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Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hispano 20mm Cannons in Fairings

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Hispano 20mm Cannons in Fairings
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I admit to being a little confused when I requested this assignment; I was expecting something else. Still, these are very welcome components as I have two 1/72 scale Spitfire Mark Vs in my "to-build" pile.

The Spitfire was among the earliest production fighter aircraft to adopt 20mm cannon as armament, and the "B" arrangement for the cannon was introduced in the Mark I and Mark II models that fought the Battle of Britain. While the success of the armament was spotty at that time, it became standard on the Mark VB...and the same guns were also used on the initial production Seafire. The earliest Mark VC Spitfires also used this pattern of gun barrels before going to the "beefier" barrels as standard (parts that Master also offers separately). So these parts are compatible with more then the Spitfire VB.

Messerschmitt Me 262 Seats Without Belts

Published: September 26th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Me 262 Seats Without Belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Roll Models, Inc.

Loon Models (Roll Models brand) has added another aircraft seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the Messerschmitt Me-262. Loon Models don't specify a kit for this seat, but you will want to use one that has a normal cockpit in it. The kit I picked out for this review is an older Hasegawa kit of the Me-262A.

Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is striving mightily to make enough sets for a modeler to make a perfect Spitfire Mk.IX, if that is possible. The latest by their own definition is a 1/72 scale engine cover with radiator. What you actually have is the lower engine cover with carburetor intake. The part is perfectly cast in Quickboost fine grain resin and it only took me a few minutes using a razor saw, snips and a sanding block to remove the casting gate.

I took down my Hasegawa kit #AP42, 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX as Quickboost says the recommended kit is Hasegawa. The instructions states that this cast part "replace(s) kit part #F1 + F2." Well, I beg to differ. If you look a photo 2, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the lower engine cover/carburetor intake made from sprue E and the resin part is a match for it. In photo 3, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the sprue F (parts 1 & 2) and it's clear that the F sprue has a longer carburetor intake than the Quickboost part. If you intend to make the 1943 Spitfire model then by all means use the Quickboost part, but if you're going to make the 1945 Spitfire model then use the F sprue that has the long carburetor intake.

Resin Exhaust Set for Tamiya A6M5 kit

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Resin Exhaust Set for Tamiya A6M5 kit
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The latest release from Quick Boost is a complete set of resin exhaust tubes for the 1/32 scale A6M5 Tamiya kit. Once again the quality of the molding is flawless, no bubbles, or pin holes and the only flash is between pipes where there are more than one. I strongly suspect this is intentional for added strength while being shipped and handled. The resin is the light blonde color we have become accustomed to. And, of course, the ends of the pipes are hollow.

Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

"So many Spitfires...so little time..." or at least that's the way seems to die-hard modeling fans of Supermarine's legendary fighter.  Of all of the kits offered in 1/48th scale, Tamiya's varied offerings of the Mk V are among the most popular with competitive and serious modelers.  Excellent accuracy, detail, and general engineering of the kit put it in an elite class of quarter-scale Spitfires.

If Tamiya's outstanding kit weren't enough, those folks from Aires just had to take things a step further with their recent release of a cockpit set for Tamiya's Mk V's.  Boy, do they deliver!  Eight crisply-cast chunks of resin, a fret of top-notch photoetch, and a small sheet of acetate with instrument faces and gunsight glass to raise a high bar even higher.

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