Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-35S Landing Gear

Published: September 23rd, 2015     
Su-35S Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

As with most of SAC’s landing gear sets, this set provides drop in replacement parts for the three main gear struts for Hasegawa’s new Su-35S kit. The set consists of a nose gear strut and two main landing gear struts. The three castings are very sharp and crisp. I used a brass wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool and slow speed to polish up the struts and remove the casting seams. I then primed the struts with Tamiya grey primer and painted them with a Tamiya light grey, with the oleo sections picked out with chrome silver. I had hoped to show them off installed on the Hasegawa kit, but the kit I ordered is apparently either on the slowest boat or is taking the long way around the world to get to me, as it is still in transit from somewhere.

The set paints up really well and will add a nice touch of detail (and weight) to your Su-35.

Recommended.  Thank you to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS-USA for the review sample.

Dornier Do17Z Exhaust

Published: September 23rd, 2015     
Dornier Do17Z Exhaust
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1:72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost is well-known for producing high quality, “drop in” resin replacement parts for many model kits from a variety of manufacturers. Many of the current Airfix kits are produced from new molds, and are exceptionally well molded and nicely detailed on their own. However, with the limitations inherent in the injection molding process, some parts can be improved with resin parts, which can be molded with a greater level of detail and accuracy.

Quickboost now offers a set of resin replacement exhausts for the Airfix Do 17Z kit. The replacements are molded as one piece, just as the kit parts, with engine mounting points and exhaust outlets. There is an obvious difference in the thickness of the exhaust openings, which allows the resin parts to increase the scale accuracy. These exhausts would work for the base kit indicated, and also the most recent combination kit release, the Airfix 1/72 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.1 & Dornier Do17z Dogfight Doubles Gift Set #A50170. Although there would be no need for them, there are no written or illustrated instructions included, as these are direct replacements for the kit parts.

Hawk T MK.1A Pitot Tube

Published: September 19th, 2015     
Hawk T MK.1A Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is well known for their fine resin details and plenty to choose from. The Hawk pitot tubes are typical of them with fine details that are difficult if not impossible to produce with injection molding. There are three Pitot tubes provided so if you do not break them, one set will allow you build three kits. The tubes come in a plastic bag with while the pour block (sprue) contains supports to protect the fine parts.

Compared to the Hobby Boss (HB) kit parts, the QB parts have a more defined shape including the various tapers and tip of the probe.. The kit part has a very “blunt” tip where the QB tip is tapered and well defined.

Quickboost is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception.  I would like to thank Aires for this review sample.

C-47 Skytrain Engines for Airfix Kit

Published: September 19th, 2015     
C-47 Skytrain Engines for Airfix Kit
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is known for producing high quality, molded resin replacement parts for many model kits from most manufacturers.  The current Airfix kits are produced from new molds, and are exceptionally well molded and nicely detailed on their own.  However, with the limitations inherent in the injection molding process, some parts can be improved with resin parts, which can be molded with a greater level of detail and accuracy.  Quickboost now offers a set of resin replacement engines for the Airfix C-47 Skytrain kit.  The kit engines are three separate plastic parts, including the front and rear cylinder banks and the gear case (the propeller shaft is also a separate part, which fits inside the gear case).  The Quickboost resin replacements are molded as one piece, with cylinder banks and gear case all together. While the cylinders are smooth on the kit part, the Quickboost replacement engines are more accurate with finely molded fins on the cylinders. There are no written or illustrated instructions included.

USN Beige Seatbelts

Published: September 18th, 2015     
USN Beige Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues to expand its line of WWII 1/48 Superfabric seatbelts. This time with a set of USN Beige WWII-era seatbelts.

The Superfabric seatbelts are made of some sort of “rubber-like” material. They have volume - i.e, they are not flat like decals - and they have a little bit of texture like if it they were made of ‘fabric’ (pun intended).

From what I read in the Eduard website you can either apply the seatbelts “dry” directly on the painted seatbelt or “wet” if the seatbelt has been coated in Future.

I choose to apply the seatbealts over a “flat surface” (i.e, just over enamel paint).

I still "wetted" the seatbelt to release from the carrier paper. In order to do so I wet the backing paper (from behind) with just a few drops water and I waited a few seconds until the piece was loose on the backing. Then I used the back of an 11-blade to lift one end of the piece and with tweezers I picked them up, very lightly applied white glue - do not use superglue - in the back of the seatbelts and I applied the piece in place, in the seat.