Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Ship Accessory Sets - Boat & Davit Set for Destroyers and Small Ships

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Ship Accessory Sets - Boat & Davit Set for Destroyers and Small Ships
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Fine Molds

Rumors have been circulating over the past several months that Fine Molds would enter the 1/350 ship model market with a new offering of a Fubuki class destroyer. These appear to be confirmed by the fact that several on-line retailers now offer pre-orders on the Fubuki class DD Ayanami. If potential buyers are curious as to what the quality of this new vessel will be like, they need only take a look at either of these new accessory sets now offered by Fine Molds.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Wheel Bays

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Anyone who knows me will tell you my favorite airplane is the Curtiss P-40 and I have a closet full of kits to prove it. One of them is a 1/72 scale Academy kit that I had allotted to the maybe-someday-stack because of conspicuous problems with the way Academy molded the P-40's fuselage quarter windows. Well, now Aires has (or 'have', if you are reading this review in Canada or the UK) added a set of accurate P-40 well bays to their line of resin detail parts, and they've brought to my attention another problem area that needs addressing. The kit's wheel bays are just as inaccurate as the shape of the quarter windows. Fortunately, Aires has done a nice job of solving that problem for me and has led me to move the kit to a higher position in the stack.

P-40B Warhawk Exhausts

Published: October 19th, 2010     
P-40B Warhawk Exhausts
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has found another item which will enhance a small, but noticeable, part on Trumpeter's P-40 Warhawk. This particular part is the engine exhaust which is on both front sides of the fuselage.

The Trumpeter part comes in two pieces and needs to be glued. When gluing the parts together, you will notice that the outer edge of each exhaust pipe doesn't quite fit together and therefore needs to be compressed carefully so as not crush them. After that, it has to be cleaned up as careful as possible so as not to make one shorter than the other.

F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The F-8 Crusader has always been one of my favorite aircraft. I personally tend to model in 1/48 scale, however when the opportunity came up to review Aires 1/32 detail set for the Trumpeter F-8E/H, I could not resist. The set showed up, and I found an F-8 kit with a few other goodies shortly after, so I was all set.

Aires has always been a leader in the realm of aftermarket resin sets. I am used to their 1/48 line and the level of detail found on those, but was blown away with their treatment in 1/32. First, the set is large, and comes in a sturdy cardboard box with lid and clear picture of the contents. Opening the box you are greeted with several bags of large resin parts, a small photo-etch fret, and instructions.

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HISPANO Spitfire Mk.V 20mm Cannons

Published: October 17th, 2010     
HISPANO Spitfire Mk.V 20mm Cannons
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I'll 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 1/72nd scale Spitfire Mk.V's in my "to-build" pile.

The Spitfire was among the earliest production fighter aircraft to adopt a 20mm cannon as armament; with the "B" arrangement for the cannon being introduced in the Mk.I and Mk.II models that fought the Battle of Britain. While the success of the armament was spotty at that time, it became the standard on the Mk.Vb [the same guns also found their way into the initial production Sea Fury]. The earliest Mk.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 not only compatible with the Spitfire Vb, as advertised.

The brass parts are sturdy and very well machined. In fact, the fine detail on the parts was too sharp for my digital camera to readily pick up on, so my apologies for the inadequate visual evidence. The cannon barrel even has a depression at the muzzle hole so it can be blacked in for the illusion of hollowness.