Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

T-33A Shooting Star Landing Gear

Published: November 29th, 2016     
T-33A Shooting Star Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Scale Aircraft Conversions adaption of the T-33A landing gear in white metal for the 1/48 Great Wall kit. The set contains the two main gear legs with the accompanying struts, a nose gear that incorporates the landing lights and the retraction strut and oleo scissor. A very nice addition to the set is the 20 gram forward fuselage ballast nose weight reproduced in metal. These are direct replacements for the parts that come in the Great Wall T-33A. Comparing the kit landing gear and the SAC landing gear side by side you will notice similarities between the two, but a little better detail in the SAC offering including brake lines. Overall this is highly recommended for stronger landing gear and added detail and is a great addition to the Great Wall kit. I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for another great offering in metal landing gear and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this item.

U.S. Drop Tank Caps

Published: November 29th, 2016     
U.S. Drop Tank Caps
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

One of Brengun's more recent releases is a photo-etch fret of drop tank gas caps for 1/72 US Navy aircraft. The set includes 5 different types of gas caps, with 9 of each type, so you can detail quite a large number of drop tanks with this set. The set does not include any instructions or information as to which gas caps go on what types of drop tanks, but from what I can tell from looking at the photo of some sample tanks with the caps installed on Brengun's website. It appears that the caps are intended for World War II US Navy aircraft.

SU-25 (Frogfoot) - Pitot Tubes

Published: November 28th, 2016     
SU-25 (Frogfoot) - Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Another in a long line of excellent turned metal (brass) and resin items from Master Model. IPMS USA sincerely appreciates Master's support of our reviewer corps!

Up front, Master provides turned-metal pitot probes and a resin vane set for the ultimate Su-25. As usual, Piotr provides a highly-detailed, more scale pitot replacement for the kit item. Metal and resin combined make for an unbeatable combination!

In side by side comparison, you can see the difference in the Master pitots and vanes verses the Kit provided plastic versions. The Master pitot is far more scale in appearance, and since it's extremely thin, it pays to be careful with this set. Bend it and cry.... But at least it won't break off!

This package contains two turned metal probes in a double-bag system; first, the outer protective card with details on the contents, then an internal "small" bag with the scale, strong air data probes. Also included is a resin vane set. Far superior to using PE and micro-gluing, this three-part probe wins hands down.

Late Wheels and Tires for the Eduard Mig 21

Published: November 27th, 2016     
Late Wheels and Tires for the Eduard Mig 21
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Res-Im

A new company to me; Resin Improvements (RES IM)... THANKS VERY MUCH Lukas for sending IPMS USA this wheel and tire set to review, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for trusting me to use them on my model....

This is a well-executed improvement over the Eduard Mig-21 kit wheels and tires. Three fully-assembled wheels and tires! The wheels are extremely well done with fine details. Bolts, brakes and associated wheel bits are there.

The improvement over the basic kit items is welcome. The kit tires are injection molded in two halves in plastic, and the wheels are separate items in the Eduard set. I personally like the separate wheels and hubs as I can get a clean, clear paint job if I am careful while cementing them into place. The Res IM wheels and tires offer a simpler solution but you have to be careful painting them.

This resin set involves simple processes; primer the resin parts while on the pour stub, and then paint. Remove the tires from the pour stub, clean up, touch up the paint, then drill the pre-molded in axle sockets to allow the wheel to slide on to the landing gear. The resin tires and wheels finish the job in great fashion.

Euro Pallet

Published: November 27th, 2016     
Euro Pallet
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715