Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Sniper ATP for Harrier GR.9

Published: September 26th, 2016     
Sniper ATP for Harrier GR.9
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard for sending IPMS USA another of your huge line of resin aftermarket kit improvements, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is a specialized iteration of the Sniper targeting pod as carried by the Harrier Mk 9. Included in the set are the pod body, forward sensor section, three clear resin parts ( three protective glass fairing covers), and a photoetch set with four brackets and two different end plates. Also included are two separate resin sets of delicate but strong sway braces, and a separate block resin bracket for a different lot number of pod.

There is also a decal sheet to finish off!

Detail is fantastic; the avionics cooling scoop is hollow, and the pod fore/aft section mounting bolt recesses are very well done. Eduard have listened and included excellent instructions on all their most recent releases with color and assembly details.

B5N2 Kate Landing Gear & Wing Folds

Published: September 23rd, 2016     
B5N2 Kate Landing Gear & Wing Folds
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Last year Airfix released a new kit of the B5N2 Kate, the Japanese Navy’s primary torpedo plane for the early part of World War II.  The kit includes an option to depict the aircraft with the wings folded or with them fully spread.  This set from Scale Aircraft Conversions includes nine drop-in replacements for the kit wing-folds and landing gear.

F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear

Published: September 20th, 2016     
F-106 Delta Dart Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I grew up with my Dad working for SAC (Strategic Air Command) but that has little to do with this item from SAC (Scale Aircraft Conversions) except that the last base we were at was Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT and the Air Guard unit based at Gore Hill was flying F-106s at the time. And after that long lead in let’s see what we have.

Scale Aircraft Conversions has been making replacement white metal landing gear since 1990. They started in the larger scales but have now released several items in my preferred scale of 1/72nd and even some in 1/144th.

The set comes with replacement parts for all 3 gears in the new Meng kit. Comparing the parts these are direct replacements for the kit parts. There are some mold lines to clean up just like on the kit parts but otherwise they are nice representations of the gear. There appears to be some slight bending in the support struts for the main gears in my sample but an advantage of metal is you can straighten them out without fear of snapping.

Metal Buckets

Published: September 19th, 2016     
Metal Buckets
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/35
Company: Add On Parts

Add On Parts, from Belgium, produces diorama accessories in many different scales. They also have some upgrade sets for armor and offer various model building tools and books.

This set is comprised of one sheet of photo etched buckets, in two different styles, along with the bucket bottoms and handles.

The parts are easily cut from the sheet with a sharp blade and then the fun begins. I wasn’t sure how to get a nice even circular bend out of the tapered bucket, so I asked a good modeling buddy for some advice. The suggestion was to use a tubular object, of similar diameter to what the completed bucket would be (using the bucket bottom as a reference), and roll this across the part while it was laying on a semi-hard surface. I gave this a try, using an XActo knife handle and was mostly successful, with the bucket now being about ¾ of a completed circle. I moved to a smaller diameter handle, again using the rolling method but with a little more pressure, and this brought the two sides very close to each other.

More Steel Seatbelts

Published: September 8th, 2016