Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mosquito Exhaust

Published: April 3rd, 2011     
Mosquito Exhaust
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 Tamiya Mosquito. 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 minutes with my saw blade to remove them. Another plus is that the exhausts are bored out, which would be a real pain if you tried to do it on the kit part.

The exhausts that come in the Tamiya kit look alright and would make an acceptable model but the Quickboost replacements are superior because of how they are bored out which makes for more realism, especially in a photo. These exhausts are very easy to install, and they just fit right in.

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 exhausts pretty much just drop into place. Thanks to Aires Hobby Models/Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

MiG-29A Fulcrum Air Intake Covers

Published: April 2nd, 2011     
MiG-29A Fulcrum Air Intake Covers
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Description:

1 pair of intake FOD covers designed for the Academy MiG-29A. And will also work on the Academy MiG-29UB (dual controlled two place trainer).

Inspection:                       

Packaging is the typical orange-labeled Quickboost clear envelope along with a piece of card stock and a simple instruction note sheet.

USN 5"/38 Barrels without Blast bags

Published: April 1st, 2011     
USN 5"/38 Barrels without Blast bags
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

For any modeler, but especially ship modelers, it is hard to achieve a realistic effect when gun barrels are out of round, warped or fail to have the right taper and shape; which is often the case with styrene injected or resin barrels. With smaller caliber guns and in smaller scales the barrels are often too fragile to handle. For these reasons turned metal barrels are an attractive alternative. Master Models continues to release well-priced brass barrels for the discriminating ship modeler.

While it is not my preferred scale, I have built ship models in 1/700. One of the greatest frustrations is the thickness of the barrels for the small caliber guns. They are just too hard to mold in that scale and so the ship's guns look clunky and odd. Master Model once again has stepped in with their very prototypical and properly scaled 1/700 5in/38 barrels for US warships from the late 1930s until the early 1990s, when the last mounts went out of service. These are petite (and sharp) turnings that easily replace the kit barrel - just remove the old barrel and drill a new whole for the brass. You will likely need to do more clean-up since the old barrel will be so large.

Scharnhorst Gun Tubes With and Without Blast Bags

Published: April 1st, 2011     
Scharnhorst Gun Tubes With and Without Blast Bags
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

For any modeler, but especially ship modelers, it is hard to achieve a realistic effect when gun barrels are out of round, warped or fail to have the right taper and shape; which is often the case with styrene injected or resin barrels. With smaller caliber guns and in smaller scales the barrels are often too fragile to handle. For these reasons turned metal barrels are an attractive alternative. Master Models continues to release well-priced brass barrels for the discriminating ship modeler.

Without a doubt, Dragon's Smartkit of the Scharnhorst is a real gem with a superb level of detail thanks to its CAD designer. The gun mounts are very detailed and the molded barrels, with the slide mold technology, are quite nice in this scale, including bored muzzles. Dragon has packed the kit with a significant amount of aftermarket detail including injection molded blast bags; a nice touch given how difficult they are to make from scratch.

Borodino-Russian WWI [sic] Battleship Gun Tubes

Published: April 1st, 2011     
Borodino-Russian WWI [sic] Battleship Gun Tubes
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

For any modeler, but especially ship modelers, it is hard to achieve a realistic effect when gun barrels are out of round, warped or fail to have the right taper and shape; which is often the case with styrene injected or resin barrels. With smaller caliber guns and in smaller scales the barrels are often too fragile to handle. For these reasons turned metal barrels are an attractive alternative. Master Models continues to release well-priced brass barrels for the discriminating ship modeler.