Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Carrier Deck Equipment

Published: August 14th, 2012     
Carrier Deck Equipment
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Model Rectifier Corporation

The kit subject addresses a generally under-represented set of modern USN aircraft carrier details.  While there is an abundance of aftermarket aircraft available for 1:350 carriers, with the exception of some resin offerings there is very little available for the ubiquitous utility vehicles that populate carrier decks.  This under-representation has been lessened by MRC with the release of a carrier deck equipment kit.

Packaging and Contents

Everything is in a double-blister pack with the interior blister pack designed as a tray to hold the sprues.  For me, this interior pack or tray served well as a corral for very small parts.  Two identical sprues are provided in the kit.  All parts are crisply molded in light gray plastic.  The sprue frames are formed nicely to provide protection for the delicate one-piece fork lift cages.  The assembly instructions and painting guides are part of the cardboard packaging.  No decal sheet is included.

The assembly instructions suggest that it is possible to build 2 of everything but the crash crane.  There are enough parts for the following pieces of deck equipment:

F-14A Tomcat Landing Gear

Published: August 10th, 2012     
F-14A Tomcat Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The F-14 Tomcat will likely be the greatest fleet defender known by my generation.  Although retired now, the F-14 was ready from the start to carry an array of weapons including the AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-54 Phoenix (the ultimate missile of the US arsenal, which is also now retired), various bombs, and an internal 20mm Vulcan cannon.  The 64 foot, 1.5 inch long wings could be swept to 38 feet, 2.5 inches or overswept for storage to 33 feet 3.5 inches.  The plane was 62 feet, 8 inches long and 16 feet tall weighing 40,104 pounds empty, and 74,349 pounds at maximum takeoff weight.  Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney TF-30-P414A turbofans (with 20,900 pounds of thrust each), the F-14A never reached its full potential, as the D-model would later with  General Electric F110-GE-400 turbofan engines (with 23,500 pounds of thrust each).

F9F Panther Landing Gear

Published: August 5th, 2012     
F9F Panther Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Parts:

This product contains 10 white metal parts that replace kit parts A22 and A31 (nose gear components), C12 & C13 (main gear struts), C29 & C30 (main gear support arms), and C4 & C5 (4 parts folding wing support arms). The four white metal parts (they resemble hockey sticks) are used if the F9F will be built with the wings in the folded position. If the wings are in the extended position, these four white metal parts are not used.

Assembly:

Assembly using the SAC white metal parts is straightforward. Treat the SAC parts as though they came with the Trumpeter kit. Use them in the assembly process just as you would use the Trumpeter parts.

Conclusion:

Beaufighter Seats

Published: August 5th, 2012     
Beaufighter Seats
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

I have been a customer of the Canadian firm Ultracast for several years, and in the time I have seen their product line increase greatly with the addition of various resin accessories, decals, figures, and metal products for both the aircraft and armor modelers.  Their website is quite easy to navigate.  I have yet to be disappointed with any purchase from them.

When I saw the 1/48th scale Beaufighter seats available for review, I could not resist volunteering.  I had a Tamiya kit squirreled away and these seats would be the perfect complement to an already fine kit.

The kit seats are rather bulky in shape and should be thinned for a more scale appearance, and seat belts needed to be added.  The kit’s gunner’s seat is quite incorrect in shape.

P-51 Mustang Wheels, Smooth Style (Early Mustangs)

Published: August 5th, 2012     
P-51 Mustang Wheels, Smooth Style (Early Mustangs)
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

The Product

It’s packaged in a simple zip-lock poly sleeve attached to apiece of card-stock sporting a pair of maple leafs.  Ultracast has managed to produce a high quality resin casting of the early style Mustang wheels.  The rims have the correct spoke pattern and include the valve stem; however, the brake line connection is correct only for the left side, since the pair are from the same mold.  It’s not really a big deal and can easily be corrected by simply scraping off the fluid bolt and moving it to mirror the other wheel.  I detected no flaws in the quality of the mold or the resins used.

The Bottom Line

Part for part, Ultracast has always had the finest aftermarket parts for the Mustang.  These wheels are no different.  I recommend these wheels to any true Mustang lover.

My Thanks to Ultracast and to IPMS for allowing me the chance to inspect and review such a fine item.

Landing Gear for 747-800 by Zvezda

Published: August 5th, 2012     
Landing Gear for 747-800 by Zvezda
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Parts:

Included in this product are 22 white metal replacement parts for the Zvezda 1/144th scale 747-800. The Zvezda product number for the 747-800 kit is 7010. These white metal parts replace all but one of the Zvezda gear parts contained in the kit. The only Zvezda gear part not replaced by the replacement parts is E58, a part that attaches to the nose gear strut. Of course, the tires and wheels, themselves are not included as kit parts that are replaced and the builder will use those supplied in the kit.

As usual, the SAC replacement parts can be substituted for the kit parts without interference with the order of construction called for in the kit instructions.

Conclusion:

Hawker Typhoon Seat (with Sutton Harness)

Published: August 5th, 2012     
Hawker Typhoon Seat (with Sutton Harness)
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

The Product:

Attached to apiece of folded card-stock in a simple zip-lock poly bag, I found a pair of finely cast resin seats. The detail and quality is simply amazing. And is just what the Doctor ordered to cure the ho-hum kit seat part syndrome. The seat is correctly fitted out with the Sutton harness and backrest cushion, the rolled pan and tube seat construction is faithfully represented.

Some people prefer ‘photo etch belts’ vs. the ‘cast in mold’ harness belts, and of course this is just my opinion, but I like the molded harness belts a lot better, and for several different reasons, plus when they look like these do I’m a very happy camper.

The Bottom Line:

Awesome product I give it a 5 star rating. I highly recommend it to anyone at any skill level.

Thanks:

My Thanks to ULTRACAST and to IPMS for allowing me the chance to inspect and review such a fine item.

Hawker Typhoon/Tempest Seats (with Mid-Late War “Q” Type Harness)

Published: August 5th, 2012     
Hawker Typhoon/Tempest Seats (with Mid-Late War “Q” Type Harness)
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44738
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Arriving in a small zip-lock bag stapled to folded card wearing Canadian maple leafs, we find a pair of beautiful seats, complete with molded cushions and the unique “Q” type harness belts, keeping with their high standards Ultracast has produce a high quality resin castings that correctly represents a accurate seat for these two aircraft during the mid to late war time period. 

The Typhoon and Tempest, lucky day you score two for one on this deal since you get two seats in the package you can use both of them for the two offerings that are available.

First the Hasegawa Typhoon, and yes it is a beautiful kit, but the kit seat part is weak and featureless to say the least, even photo etch harness belts would not help, in fact years ago Hasegawa themselves released the Typhoon in a “Super Detail” boxing with a complete resin cockpit upgrade produced by “Jaguar” very nice to say the least, well good luck finding one of those (and yes, I have one).

P-40B/C Propeller w/tool

Published: August 5th, 2012     
P-40B/C Propeller w/tool
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has been making many types of resin accessories for aircraft for years now, one of which are propellers.  This is a review of their P-40B/C propeller which has been faultlessly cast in their grey resin.  This product provides three props, one spinner and a tool to assemble these pieces.  The spinner has a casting gate on the bottom that was cut off with a razor saw and cleaned up with a file in 5 minutes or less.  The props are even easier, they are removed quite easily and had no seam lines to remove, just a little sanding on the base.  With the Quickboost tool you can paint the spinner and props separately before hand then assemble the parts into a complete propeller.

U.S. Special Forces Vehicle Comms Set

Published: August 3rd, 2012     
U.S. Special Forces Vehicle Comms Set
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Pro Art Models

Pro Art Models has another new set of enhancements, and this time it’s a vehicle communications package for those of you who are into super-detailing the newer types of vehicles in the U.S. Special Forces genre. This set comes with 18 pieces of high quality light tan resin which is detailed to the max. I have yet to find any bubbles within the resin that are so often found in lesser quality resins. Also included in the kit is a photo etch fret containing parts which make up the shelves, cases, legs, and small switches for the radios and computers to fit on or into. The resin parts consists of the radios, power inverters, PC screens, keyboards, a hand- held GPS, antennas, and even the plug-in power modules. The detail is the best it can get and the photo etch antennas and shelves (including legs) add to the already fine detail. I have assembled some pieces to show what it could look like, and this will be placed into my vehicle when I reach that point in assembly. I should mention that the wires to the equipment are not supplied but can easily be obtained from fuse wire or any kind of small wire that can be acquired from so many different sources.

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