Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-4B Interior SA

Published: April 17th, 2014     
F-4B Interior SA
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released this set of photoetch to enhance the new Academy F-4B in the cockpit and canopy areas. The set contains one fret of brass that details the canopies, canopy sills and areas around the canopies. A second colored fret details the instrument panels and interior of the cockpit and is of the self-adhesive type.

The set has excellent instructions. To use the preprinted side panels you will have to sand the kit panels smooth. The same process is done for the rear instrument panel. The front instrument panel is all photoetch and does require some bends. The sidewalls in the kit are very nice, and the replacements are very nice also. This, to me, is a modeler’s choice as both options are great.

The highlight of these photoetch interiors are the instrument panels. They are multi-part affairs that give depth and create great looking instruments. These were flat coated and then small drops of clear were added for the glass.

Boeing 727-200 Wheels and Antenna

Published: April 16th, 2014     
Boeing 727-200 Wheels and Antenna
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Thanks to Hauler-Brengun for providing this item for review and thanks to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

What started out as an airliner with a market forecast of 250 units ended up being one of the best-selling and most popular airliners in the world.  The Boeing 727 entered service in 1964 and the last 727 was completed in 1984.  During that time 1,832 727s were built.  It was very popular with both domestic and foreign airlines alike because of its range, short runway capabilities, and versatility.  It could carry up to 189 passenger.  One of its passengers made the 727 an unforgettable piece of American history.  A man dubbed “D. B. Cooper” jumped from a Northwestern 727 with $200,000 in ransom, and into the history books as well as oblivion.

Hauler-Brengun has recently released a nice set of after-market resin wheels for a 1/144 scale Boeing 727-200.  Their web site does not specify which of several manufacturers' kits the wheels are made for.  For the purpose of this review I used the Airfix Boeing 727-200, kit #A04177.

Gloster Javelin Landing Gear

Published: April 16th, 2014     
Gloster Javelin Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions’ 1/48 Gloster Javelin landing gear set is a full replacement in white metal for both main gear legs and the nose gear. In many cases SAC will assemble some of the kit parts prior to casting; however, in this case they have cast the parts individually. Additionally, they have also cleaned up the gear and filled the sinkholes that were present on the original plastic parts.

The main gear consists of four parts for each side: a main gear leg, two retraction arms and compression scissors. The nose gear consists of the gear leg with one side wheel-cover, the opposite side wheel-cover and a retraction arm.

Detail is crisper on the metal gear than on the kit’s plastic parts. The replacement parts are a drop fit with no issues what so ever. The replacement for kit part G21 needs to be threaded through an opening in the existing kit parts, but if you take your time and do this carefully you should have no problems.

Dassault Mirage F.1 - Pitot Tube and Angle Of Attack Probe

Published: April 12th, 2014     
Dassault Mirage F.1 - Pitot Tube and Angle Of Attack Probe
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Another in a long line of excellent turned metal (brass) items from Master Model.  IPMS/USA sincerely appreciates the Master Model’s support in providing a world-class product to improve our models… THANK YOU!

I am always fascinated by the level of detail these parts have on them.  My only experience with turning metal is best left unsaid, however these probes are almost as close to perfect as they can be.

This package contains two metal parts in a double-bag system. The outer bag holds the protective card with details on the contents, and then an internal “small” bag holds the even smaller pitot and AOA (Angle of Attack) probes. 

There is not much to say about the assembly process.  Pull out the directions, carefully drill holes where required-in this case the extreme nose radome tip and port (left) side forward fuselage-and use superglue to install.  To finish the assembly, use a swipe of a sanding stick to make the surface of the radome flush with the pitot as appropriate, paint, and stand back and admire. 

Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube

Published: April 12th, 2014     
Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Another excellent turned metal (brass) pitot assembly from Master Model. IPMS USA sincerely appreciates the support of Master Model, who continue to provide first-class products to improve already great models…. THANK YOU!

This one is as simple as it gets; a pitot tube combined with the Pitot Boom which fits on the nose of the Italeri 1/72 B-58 Hustler.  Looking at the kit item and Master Model’s replacement, it is easy to see why you should buy this one.  First, the kit item is really way too short; Master Model fixes that. Use superglue or epoxy to install, the fit is perfect and doesn’t need anything else. There is an excellent instruction sheet as well, other aftermarket companies should follow this lead.

A quick word about the strength of these items. I accidently bent the extreme, very fine end of this pitot boom assembly.  It was 90 degrees to the rest of the boom, and I was extremely concerned about work-hardening and breaking the metal if I tried to straighten it back out.

SH-3D Sea King Interior Self-Adhesive Color Photo Etched Set

Published: April 8th, 2014     
SH-3D Sea King Interior Self-Adhesive Color Photo Etched Set
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Introduction

The Sikorsky Sea King helicopter was developed in the late 1950s for the US Navy’s growing anti-submarine warfare role.  Becoming operational in 1961, the Sea King would serve with the US Navy until 2006, and continues in service with other operators to this day.  Over its lifetime, the Sea King would spawn multiple variants and revisions.  This included versions to meet USAF and USCG roles, such as the well known HH-3E Jolly Green Giant combat search-and-rescue helicopters.  Additionally, licensed-built versions of the Sea King were made by Mitsubishi, Agusta, and Westland.  The British-built Westland Sea King variants differ in quite a few points from the Sikorsky-built Sea Kings, and are the basis for Cyber-Hobby’s 1/72 Sea King kits.

Fw190 Landing Gear (AX)

Published: April 6th, 2014     
Fw190 Landing Gear (AX)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

First off I’d like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for making this detail set available for review and thank IMPS/USA for allowing me to do the review.

Most of us are familiar with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.  But, for the one or two who are wondering what an Fw190 is, the following synopsis is provided.  During World War II the Fw 190 was a German single-seat fighter aircraft powered by a single radial engine.  It and its sister aircraft, the Bf109, made up the majority of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aircraft. The Fw190 is arguably the best fighter Germany had in its inventory.  It was used in a variety of rolls including day fighter, night fighter, fighter-bomber, and ground-attack aircraft.  It was very popular with the Luftwaffe pilots.  And so it is with today’s modelers.  At any show you will see a number of Fw190s on the table vying for recognition.  One way to make your model look as crisp and sharp as possible is through the use of after-market parts.

F4U-1 Corsair Flaps

Published: April 4th, 2014     
F4U-1 Corsair Flaps
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Since Tamiya now has three 1/72 Corsair releases on the market, Aires has added a highly detailed set of F4U-1 Corsair dropped flaps to their line of aftermarket parts. This set enables modelers to build a 1/72 Corsair with flaps dropped without the need to carefully remove and modify the non-dropped flaps molded into the Tamiya kits’ wings.

Complete flap units are provided for the left and right wings to make adding them to the model a fairly manageable task.  The parts are designed to fit onto the wings as complete units once the modeler has carefully removed the non-dropped flaps molded into the kit wings.  The instruction sheet says to trim and dry fit parts during assembly.  That is good advice.  I found it necessary to thin the trailing edges of the upper and lower wing halves, after I removed the molded flaps from the kit parts, so everything would fit well, and then notch the resin bar that slips into the opening so it would clear the rear wheel well wall (see photos below). 

F6F Hellcat Wheels (type A) & paint masks

Published: April 2nd, 2014     
F6F Hellcat Wheels (type A) & paint masks
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has added the Type A wheels and masks for the F6F Hellcat to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grey resin, is smooth, seamless and bubble free. When I compared the type A tire to the type B tire I found that the type A had a diamond tread look to it, while the type B had smooth sides and a few lines that circled the tire. That’s all I could find about the different types except that they were used as a “that’s what we have at the moment” type of application.

For comparison I pulled out a Heller Hellcat from my stash. There really is no comparison. The Heller tires are molded as separate halves that have to be glued together while the Aires parts are solid with no seam to sand down and the paint masks are a very welcome addition to assist in painting.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice set of tires for your Hellcat model. I’d like to thank Aires Hobby Models and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

Su-27 Flanker (Late) Wheels and Paint Masks

Published: April 2nd, 2014     
Su-27 Flanker (Late) Wheels and Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has added the wheels and masks for the SU-27 Flanker to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grey resin; it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free.

For comparison I pulled out an Italeri Sea Flanker from my stash but found out that the Sea Flanker had 2 wheels up front. I called a friend of mine and he had the right kit so I compared it to the Encore SU-27. The Aires parts seem to be a little more detailed than the Encore wheels and the Aires paint masks are a very welcome addition to assist in painting.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice set of tires for your SU-27 model. I’d like to thank Aires Hobby Models and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.