Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

BAe Lightning Ejection Seat w/ Safety Belts

Published: July 23rd, 2011     
BAe Lightning Ejection Seat w/ Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Jack Wade, IPMS# 45604
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

This is a simple replacement part that is substantially more detailed than the kit part. It is molded perfectly with no flash or bubbles to be seen. The pull handle is provided as a separate part on a common casting block with the seat. The parts must be separated from the casting block with a saw and the pull handles glued in the appropriate location for which a diagram is provided.

Pictured here with the Quickboost example are the kit seat and an example from the now out of production Cutting Edge offering for comparison. Obviously the difference is with the details including additional "plumbing" and safety belts. The Quickboost example is considerably more "strappy" than the older Cutting Edge product and any preference for one or the other may well be a matter of personal taste as both seem to be accurate depending on how the belts fall when left to rest. The busy look of the Quickboost seat dresses up the cockpit nicely with little fuss for the modeler.

F-8 Crusader Flaps and F-8 Crusader Slats

Published: July 23rd, 2011     
F-8 Crusader Flaps and F-8 Crusader Slats
Reviewed by: Jack Wade, IPMS# 45604
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost
  • QB 72 269 (flaps) $4.88
  • QB 72 270 (slats) $3.70

These two sets allow the Academy F-8 kit to be displayed with the flaps and slats dropped. The Academy Crusader is a very nifty kit - one of their best. The kit offers the option of having the variable incidence wing in the raised position, but the flaps are fixed in the up position and the slats, although separate parts, are not designed to be positioned downward either. Unless you don't mind bending the accuracy rules, you can not pose the wing in the up position because the flaps and slats automatically dropped when the wing was in the raised position on the real thing. To maintain accuracy, the modeler wishing to display the wing in the raised position needs to resort to modifying the kit parts. These sets from Quickboost are designed for the task.

IJN Fuso Armament 1944

Published: July 22nd, 2011     
IJN Fuso Armament 1944
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

Master from Poland has added to their impressive line of Sea Master Series detailed ship gun barrels with this set of main and secondary guns for the Fujimi battleship Fuso. Included in this set are twelve 14" (360 mm) turned stainless steel barrels, and fourteen 6" (150mm) turned brass barrels. Both the brass and steel barrels are precisely tapered, with petite segmentations along the barrel length and at the ends. Each of the barrels has an ever so slightly flared open end.

I don't have the Fujimi Fuso, but there's no reason to believe that these parts could not be used with either the Fujimi Fuso or Kongo class battleships. Both vessels carried 14"/45 main guns (12 in Fuso and Yamashiro, and 8 in the Kongos). In a comparison with the 14" barrels from the Fujimi Kongo, one can see how easily these barrels will replace the kit parts by simple insertion onto the kit blast bags. As is evident in the accompanying photo, the 14" metal barrels are slightly shorter in length than the plastic kit parts.

German Destroyer Barrels, Z-25 (1944) and Z-39 (1945

Published: July 22nd, 2011     
German Destroyer Barrels, Z-25 (1944) and Z-39 (1945
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

These two armament sets from Master Model provide a full range of replacement brass gun barrels for the new Dragon German Destroyer kits. Set contents include:

  • Z-25: Four 150 mm (5.9"); Twelve 37mm; Eighteen 20mm
  • Z-39: Four 150mm (5.9"); Fourteen 37mm; Twelve 20mm

Each of the brass barrels is slightly tapered with very finely defined segmentations. Additionally, all of the 20mm barrels and some of the 37mm barrels in each set (four for the Z-25 and ten for Z-39) have barely discernable (but yet, in scale) flash suppressors at the open ends of the barrels. The very high level of manufacturing craftsmanship is readily visible in all the Master Model products, and these sets are certainly no exception.

My thanks to Master Model for providing IPMS with these review sets.

Harrier GR.5/7 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: July 22nd, 2011     
Harrier GR.5/7 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Jack Wade, IPMS# 45604
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This is a superb set of replacement nozzles for the very crude kit parts provided by Hasegawa. The Aires Hobby Models parts are drop fit replacements and are quite easy to use. Other than cutting them off the casting blocks (a five minute task), they require no more effort than the kit parts to use. The photos show the kit parts and their Aires replacement side by side and truly speak for themselves. The interiors have depth that is non-existent on the kit parts and the edges are really thin and sharp. The detail is super on the replacement parts. Another advantage over the kit parts is that they are one piece whereas the nozzles provided in the kit are in two halves which leaves a seam for cleaning; really not a good thing when they are to be finished with a metal color. Using this set actually saves time and adds detail which is most often two mutually exclusive concepts in this hobby.