Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

T-28 Control Lever and Rudder Pedals

Published: November 20th, 2013     
T-28 Control Lever and Rudder Pedals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost adds another set of upgrade part to its line for the Roden T-28 series. In this example, the add two upgraded control stick and four upgraded rudder pedals. the parts are cast perfectly in Aires gray resin. The control sticks have a web of film that has to be removed. No instructions are included as these are direct replacement parts.

Removal is simple. Cut the parts free and trim as needed and use. I will warn you, the control sticks are very thin and fragile and even with the good quality of resin, I snapped one off at the base. Its an easy fix but still, a light touch is required.

I have included comparison shots of the Roden parts. The Quickboost sticks are finer and have no ejection pin marks. The rudder pedals from Quickboost have a better tread pattern on them and better attachment points.

Roden's T-28's have large cockpits and big canopies so any enhancement to the cockpit will be visible. In this case, this upgrade set is a definite improvement and visible and at a reasonable cost and for those reasons, can be recommended. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this set.

Exhaust Nozzles for GR.3/FRS.1 Harriers

Published: November 17th, 2013     
Exhaust Nozzles for GR.3/FRS.1 Harriers
Reviewed by: John Kelly, IPMS# 3010
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

These resin parts are designed to replace the exhaust nozzles in any of the first-generation Harrier kits from a number of manufacturers.  They are advertised to fit the Italeri and Hasegawa Sea Harrier FRS.1 and the Italeri and Hasegawa Harrier GR.3.  Since the Italeri kits are reissues of the ESCI AV-8A/GR.3 and FRS.1 kits, these parts will fit those kits as well.  They will also work on the Fujimi AV-8A kit, as that is a copy (not a reissue) of the ESCI kit.  These are first after market nozzles available for the first-generation Harriers, although similar items have been available for the second-generation Harriers (AV-8B, AV-8B+, GR.5/7/9) for some time by a variety of manufacturers.  They are not the same.

Bf109E Instrument Panel Mask

Published: November 16th, 2013     
Bf109E Instrument Panel Mask
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/4
Company: Eduard

When Eduard released the Bf109E Instrument they also released a mask to go along with it. Unfortunately the only way to purchase this mask is through Eduard's store and you have to be a member of the Bunny Fighter Club.

Now when it comes to masking a model you could take and make your own mask with one of the many medias available, or you can purchase a ready to use mask for that specific model and cut your masking time in about half. The mask for the Instrument panel helps in several difficult areas. One of the areas that the really comes in handy is for some of the raised details on the instrument panel that have to be painted. Another very helpful part of the mask is for molded on bolt heads. It makes painting these a breeze. You can follow the link above for a better idea of what is included or Eduard has a great article on building the instrument panel which includes a breakdown of the mask. The article can be found by following this link:

 http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2013/info-eduard-2013-01EN.pdf

Su-7BKL Air Intakes

Published: November 13th, 2013     
Su-7BKL Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is well known for creating nicely detailed drop-in replacement parts to enhance the detail of plastic models. This time around they have released a set of fuselage air intakes for the Su-7 from KP (reboxed by Eduard).

The air intakes are perfectly cast in grey resin, with a smooth, bubble-free finish. The molding includes two side walls to prevent accidental damage of the parts while in transit or storage. Removal of the parts should be easy, with either a hobby saw or even by scoring with a #11 blade if you take your time.

All the air intakes are hollow and have very thin edges, adding to the scale effect of your model. You can compare the resin parts with the plastic ones. The plastic ones have thick edges and in some cases (like part 119) they are not even hollow, being just a bump in the fuselage.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels.

I would like to thank Aires, Quickboost, and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Mirage III Pitot Tube

Published: November 13th, 2013     
Mirage III Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is well known for creating nicely detailed drop-in replacement parts to enhance the detail of plastic models. This time they present a trio of pitot tubes for the Mirage III, for either the Eduard or the Hobby Boss kit.

The pitot tubes are perfectly cast in grey resin, with a smooth, bubble-free finish. The molding includes two side walls to prevent accidental damage of the parts while in transit or storage. Removal of the parts should be easy, with either a hobby saw or even by scoring with a #11 blade if you take your time.

This set provides you with spare parts, which is a very thoughtful decision from Quickboost, as pitot tubes are very easily broken off. If you are careful in construction, you have spares for your next Mirage!

Perhaps the single best advantage of this replacement part is the lack of a mold seam (in comparison with the plastic one), and we all know that a nose-mounted pitot tube is one of the focal points of any airplane.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels, as the replacement of this part is trivial and will enhance the look of your finished model.

Mirage III Gun Barrels

Published: November 13th, 2013     
Mirage III Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is well known for creating nicely detailed drop-in replacement parts to enhance the detail of plastic models. They have released a set of gun barrels for the Mirage III, for either the Eduard or the Hobby Boss kit. It might be possible to use this set with the Italeri Mirage IIIE, but I am not sure.

The cannon barrels are perfectly cast in grey resin, with a smooth, bubble-free finish. The molding includes two side walls to prevent accidental damage of the parts while in transit or storage. Removal of the parts should be easy, with either a hobby saw, or even by scoring with a #11 blade, if you take your time.

You can compare the resin parts with the plastic ones provided in the Hobby Boss kit. The main difference you’ll see is the muzzle brake detail and a much finer cannon barrel.

Based on the limited research I’ve done, the look of resin cannon and muzzle brake resembles more the visual aspect of a Colt Mk 12 (20m) than a DEFA 30 mm, the standard Mirage III cannon. However, in my opinion, the resin parts look nicer than the plastic ones. Do your own research and make your own conclusion.

HK B-17G Navigator and Bombardier Compartment Detail Set

Published: November 7th, 2013     
HK B-17G Navigator and Bombardier Compartment Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is part 3 of the continuing review of Eduard’s interior parts for the HK B-17 kit.  The usual thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets is again stated!

This installment covers the very visible nose interior section of the aircraft.  I have noted several reviewers take Eduard to task for daring to try to include details that are (1) actually there on the aircraft and (2) are considered redundant since you “can’t see them.”  Not so; they will be tough to see, but the Eduard updates certainly add a lot of visual interest to the kit.  Having built more than my share of Monogram B-17G’s over the years, that kit has better basic interior detail in many ways than the HK kit, and Eduard is addressing those points.

This much detail is, of course, a matter of personal taste, and one is certainly free not to invest in these sets.  HOWEVER, I am enjoying these sets, as my one flight on a B-17 and a lot of time doing maintenance on a museum item showed me much of the detail Eduard provides for the modeler, and I know we are well past 1965 when kits were 98 cents and that was considered excessive by our parents.  Keep this a hobby!

US Navy Multiple Ejector Rack MER-7

Published: November 5th, 2013     
US Navy Multiple Ejector Rack MER-7
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

The US Navy Multiple Ejector Rack MER-7 is a weapon suspension unit that attaches to an aircraft's main racks (pylons or hard points) and can carry up to six weapons, such as a variety of bombs. This is currently used by the Navy only, as, according to sources, the Air Force quit using them in the 1990's. They have been used on the A-6 to F-105's.

The parts are extremely well detailed and cast in the normal grey resin. The racks are cast in one part. All you need to do is separate them from the casting blocks, sand, and you are ready. The remainder of the parts, 28, are the shackles to attach the bombs to the MER and the shackles to attach the MER to the pylon. These need some cleaning and are small, so careful removal and clean up is required. It isn't difficult, but they are so finely cast that it will be time well spent. These are glued into the correct holes. To complete the MER, the modeler needs to use solder or wire to form the six wires connected to the mounting heads. I used wire from auto models used to wire the engines. Aerobonus has included recesses for the wire to go into, so this part goes quickly.

HK B-17 Seatbelt Set

Published: November 1st, 2013     
HK B-17 Seatbelt Set
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