Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-4B Skyhawk Control Stick

Published: January 5th, 2016     
A-4B Skyhawk Control Stick
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Like many Aires/Quickboost sets, this set is a drop in replacement for the kit supplied control stick for the Airfix A-4B/P Skyhawk. The set actually includes 3 sticks, so you will have enough for three single-seat Skyhawks or a single-seater and a TA-4 two-seater.

The stick is nicely detailed and paints up very well. While the resin is not flimsy, be careful in handling the stick once it is removed from the pour stub as I managed to snap one of mine in two and had to repair it with superglue.

As I received my review sample after I had closed up the canopy on my Airfix Skyhawk, I borrowed a friend’s kit for the photographs. I then pulled out a Fujimi A-4M kit from my stash and happily discovered that the stick fit just fine in the Fujimi kit as well. The only adjustment was that I needed to do was to fill in around the base of the stick as the mounting hole in the Fujimi kit is a bit larger – easily done with a little white glue. The Aires part looks great and adds some cool detail to the cockpit. I am planning to use the other two sticks in a Fujimi TA-4J kit that has been on my to-do list for a while.

P-40K Kittyhawk Exhausts

Published: January 3rd, 2016     
P-40K Kittyhawk Exhausts
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires offers a myriad of after-market parts, this being a new offering. Designed for the Italeri kit I wanted to experiment a bit to see how the parts fit on the Hasegawa kit.

The first step is to remove the Aires parts from the part carrier. This is easy to do and quite safe as the parts are not delicate. I used a Xuron part nipper to remove the parts from the carrier, trim away any flash, and then also to cut the six exhaust ports into 3 units of two ports each. That division is required to get the Aires parts to drop into place on the Hasegawa kit. As you can see in the accompanying images, the parts fit nicely and without issue.

While a fan of Hasegawa, I can say that the Aires parts are superior to the kit parts. The kit parts show a fine mold line that needs to be removed, and they also have a small surplus plastic nub that needs to be cut away. The Aires parts do not have those same problems. Further, the Aires exhaust ports are hollowed out on the tips and will accommodate a little dark paint to make those recesses look more like true openings.

Douglas F3D-2 Skynight Landing Gear

Published: January 3rd, 2016     
Douglas F3D-2 Skynight Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement landing gear for the Czech Model 4814 / Encore EC48004 Douglas F3D-2 Skynight. The 17 parts supplied include the nose gear bay, nose gear, main gear, and additional retraction arms and braces. One of Ross MacMillan’s passions is the Douglas Skynight, and he spent several hours taking photos underneath one to get this set right.

A side by side evaluation of all the SAC parts shows the initial similarity with the kit parts. The nose gear bay, in addition to helping keep the Skynight on its nose gear, has been modified by including mounting points for the nose gear strut and the nose gear retraction arm. The nose gear torque link, missing in the kit, has been provided. The nose gear strut has been lengthened. The nose gear retraction arm has been modified and relocated to where it belongs.

Lavochkin La-5 Exhausts

Published: December 31st, 2015     
Lavochkin La-5 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides you with one set of Lavochkin La-5 exhausts. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements. These Quickboost parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the Zvezda 4803 kit and Eduard’s re-issue as a limited edition kit (1148).

Quickboost has molded the exhausts perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost exhausts provide you with only minimal mold seams to sand off along with a hollowed out exhaust. Be very careful removing the parts from the resin block. I used a photo-etched saw along with a couple swipes of a sanding stick to have great looking parts. Test fitting revealed no discernable difference compared to the kit parts that should cause any problems