Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-17 Wheels

Published: March 14th, 2013     
B-17 Wheels
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

No introduction is needed for the subject that would carry these wheels!  The B-17 has long been a favorite among modelers, and many remember Shep Pane’s diorama using the Monogram B-17G.  Revell also released the B-17F, and now both molds have long been reissued many times.  Needless to say, it’s still the only game in town for a quarter-inch scale B-17, and overall is still accurate in shape.  However, the finer details show their age.

Eduard has been releasing lots of very useful resin upgrades that can add a little extra life to some older kits.  These new resin wheels for the B-17 are no exception, and are little jewels to support your detailed B-17 project properly.

In The Package

The parts come in a blister pack similar to Aires’ sets, with the resin parts sandwiched in the larger compartment with some foam rubber, and the included mask set within a upper compartment that has also been known to hold photo etch parts in other sets.  Overall, it makes for a great package with the parts and masks protected from damage.

F-16 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probes

Published: March 14th, 2013     
F-16 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probes
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Review Product

Three parts are included in this set: the pitot tube and two angle of attack probes.  The parts are packaged in a small zip-lock bag, stapled in a folded, heavy paper stock display hanger.  The parts are also further sealed in a small envelope of clear plastic film taped to a heavy card stock stiffener inside the bag.

A small instruction sheet is also included that shows the installation.

Application

This pitot tube is designed for the Tamiya F-16.  Installation is a simple matter of drilling out the opening in the kit nose part, applying a touch of super glue, inserting the pitot tube – and it is ready for paint. That simple, but what an improvement over the kit pitot tube!  Same goes for the AOA probes mounted on either side of the nose, except here the probes fit within pre-formed openings in the sides of the nose.  These particular parts are tiny!!  Care will be required during installation to avoid loss.

He-219 Detail Set

Published: March 14th, 2013     
He-219 Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues to produce their prolific, super-detailed PE sets for upgrading already good kits into great kits; thanks to Jan Zdiarsky at Eduard for providing IPMS/USA these three sets.  Your support of our organization is more than appreciated…and thanks to Dick and Steve at IPMS/USA for passing these on to me to review!

U.S. Ammunition Boxes, Vietnam

Published: March 8th, 2013     
U.S. Ammunition Boxes, Vietnam
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

This is a neat set!  You get enough resin ammo cans, laser-cut wood, brass wire, and decals to make three crates.  You can also build the crates empty and use the ammo cans separately to fill an even wider scene or vehicle load.  The laser-cut wood is well defined and even has engraved sections describing what is contained inside.

Construction began with removing the resin ammunition cans from the pour lugs; a small swipe of a sanding stick and they were ready.  Like all resin, it is best to give the parts a good soap and brush cleansing to ensure all mold release agents are removed.  Remember that resin particles are hazardous and you should always complete these tasks using water to keep the dust down and wear a cheap doctor’s mask to keep the particulates out of your lungs.

BAE Harrier Pitot and AOA Probes

Published: March 7th, 2013     
BAE Harrier Pitot and AOA Probes
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This detailing set covers the Harrier GR.1, T.2, AV-8A and AV-8C, so there have been many companies that have produced various of these models in 1/72 scale over the years.  In all cases, the plastic Pitot tube, while small, is still larger and less defined than the turned metal Pitot tube that Master-Model has gained a deserved reputation for making.  This detail set also includes the Angle of Attack (AOA) probe, which may or may not be in many kits.

B-25H/J Wheels

Published: March 6th, 2013     
B-25H/J Wheels
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

I feel I have to start this review by saying that Eduard, as always, has come out with a fine product and once again has set the bar. I cannot remember any product from Eduard that I reviewed that had nothing but the best to say about it. Minute flaws, yes, but overall always highly recommended.

However, I did have to say that HK did their homework, also. With Eduard, the details are flawless, fit perfectly, and are well-engineered, but, so are HK’s. The detail on both sets are so close that it makes it impossible to say if this upgrade is really worth doing. I’m not talking about the cost. With Eduard one always gets his money’s worth by way of fit and quality. I’m talking about how close these parts are to one another with respect to detail and accuracy. Even the tire lettering on both sets is spot-on. Eduard’s wheels, as well as HK’s, also fit on Scale Aircraft Conversions’ landing gear, which, I feel, is a total necessity due to all the weight I had to use not to make the B-25 a tail-sitter.

TBD-1 Devastator Detail Set

Published: February 28th, 2013     
TBD-1 Devastator Detail Set
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Years ago, Eduard produced a photo etch set for the Monogram Devastator that really breathed some life into that venerable old kit. With the release of the new Great Wall Hobby Devastator, once again Eduard comes through with a PE set that pushes detailing well beyond the already superb lever that the kit itself provides. I had hoped to receive this set in time to use it with the GWH Devastator that I was building for IPMS review. As it turned out, the Devastator build was nearly completed before this set arrived. Nevertheless, here’s a rundown of what you get.

This new Big Ed set is a combination of four photo etch sheets and a complete set of vinyl canopy and wheel masks. The Flap sheet has supports, bracing, and flap parts for both the upper and lower wing. This is especially helpful, as there is a noticeable gap created with the joining of the kit’s lower wing to the fuselage. These parts should hide that opening completely.

The Exterior sheet contains parts for the engine wiring, wheel hubs and wheel well boxing, torpedo parts (warhead and fin boxes, as well as attachment straps), bomb racks, numerous hatches, and interiors to the bombardier’s doors.

Spiteful & Seafang Landing Gear

Published: February 27th, 2013     
Spiteful & Seafang Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Unlike my last review sample of SAC products, this time the USPS did not wreak havoc on the package and all but destroy the contents! They delivered an intact and fully usable set of landing gear.

What you get in the package is a full gear replacement in white metal for both main gear legs and the tail wheel. As you can see from one of the photos, the SAC gear has simplified things by making the compression scissors one piece versus two pieces.

Detail is crisper on the metal gear than on the kit’s plastic parts, as has come to be expected from SAC. The replacement parts are a drop fit with no issues whatsoever. They worked flawlessly and added considerably to the look of the finished model.

Seahawk Paint Masks

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
Seahawk Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The package says this mask set is designed for the Trumpeter Seahawk Mk. 100/101.  However, it also can be used for masking the canopy in the Trumpeter Seahawk FGA.Mk.6 kit (if you are unable to find Mask set EX220), since these kits share the same clear parts.  With a little adjustment here and there, set EX 374 may also be usable for masking the canopies in Classic Airframes1/48 scale Seahawk kits.

Like other Eduard mask sets, this one is made of Kabuki tape (similar to Tamiya’s masking tape) and contains precut masks for the kit’s windscreen, canopy, gunsight, and wheels.  The masks will adhere well to any flat or curved surface, so masking is easily accomplished, and the masks can be removed after paining is completed.  A simple instruction sheet is included to guide the masking process.

B-25 Fuselage Interior PE Set

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
B-25 Fuselage Interior PE Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The set consists of three photo etch sheets.  Two of these are unpainted brass color the other is pre- colored for you.  You get parts to replace and also detail the upper turret and the rear gun position.  Also included are parts to replace the front and rear entry hatches and ladders.  Additionally, there are new shelves for the waist gunners’ ammo boxes and new ammo boxes to sit on them.  The final parts are new gun barrels for the many machine guns (13 in all).

The instructions are quite adequate in explaining the bending and placement of the details.  They also tell you what you have to remove on the existing parts so they will fit.

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