dorsal intake on the SU-24. A very visible item, the kit intake is a two-part box, and is "OK" out of the box; it uses the fuselage as its lower floor... Quick boost steps up and improves, providing an intake that has a more refined, rounded intake, and an exhaust section with the lower "floor" incorporated, which when carefully removed from the pour stub fits right in place of the kit items; it even has the locating tabs to make it easy.