Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

German WWI Airspeed Indicator

Published: April 29th, 2013     
German WWI Airspeed Indicator
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: GasPatch Models

The cascade of kits, aftermarket details sets, and decals for WWI aircraft has given model builders reason to play in an appealing arena that only a few had the nerve to venture into in the past.  Because most of these products have been conceived and produced in the last four or five years, current technologies have blessed builders with ever-improving quality.  And, since the level of detail molded into today’s kit components – especially in 1/32 scale – is literally breathtaking, any aftermarket detail that is introduced into the fray must equal or surpass what will be found inside the kit box.

GasPatch apparently has all this figured out.  This new company’s growing line of aftermarket detail parts is about as high on the quality scale as anybody else has been able to climb.  The multiple styles of 1/48 and 1/32 scale cast metal turnbuckles recently reviewed on this site are testimony to that.  As the review accurately states: “these items represent a significant and notable advance in the quality of aftermarket parts for WWI aircraft”.

Masks for the Hobby Boss F-5E

Published: April 28th, 2013     
Masks for the Hobby Boss F-5E
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard has been producing model-specific masks for a while now, but this is only the second set I’ve used. This one is a die-cut set specifically designed for the HobbyBoss F-5E kit and contains masks for the canopy, windscreen, main wheels, and nose wheel. In the package is a single page of instructions and a small square (about 1.5 inches) of masks on Kabuki type tape. You have to look closely at the yellow square since the laser cut lines are delicately inscribed.

Masks for Tamiya's A6M2b Zero

Published: April 28th, 2013     
Masks for Tamiya's A6M2b Zero
Reviewed by: Frank Cook, IPMS# 46413
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard Mask CX337, A6M2b, is intended for Tamiya’s recent Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero Fighter (Zeke) (Tamiya item no. 60780) in 1/72 scale. The package consists of one sheet of diecut masks for one model and a set of instructions. The masks are for the aircraft’s canopy and main wheels. The kit comes with a closed canopy (1 part) and open canopy (3 parts).

The masks may require careful cutting at some corner points to ensure they separate cleanly from the paper backing. Use a sharp hobby knife, preferably with a new blade. With the exception of the masks used in the center section of the canopy (the portion that slides open), all of the masks fit well within their panes.

The masks for the center portion were too large, requiring some careful cutting down to size. If your manual dexterity isn’t all that great, this is a nerve-wracking task—and it defeats the purpose of masks in the first place!

Panzerfaust 60 Set

Published: April 25th, 2013     
Panzerfaust 60 Set
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

The Panzerfaust ("armor fist" or "tank fist") was a cheap, single shot, recoilless German anti-tank weapon of World War II.  It consisted of a small, disposable preloaded launch tube firing a high explosive anti-tank warhead, and was operated by a single soldier.  The Panzerfaust was in service from 1942 until the end of the war.



Plus Model from Czechoslovakia continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products; this time with a package of EasyLine Panzerfaust 60 weapons in 1/35th scale.

The package contains five tubes molded in light grey resin, and a small decal sheet with red markings that say Achtung! Feuerstrahl! ("Attention! Fire Jet!") for each.  The parts are protected in easily removable resin jackets to prevent damage in shipping.  Once clipped, sanded, painted, and weathered, they look right at home in any WWII diorama or on a German AFV.

F-4B Replacement Landing Gear

Published: April 24th, 2013     
F-4B Replacement Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC continues its prolific output of gear to handle the loads on our models. This is yet another drop-fit set designed for an aircraft which can put it to good use, particularly if you load it down with resin aftermarket ordnance (guilty, Your Honor) like an F-4.

Everything was a perfect fit. Main gear legs fit nicely in the resin gear wells (toldja I was guilty).  The nose gear slid into place just as easily; the actuating ram also went right into place.

And as usual, my favorite, most-best part…now I don’t have the concern of collapsing gear within a year after I finish the model.

Highly recommended and well done to SAC for yet another winner! Thanks as usual to our friend Russ at SAC for providing IPMS USA this set, and IPMS for sending it to me for review.

A-10 Replacement Landing Gear

Published: April 24th, 2013     
A-10 Replacement Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Once again, SAC continues its prolific output of gear to handle the loads on our models. This set is perfectly suited for an aircraft like the A-10, particularly with its offset nose gear leg and one-sided wheel yoke. The plastic version will fold or break over time; you may be fortunate enough not to have this happen, but why chance it?

Everything is a perfect fit.  Main gear legs and the nose gear are duplicates (with crisp detail and more durable brake hoses – as you can see, the kit parts have a lot of flash on them).  Note: This particular A-10 molding dates back to 1987; I first picked up one of these kits at the now-defunct downtown hobby shop in Montgomery, Alabama, while attending Squadron Officer School. That’s how I remember when it came out, as I walked from the base to the shop every Saturday. Yeah, dumb, I put myself at risk, but modeling won out.

Jagdpanzer Elefant Exterior Detail Set

Published: April 23rd, 2013     
Jagdpanzer Elefant Exterior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Timothy Funnell, IPMS# 48350
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Since Tamiya released their version of the Elefant, it had been on my wish list. Upon obtaining the kit, I noticed that it needed some more details.  Italeri and Dragon both make a 1/35th scale Elefant and with proper adjustments they can be make into nice models.

The Tamiya detail set from Eduard contains two frets and nice, readable instructions. The fenders are really well detailed compared to the kit parts. It is a shame to have to cover them up with zimmerit. Thinking about this, I plan on putting their fenders on a Ferdinand kit, since the Ferdies didn’t wear zimmerit. There are also a bunch of small PE tool clamps and clasps. When applied, they look so much better than the kit’s molded-on ones.

In my opinion, this is a well-detailed set on PE which will make it onto two of my kits. Just now I need to get a good etch-mate folding tool. I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS-USA for a chance to review it, and you for taking the time to read it.
 

Ta-152C Correct Cowling

Published: April 23rd, 2013     
Ta-152C Correct Cowling
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Hobby Boss Ta-152C is a really nice kit; however, they made one really big mistake.  They made the forward cowling with the incorrect oil cooler.  It should have an annular oil cooler design.  This is difficult to make in plastic, but in resin it is easy.  This set will change the whole look of your kit’s nose.

Molded in light grey resin that is perfectly formed and blemish-free on a moderate pour block, the cowling has the annular cooler molded perfectly inside the cowling.  The cowl flaps are molded closed.  This may be not to some builders’ likings.  I think it is fine just the way it is.

If you want to make your Hobby Boss Ta-152C an exceptional kit, you will need this engine cowling.  This will address the biggest issue with the Hobby Boss Ta-152C in a simple, effective, and inexpensive way – a replacement for their forward cowling.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy.
 

P-51B/C Mustang Shrouded and Unshrouded Exhausts

Published: April 23rd, 2013     
P-51B/C Mustang Shrouded and Unshrouded Exhausts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast has been producing some of the best and easiest to use aftermarket items for years.  Well, they haven’t changed their key for success.

The latest releases are designed to be added to the Accurate Miniatures P-51B/C Mustang kit.  What can you say about these little gems?  In both sets you get two banks of exhaust stacks molded in light cream-colored resin.  The exhaust ends are hollowed out perfectly.  They are beautifully cast and are easy, drop-in replacement for the kit parts.  Just remove the parts from the pour block and paint – a simple and easy way to do a tedious job.

I can never get two exhaust stacks to thin out the same, let alone 12 cylinder heads. 

Thankfully, Ultracast has taken care of that with these sets.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Ultracast for the review copies and IPMS for the review space.

Messerschmitt Bf-109E Stabilizer

Published: April 23rd, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-109E Stabilizer
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

It is no secret that I love the Eduard Bf-109E kits.  Having built three of them in various forms has provided me with some insight on these little gems.  One thing that would be nice is the ability to articulate the elevators, as is frequently seen on the real thing.  I can never get this to look correct to my eye when I do the work.

Quickboost has the answer.  Molded in a light olive drab resin, this set comes in four parts – two horizontal surfaces and two elevators that already have been modified with beveled surfaces that allow the modeler to articulate the control surfaces without issue.  The detail on the parts is exactly as good as the kit parts.

If you do articulate the controls, don’t forget to offset the stick in the cockpit as well.  Down elevators mean forward on stick.  My next Eduard 109 will have this set installed.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy.