Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

“So many Spitfires…so little time…” or at least that’s the way seems to die-hard modeling fans of Supermarine’s legendary fighter.  Of all of the kits offered in 1/48th scale, Tamiya’s varied offerings of the Mk V are among the most popular with competitive and serious modelers.  Excellent accuracy, detail, and general engineering of the kit put it in an elite class of quarter-scale Spitfires.

If Tamiya’s outstanding kit weren’t enough, those folks from Aires just had to take things a step further with their recent release of a cockpit set for Tamiya’s Mk V’s.  Boy, do they deliver!  Eight crisply-cast chunks of resin, a fret of top-notch photoetch, and a small sheet of acetate with instrument faces and gunsight glass to raise a high bar even higher.

WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I

Published: August 31st, 2009     
WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Bottom Line

None better – has very fine sagged and straight railings in 2- and 3-bar styles.

Photoetch Set Review

Lion Roar has a large line of 1/700 photoetch accessories for United States, Japanese, German and Royal Navy WW2 navies. This set is devoted exclusively to US Navy railings, both 2- and 3-bar varieties.

The fret contains seven types of railings: 1) 7 rows of sagged 3-bar railing (about 38.5 inches) for main decks; 2) 4 short rows of curved, sagged 3-bar railing (about 14 inches) for bow sections of ships; 3) 4 rows of sagged 2-bar railing (about 22 inches) for superstructures; 4) 3 rows of straight 2-bar railings (about 16.5 inches) for short lengths of superstructure railings; 5) 3 rows of straight 3-bar railing (about 16.5 inches) for superstructures and decks; 6) 8 short lengths of sagged 3-bar deck railing with gangway entry (about 0.5 inches each); and 7) 4 short lengths of straight 3-bar deck railing with gangway entry (about 0.5 inches each).

Fixed Open Hood Hinges

Published: April 14th, 2009     
Fixed Open Hood Hinges
Reviewed by: Joseph Staudt, IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: J3 Models

Those of us that like to display our automotive models with the hood open generally face two problems. The first is, of course, having an accurate-looking hinge mechanism, and the second is keeping the hood open. It’s just about impossible to build accurate-looking hood hinges that are also strong enough to do the job they are supposed to do: they’re fairly complicated mechanisms with springs and multiple pivot points that just can’t be accurately reproduced in plastic. Well, J3 Models has a solution to this problem in their fixed open hood hinges.

Each hinge consists of a piece of photo-etched (I assume) metal representing the hinge itself, and a spring which attaches to the hinge to produce a fairly good replica of a hood hinge in the open position. There is a large horizontal surface available to attach the hood to, and another large surface that can be glued into the engine compartment to hold the hood in the open position.

Sparco Blue Racing Harness

Published: April 14th, 2009     
Sparco Blue Racing Harness
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/24
Company: Eduard

Having recently gotten back into car modeling, more specifically Group "C" type cars, I jumped at the chance to review this pre-painted (blue) 5-point Sparco harness set. As with most high speed racing endeavors, the rules require some very stout driver to seat retention systems (seat belts), but these are poorly represented by either molded-in details or by decals. Eduard has come to the rescue with these excellent looking seat belt/harness sets. 

I had to do a little research and stash cross-referencing to see what Group "C" car model that I had that would use the blue harnesses. After a short search, I found that the 1988 Le Mans winning Jaguar XJR-9LM (the Tamiya kit) used this color harness. The belts have a very nice texture to them and the colors are quite brilliant. As can also be seen in the photos, the lettering is very sharp and clearly printed. 

Porsche 962 Multimedia BBS Wheel Set

Published: January 1st, 2009