Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Browning M2 Aircraft .50 caliber barrels (2pcs)

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Browning M2 Aircraft .50 caliber barrels (2pcs)
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I think most of us realize that if we want more detail we will often find it in resin sets, and if we really want the best barrels we'll find them made for of us out of brass.  The Polish company, Master Model, has been producing excellent brass barrels in 1/32 and 1/48 scales for the aircraft modeler and 1/700 and 1/350 brass barrels for the ship modelers.  Recently, they have started a line in 1/72 scale and the first product is one that everyone can use - Browning M2 aircraft .50 caliber barrels.  Just think of all the Allied aircraft that mounted the M2 .50 caliber machine gun and you can see how popular this could be. 

Now I'm going to give you some dimensions just to drive home the point of how small these barrels are.  The barrels overall length (shaft included) is .5020", the barrel length is .3945" and the barrel diameter is .0280".  These are tiny jewels with the cooling holes in place and the barrel drilled out at the front to a depth of .020", painted and dry brushed these barrels will look fantastic. 

Junkers Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Junkers Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Hasegawa Stuka kits are really nice.  They could use some help when it comes to the night bomber variants.  That is where Quickboost comes in.  They offer three different variants of the night bomber exhausts.  This particular exhaust, Type C, is shaped at an angle with beautiful detail inside the front and rear parts.  Molded in bubble free light grey plastic with exquisite detail, these exhausts will add to the unique look of your Stuka. 

Simply cut the parts from the pour stub and paint.  Easy and effective.  Of course you'll have to check your references to determine which exhaust is right for your aircraft.  

Fw-190 Flaps

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Fw-190 Flaps
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

It is no surprise that I love the Eduard FW-190 kits.  I've built enough of them to know that I will build more of them.  The recent release of the D-9, D-11/13 variants has done nothing to deter this view.  One way to set your 190 from the others is to lower the flaps which is seen frequently on operational aircraft. 

F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Sometimes fate just sets you up for something great without you realizing it.  I keep an F-14 Tomcat (of VF-84) on my desk at work, and not long ago I noticed that I, or someone, had bumped the case it was in, thereby separating the Alpha probe from its place on the nose cone.  Before I could remember to take in some glue to make my repair, an offer came out to the IPMS-USA Review Corps to evaluate this very item from a new Polish manufacturer called Master (typically referred to as Master-Models on other internet sites).  I immediately requested this particular item, and was pleasantly surprised when I was given the ability to perform this review.

F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Every now and then a product comes along that represents a giant leap forward for the modeler. This is one of those products. Aires has released the Wheelliant Weighted Wheels set for Tamiya's F-14A Tomcat in 1/32 scale

The product is packaged in a clear plastic bag that allows one to view all of the parts prior to purchase. The package contains parts for all four tires, both the main gear tires and nose wheel tires. Also included are the rims, or wheels, for all four tires. A length of copper wire is also included. This wire can be bent and added to the main struts to simulate pneumatic lines.

The detail molded on the rims is outstanding. The various nut heads are all carefully molded into the parts with no flash or misalignment. The recessed areas are very deep and contain no flash. None of the "debris" that one sometimes finds in the depressions of cast resin parts is present. Once the parts have been removed from their carriers they are ready to go without additional clean up or work.