Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Early P-40B/C Tubular Exhausts

Published: February 1st, 2017     
Early P-40B/C Tubular Exhausts
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Ultracast

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Ultracast tubular exhausts for the Airfix P-40B Warhawk kits. One of the first things to notice with this product is the nice presentation of the packaging with the Ziploc seal to allow for easy access to parts.

Toldi II (B40) Resin Detail Set

Published: February 1st, 2017     
Toldi II (B40) Resin Detail Set
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: S.B.S. Model

Background

Toldi tanks entered Hungarian service about 1940. They were used by the Hungarian Army against Yugoslavia in 1941. They were mostly used against the U.S.S.R. between 1941 and 1944. The primary role was reconnaissance due to their light armor and good communications equipment. They were not effective against the Soviet T-34 when they encountered them in operation Barbarossa.

The Toldi II tanks were almost identical to the late Toldi I tanks. They were both built from parts manufactured exclusively in Hungary. Helping to solve the issues with German supply to the Hungarian army's satisfaction. The radio was improved, upgrading from the type R-5 to R-5a. By the end of 1941, the Hungarian army had approximately 190 Toldi I and Toldi II tanks. One way to distinguish them was the old frame antenna used on the Toldi I tank and a new straight antenna used on the Toldi II. Eventually this feature disappeared as well due to the continuous upgrades of the radios to the R-5a.

Mk.82 Bombs

Published: January 31st, 2017     
Mk.82 Bombs
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues their Brassin series armament releases for 1/32nd scale aircraft with Mk. 82 low drag, general purpose bombs which are in use around the world. This set is your basic dumb bomb with a low drag configuration with no guidance systems or retardation fins. This set is comprised of thirty parts; twelve of which are the bomb fronts and the fins. The remaining eighteen are fusing/plugging options. There are three choices- standard fuse and the extended fuse and lastly, the plug installed to the nose to cover the internal parts. Casting is excellent with no pinholes and great definition. There are no seams on the parts to sand.

A6M5 Zero Landing Gear (Has)

Published: January 31st, 2017     
A6M5 Zero Landing Gear (Has)
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to the IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions metal gear.

U-2/Po-2 Control Surfaces

Published: January 29th, 2017