Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Plus Model Cable Reels - Big

Published: October 22nd, 2015     
Plus Model Cable Reels - Big
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Plus Models has recently release some interesting 1/35th scale diorama accessories. The Cable Reels – Big are just some of them.

They arrived in a sturdy cardboard container and wrapped in heat sealed plastic. There was no damage to the parts. Parts consisted of wood, fiber board, heavy paper and resin.

Read the instruction sheet before removing the laser etch wooded parts. They suggest that you take tape and tape the inner reel wooded slats together. These parts are not attached to each other and this is highly recommended if not vital to construction.

Once the wooded parts were separated from their carrier a little sanding with an emery board was all that was needed for cleanup.

I ran a bead of wood glue to both sides of the inside slats, then place the laser cut fiber board templates on them and rolled the slats around the templates. Just like the instruction show you. Left a little tape on one of the ends and voila you have an inner round circle. There was a space between the two ends that required a fill piece. I used the left overs of the carrier to add these after the glue was dry.

Mk.81 Bombs Set

Published: October 15th, 2015     
Mk.81 Bombs Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Sincere appreciation to Eduard for providing yet another review item, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me!

This set continues Eduard’s effort to provide modelers with previously unavailable, well detailed resin sets.  Consisting of 36 parts, you are presented with six forward bomb casings, six sets of low-drag standard fins, six fuse extenders, six fuses, and two different sets of six forward end caps for transportation or other situations where other fusing is used.

Decals round out the presentation, including yellow stripes for the bomb noses and two types of stencil, yellow and white. 

Assembly requires careful sanding of the pour gates after you remove the parts, particularly if you don’t want “wonky” fins.   You will have to ensure the fins are also correctly oriented to the mounting lugs on the forward bomb body, as this matters when used on a MER/TER situation.  No fin interference!

LAU-10/A Zuni Rocket Launcher Set

Published: October 15th, 2015     
LAU-10/A Zuni Rocket Launcher Set
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As usual, I am eternally grateful to Eduard for providing yet another cool review item, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me.

This small set continues Eduard’s effort to provide modelers with previously unavailable, well detailed resin sets.  Consisting of 14 parts, you are presented with two resin pods, three sets of end caps (one for the front of the pod, and options for either a loaded or transport/storage pod cap)

Eight warheads are provided, and these appear to be the standard High-explosive variety. No double-ogive versions in this case.  Decals round out the presentation, including yellow stripes for the warheads and stenciling for the pods. 

MiG-15 UTI Photo-etch

Published: October 14th, 2015     
MiG-15 UTI Photo-etch
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Shortly after it released its Royal Class 1/72 MiG-15 set, which included a MiG-15 UTI trainer as one of the 4 kits, Eduard released parts of the MiG-15 as overtrees. 

One of the first items released was the photo-etch set for the MiG-15 UTI.  As this is an overtree set, it did not come with instructions, however, as Eduard’s webpage for the MiG-15 Royal Class kit includes a link to the kit’s instructions, all you have to do is download the portion of the instructions that relate to the MiG-15 UTI and you are all set to go.

Masks for Academy F-4J

Published: October 14th, 2015     
Masks for Academy F-4J
Reviewed by: Camden and Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Simple but brilliant, Eduard’s pre-cut canopy masks now include a set for Academy’s 1/72 F-4J Phantom II kit.

In this case, simplicity of application was demonstrated by 9 year-old Camden as he built his Academy F-4J Showtime 100 for a related IPMS/USA review.  In a matter of minutes, the pre-cut masks were transferred to the model canopy and scraps for left-over mask material were used to fill in the holes.  Fit of all p