Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AH-1Z

Published: August 15th, 2015     
AH-1Z
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Kitty Hawk AH-1Z is a welcome addition for helicopter fans. It is a highly detailed model that comes with its own photo etch parts. So can Eduard add to that?  Let’s see.

Packaged in a resealing package, the photo etch parts are brass, and this set is designed for the exterior of the model. The instructions are typical Eduard instructions. They are very easy to understand and read. Now what about the photo etch itself?

L-39ZA Weekend Edition S.A. Photoetch

Published: August 15th, 2015     
L-39ZA Weekend Edition S.A. Photoetch
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The L-39 is a Czech built jet trainer that has served with many air forces around the world as both a trainer and as a light attack aircraft and had recently become available for civil ownership as well.  Eduard recently released its 1/72 scale Albatros in a weekend edition, which was of course followed by a photo-etch set for the kit.

This set is for the most part a pre-painted self-adhesive set designed to upgrade and improve the cockpit, ejection seats and selected external areas of the jet, primarily the gun pod seen on most military versions of the aircraft. 

MiG-23MLD Canopy Mask

Published: August 15th, 2015     
MiG-23MLD Canopy Mask
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Eduard

I hate masking canopies, but nothing detracts from a good looking model like a poorly painted canopy.  The easiest way to do it right is with canopy masks specifically designed for the kit.

The latest offering from Eduard is for the Trumpeter MiG-23MLD.  This set provides masks for not only the canopy but the wheels.  The canopy masks provide both the outline for the rear portion of the canopy and whole masks for the front of the canopy sections.

All the wheels are provided with masks.  There Heads Up Display has two masks for it as well. 

This set is very complete and for the price I can save myself lots of headaches and time.  These are a great accessory for your kit.  If you haven’t tried them you really owe it to yourself to give it a go.    

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can obtain your copy by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or your local hobby shop or online retailer.

Steel Barrels

Published: August 13th, 2015     
Steel Barrels
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler, a small company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products; this time with a package of four 50 gallon steel barrels in 1/35th scale.

The package contains a single baggie containing four barrels mounted on backing blocks.  No stencils and/or decals are included.  The barrels are single-piece affairs, eliminating the need to remove that pesky seam line found on standard two-part barrels included in many armor kits.

The barrels are attached at one end to the backing block, and while the attachment is significant, the rim of the barrel keeps things pretty much in place during removal.  A lot of resin dust is produced during this process, and unless you plan to carefully sand the cut end and scribe detail into it, you are going to lose the use of that end of the barrel on your model or diorama.

Blenheim Mk I Detail Set

Published: August 12th, 2015     
Blenheim Mk I Detail Set
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Aircraft

The Bristol Blenheim was a fast day bomber designed for the RAF in the early to mid thirties. In its day, it was a fast, excellent aircraft. Unfortunately, its day was past when WWIl broke out. It was hopelessly outclassed by most modern fighters and was shot down in droves when un-escorted. It was quickly relegated to night intruder and naval strike missions and usage in less threatening environments. Despite attempts to upgrade it with new engines and other changes, it's performance remained sub-par and it was phased out as soon as was practicable.

The Set

This is one of Eduard's "Big Ed" sets that bundle all their PE sets and masks for a given kit in one package. In this case it consists of their exterior, interior, landing flaps and bomb bay PE sets as well as the mask set for the clear parts. If you bought them separately, they would cost a total of around $90, so you do save $25 buying them this way.