Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-22 Raptor Exhaust Nozzles

Published: February 20th, 2011     
F-22 Raptor Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires now offers a resin a replacement exhaust set for the Revell F-22 Raptor. This set has very well detailed resin pieces molded in the standard Aires grey resin, and are flash and bubble free; as well as a small photoetch set. They also include a 3-page, blue paper diagram, which is a real help.

The resin pieces include the burner cans, turbine faces and nozzles. There is also a small photoetch for the turbine fans and which really will make the exhaust detail just pop out at you when looking at the model from the rear, especially when it is compared to the original kit parts. One thing about the F-22 is that the exhausts are a very distinctive and major feature.

The biggest improvement in this set over the kit parts is that you get one-piece exhausts, doing away with a seam. Also, the thrust augmenters are one piece, another seam you don't have to deal with.

Bf 109F-4 Canopy Mask

Published: February 19th, 2011     
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Masking to paint a kit canopy can be a pretty complex and time consuming thing. Not to mention possible (probable) paint bleed under the mask to mess-up the clear areas. Eduard has a solution for this in the form of a sheet of die-cut masks for specific aircraft. This set is for the Hasegawa 1/32 scale Bf 109F-4.

You get a small (1-7/8" x 2-5/8") rectangle of a very thin, tough material on a peel away surface. The die-cuts are almost invisible and I had to hold them at an angle to my light source to actually see the individual pieces. That is precision!

The instruction sheet shows a drawing of the masks and arrows point to their individual locations on a drawing of the kit parts. You just slip a sharp pointy thing under a corner of a mask piece, lift and peel, then apply in place. A quick burnish with a finger or such and move on to the next piece. A little care and they may be savable for another kit.The thinness of the material and the precision of the cut will ensure that you get a very fine, precision paint line.

Bf 109 E Cockpit

Published: February 14th, 2011     
Bf 109 E Cockpit
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This set consists of 11 resin and 19 photoetch parts, and one sheet of film from which 4 parts are to be cut. There are two more each of photoetch and resin than are shown on the instructions, but there was no issue with assembly. The set is intended to replace the cockpit floor, seat, sidewalls and instrument panels which come with the Academy kit. I confirmed that it will also fit the Tamiya E-3, and with some more drastic surgery, could be made to fit even the Hobbycraft kit.

The first pictures are of the packaging and the set's parts and then a shot of the kit's fuselage halves, from which you will have to remove the sidewalls. I do not picture the process here, but it can easily be seen that the Aries sidewalls are much nicer. The kit cockpit floor and seat are also very simple.

T-34T Post War Tank Retriever

Published: February 14th, 2011     
T-34T Post War Tank Retriever
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Celticwerks

I have been a dedicated TreadHead for many a year now. That love also has a few sub divisions of TreadHeadiness. Yea, like that is a word. I have always thought Recovery Vehicles were so neat. Whether they were based on an actual combat vehicle like the M-31 and M-32 or completely their own design like the M-88. They all look so neat!  The Russians were just like any other Army in the world. In the event of war or just a simple vehicular break down, combat vehicles need to be recovered and moved back to a location where they can be repaired. The first VT-34 vehicles were simple T-34s with no turret. Over time, they went from simple pulling tractors to very advanced combat recovery vehicles.

E-2C 2000 Hawkeye Cockpit Interior

Published: February 13th, 2011     
E-2C 2000 Hawkeye Cockpit Interior
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Construction

Edward has produced an E-2C Hawkeye photo-etched cockpit installation and seat detail system, pre-finished and with adhesive backing. Photo-etched parts were in perfect condition. The instructions were excellent for the most part, but I believe they forgot to show where the face air outlets (eye balls) and fire warning instrument system were located. Per my research, I placed it below the overhead eyebrow. The parts were easy to install. Make sure the instruments, control pedestal and side consoles are filed flat, removing the instruments molded in the details before adding the new panels. A word of caution: some patience is required when installing the throttle, flap, and steering controls, as they contain many tiny parts.

Comments

This kit is recommended for the experienced modeler, due to the numerous tiny parts.

Conclusion

I wish to thank IPMS and Eduard for allowing me to review this aftermarket kit.