Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Sea Harrier FRS1 Interior Set

Published: June 9th, 2016     
Sea Harrier FRS1 Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a great photoetch set for the Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the interior of the kit and makes a great kit even better.

The photo etch parts are for the:

  • Cockpit side panels
  • Instrument panel and various control details
  • Seat belts
  • Canopy guides
  • Main cabin floor details
  • HUD parts.

In the Packet is:

  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 clear plastic printer sheet
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Summary

The added detail to the seat is impressive and really fills out a very plain vanilla seat. This is yet another great Photoetch set. The side panels really make the color pop as well as the multipart instrument panel.

It is a must for the Kinetic Kit as it makes it into a great model with all additional interior details for this aircraft. Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

F-16 Fighting Falcon Pitot Tube

Published: June 8th, 2016     
F-16 Fighting Falcon Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels. For ships the Sea Master series has 1/35, 1/200, 1/350, 1/400 and 1/700 scale details, mostly gun barrels.

This product is a single pitot tube for a 1/144 F-16. I was particularly happy to get this part for review, as I was building the LS kit, and their F-16 doesn’t have a pitot. I looked in my stash, and Revell’s kit has a pitot, although it’s pretty thick. Dragon’s is better, closer to size. Academy’s 1/144 F-16 also has an OK pitot, only slightly thicker than the Master pitot.

Assembly

I had some trouble drilling the hole for this pitot at first. Drilling a .3mm hole at the tip of a tiny nose cone calls for skills I don’t think I ever had. I always thought of myself as a fair mechanic, as I repaired electric typewriters back in the day, when there were typewriters.

AM-48-118 TSR.2 Pitot Tube

Published: June 7th, 2016     
AM-48-118 TSR.2 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Models once again provides IPMS USA with examples of machine-shop excellence… We are extremely thankful to Piotr for providing examples of his work to review, and I appreciate the opportunity to use and report on Master Model products via the Leaders of IPMS USA

The Airfix TSR.2 was one of the last models to come out of the Airfix stable back in the late 2000-2005 year group, before Hornby took over and totally restarted their lineup. I bought the kit as it was (1) the only 1/48 non-Vacform version of this aircraft, and (2) thought I could have a great time building it. I also invested in CMK resin to bring it up to a higher level of detail.

What a masochist I am.

Needless to say, after four years and three trips to the shelf of doom, I finally said to heck with it and finished the model. It has the SAC metal gear (and needed it because of the weight of all the resin) and is actually a survivor of many attempts to be destroyed. The one thing that did not survive was the plastic pitot tube. The kit is VERY long, and I did not use a needle to represent it, as usually is my wont…

Su-24 Fencer Landing Gear (Trum)

Published: May 26th, 2016     
Su-24 Fencer Landing Gear (Trum)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Ross at SAC just keeps cranking these things out. THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review.

This is the now-expected, much improved upgrade to the kit plastic. The real SU-24 has a complex landing gear which is, per Russian standard, designed to allow the aircraft to operate from less-than-optimal runways. Trumpeter has done a great job in emulating their design engineering, but due to the limitations of injection molding, has turned the already complex gear into a more complex assembly. The main gear consists of one core (either metal or plastic, builder’s choice), two strut halves, two gear swing arm halves with axles, and detail parts and struts. To their credit, they include metal gear in the basic kit, which, when complete, does a great job of holding up this large aircraft (It’s the size of an F-111… that’s pretty big for a figher bomber).

T-28B - D Metal Landing Gear

Published: May 24th, 2016     
T-28B - D Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Ross at SAC just keeps cranking  these thinks out… THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is the now-expected, m