Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Japanese Navy Ship Equipment Set E

Published: August 5th, 2015     
Japanese Navy Ship Equipment Set E
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 40089
Scale: 1/350
Company: Hasegawa

The Japanese Agano-class of light cruisers had a total of 4 ships on its class: Agano, Noshiro, Yahagi and Sakaw. These ships were lightly armored command vessels that operated for destroyer and submarine squadrons.

Hasegawa has released a detail set for its Agano Class in 1/350. This set includes

  • Type-41 twin 15 cm guns (x2)
  • Type-41 twin 15 cm guns with rangefinder (x2)
  • Type-98 twin 8cm hi-angle turret

The Agano class boxing includes the standard Type-41 and Type-98, what is added is the rangefinder and some details parts for the standard turrets to model the Yahagi and Sakawa.

The overall surface detail is excellent –as you expect from Hasegawa- and the molds are completely free of flash. The cannon holes need to be drilled, but that is to be expected of plastic parts.

This detail set is a welcome addition as it allows the base Agano kit to be converted to other ships of the same class.

Recommended to modelers of all levels.

I would like to thank Hasegawa USA and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Luftwaffe WWII Bomber Seatbelts

Published: August 4th, 2015     
Luftwaffe WWII Bomber Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a series of WWII-era seatbelts in the “Superfabric” series. This review covers the following item:

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 almost always like to coat my cockpits with Future (in preparation for a wash), however, in this review I choose to apply the seatbealts over a “flat surface” (i.e, just over enamel paint).

USN WWII Seatbelts

Published: August 4th, 2015     
USN WWII Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a series of WWII-era seatbelts in the “Superfabric” series. This review covers the following item:

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 almost always like to coat my cockpits with Future (in preparation for a wash), however in this review I choose to apply the seatbealts over a “flat surface” (i.e, just over enamel paint).

Fabric Seat Harness for Spitfire Mk 1

Published: August 3rd, 2015     
Fabric Seat Harness for Spitfire Mk 1
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.

This harness set is takes advantage of one of the new technology opportunities provided by our ever-expanding aftermarket companies… micro fabric. 

The harness appears to be laser cut on material with a white paper backing.  Detail is there; in this scale, it was hard to see sometimes, but more on that anon…

I followed the instructions on the back of the sheet, which have you cut out the harness, ball them up and then remove the backing.  I did this on the shoulder harness, and this is where I was challenged (and ultimately failed).  The material took on a permanent curl and would not lay out so I could thread buckles.  I used micro tweezers, and was extremely careful, but even then only succeeded in getting one buckle on one side of one belt… after 1 ½ hours of trying, with a couple of breaks in between.