Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-38 Correct Engine Covers

Published: March 28th, 2014     
P-38 Correct Engine Covers
Reviewed by: Christopher Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has come out with a very nice aftermarket set of correct engine cowls for the 1/72 Academy P-38 Lightning. Right out of the clear packaging I could see that they did a very nice job in detail and size.

I took the kit cowls out and noticed I had to glue on the lower radiator intakes. The intakes did not fit very well, and would have to be filled and sanded. I then compared both cowls and you can see in the photos the kit lower intakes are bigger and thicker than the Quickboost. The scoops on the side look much nicer and are hollow, whereas the kit scoops are solid. After comparing them I started the task of cutting the Kit cowls off and installing the Quickboost ones. I used a very thin saw blade to do the job. Be careful and take your time so as not to ruin the rear cowls of the kit.

Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version - Hispano Cannons in Fairings

Published: March 27th, 2014     
Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version - Hispano Cannons in Fairings
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Master Model

This is the third replacement piece that I have acquired for my 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.Ixc build. Master Model has produced a detailed pair of Hispano 20mm cannons that provide details that are missing even in the excellent Eduard kit. This is not to diminish the Eduard kit that has been reviewed by Bret Green as the definitive (his opinion) 1/48 Spitfire kit.  In the photo the Master Model pieces are compared side by side to the sprue attached parts of the Eduard kit. You can clearly see the enhanced definition of the Master Model replacements. On close inspection there may be the opportunity for a steady hand, lots of patience and small sharp needle to do a little hollowing out of the front of the cannon barrel.

Recommendation

I highly recommend these replacement parts.

Thanks to Master Model for providing these parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.

A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube

Published: March 26th, 2014     
A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

I have several of Master-Models pitot tubes in my stash and when I saw this latest set, I jumped on the review item as they have out done themselves again. This is a GAU-8 Avenger Gun Tip for the A-10 Warthog. The set also includes a replacement pitot tube.

In the set, you get 2 photoetch pieces making the ends of the gun barrel with holes for the barrels and center support. Your get one turned brass center post and seven turned gun barrels and the gun barrel cover in turned brass with drill holes- this piece is spectacular in its craftsmanship. Lastly, you get the tuned brass pitot tube.

Assembly is simple. Glue one end on the barrel housing. Insert the center shaft and glue the other end on making sure the holes are aligned with one another. Once dry, glue in the barrels and you're done.

V-22 Osprey Landing Gear (Ita)

Published: March 23rd, 2014     
V-22 Osprey Landing Gear (Ita)
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat conversion and replacement set for the Italeri V-22.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on.

The 5 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo.  The heft of the parts is very noticeable.  The main and nose gear mounts were loose in the package and the two retractor arms were attached to a metal sprue.  The struts are polished and require little buffing and cleanup.  The gear struts of the V-22 kit are directly replaced with the SAC parts.  The main mount actuators are included and provide a nice bit of flexibility when installing the main mounts in the gear well.  The arms fit into small holes in the wheel well and ability to gently flex the parts is a plus.  I found that seating the nose strut was a little tricky, but a prudent amount of pressure popped the part in, resulting in a very solid attachment. 

Scale Aircraft Conversion A3 Skywarrior Landing Gear

Published: March 23rd, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Conversion A3 Skywarrior Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This detail set from Scale Aircraft Conversions is for the Hasegawa 1/72nd scale A-3 Skywarrior. The kit has been around for some time and although not a newer rerelease it is still available. This set is a direct replacement for the kits landing gear and has a few modifications that help improve the Hasegawa kit. This conversion set has 7 parts, which includes the main landing gear legs, the nose gear and the oleo scissors and retraction struts for the main gear. The nose gear comes complete with the wheel molded in place. This appears to be a direct copy of the kit gear. As a result you will be required to open up and clean the space between the nose gear fork and the tire. 

USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament

Published: March 23rd, 2014     
USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

This set of finely turned stainless steel and brass gun barrels for is designed for the new Academy USS Indianapolis kit. It does not include a styrene turret face, as is included in the set designed for the Trumpeter kit, but could undoubtedly be used to augment the Trumpeter San Francisco class cruisers as well.

Each of the 8” barrels are slightly tapered with very finely defined segmentations. The short stubs at the end of the barrel allows for easy insertion into the kit’s turret face. Although the barrel openings are not as pronounced as compared to other Master barrel sets (or the kit’s barrels), these barrels are noticeably longer, more even and, no doubt, more accurate than the kit parts. A couple of my kit’s barrel ends were noticeably uneven. That’s not an issue with the Master barrels. 

The 5” brass barrels are also nicely tapered and noticeably slimmer that the kit parts. They, too, have very slightly opened ends, as compared to the kit’s solid barrels.

F4U-4 Corsair Wheel Bay

Published: March 20th, 2014     
F4U-4 Corsair Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This F4U-4 Corsair wheel bay update set is packaged in the typical Aires fashion, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing, and instructions tucked in between the cardboard back and plastic. My first impression was of how crisp the detail is on the wheel bays, as well as the gear doors. Mold release agent is non-existent; however, I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Hobby Boss kit parts, which are decent, the Aires wheel bays are very sharp and have more details, such as more pronounced ribs and wiring. The landing gear door’s interior and exterior surfaces show very few differences between the Hobby Boss kit parts and the Aires replacements, with the exception of the superior detail on the interior surface of Aires’ small forward landing gear doors.

Aires is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets, and this F4U-4 Corsair wheel bay update set is no exception.  I would like to thank Aires Hobby Models for this review sample.

F4U-4 Corsair Cockpit Set

Published: March 20th, 2014     
F4U-4 Corsair Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This F4U-4 Corsair cockpit set is packaged in the typical Aires style, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing, along with instructions tucked in between the cardboard back and plastic. My first impression was of how crisp the detail is on the cockpit sidewalls and bulkheads. Also included is a photo etch fret and colored instruments on clear plastic. Mold release agent is non-existent on the parts; however, I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Hobby Boss kit parts, the Aires cockpit has better details, such as fine switch knobs and buttons. The kit’s cockpit floor is constructed with two levels, allowing for a large opening which the control stick passes through to the lower level. Aires’ replacement cockpit is one level, with a canvas-looking cover molded in place over the hole that the stick passes through. Aires’ cockpit also includes sidewalls with ribs cast in them, along with oxygen hoses finely molded in place. The instrument panel is photo etch with clear plastic that has black instrument faces.

RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Sensor

Published: March 20th, 2014     
RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Sensor
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland makes turned metal parts for ships and aircraft. They can be used for replacements or, more importantly, improvements. The set reviewed here is for Trumpeter’s 1/48 RA-5C Vigilante kit. The set consists of two turned brass parts to replace the AOA sensor and pitot tube. The parts come in the usual pouch, and have a nice set of instructions. You will have to drill a small hole for the AOA sensor.

There is a great picture of the pitot here.

As you can see from the comparison shots, the kit pitot is a nice attempt, but it is too short and way too fat. The Master Model replacement is perfect.  It is a straight drop-in replacement; simply glue the pitot tube in place. Add to that the strength of turned brass pitot tube, and it becomes essential for building the Trumpeter Vigilante.

Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk Mig 25

Published: March 17th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk Mig 25
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The usual comments of appreciation to Ross at SAC for continuing to provide us review items; we at IPMS USA sincerely appreciate your contributions!

Unlike other landing gear on kits, Kittyhawk have provided a sturdy but complex design to emulate the actual landing gear on the Mig 25.  If you have ever worked on or around Russian gear, you know that it is built like a tank, but sometimes can be a bit complicated.  The Mig 23 comes to mind, but surprisingly the Mig 25 main gear is ALSO a complex assembly.

As you can see by the pictures, a grand total of 11 parts are used for each main gear, including the metal rod.  Now, you CAN use all this, and in the end have a sturdy gear (See side by side of kit gear unassembled plus assembled).  Or you can make your life a bit easier and use the SAC gear.  There are still three extra linkages to apply with your favorite metal cement, (I use CA), but the gear will not bend, splay out, or have the axle break off when you are installing the wheels.