Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F1M2 Pete Exhaust

Published: November 29th, 2010     
F1M2 Pete Exhaust
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at the Exhaust detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa F1M2 "Pete" family of kits.


This superb detail set is designed to work with the 1/48 Hasegawa Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete". The "Pete" was a WWII Japanese reconnaissance floatplane. This biplane was inititally designed for reconnaissance, but was used as a bomber and fighter as well.


The Quickboost Exhaust parts are finely molded, and are very easily removed from the casting block. I find that using a razor saw is the easiest method, and after a little sanding, these great detail parts are ready to glue in place.

Mitsubishi T-2 Photo etch

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Mitsubishi T-2 Photo etch
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

The Mitsubishi T-2 was a supersonic trainer for the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). Like the T-38 and F-5 in the US, it was used as an aggressor aircraft and demonstration team mount as well as the original trainer mission. The T-2 used the same engine as the SEPECAT Jaguar, the Rolls Royce Turbomeca Adour, built in Japan by Ishikawajima - Harima Heavy Industries.

Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set

Published: November 24th, 2010     
Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Ju 88 is one of my all-time favorite aircraft. I especially like the night fighter variants. I recently picked up the new limited edition Hasegawa Ju 88G-6 "Berlin Radar" version and received this latest Eduard zoom set at the same time. This zoom set features the now standard color photo photoetch with self-adhesive backing for some of the photoetch. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; Eduard has this down to an art. All the colors are in perfect register and have a glossy sheen.

Following the instructions I removed the recommended raised details to prepare the surfaces for the self-adhesive photoetch. I then gave the kit interior surface a coat of Tamiya German gray, I find this to be a good match for RLM 66 in 1/72. I had previously masked off the surfaces that would receive the self-adhesive photoetch. I then dry brushed and pin washed all the surfaces to pick out the details, painted a few panels black, and then painted other details in silver and red. It was now time to remove the masked areas and add the self-adhesive photoetch. They were very easy to apply but I applied tiny amounts of super glue to lock them in permanently.

Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The next set, QB 48 332,  for the Ar-196 is a simple set for the radio set up. The kit offering features soft detail in a highly visible cockpit. This is a simple upgrade. Molded in blemish free light grey resin, this upgrade is as simple as remove the part from the pour block, paint and add. This is a direct replacement for part number 21A. I did notice that the kit part looks slightly different than the Quickboost part. As I don't have my references handy, I'm leaning towards the Quickboost part as being correct.

These parts are quite nice and will make the work for the modeler so much easier. The radios are a nice addition and certainly look more like radios than what is in the kit.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Arado Ar-196 Correct Cowling

Published: November 19th, 2010