Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Boeing B-47 Landing Gear

Published: October 11th, 2013     
Boeing B-47 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Heavy, appreciative thanks to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  And to think I volunteer to do these reviews… what a cool way to practice the hobby!

This set is one of SAC’s more simple upgrades.  The Hasegawa B-47 is at least 45 years old as a kit (I believe 1968), and is still the only game in town if you want to build one in 1/72nd scale.  Shape is spot-on, the wheel wells and bomb bay are potential superdetail areas (as the basic structure is there), and the overall presence is almost perfect.  Recent upgrades from a certain Polish resin maker include new engine nacelles, a new, more detailed cockpit, and a new canopy (which is too flat and thick on the original model).  A LOT of weight!

This means one heavy bird for the landing gear to handle.  The mains can take it, but from personal experience the outrigger gear will snap off.  Will is the key word…

AV-8B Harrier II Seat with Safety Belts

Published: October 11th, 2013     
AV-8B Harrier II Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s latest resin ejection seat is a 1/48th scale offering for Hasegawa's 1/48 AV-8B II. The seat comes as a single gray casting and is perfectly done in Quickboost's normal gray, pinhole-free resin. Prep is simple – cut the seat off the casting block and sand smooth.

I included photos of the built kit seat (which is decent), but the resin seat and its belts are a definite improvement. The seat fits right into the cockpit. If you consider that adding a set of PE belts would costs a few dollars, buying this seat will fix the belt issue and improve the look of the seat which occupies a large percent of the cockpit.

Another hit from Quickboost and definitely recommended. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this seat.

Aircraft Warning Cones

Published: October 11th, 2013     
Aircraft Warning Cones
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Airline warning cones...those orange cones we see all summer long in parking lots and just about everywhere. These are also used around aircraft, and Aerobonus has created another great diorama item in both 1/48 and 1/32 scale.

There are twelve parts to each scale – six bottoms with cutouts and six cones. Strangely, two of the cones are hollow and four are solid in each set. Not a problem. There are also decals with four different variations:

Douglas DC-3 Landing Gear

Published: October 9th, 2013     
Douglas DC-3 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The DC-3/C-47/Li-2/L2D1 (Tabby) were built in considerable numbers; the aircraft type has stayed around a LONG time, and they’ve been everywhere.  The first DC-3 was built in 1935 as the Douglas Sleeper Transport, and there are a number of them still flying.

A C-47 is the first aircraft I ever got airsick in, in 1968 on our way to Gulfport, Mississippi.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions set

The SAC set for the DC-3 consists of 5 parts, all in white metal.  There are two main gear legs, which use the kit wheels, two retraction arms, and a tailwheel assembly.  These parts exactly match the Roden parts.

Painting

A little detail painting to get the oleos brighter is all this needs.  The DC-3 used metal gear legs, and the SAC parts look great.

A-1D Skyraider Landing Gear

Published: October 6th, 2013     
A-1D Skyraider Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks again to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  As usual, we are more than grateful for your support.  And thanks to IPMS USA for providing it to me.

This set is one which fits a real need for a kit upgrade.  First, the Trumpeter Skyraider is an excellent kit for an early SPAD…the requirement to remove the later-in-life” armor plating on the external forward skin is not there, so if it is an early blue Skyraider you want to build, here’ s your starting point.

The one thing that needs to be replaced in this otherwise excellent, well-fitting kit is the main landing gear.  Some odd shortcuts have been used, and the SAC gear addresses those.  As you can see, the follow-up struts on the upper portion of the gear are molded as a solid item on the kit gear.  SAC corrects this by providing separate A-frame items and retraction cylinders for the main gear.  Take your time, pull out your references, and build on.

A-6E TRAM Detail Set

Published: October 2nd, 2013     
A-6E TRAM Detail Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from the photo etch masters at Eduard is a BIG ED set meant for use with the Kinetic release of the Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder.  The set consists of seven different Eduard offerings that include the following:

  • A-6 electronic equipment (item 48730)
  • A-6 undercarriage (item 48731)
  • A-6 wing fold (item 48732)
  • A-6E TRAM exterior (item 48733)
  • Remove Before Flight tags (item 49009)
  • A-6E TRAM interior S.A. (item 49597)
  • A-6E 1/48 canopy masks (item EX351)

Purchased separately, the seven items would set the consumer back $161.65 according to the Eduard web site, so the BIG ED set saves the buyer an impressive $46.65.  Although not every part in every set can be used at the same time (for example, the wing flaps would not be separated if the wings were folded), the sets combines to dress up the Kinetic Intruder.  I will tell you up front that I would highly recommend this BIG ED set to anyone thinking of adding more than one or two of the individual sets contained in this release.

Jaguar A Electronic Bay

Published: October 2nd, 2013     
Jaguar A Electronic Bay
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This update set is typical Aires, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing and instructions tucked between the cardboard back and plastic. First impression – how crisp the detail is on the electronics bay as well as the access doors. Mold release is non-existent; however, I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Kitty Hawk kit parts, the Aires bay is much deeper than the kit bay, which is very shallow. The kit part features are very crude while the Aires set has far more detail and is very sharp. The kit’s access doors exteriors do not look much different from Aires’ except for the air inlet scoop. The inside of the doors is where the update really shines. There is no detail in the Kitty Hawk parts, while the Aires doors have very fine detail showing structural ribs and insulation blanket detail.

Jaguar A Pitot Tube

Published: October 2nd, 2013     
Jaguar A Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s replacement pitot for Kitty Hawk’s Jaguar A come packaged in a thin plastic sleeve,  protected by additional reinforcement ribs. You get three pitot tubes which should last you for a few kits unless you lose one of these little gems.

Compared to the Kitty Hawk kit parts, the Quickboost replacement has a slight improvement on detail, and there is not a seam or ejector pin marks that exists anywhere on the Kitty Hawk part. The most noticeable difference is the base of the tube where it flares into the radome. The Kitty Hawk part is oddly shaped, where the Quickboost part is more symmetrical and slightly longer.

Quickboost is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception.  I would like to thank both Quickboost and IPMS/USA for this review sample.

T-38A Landing Gear

Published: October 1st, 2013     
T-38A Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

First, the usual “THANK YOU!” to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  Said it before and will again, it’s companies like SAC supporting us that keep the hobby interesting and viable.  And thanks to the leadership at IPMS USA from me for allowing an old guy, once again, to babble on about a great product, which was graciously provided for my use… Steve, Dick, Paul, and the rest, you are doing a great job.

SAC metal gear – what can you say?  Perfection is a good starting point.  This set is intended to be a total, drop-in replacement for the kit plastic.  You get all three main gear, nose and wing mounted, and associated actuating cylinders.  The detail is as good as the real thing, and the strength of the new gear is truly appreciated.