Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Fw-189 Wheels and Paint Masks

Published: December 3rd, 2012     
Fw-189 Wheels and Paint Masks
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

A relatively new company on the modeling scene, Great Wall has released a handful of kits to date and, with reference to this review, they have two variants of the FW-189, an A1 and an A2, along with a third ski-equipped A1 version.  Aires has stepped up to the plate and has released a resin wheel set (with paint mask) for the trio of kits.  Typically, I buy a resin wheel set for a single reason and that is to obtain a set of weighted wheels for the kit I'm building.  Many of you (and you know who you are) prefer the kit’s un-weighted round wheels, and that fine, too.  In the case of the Great Wall kits, they ship with weighted wheels.  What is a modeler to do?  In this case, Aires is your answer.  Unlike the kit parts, the resin set they provide is the round, non-weighted wheels.  Problem solved.

T-28 Trojan Landing Gear

Published: December 2nd, 2012     
T-28 Trojan Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

One of Scale Aircraft Conversion’s latest releases is a nice metal landing gear set for the Monogram 1/48 T-28 series. I was currently reviewing the Roden T-28D and, miraculously, this was a nice fit on that kit, too. The set contains the three gear struts, the additional part for the front gear, and the gear door attachment linkages for the bottom gear doors. All the parts are well cast in white metal with small seams which are easily sanded off.

Fit is excellent, as you can see from the pictures. I can say that having the front landing gear in metal is good as there is a fair amount of weight in the kit to keep it on its gear and metal is much more stable.

This is another great set from SAC for a reasonable price. Recommended especially with the weight over the nose gear. My thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the change to review it.
 

F/A-18E/F ECS Exhausts, Late and Early

Published: December 2nd, 2012     
F/A-18E/F ECS Exhausts, Late and Early
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

  • QB 32130  Late exhausts  $8.50
  • QB 32131  Early exhausts  $8.50

Quickboost has a pair of great detail sets for the Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18E/F kits. The parts reviewed here are the ECS (Environmental Control System) exhausts which are located on the back of the new Hornets. There are two sets. First is a late version which is a direct replacement of the kit parts. Simply sand the kit parts smooth and sand off the casting block and attach. The Quickboost parts have more of a correct angle to them and deeper intakes and are very well cast.

The second set allows you to backdate the kit to one with the early set of ECS exhausts. In this case, a little surgery will be needed to allow the part to sit into the kit. There is a picture included to show the needed cuts. The casting is again flawless.

Jaguar GR1 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probe

Published: December 1st, 2012     
Jaguar GR1 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probe
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

THE KIT

You get two finely done brass parts in a plastic envelope, which is inside another plastic envelope.  Good plan – loose parts of this size would be a disaster, not to mention impossible to find.  I liked the instruction sheet, it was simple, to the point, and uncluttered.

ASSEMBLY

I had some problems with this project.  I had originally planned to replace the pitot on my Jaguar T.2 with this pitot.  Wrong part, I had to build a Jaguar GR1.  And then the paint job.  I had run out of RAF Operation Granby Sand paint, and didn’t have any around.  So I decided to mix my own.  Been a while since I mixed paints, and I got it entirely too reddish the first try.  Threw it out and retried.  Much closer on the second try.  I am proud and happy that the RAF decided to go single colour on their Jaguars.

M&H Racemaster Dragster Slicks

Published: December 1st, 2012     
M&H Racemaster Dragster Slicks
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

AMT has now released another package of pad printed tires, this time eight 11.75" M&H Dragmaster slicks.  The printing is sharp in a flat white color, and the lettering is not raised above the surface.  The tires are hollow vinyl and can accommodate any number of wheels from various drag model kits.  In the attached picture, I've fitted wheels from the following kits with no trouble:

  • AMT: '70.5 Camaro, '66 Nova, Pontiac Tempest AWB
  • Revell: '41 Willys gasser, '32 Deuce
  • MRC: Cragar wheels
  • Modelhaus: resin steel wheels
  • Polar Lights: Plymouth funny car

I look forward to using a pair on my next dragster! Thanks to Round 2 for the parts pack, and thanks to IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this detail set.

Italian 152mm/55 (6”) Model 1936 Gun Barrels

Published: December 1st, 2012     
Italian 152mm/55 (6”) Model 1936 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

Bottom Line: Perfect to-scale 6” (152mm) barrels for Littorio and Garibaldi WW2 Italian warship classes

The latest secondary, or anti-torpedo boat, armament for new construction (Littorio battleship and Garibaldi light cruiser classes) was the 1936 model 152mm/55 caliber gun.  This new gun was derived from the earlier 1926 and 1929 versions in use on then-current Regia Marina light cruisers.  Two different versions were made – a monobloc construction by the original designer, Ansaldo, and heat-forced tubular element construction from OTO (used only in Vittorio Veneto and Roma battleships).  Twin and triple turrets with independent cradles for each gun were made.  Rate of fire was one round every 14 seconds.  The guns were considered as satisfactory, but dispersion at long ranges was wide, attributable to the ammunition.

The Parts

F-14A Exterior Set

Published: December 1st, 2012     
F-14A Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Recently, Eduard released photoetched detail sets for the 1/72 scale Hobby Boss F-14A, and these included both an interior as well as an exterior set.  Upon opening this set, you will find a single, bare metal fret of photoetched parts along with a single sheet of directions.  The items in this set, as one would assume from the title, are made to enhance the exterior of an F-14A Tomcat, and they do this most impressively by adding detail to the landing gear, gear doors, access covers, engine inlets and outlets, missile launch rails, and the missiles themselves.

The fret contains 66 numbered items, and like the interior set, some of these items contain multiple parts.  As a word of caution, only a couple of the small access panels have additional parts available, so be cautious in handling the pieces once removed from the safety of the fret, as there are no back-up parts.  I found it useful to mix medium and thin viscosity cyanoacrylate (CA) glues to install the pieces as this allowed some working time while still flowing easily.

F-14A Interior Self-Adhesive Set

Published: December 1st, 2012     
F-14A Interior Self-Adhesive Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Recently, Eduard released photoetched detail sets for the 1/72 scale Hobby Boss F-14A, and these included both an interior as well as an exterior set.  Having been fortunate enough to receive both sets for review, I will begin with my evaluation of the interior detail set.  Upon opening this set, you will find two frets of photoetched parts, one being pre-painted and self-adhesive, the other being unpainted metal with no adhesive, along with a single-sheet page of directions.  This was my first experience with an Eduard self-adhesive detail set, and I greatly enjoyed the encounter.  I will mention here that if you are modeling on a budget and needed to choose between the interior and exterior sets, that I would recommend the interior set.

MiG-23 Internal Detail Set

Published: November 27th, 2012     
MiG-23 Internal Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Profimodeller

Thanks to Pavel at Profimodeller for providing IPMS USA the opportunity to review one of their products, and IPMS USA for forwarding it to me to do the review!

I did not know what to expect when I agreed to this; I was surprised to learn it’s an interior bay located in front of the right stabilator on the MiG 23-series aircraft!

In the clear sleeve are a brass sheet with micro-level detail parts, a resin duct, and a length of Pb rod (anyone know what Pb is?  Poly bromethane?).  The instructions are excellent and show where everything is supposed to go.   I set about with the work, and after about 2 hours had what you see in the pictures – excellent!

T-28 Trojan Airbrake

Published: November 27th, 2012     
T-28 Trojan Airbrake
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The North American T-28 Trojan began life as the primary trainer for the US Air Force in the 1950s.  It was so successful that the US Navy and Marines soon obtained their own versions.  In fact, the T-28 was such a good plane that they found their way into over 25 countries in one capacity or other.  A total of 393 earlier versions were converted to the -D version.  These were employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft by the USAF and South Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam War.  They were also used by the CIA in parts of Africa, as well as other countries throughout the world.  The -D version had a more powerful engine and stronger wings to support six underwing hardpoints carrying up to 4,000 pounds of stores.

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