Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-102 Landing Gear and Nose Bay

Published: March 31st, 2013     
F-102 Landing Gear and Nose Bay
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions makes various landing gear sets out of lead-free white metal. Some come with the wheels attached, if needed, while others might have the wheel bay included to help with added weight, but most only come with the new landing gear struts. This set comes with the forward wheel bay included so there is added weight up front. I’m pretty sure you will still have to add weight to the nose, but this is a great help.

The detail of the metal parts is crisp and looks flawless. The advantage to these parts is their strength and that they won’t warp under the kit’s weight over time. They will also hold up well while you work with them – no accidentally snapping them apart. To attach the new landing gear, you will need to use CA glue. On their web site they recommend a thicker, gap-filling CA glue so that you can position them the way you want, and then use an accelerator to bond the parts instantly.

Me-410 Landing Gear

Published: March 30th, 2013     
Me-410 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal landing gear replacements for scale models. This was the first time I’ve used one of their replacements and I have to say that it was very easy to use them and that I like it a lot.

This aftermarket set is designed to be a drop-in replacement for the Meng Messerchmitt 410 landing gear. You don’t need to modify any parts to make them fit to your airplane. The fit is perfect and the breakdown of the parts mimics the breakdown of the plastic parts. The replacement landing gear has good surface detail, very similar to the level of detail of the plastic parts.

The white metal parts are actually very easy to work with. I did not need to clean any seams on my parts, nor modify them in any way. They took Model Master Enamel paint very well.

I would say that the main reason to use the replacement kit is for strength. I was surprised by the weight of Meng’s model and I was actually glad to have the chance to use the aftermarket set.

Ju-87D-5 Interior Set

Published: March 30th, 2013     
Ju-87D-5 Interior Set
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

What’s Inside

The interior set is comprised of 2 PE frets (one is pre-painted and has some self-adhesive parts), a small clear film, and a 5-page instruction sheet. There are just over 80 pieces to this set, and it is pretty nice if I say so myself! The instructions are broken down into manageable sections, starting with the cockpit floor. The radio operator’s seat support is replaced, along with the rudder pedals. They also give you the observation window between the rudder pedals (not sure why Italeri didn’t have this). Next are the side walls of the cockpit with 28 pieces. There is not a lot of cutting so far, which was nice, but, you should sand some of the raised detail off to help the self-adhesive parts stick better (notably the fuse panel and trim wheels). Not having used an Eduard set in a while, I was surprised there was no throttle quadrant, just some very small tabs to put on the levers. There are a few small levers you need to use and I advise (strongly!) to take your time with these.

Ju-87D-5 Exterior Set

Published: March 30th, 2013     
Ju-87D-5 Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

What’s Inside

You get 1 large fret and a 5-page instruction sheet. The instructions take you in order from the front of the aircraft to the back. Starting with the oil cooler intake, supercharger intake, bomb rack fittings and, if you use it, the flame dampener. Next up are the underwing radiators, and there is some minor surgery required. Be careful not to take too much off, but also make sure you take enough off or the pieces will not fit right (It really is a fine line and one that I crossed on one section). There are 5 pieces for the forward part and 3 for the rear and it is VERY delicate. Of the 8 folds I had to make, 6 of them broke off. I recommend that the screens be placed on before adding the flaps. Trust me, it will be easier.

Moving on to the wings, there are many pieces to add here, starting with 20+ inspection hatches…UGH! You are also provided fuel filler hatches and the fuel tank booster pump maintenance hatches. The wing walks are nice but are the wrong style for the D-5 (at least, in all the pictures I’ve seen, anyway) and I will replace these with the kit-supplied ones which are the correct type.

Replacement British Naval Gunbarrels, 16", 6", and 4.7"

Published: March 24th, 2013     
Replacement British Naval Gunbarrels, 16", 6", and 4.7"
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

  • 16" - SM-700-033, $7.00 (9 barrels)
  • 6" - SM-700-034, $5.00 (12 barrels)
  • 4.7" - SM-700-035, $4.50 (16 barrels)

Master Models is a company in Poland that must employ elves, incredibly small tool and die makers, and/or people with exceptional eyesight. They make replacement gun barrels for aircraft and ship models out of brass, and some of these are incredibly small and all are exquisitely detailed. The subjects of this review were selected because they would enable a modeler to replace all the main weapon gun barrels on either a 1/700 HMS Nelson or Rodney. The 16" were only used on these ships, but the 6" and 4.7" could also be used on other Royal Navy ships with these weapons. For example, since 16 4.7" barrels come in a packet, you could replace all the main guns on up to 4 destroyers, depending on the class of the ships. Let me be clear, each caliber barrel packet is a separate item and is priced as such. This is NOT a set of all three types of barrels. It was just easier to review all three at once.

Bunny Fighter Grass Masks

Published: March 18th, 2013     
Bunny Fighter Grass Masks
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

For those who might have missed it, Eduard has launched the Bunny Fighter Club, a membership club from Eduard which will have special kits and aftermarket available to members only. To join, you need to purchase their excellent 1/48 MiG-21MF kit which has Bunny Club markings. The markings for the kit include the 2 Czech planes and the MiG-21MF flown by Lt. C. Bunnyfield. This colorful character has a light blue and green plane with orange details, with a large bunny on the tail wielding a missile.

All kidding aside, Bunny Club members receive some great perks:

Rigging Turnbuckles for WWI Aircraft

Published: March 17th, 2013     
Rigging Turnbuckles for WWI Aircraft
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: GasPatch Models

This product review will begin with a general introduction to GasPatch Models. GasPatch Models is located in Athens, Greece. GasPatch was founded in 2011 and produces plastic model kits and an excellent array of aftermarket parts intended for WWI aircraft subjects. One gets a sense of the professional nature of this enterprise by visiting the GasPatch website. The website is first-rate in appearance, navigation of the site is intuitive, and finding specific items is simple, easy, and quick. In a word…the site is an excellent site and reflects well on GasPatch as a company.

At the time of this writing, GasPatch has three variants of the Salmson 2A2 in the planning stages, all in 1/48th scale. This review, however, focuses on some GasPatch products that are already available. GasPatch produces a line of turnbuckles and air speed indicators in 1/48th and 1/32nd scales. This review focuses on these turnbuckle accessory packs.

Fabric Seatbelts for Luftwaffe WWII Fighters

Published: March 17th, 2013     
Fabric Seatbelts for Luftwaffe WWII Fighters
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In this detail set, Eduard provides modelers with a unique way to add detailed seat belts to any 1/48 scale WWII Luftwaffe fighter.  Unlike previous Eduard seatbelt sets, this one does not include solely painted photo-etch parts.  Instead, the photo-etch components in this set are for the buckles and other hardware, and the belts are provided in a flexible, pre-printed fabric that comes on a paper backing.  This multi-media combination promises realistic looking results because of the flexibility of the belt material.

The drawings on the front of the small instruction sheet illustrate the somewhat complex assembly process, and the step-by-step instructions on the back describe how to do it.  These cryptic instructions describe a process that proved to be more tedious than I had expected.

The steps read:

Buccaneer Landing Gear

Published: March 17th, 2013     
Buccaneer Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions makes various landing gear sets out of lead-free white metal. Some come with the wheels attached if needed, like this set for the Buccaneer, where the kits wheels are molded onto the struts. Others might have the wheel bay included to help with added weight, but most only come with the new landing gear struts. I had the Airfix model so I don’t know how the CMR wheels are molded.

The detail of the metal parts is much crisper and looks flawless. The advantage to these parts is their strength and that they won’t warp under the kit’s weight over time. They will also hold up well while you work with them – no accidentally snapping them apart. To attach the new landing gear, you will need to use CA glue. On their web site they recommend a thicker gap-filling CA glue so that you can position them the way you want and then use an accelerator to bond the parts instantly.

I highly recommend this product. I have had models where the landing gear has broken under the aircraft’s weight, and how disappointing it is to see your kit leaning in the display case. It’s good to know that there is a solution for this.

Soft Pipes – Materials for Detailing Projects

Published: March 16th, 2013     
Soft Pipes – Materials for Detailing Projects
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Riich Models

  • Stock # RE 30006 (0.8 mm pipes)
  • Stock # RE 30007 (1.0 mm pipes)

Thank you to Riich Models, Dragon Models USA, and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the chance to review this intriguing product.  This is really one review of 2 different diameters, and there are 2 other smaller sizes available.  Each package contains 5 pieces of soft pipe in about 800 mm (7.75 inches) lengths.

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