Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Old Radios

Published: November 5th, 2012     
Old Radios
Reviewed by: Dave Steingass, IPMS# 47624
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

This review is for Plus Models Old Radios set in their "Easy Line" product range.

The kit consists of three resin cast radios from different decades of the first half of the 20th Century.

These are just simply washed with soap and water to remove the mold-release agent and then painted appropriately with Vallejo and Citadel acrylics.  The radios need to be snipped from their resin runner/sprue; there was no flash, warpage, or air bubbles observed.

Many thanks to IPMS-USA and Plus Models for the review sample.

 

German Rucksacks, WW II

Published: November 5th, 2012     
German Rucksacks, WW II
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Modelers of German WW II vehicles and figures will find this latest effort from Plus Model of interest. Packed nicely in the new, sturdy plastic packaging are nine resin pieces of German rucksacks, packs, and field gear.

German troops were originally issued a back pack (Tornister) with a flap made of unshaven calf-skin. There were loops on the sides and top for straps to attach the great coat. Plus model has included one of these packs with a rolled up great coat in this set.

The tornister was not sufficient for mountain troops, who were required to carry more gear, so rucksacks based on civilian designs were issued. During the course of the war, these came in a variety of designs, with two or three outside pockets, with or without integral shoulder straps, and in a number of colors.

Troops in Africa and Russia also found the tornister insufficient, so the rucksack was issued to regular infantry, and by the end of the war, the rucksack had become more common on the battlefield than the tornister.

Sea Vixen FAW.1 Correct Nose

Published: November 1st, 2012     
Sea Vixen FAW.1 Correct Nose
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

When Cyber-Hobby came out with a 1/72 scale Sea Vixen FAW.1, model reviewers were quick to point out that the nose did not have the proper profile of a Sea Vixen.  Quickboost has come to the rescue of those modelers who have been waiting for some aftermarket producer to correct this.

IJN Zuikaku Carrier Deck Section

Published: November 1st, 2012     
IJN Zuikaku Carrier Deck Section
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

I was extremely pleased to be given the chance to review Eduard’s new Zuikaku carrier deck section. I have a few IJN aircraft and this deck section really helps to display them at shows. You get a section of pre-painted deck, and all you have to do is remove it from the etch carrier tree and you ready to place your favorite IJN plane on it. The deck section is good to go as is or you can mount it on a base like I did (mine came from Michael’s craft store for a couple of bucks).

There is also deck sections for the Zuikaku with an elevator, and similar ones for the Akagi available as well from Eduard. I used a Hasegawa Zero to show off the deck – see pictures below. Purist will recognize that my Zero is from the Hiryu, not the Zuikaku. Oh, well, it’s the only A6M2 I have built at the moment, so it will have to do.

I highly recommend the Zuikaku deck section from Eduard; it really brings you IJN aircraft to life. The price may be high, but in the end it’s good value for the money as it can be used over again to display you planes at shows.

Thanks to Eduard and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

Soviet R-60 Missile Sets

Published: November 1st, 2012     
Soviet R-60 Missile Sets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aero Line

  • Product / Stock #AL 4014, Missile R-60 with simple launcher, $14.60
  • Product / Stock #AL 4015, Missile R-60 with double launcher, $14.60

Aero Line is a new company to me; I offered my services, and am glad to have had a chance to evaluate these missile sets.  Thanks to Petr Vesely for providing the sets and IPMS/USA for sending them to me to review.

First:  Set AL 4014:  Comprised of three missiles, two adaptors, and a transport box.  The set contains 19 resin parts, (missiles with the aft fins attached, clear seeker heads, and a set of protective caps for the seekers); a photoetched sheet with forward fins and rail adaptors; and decals for the missiles and the transport box.  I would say this was an excellent set for the diorama builders out there.

Set AL 4015:  The missiles and launchers are exactly as 4014, except you have four missiles and four rails to accompany all, without the transport box.  Consisting of 18 resin parts, a photoetched sheet with forward fins and rail adaptors, and decals for the missiles and the rails.

P-39/P-400 Landing Gear

Published: November 1st, 2012     
P-39/P-400 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC continues its prolific output of gear to handle the loads on our models. Thanks to Russ at SAC for providing IPMS/USA this set, and IPMS for sending it to me for review!

This is yet another drop-fit set designed for the Hasegawa P-39/P-400, an aircraft that can use it – metal replacements on a long nose-gear-legged bird…particularly true if you choose to put weight in the nose (and the P-39 needs it) to keep the aircraft sitting on all three tires.

Everything was a perfect fit. Main gear legs fit tightly into the square attachment points. The nose gear slid into place as easily; the actuating ram was from the kit in plastic, but it all went where it needed to, and I have no complaints. One thing I really like about metal gear is the ability to expand parts and attachment points to fit around trunnion lugs and fittings, and then squeeze them together to help hold them in place.

Also included are side-actuating links; as I look at the pictures, I did not include them in the build.  But they will be used. I was so happy the main gear fit into the sockets so well that I neglected them. Oops.

F2A Buffalo Landing Gear

Published: November 1st, 2012     
F2A Buffalo Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions comes to the rescue again with another of their white metal landing gear upgrades. One of their latest upgrades is for the Czech Model F2A-3, Special Hobby F2A-2, and the Model 239 & 339 Buffalo kits.

The replacement parts included are the main landing gear (MLG), retraction struts for the MLG, uplock roller brackets (not in the kit), barrier guards for MLG, and three different tail wheel assemblies. There is one tail wheel assembly for the F2A-2 and -3 and the Model 239 & 339.

I will say that the MLG that SAC provided is a step above the kits’. Yes, there is a small seam that you will have to clean up, but it would be not even be close to the work that is involved in the two kit pieces that make up the kit MLG.

The fit of the MLG also seems a lot nicer than the kit part in gear well.

I would recommend this to anyone that has these kits as an upgrade to the kit parts.

I would like to thank IPMS/USA and Scale Aircraft Conversions for the opportunity to review this quality aftermarket set.

German Machine Gun MG-15 (7.92 mm)

Published: October 26th, 2012     
German Machine Gun MG-15 (7.92 mm)
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model sells all different kinds of products which are designed and produced in Poland. These are fine quality likenesses of different weapons, both Allied and Axis, from machine gun barrels to pitot tubes to gun barrels to attack probes, and they even make gun barrels for ships. They are all beautiful works of art and will enhance any model because of their almost perfect likeness and detail to scale. All major scales are represented and all fit perfectly.

In this case, Master Model has included in this set two machine gun barrels, two etched sights, and a small photo etched sprue containing more sights and collars. The parts are small, especially in this scale, so care must be taken in handling; a steady hand sure comes in handy. Some experience in gluing photo etch parts with CA glue would help, but by no means must one be an expert. Time, forethought, and patience are the trick. Their products run the gambit from early to modern warfare replicas.

Please take a look at their website to see what I’m talking about, if you haven’t already.

M1078 LMTV Special Forces “War Pig” Detail Set, Part 2

Published: October 23rd, 2012     
M1078 LMTV Special Forces “War Pig” Detail Set, Part 2
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/35
Company: Pro Art Models

Prior to starting this conversion, I recommend gathering as many pictures of the “Warpig” as possible, as there are subtle differences between individual vehicles based on the preferences of the crews.

C-124 Landing Gear

Published: October 21st, 2012     
C-124 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks once again to SAC for providing IPMS USA the opportunity to review one from their prolific product line…and IPMS/USA for allowing my ham-fisted efforts to continue with the reviewer corps!

This is almost a no-brainer.  Roden’s C-124 is an excellent kit.  Short-run issues aside, it looks and carries itself like “Ol’ Shaky.”  Ask Bondo Phil about his time with the ‘124 – to have crewed (and survived) those birds, even when you knew about plug fouling, engine fires, and general issues on early large aircraft, was a testament to their strong lower gastro-intestial system.

The nickname unfortunately translates to its “sit” on the ground.  Even in this minute scale, Roden has engineered the gear to look correct in appearance and substance – and in plastic, it’s just not enough.  The nose gear in particular will fail over time.  So, what to do?

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