Reviews of scale model detail sets.

3-Chain Bars Railings

Published: May 4th, 2011     
3-Chain Bars Railings
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Eduard

Adding to its expanding line of ship detail sets, Eduard has released photoetch ship railings in the popular ship modeling scales. This unpainted stainless steel set represents drooping chain railings founds on the main decks on most all types of vessels (metal bar railings tend to be found more often on the upper superstructure deck levels). This is generic railing, not geared to any specific navy or class of ship.

By way of comparison, the PE is similar in thickness to Tamiya's, and just slightly heavier than what you get from Hasegawa, Lion Roar or Gold Medal Models. The rails are slightly taller than the others mentioned, and the "chain" portion is not represented as delicately segmented chain links (like GMM's) but as solid, drooping lines (the accompanying photo compares the same scale GMM "Saratoga" railing to the Eduard rails). You're supplied with a little over 57 inches of railings in the package, which scales by my calculations to approximately 1670 feet in 1/350 scale.

Soviet PAG-14 Airfield Plates

Published: May 2nd, 2011     
Soviet PAG-14 Airfield Plates
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: ICM

ICM has a growing line of 1/72 soviet jets and now it is providing modelers with a simple and cost effective way to enhance how to display our models: PAG-14 Airfield plates. I must confess, I don't know anything about those plates nor I was able to find any online reference so I cannot speak as to their accuracy.

You get 32 individual plates, each one with dimensions of 82 by 27 mm. The plates have some nice texture which gets highlighted with either a wash or drybrushing. The parts have medium size attachment points to the sprue (typical of ICM) and some sanding is required to clean up the parts.

There are no decals nor instruction provided with this set, but the back of the box includes some recommended paint color and a generic configuration for the plates. Of course you can set them in any configuration you want, but the recommended one will likely match the general shape of any modern jet. Using the recommended configuration the base has dimensions of 362 by 216 mm

F-5 Pitot tubes

Published: May 1st, 2011     
F-5 Pitot tubes
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks to David Lajer of Aires, and to IPMS/USA for giving me the opportunity to review this sweet little detail!  I recommend it highly.

These pitot tubes are cast in pale tannish gray resin, with three tubes protected by casting sprue on three sides. This arrangement will provide the modeler with enough nose tubes for three planes, or in my case, enough for one plane and two mistakes. The shipping package is reseal-able, so you can keep the extra tubes secured.

There is little to say about these elegant little tubes, after all they are pretty small. But I micrometered them and they are well with scale tolerances. There is a little bit of variability in the length of the real thing anyway, so this is a minor consideration. More importantly, having this small detail greatly enhances a very prominent place on the model.

MiG-21 Pylons

Published: April 29th, 2011     
MiG-21 Pylons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Zactomodels

Editor's note: There are three kitsets with simlar titles but for "Early" and "Late" design versions. All prices are list with S&H extra.

  1. MiG-21 Early Pylons Item # Z32027   $20.00
  2. MiG-21 Late Pylons Item # Z32028    $20.00     
  3. MiG-21 Late Pylons Item # Z32028a  $20.00

While Trumpeter has come out with a lot of large scale Soviet kits, there are usually some things that could stand improvement with these. Their 1/32nd scale Mig-21 is a solid kit and I have seen it built up into a nice finished kit many times. That being said, one of the deficiencies of the kit is its weapons pylons. They have minimal detail and like a lot of injection molded pylons, no detail whatsoever on the bottom.

Su-27 Missile Pylons

Published: April 28th, 2011