Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Metal Landing Gear for 1/32 Italeri F-104G/S

Published: May 16th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for 1/32 Italeri F-104G/S
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for yet another outstanding metal gear set; IPMS USA continues to appreciate the support from your contributions!

This set is, again, a simple drop-in replacement gear the new 1/32 Italeri F-104G/S.  The set contains the entire main gear beam as one casting, with a nose gear; both are perfectly cast and directly upgrades the kit parts. 

Installation is super easy; use superglue and press the SAC gear in; they fit perfectly, and impress with strength and “peace of mind” with attaching wheels/tires to the axles. 

As usual, SAC landing gear are an excellent investment.  As the kit plastic is a bit soft, the F-104 nose gear, being of the offset fork variety, will over time flex and you will have the toy-tricycle look to the nose.   The main gear probably will also splay out… With SAC metal gear, the problem is solved, as the metal will hold up.

Thanks again to Ross and SAC for continuing their efforts in fighting the battle against wimpy plastic landing gear and to IPMS USA for the review sample!  

J7W1 Shinden Landing Gear

Published: May 16th, 2014     
J7W1 Shinden Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the fourth landing gear set that I have reviewed from the folks at Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC), and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear.  This set is for the first 1/48 scale aircraft released by Zoukei-Mura in the Super Wing Series, the J7W1 Shin Den (kit Super Wing Series 1/48 1).  The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain proper angles.  Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

The J7W1 Shin Den (Magnificent Lightning) was a pusher-propeller and canard wing design built by Kyushu Hikoki for the Imperial Japanese Navy.  Only two of the aircraft were built prior to the end of World War 2.  The plane was intended to be a short-range interceptor built to deal with the B-29 Superfortress using its four nose-mounted 30mm cannons.  This aircraft has fascinated me for years, and when Zoukei-Mura released it in a more manageable 1/48 scale, I had to add one to my stash.

IAI Kfir Pitot Tube & AOA Probe

Published: May 16th, 2014     
IAI Kfir Pitot Tube & AOA Probe
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This is the tenth item that I have reviewed from Master Model, a Polish company that specializes in brass detail parts, typically in the form of gun barrels, antennas, and pitot tubes.  This new 72nd scale release is designed for the Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Kfir (lion cub), and replaces the kit supplied Pitot tube as well as providing an angle of attack (AOA) probe missing from the kit.  No kit is mentioned for installing these parts onto, so for comparison purposes, I have put the Testors/Italeri release (kit 630) to use.  As with the other releases from Master Model, these parts will dramatically improve the appearance of your plane.

F-101B Voodoo Metal Landing Gear

Published: May 16th, 2014     
F-101B Voodoo Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Christopher Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has a metal landing gear conversion set for just about every aircraft you’d want to build. The Revell 1/72 F-101B Voodoo is no exception. I just happened to have the Revell kit in my stash, so I pulled the model out and retrieved the kit landing gear to compare with the SAC landing gear.

I was surprised by the kit gear. It’s relatively nice, clean, and detailed. The SAC gear is almost exactly the same as the kit gear. The casting on this set was not that clean. There were offset mold lines on all the pieces; it looked like the casting had shifted which caused the mold lines to be very prominent. This meant lots of work to remove the lines to make the gear look good. I have reviewed other SAC 1/72 metal gear and not had the same issues. Maybe it is specific to 1/72 scale due to the small size of the gear making it difficult. 

I have to say that I would use the kit landing gear over the SAC gear in this case, and I would suggest that the SAC gear needs to be cleaner castings if they are to be drop in replacements. The set isn't need for the weight of the kit so being a drop in replacement is important.

BAC Lightning Pitot Tube

Published: May 16th, 2014     
BAC Lightning Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Another excellent turned metal (aluminum this time) pitot assembly from Master Model; IPMS USA sincerely appreciates the support of Master Model, who continue to provide first-class products to improve our kits!

Another in a long line of simple upgrades; you can see in the photos the kit item is thicker and “chunky” compared to Master Model’s replacement.  You will need to remove the kit tube from the mounting boss, drill a hole, and install.  It can’t be easier than that!   Use superglue or epoxy to attach; the fit is perfect and doesn’t need anything else.   And there is the excellent instruction sheet with actual drill dimensions and “how to put this on” for those who have never used aftermarket like this… a quality addition all around, and the cost is reasonable for the strength of the new tube.  

Type IXc U-boat Deck

Published: May 15th, 2014     
Type IXc U-boat Deck
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Nautilus Models

New from Jim Corley and Nautilus Models is a wood replacement deck for Revell's 1/72 Type IXc U-boat. If you have never purchased a Nautilus set of decking, it is actual wood decking (like the U-boats had) that is laser engraved to the correct pattern and with add-ons like resin parts and laser cut vinyl to complete the detailing.

The set has two large thicker sheets of wood which replicate the wood parts of a U-boats main deck. The main deck comes in two pieces. Also on the larger sheets is backing for the seam to brace it and several smaller parts of cut wood. There is also a smaller engraved sheet which includes the conning tower decking which is attached to an adhesive sheet. These also provide the bracing for the gun mounts. There are also engraved parts to replace the wood slats added to the periscope shears and conning tower. There is a vinyl sheet which is engraved and added to the main deck to show raised details. Lastly, there are cast resin hatches and storage lockers which are added for realism. Last but not least, there is an excellent set of instructions detailing how to add and finish the set.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero Landing Gear

Published: May 12th, 2014     
Mitsubishi A6M Zero Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Hasegawa 1/48 scale A6M Zero kits.  The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts.  The supplied items include two main gear struts, and one tail gear strut with integrally molded wheel.  Some other SAC replacement gear packages have included replacement wheels for the main gear, as well, but not the case here.  You will need to use the Hasegawa wheels for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that should provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance.  For those without basic modeling experience, be sure to use CA (Superglue) for the gear installation, as the usual plastic glues will not react with the white metal.  In some cases where original equipment was left in a natural metal finish, painting may not be necessary.  As always, check your reference photos

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Scale Aircraft Conversions for the opportunity to review this item.

F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels

Published: May 11th, 2014     
F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Wheeliant

Wheelliant is a sub-brand of Aires, a scale model resin detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic.  Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales. 

Wheelliant has produced replacement wheels and weighted tires for 1/48 Academy F-14A kits.  The website indicates other sets (with different stock numbers) that are to be used with Hobby Boss and Hasegawa Tomcat kits.  This set is intended to dress up and/or supplement the plastic kit parts.  The easily assembled rims and tires are clean glue-on replacements for the kit plastic parts.  Also included is a length of fine copper wire for use as hydraulic brake and/or electrical connection lines. 

A side-by-side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement that provides a much more realistic scale-detailed assembly with a natural “weighted effect” on the tires.  The Goodyear logo and other lettering are clearly visible on the sidewalls.  Wheel rim detail is extremely fine, with inside and outside faces cast separately.

F-4 Phantom II White Metal Landing Gear

Published: May 11th, 2014     
F-4 Phantom II White Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Hasegawa 1/72 scale F-4 Phantom kits.  The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts.  The supplied items include two main gear struts, and one nose gear strut with a separate oleo scissor and retraction strut.  Some other SAC packages include replacement wheels, as well, but not the case here.  You will need to use the Hasegawa wheels for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that should provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance.  In some cases where original equipment was left in a natural metal finish, painting may not be necessary.  As always, check your reference photos

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Scale Aircraft Conversions for the opportunity to review this item.