Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Focke-Wulf Ta-154 Exhaust

Published: July 10th, 2011     
Focke-Wulf Ta-154 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Dragon/Revell Ta-154 Moskito is a twin engine aircraft that just begs for detail. One of the easiest things that can be done is to upgrade the exhausts. Now I don't know about you but I suck at hollowing out exhaust stacks. I can't even imagine doing it on 24 of them as least not what I would claim as my work.

Molded in light grey resin these exhausts are perfectly formed with hollowed out ends and realistic weld lines. They are drop in replacements for the kit items which are molded solid, not very realistic. The Quickboost exhausts are perfect and easily removed from the pour blocks. Simply remove, paint and weather and install.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy at www.quickboost.net or through your local hobby shop or online retailer. Let them know we sent you.

Focke-Wulf Ta-154 Undercarriage Covers

Published: July 10th, 2011     
Focke-Wulf Ta-154 Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Ta-154 Moskito kits from Dragon and Revell are really nice kits of this airplane. The kit undercarriage is just solid pieces of plastic. Quickboost has improved on the kit parts by thinning out the undercarriage doors and adding detail to them.

Perfectly molded in light grey resin the set includes the seven doors that are direct replacements for the kit item. Using them couldn't be any easier. Removal from the pour blocks will only take a swipe with a razor saw or new #11 Xacto and then paint. Simple and yet effective.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy at www.quickboost.net or through your local hobby shop or online retailer. Let them know we sent you.

Arado Ar196A Express Mask

Published: July 8th, 2011     
Arado Ar196A Express Mask
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released another set of die-cut flexible masks and this one is for the 1/32 Revell AR196A kit (No. 04688). This set includes all of the required masks for every piece of "glass". The material used is not unlike the material that Tamiya uses for their masking tape. It has the same holding qualities and peels off easily without leaving any residue. I coat all of my "glass" with a layer of Future which also helps to stop the glue from sticking. If you don't use anything on your "glass", a light stick to the backside of your hand should take care of the residue, if any.

Anyway, the fit is right on and it has a slight stretching quality to it if you feel the need to do so. I was one of those guys who would spend lots of time masking with tape and even though it came out good, trying these masks just once convinced me that all the effort and time was wasted and all that time spent could have been put to better use. After the first try I was hooked. I don't have to worry about the knife slipping and leaving a slice mark on the part or having to re-do it because I cut too short. The example shows the mask with no cutting to make it fit. It went on perfectly.

Realistic Sagged Tyres

Published: July 8th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Pro Art Models

With Trumpeter's release of their M-1078 Light Medium Tactical vehicle (LMTV), it was only a matter of time before the after-market companies stepped up. There are at least one full PE set, two different resin interiors/exterior sets and four different tire sets. This is understandable as many modelers (for one reason or another) do not appreciate or like the rubber/vinyl tire option. The Trumpeter tires look fine to me. However, if you have to have resin, this is a way to go!  The only difference between these two sets is the number of tires included. One set (35030) contains five tires, two front, two rear and a spare and the other set (35037) contains two front, four rear and a spare. Set 35037 is being sold for the Trumpeter M-1083 that was announced but has not yet been released. For the difference in cost, I would suggest getting the seven wheel set. That way, regardless of which one you build, you will have all the tires you need or some extras.

3 New Products From Master

Published: July 6th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: See text
Company: Master Model

The latest additions to a lengthening line of superb quality aftermarket aircraft accessories are depicted here, and as in the past, these items are flawless. There items all appear to be turned metal products and are exact replacements for kit items. The breakdown is as follows:

  • AM 48-030 NATO Standard refueling probe for most any 48th scale aircraft equipped with a refueling system. Priced at $ 5.00.
  • AM 32-030 Same as above, but for 1/32nd scale. Price at $ 5.00.
  • AM 32-032 Metal replacements for both Pitot tube and DA Probes (F-16) in 1/32nd. These will fit ANY F-16 manufactured to date. Priced at $ 8.00.

 Take the opportunity to visit their website as shown above for these and other fine products. Many thanks to Piotr Czerkasow of Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review samples.

Most highly recommended