Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Spitfire Mk.XIVc Cockpit Set

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.XIVc Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Academy Spitfire Mk.XIVc is a really nice kit but it is let down by the cockpit. Aires rectifies that with this new set. Molded in light grey and tan resin that is blemish and bubble free the amount of detail is impressive. The casting is flawless and some of the undercuts are really deep. I don't know how they can do it. Besides the 12 pieces of resin there is a film for the instruments and a fret of photo etch. The breakdown is logical and well thought out.

The hardest part of the whole conversion will be the need to thin down the side kit sidewalls. Everything else is just as simple as removing the parts from the pour stubs and assembling them. The resin parts are precisely made and look fantastic. If you have this kit you'll want this interior.

Simple yet effective, this interior will add immensely to the Academy kit.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires for the review copy. You can obtain yours from your LHS, online retailers or directly from Aires at http://www.aires.cz/en/ . Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

F-16 Pitot tube and Angle of Attack probes

Published: October 12th, 2010     
F-16 Pitot tube and Angle of Attack probes
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

In case you have already perused my review on the Master F-14 Alpha and Angle of Attack probe, this review was an added bonus when I voiced my interest to the Reviewer Corps. Unlike the Tomcat with a broken probe, I did not have a Viper in need of repair, nor did I have one assembled to add the parts to, but of course, I did have one or two sitting in my stash (there may be more, but please do not tell my wife). For the purpose of this review, I compared the Master set with what is provided in the Monogram release of a few years ago, which is actually a Revell Germany kit (according to the sprues anyway).

F-5, T-38 Ejection Seat

Published: October 12th, 2010     
F-5, T-38 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Pavla models has added an ejection seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the F-5, T-38. Pavla Models doesn't specify a kit for this seat, but it will have to be a kit that has a cockpit in it. I picked the Italeri F-5A freedom fighter, kit # 1231.

This offering is a quality piece of resin; smooth, seamless and bubble free. The detail is also very nice and doesn't need any extra work to bring out the detail. All that I needed to do to make it fit the kits cockpit was to just remove the molding block and paint it. A drop of super glue and it was installed.

Mig-23 Flogger B Air Scoops

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Mig-23 Flogger B Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Like most Soviet aircraft of their era, the Mig-23 and Mig-27 have dorsal air scoops over the engine compartment to provide auxiliary cooling. These are large scoops and are quite noticeable on the real plane. The only 1/48 scale kit of these aircraft is the 1980's era Italeri (ex-ESCI) kit, and ESCI broke out from most of the kits of the era and molded the scoops open. While this is better than many kits, the opening is simplistic, it is molded in two halves so there is a seam to clean up, and the scoop is not quite right in shape. Quickboost again steps in with another simple aftermarket set to correct these deficiencies. Rendered in resin are two crisply cast and highly detailed replacement scoops. The shape and detail is superb; it even captures the splitter plate inside!

F-105D Cockpit

Published: October 12th, 2010