Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Messerschmitt Bf-109F Propeller

Published: May 17th, 2011     
Messerschmitt Bf-109F Propeller
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Trumpeter's lastest 109 is the Bf-109F-4, it is nice but has some issues besides depicting a G-2 more than an F-4 version. One of those things that really needs to be addressed is the propeller. Quickboost offers three perfectly formed light grey resin propellers that are perfectly formed and blemish free. Replacement of the kit part is quite easy just remove these blades and substitute the kit ones.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost, Aires Hoddy Models and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

Focke Wulf Ta-154 Night Exhaust

Published: May 17th, 2011     
Focke Wulf Ta-154 Night Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

This little gem of a set contains four resin stubs. I know you're thinking what is so special about them. The stubs are not straight pipes. They have a bulge middle and tapered end. The jewel in the crown is the flame dampeners inside the realistically thin end pieces. Designed for the Dragon Ta-154 kit I'm sure these could be fitted to the Promodeler one as well. Simply remove the pour block leaving the attachment stub and paint then add to the model.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost, Aires Hobby Models and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

Mi-24 Mask

Published: May 15th, 2011     
Mi-24 Mask
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

I was just getting to the paint job on my review of the Zvezda Mi-24V. I had already painted the sand color when the postman delivered a package which saved me hours of work and possibly saved my sanity also. The Eduard mask set is a really great time and labor saving addition to the project.

AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels

Published: May 14th, 2011     
AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost just keeps adding to their line of resin aircraft accessories. The latest addition is for the ESCI/Italeri AC-47 Gunship. It is up to their usual standards; molded in grey resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block because of a nice perforation. It only took me a couple of swipes with my saw blade to remove them.

The barrels on the ESCI kit part look alright and would make an acceptable model but the Quickboost replacements are superior because of the high level of detail. All that is needed is to cut the kit parts barrel off and glue the Quickboost piece into place.

I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior looking model. Usually replacement parts need some work to get them installed properly but these parts go into place nicely. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

 

Canopy Frame Mask for Zvezda La-5

Published: May 11th, 2011     
Canopy Frame Mask for Zvezda La-5
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The "Parts"

Eduard is known for supplying kits and hobby supplies of superior quality and excellent engineering and the EX330 Canopy Mask for the La-5 is no exception. The mask is a 2x2 inch square, with the mask components pre-cut to fit the canopy of the Zvezda La-5, kit # 4803.

Assembly

The instructions that accompany the mask are easy to use and clearly identify the location where each of the individual masks will be used. The masks are easy to remove from the backing sheet. Simply insert the tip of a blade under each mask piece, gently pull it up and off the backing sheet, and then attach it as per the mask instructions. Once the mask piece is in the correct location applying gentle pressure will ensure a good seal between the mask and the kit part. Send a little extra time burnishing the mask edges down to prevent any paint-creep under the masking material.

Painting

Eduard masking material reacts well to the various kinds of paint I've used on this product sample, as well as on previous projects. I've used Tamiya Acrylics, Gunze Acrylics, Gunze Enamel, and Model Master rattle cans, all with success.