Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Fw 190 A6 Armament Set & Pitot Tube

Published: September 26th, 2014     
Fw 190 A6 Armament Set & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

The Fw 190 A-6 was a transition aircraft that had many of the features of the earlier versions of the Focke-Wulf fighter as well as some new items that became the norm on the later versions. As such, it required a unique set of turned-metal barrels. Why do I need turned metal barrels and pitot tube? I’ll tell you why: no seams or mold marks to clean up, your parts are perfectly round, and the brass is strong enough to resist bending and breaking.

The first thing you will see inside the ziplock bag packaging is the nine individual items, packed separately. The instructions are typical Master Model quality, easy to understand, and show the length of all the items. The beautiful pitot tube is long and has the appropriate thickness. This is an essential element for me, as the pitot tube extends from the mid-wing. If you are like me, you will invariably hit it, and if was made of plastic, I’d bend or break it. The beautiful brass replacement gives you a perfectly round tube which is thin and strong.

Fw 190 A7-A9 Armament Set & Pitot Tube

Published: September 26th, 2014     
Fw 190 A7-A9 Armament Set & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

The later versions of the Focke-Wulf 190 A series, the A-7 and A-8, were some of the most heavily armed aircraft to fly in the Luftwaffe. To that end, Master provides you with some impressive looking armament in their 1/32 scale Fw 190 A7-A9 Armament Set & Pitot Tube package.

Packaged inside a ziplock bag, the set features instructions and a separate bag with each style of armament packed separately. The benefit of turned-metal barrels is that they are perfectly round with no sprue attachment or mold seam line to remove, and they have hollow ends. The barrels are also very robust, easily avoiding bends during handling, and I need all the help I can get with that problem.

The pitot tube is mounted in different positions on the A-7 and the A-8, and Master points this out in the instructions.

The inner guns have a protective blast tube and shield in the wheel well, which Master provides, through which you insert the tube for the MG-151. The outer MG-151s are the same quality, and Master helpfully points out the length of all the barrels for easy identification.

Bf 109G Cockpit

Published: September 26th, 2014     
Bf 109G Cockpit
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Without a doubt, the Eduard 109G-6 has to be one of the most controversial kits in the past year or two. Personally, I’ve had a good look at completed examples as well as a good look at the plastic in the box, and I’m pretty happy with the kit.

For this review, I’ll be looking at the Eduard Brassin Bf 109G cockpit made for the Eduard kit. I did not try to fit this set into another manufactures kit, so if you wish to attempt using it with another kit, I wish you all the best. I should note that parts are included for both early and late model B-6s. Obviously, you will want to choose your version before assembling this cockpit and the kit, for that matter. For this review, I chose to build the early version of the cockpit.

Out of the box, you receive very finely cast, bubble-free resin cockpit parts. Also included is a small decal sheet, one clear sheet of gun-sight glass, and two photo-etch (PE) frets: one brass and one pre-painted. The parts are packaged in a very sturdy foam-padded box/tub along with the instructions.

MiG-3 Late Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: September 25th, 2014     
MiG-3 Late Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost now offers model builders a set of gun barrels and pitot tube to replace those in Trumpeter’s 1:48 scale MiG-3 (Late) kit.  The MiG-3 was armed with three machine guns: one 12.7 mm UBS heavy machine gun and two 7.62 mm mm ShKAS machine guns.

The Quickboost gun barrels are impressive.  They have hollow openings, the detail is very crisp and there are no injection molding seam lines for the modeler to eliminate.  The pitot tube also is impressive.  It is thinner than the kit part and correctly detailed for the under wing installation of the late type MiG-3.

The parts are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Because of the delicate nature of all of the parts, the casting block has raised bars on each end to protect the parts from damage in the package. The parts can easily be separated from the casting block with a sharp #11 x-acto blade.   The scrap area on the casting block that should be removed is indicated on the illustration printed on the package card in a gray tone. 

A3D-2 Skywarrior Big Ed Photo Etch and Mask Set - Part 1

Published: September 25th, 2014     
A3D-2 Skywarrior Big Ed Photo Etch and Mask Set - Part 1
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

My thanks, up front, to Eduard for sending this set for review. It’s a significant investment, and I’ll try to do it justice.

Eduard’s Big Ed set for the Trumpeter 1/48 scale A3D-2 Skywarrior arrives in a really heavy envelope containing seven individual sets:

  • EX410 A3D-2 1/48 Canopy Masks (Pre-Cut Kabuki Tape)
  • 48764  A3D-2 Bomb Bay 1/48  
  • 48791  A3D-2 Undercarriage 1/48  
  • 49665  A3D-2 Interior S.A. 1/48  
  • 49677  A3D-2 Seatbelts 1/48  
  • 48793  A3D-2 Exterior 1/48  
  • 49009  Remove Before Flight Flags 1/48

Our fearless leader, Dave Morrissette, recently reviewed the individual Eduard A3D-2 cockpit and seatbealt sets that are also provided in this Bid Ed package. I’ll be reviewing these same details in this first installment on the Big Ed set, but there is no disagreement here; I echo Dave’s observations.

YF-23 Landing Gear

Published: September 21st, 2014     
YF-23 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement gear for the Hobby Boss 1/48 Northrop YF-23.  The supplied items include two main gear legs, two main gear retraction struts, one nose gear leg and one nose gear retraction strut.

This replacement set will provide stronger landing gear that won’t sag over time, and is somewhat adjustable if necessary to obtain proper alignment. Even with zero previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no problem installing.  Scale Aircraft Conversions does not use lead in their white metal mix, so the builder does not have to be concerned with that perceived hazard.

There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new white metal items.

A6M Zero (2008 Tooling) Landing Gear

Published: September 21st, 2014     
A6M Zero (2008 Tooling) Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement gear for the Tamiya 1/48 scale A6M Zero kits that were tooled in 2008.  The supplied items include two main gear struts, and one tail gear strut with integrally molded wheel. (Photos 1004, 1005, 1009)

This replacement set will provide stronger landing gear that won’t sag over time, and is somewhat adjustable if necessary to obtain proper alignment. Indeed, make sure that you adjust the gear parts to align with the Tamiya parts before using as they can be slightly bent in their packaging.  Even with zero previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no problem installing.  Scale Aircraft Conversions does not use lead in their white metal mix, so the builder does not have to be concerned with that perceived hazard.

There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new white metal items. 

Fw-190 A8/F8 Cockpit Set

Published: September 21st, 2014     
Fw-190 A8/F8 Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Photoetch is not really my thing but I have seen some stunning details created by it so guess it is time I broke down and joined the 21st Century.

This set is designed specifically for the new Airfix kit which has pretty good detail to begin with so what is on the fret.

Spitfire LF Mk.IX C Cockpit Kit

Published: September 21st, 2014     
Spitfire LF Mk.IX C Cockpit Kit
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

When Airfix released its new kit of the Spitfire Mk I the amount of detail in the cockpit was fantastic.  When they brought out a new Mk IX everybody wondered, what happened to the interior?

This new set by Brengun will finally give you what you need to update the Airfix kit.

Mesh 4x4 Square Steel

Published: September 20th, 2014     
Mesh 4x4 Square Steel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Company: Eduard

Got a Bf-109 that you want to add some detail to the radiator faces?  How about some side skirts for your German vehicles in 1/48th?  Maybe some cooling screens for your AFV.  Well here is your solution. 

Eduard provides you a 5 ½ x 2 ¾ sheet of steel mesh with a square pattern.  Just measure your pattern and cut and shape this steel mesh.  The possibilities of this scratch building item is limited to your imagination. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can obtain your copy by contacting them directly at http://www.eduard.com/  Let them know you heard about it here.  They are also available from your local hobby shop or online ret