Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Parabellum LMG.14

Published: December 20th, 2010     
Parabellum LMG.14
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/72
Company: Mini World

Wow, just looking at this piece has given me a re-found respect for you Braille-scale builders!  I don't see how you can do it. I have enough troubles bending and gluing photo-etched parts. I will learn to start soldering them soon. Can't even imagine trying to do it 1/72 scale. That is an issue anyone that buys this kit will need to overcome.

Mini World appears to be a relatively new company or at least a new off shoot from a company in the Ukraine. There were many companies that carried their line (all overseas) but only Hannants had this particular item listed on their website. Mini World does not have a website of its own. Their items are pretty impressive. They currently have 18 different machine guns on the market. Most are for WWI aircraft but I did also notice two different DShK kits available as well.

Metal Landing Gear for E-2C Hawkeye

Published: December 19th, 2010     
Metal Landing Gear for E-2C Hawkeye
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I have heard some ask "Why pay for landing gear that's already in a kit?"  The simple reason to use SAC gear comes down to basic physics:  Metal gear makes for a robust structure that doesn't fail under the weight of a model. Resin models are where metal gear is required (but sometimes not provided); on large plastic models, this requirement is particularly noticeable on aircraft with offset main gear such as the Hawkeye, weight distribution is outside of the gear centerline, and the wheel/tire assemblies tend to splay out over time, or outright break off.

IMI 60mm HVG

Published: December 11th, 2010     
IMI 60mm HVG
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: gtbuechler@hotmail.com

Editor's note: The following review was purchased independently and submitted for review by the author. Should you have an interest in the product you will need to purchase directly, as noted in the review.

The history of this gun goes back as far as 1980. The Israeli's had these mounted in M113 series vehicles as well as several wheeled styles. For one reason or another it never really took off. However, the Chilean army purchased several upgrade packages for their aging M-50s (supplied by Israel) and their M-24s. These guns and Fire Control packages were relatively cheap compared to other offers and had an incredible amount of hitting power for the size of the gun.

Panavia Tornado Exhausts

Published: December 6th, 2010     
Panavia Tornado Exhausts
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley, IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Revell 1/32 Panavia Tornado is a nice kit, but now approaching 20 years old, it is somewhat lacking in detail. Various resin and PE detail sets have been created for it, but until now, no-one has tackled the complex exhaust area - Aires have come to the rescue with this new set.

The exhaust detail in the kit is not bad, but the jet pipes are a bit short and the detail overall is a bit soft. The Aires set solves both these issues and then some! Each exhaust comes in three parts - the burners, the jet pipe and the can and externals. Detail is excellent, even deep down in the internals of the afterburners. The jet pipes are at least half as long again, and the external detail is excellent.

Fitting these into the existing rear fuselage framework will require the trimming of a bit of detail from the kit part, as the mechanism for opening the thrust reverser clamshell doors is poorly moulded into it, and the new resin parts have included much better detail for this area. Otherwise, these are a drop-in fit and really jazz up this important area.

Nakajima Ki 44 Exhausts

Published: December 6th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki 44 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost