Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

LIFE RAFT CONTAINER

Published: February 10th, 2011     
LIFE RAFT CONTAINER
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 4583
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Basically this Life Raft Container kit contains three grey resin pieces on one resin casting block. One piece is the cylindrical container, the next is the raft itself and finally, the last is the cover. These pieces can be painted quickly and easily. The assembly is nothing more than cutting a round hole on the side of the fuselage where the container and cover would go. The container is glued from the inside and the cover can be shown in the open position with the raft showing or any position you can think of for your own diorama setting. The included directions illustrate where the hole is cut and also provide a template as to the diameter of the hole to be cut.

I know some people don't like to cut into their kits "skin" but this is not difficult at all.

I would highly recommend this addition for any level of modeling skills that you may have and definitely great for beginners to build confidence.

Parabellum LMG14 and Spandau LMG 08/15 WWI Machine Guns

Published: February 9th, 2011     
Parabellum LMG14 and Spandau LMG 08/15 WWI Machine Guns
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

This review will be for two different sets of machined brass and photoetch fro Master Models. Aside from appearance differences between the guns they were meant to mimic, assembly would be pretty much the same.

Master Models makes some of the nicest brass machining and photoetch I have ever seen. When I combined their barrel set for the German LMG-14 Parabellum with the breech and stock of the weapon in Wingnut Wings LVG C.VI, got them painted and added a touch of gunmetal and smoke pigment you could almost smell the hotgun oil and smoke.

I used CA and a touch of white Gator Glue in this assembly, along with Tamiya red-brown and Model Master Acrylic Gunmetal, with a light dusting and rub of Mig Gunmetal and smoke. I used Model Master Brass for the bullets and Stone for the belt webbing.

In all honesty, I have to say that I never have much luck using brass enhancements. It has nothing to do with the parts, but with arthritic hands and eyesight which leaves much to be desired. Here is where I find Master Models best selling points, and also their worst, (but in a good way).

A-1 Horizontal Stabilizer

Published: February 8th, 2011     
A-1 Horizontal Stabilizer
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The casting of these elevators and stabilizers is as good as the original plastic parts in the kit. The stabilizers have a pocket trailing edge that accepts the rounded leading edge of the elevators perfectly and the fit is better than I could ever do if I had taken the kit parts and cut them apart. The resin is a cream color, but their web site shows some cast in gray, so I guess it depends upon the batch and what kind of resin they were using that day.

I looked through all of my Skyraider references, couldn't find that many pictures of A-1s with the elevators displaced, except for those taking off or landing. But, if you want your Hasegawa A-1 to have displaced elevators, you really need these. They are a direct replacement for the kit parts.

My thanks to Aires for the review samples and to IPMS/USA these review samples.

Su-7 "Brassin" Seat

Published: February 8th, 2011     
Su-7 "Brassin" Seat
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Czech manufacturer Eduard keeps expanding its Brassin line of aftermarket details this time with the release of the ejection seat for the KP Su-7 in 1/48th scale. A while back Eduard re-boxed the KP kit adding some aftermarket goodies, including this seat.

The seat is now available as a stand-alone upgrade for those that already have the KP kit in their collection. In my opinion, the seat is the weakest point of the whole (original) plastic cockpit and Eduard is offering us the solution.

Eduard provides you with 2 exquisitely molded resin pieces and a pre-colored photo-etch fret for seatbelts and other minor placards and color details.

Construction is very simple and straightforward: I've soaked and air dry the resin pieces in bleach (to remove any mold release residue, although I don't think there was any), airbrushed the seat, paint-brushed the seat cushion and head-rest. I've got a few cracks on the paint at the head-rest, but I kind of like it, as it looks like if the leather would have cracked due to hard use. Then I applied the photoetch parts and finally a raw umber oil wash was applied to bring up detail.

28 cm/54.5 (11") SKC/34 Gun Barrels

Published: February 8th, 2011     
28 cm/54.5 (11") SKC/34 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

This is the third item from Master Model that I have had the privilege of reviewing, and once again, I have had a very positive experience with some remarkable items. The subject of this review comes from the Sea Master line of parts, in particular their 1/700 scale offering of 28cm/54.5 (about 11 inches) SKC/34 gun barrels as carried by the German ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. I volunteered for this particular review as I already had a Tamiya Water Line Series Scharnhorst (kit 77518) lying in wait in my stash, ready to accept these new parts.

This particular release comes with nine very finely crafted brass barrels, which will replace the main guns on either of the ships mentioned. The directions are straightforward in having you remove the molded barrels, drilling 0.6 mm holes, and mounting the new barrels with cyanoacrylate glue. I was fortunate enough to have the specified drill bit in my set of small bits that have a 1/8 inch shank (for ease of use in a Dremel tool, or similar device). The barrels come with a nice mounting post, which helps make some final adjustments later on, just in case you get a little bit off with a drilled hole or two.