Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Arado Ar-196A-3/A-4 Cockpit Set; Ar-196A-5 Cockpit Set

Published: April 20th, 2011     
Arado Ar-196A-3/A-4 Cockpit Set; Ar-196A-5 Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Editor's note: P/N 4498 = $35.50; P/N 4503 = $37.50

The Italeri (also boxed by Tamiya) Ar-196A-3/A-4 and Ar-196A-5 are beautiful kits. They have huge canopies though and the kit cockpit while nice really just screams out for more detail. Enter Aires. What they provide is nothing short of phenomenal. Comprising resin, photoetch and film pieces this set is comprehensive to say the least. While marketed as a cockpit set this set also includes parts for other parts of the model, such as the engine, gun cowling and pontoons. It really is a kit upgrade set not just a cockpit set.

Remove Before Flight- Israel

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Remove Before Flight- Israel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This fret of photo-etch is pre-printed on both sides with the Hebrew rendition of "Remove Before Flight". Included in this release are covers for ejection seats, seventeen yellow warning tags for the interior, and twenty three exterior red flags. I've used similar items before the US "Remove Before Flight" tags. These are easy to drape for a realistic look. You have to be careful to not chip the pre-painted print so you can't fold it back over on itself but by using your fingers you can give a candid look to them to the flags.

The printing is of the quality I've come to suspect from Eduards pre-painted sets, very clear and perfectly printed. Using them is easy enough. Drill a hole where you want it on the model and insert the 'string' into the hole and add a small drop of glue. Very easy and very realistic.

These little gems are perfect for your Israeli aircraft, whether it is an F-16 Sufa or an AH-1F Tzefa. These are just the final touch you need to make your Israeli aircraft stand out from the rest of them.

Thanks to Eduard Model Accessories and IPMS/USA for this review sample.

Highly recommended.

Messerschmitt Bf-109F Wheel Bay

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Messerschmitt Bf-109F Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 6266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

I love the Hasegawa Bf-109s and the newest Bf-109F-4/Trop is no exception. One of the areas of the kits that could be better is the wheel well. As provided the kit wheel wells have the G-6 kidney shaped areas which obviously isn't correct for the Friedrich. Aires provides you with the correct wheel wells by providing you with two pieces of light grey blemish free resin and a fret of photo etch.

This set requires that you remove the molded on wheel well and thin the upper wing. Then Aires replaces it with the resin one with the photoetch on top of it. The resin wheel wells have superb detail inside, including the zip in liner. The photo etch will require you to build it up in layers for the proper thickness of the stiffeners but this is easy enough to do.

Messerschmitt Bf-109F Wheels and Masks

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Messerschmitt Bf-109F Wheels and Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

I hate using rubber tires on my model kits. So whenever anyone such as Trumpeter comes out with a kit that has them I cringe at the thought of using them. Luckily for me, Aires offers a replacement set of wheels. You get two main wheels, a tail wheel and the strut.

These perfectly cast replacement parts are simply gorgeous. These are some of the best wheels for the Friedrich I've seen. They are beautifully cast in light grey resin. Of course just having wheels is not Aires style, so they include a set of masks for them. The tail wheel itself is as good as a casting as you are ever going to see. The area between the forks and tail wheel is hollow and simply perfect. The pour stubs are easy to remove.

Although designed for the Trumpeter kit you could easily use this set on a Hasegawa or 21stCentury kit. This set is simple yet detailed and will add to your kit and you won't even have to worry about the rubber eating the plastic or drying out.

Messerschmitt Bf-109F Tropical Filter

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Messerschmitt Bf-109F Tropical Filter
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The Trumpeter Bf-109F-4 is a nice kit but there are some pieces that could be better. One of those things is the Tropical Filter. This beautifully cast three piece affair is simply inserted into the supercharger scoop and your Freidrich is a Tropical version. I see no reason that this filter couldn't be used to upgrade the Hasegawa kit filter. This set could also be used on the Bf-109G-2/4/6 kit as well.

You get an open filter assembly with two mounts. The filter has some really fine screen that is perfectly cast and representative of the real thing.

Highly recommended

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

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