Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tents, Tarps and Sherman Deck Equipment

Published: December 17th, 2013     
Tents, Tarps and Sherman Deck Equipment
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Value Gear

Value Gear out of Ireland continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket armor accessories, featuring plastic representations of tents, tarps, backpacks, crates – just about anything you might find piled high on a busy AFV, or anywhere else for that matter. 

Their website is intuitive and easy to navigate.  The home page describes Value Gear's Goal:

A-1 Skyraider Pylons for Underwing Stores

Published: December 16th, 2013     
A-1 Skyraider Pylons for Underwing Stores
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The A-1 Skyraider was known for its ability to carry a “world of hurt” on its underwing pylons. Quickboost has provided a set of pylons for the Tamiya kit that significantly enhance the appearance of an already well-detailed kit. Specifically, the QB parts replace the pylons provided by the Tamiya kit.

Quickboost provides an illustration that clearly indicates the Tamiya kit parts that are replaced by the QB items. QB realizes that some of the parts they provide are very delicate and need additional support in order to arrive on the modeler’s workbench in one piece. QB parts # 5 (sway braces) appear, at first glance, to have “flash” on them. Upon closer inspection you will identify that “flash” as extra support material, protecting the arms of the sway brace. It is not difficult to remove this support material but some caution needs to be exercised in order to prepare the part for placement on the model.

F-15C Eagle Cockpit Set

Published: December 15th, 2013     
F-15C Eagle Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks to Aires for this stunning bit of resin; Even though this was a second generation F-15 model from Hasegawa, this kit is over 20 years old and has been in need of an upgrade to the cockpit.  Aires provides just what is needed to strengthen the presentation of this model.

Once again it is easy to see the level of detail Aires provides; how they do it is beyond my abilities, but they do.  The basic cockpit tub is a phenomenal casting; all the required details are there.  The same goes for the avionics bay located aft of the cockpit. As a reminder, this aircraft is pre-MISP (an avionics upgrade to bring AAMRAAM and other capability to the jet), so the black boxes and other bits are appropriate for the Icelandic markings.  (If I remember correctly from my time at 17th AF in USAFE, the 56th birds received their jets from the 36th at Bitburg before MISP started; someone correct me if my old memory has faded that much).

Sepecat Jaguar Wheels and Paint Masks

Published: December 15th, 2013     
Sepecat Jaguar Wheels and Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

A quick “thank you!” to Aires for providing us with this set; once again the excellence of your products is readily apparent!

This is a very simple swap out for the Hasegawa Jaguar wheels.   As you see in the side by side pictures, the outside rim detail is much more refined than the almost 30 year old wheels in the kit. The brake assembly on the back side (which is not on the kit wheels) is just phenomenal for this scale. 

The masks are olive green and semi-flexible.  My past experience with these masks are that they work very well… when you use them correctly!  (Mask the tire, not the wheel.)  That may seem obvious, but I’m getting older, ya know.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this upgrade is well beyond my ability to reproduce; particularly for the four main wheels and brakes. The masks add another helpful dimension for those of us who just can’t quite thin the paint correctly and preventing the rims from looking like someone took a two-inch brush to paint the tires. 

These wheels are a worthy acquisition for your Hasegawa Jaguar kit.

MHU-191 M Munition Transporter with Aero 58 Adapter

Published: December 15th, 2013     
MHU-191 M Munition Transporter with Aero 58 Adapter
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Thanks to Aires for catering to the AMS in all of us; we appreciate your support!

This will save a lot of scratchbuilding time for those who are into dioramas or weapons; the MHU-191 M munition transporter with aero 58 adapter  is used for transporting weapons; unfortunately I could not find what type of weapon is used with this adaptor; I did find this excerpt from a Naval ordinance  Manual:  “The Aero 58A skid adaptor holds a single weapon of up to 30.5 inches in diameter; it can be used wihtthe MHU-125/# platform skid and MHU-126/M munitions trailer”. 

Bottom line:  it’s Navy, use it accordingly!

An excellent diorama accessory in the Aerobonus range; pretty soon we’ll have to build additions to our homes to handle the miniature flightlines and flight decks we are building! 

Thanks again to Aires/Aerobonus and to IPMS USA for this review item.

JGSDF Type 90 Main Battle Tank Workable Tracks w/ Rubber Pad

Published: December 15th, 2013     
JGSDF Type 90 Main Battle Tank Workable Tracks w/ Rubber Pad
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35th
Company: Raupen Modell, Japan

Raupen Modell is a new firm whose first releases center on providing workable track sets for the 1/35th scale Tamiya JGSDF Type 90 Main Battle Tank.  The accessory kit under review in this article covers the set that includes rubber pads for the metal tracks.  A second, lower priced set covers tracks without the rubber pads.

The kit’s contents come in a stout plain white cardboard box with a simple adhesive sticker label, and consist of approximately 45 small injection molded plastic sprues of a steel gray color.  Each sprue consists of four track links worth of parts, each track link having four parts to it.  There are enough sprues to provide for the 76 links per side required for a Tamiya Type 90 kit, with some left over for spares or to cover any parts breakage during assembly.

Mosquito Oil Radiators

Published: December 15th, 2013     
Mosquito Oil Radiators
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Product

The oil radiators come packaged in the typical clear cellophane and a cardboard insert that Quickboost has become known for. The parts are cast in a light gray resin and are very sharp features. The parts are designed to be used on any of the excellent Tamiya 1/72nd Mosquitos.

Application

When removing the parts from the pour block, use care as the resin is very thin. Don't worry about getting the part cleaned up real good at this point, you can do that once it is attached to the model to give it some extra support. Next you will need to trim the kit part. There is several raised straight lines that will have to be removed (see photo). Once they are removed and the area is smoothed out you attach the resin. I used Gator grip glue to attach the parts as it gives you time to set the part. Once the part was set I finished cleaning it up.

These two pieces are a vast improvement over the kit part. I highly recommend these if you are looking to improve the already nice Tamiya Mosquito.

I would like to thank Aires - Quickboost and IPMS/USA for allowing me the opportunity to review this set.

Generic/Universal Wooden Crates

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Generic/Universal Wooden Crates
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Value Gear

Value Gear has been on the model scene for about two years now.  The company is out of Ireland where the owner/operator is a Daytime Dad and a nighttime casting machine.  These are almost his words off the website.  The premise behind the idea is “Any Army Any Era.  This is a great concept and a wonderful application.  NO helmets, roadwheels or weapons that will “set” the stowage.  These items, and there are plenty, can be used on almost every vehicle from WWI to the Present.

This set is number three in a series of eight.  All are different but I bet some are repeats.  Each set contains a number of wooden crates from small to large size.  In this set you get a total of 19 wooden crates.  There are several duplicates which is great for using a certain crate.  There is wood detail on all sides except the bottom.  Some of it is super fine and might not take the dry brushing well.  We will definitely see.    The great thing about this set is that there is not a single pour lug that needs to be removed.  All that is needed is some sanding and you are ready to go.

A-1 Skyraider Boot Cockpit Sliding Enclosure System

Published: December 12th, 2013     
A-1 Skyraider Boot Cockpit Sliding Enclosure System
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides a very large array of aftermarket detail parts, uniformly outstanding in quality and fidelity to detail and scale. This QB product is just one of several that can be used to detail the Tamiya A-1H kit.

Tamiya provides a rather simple part in their A-1H kit ( # 61058) that represents the Boot Enclosure in its stowed position. The Tamiya part in question is Part A6 which is added to the airframe in step 11 in the Tamiya instructions.

In a side-by-side comparison of part A6 and the QB Boot, the boot has the proper length and width and matches the length of part A6, or that bit of A6 in question. All that is necessary is to clip off the “hood” area of A6 and replace it with the QB part.

In under a minute one can improve the appearance of the cockpit significantly by using this QB product.

Conclusion

Three descriptive terms come to mind when considering this QB item, those being “easy”, “inexpensive”, and “highly effective”. This product is highly recommended for use by modelers of all skill levels. Thanks to Aires QB and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.

F-89 Landing Gear

Published: December 11th, 2013     
F-89 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Background

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal landing gear for various aircraft models in 1/144th, 1/72nd, and 1/48th scale.  Most sets are direct replacements for the kit parts. 

The Parts

The Revell F-89D/J has been around since the early 1990s (my boxing has a copyright date of 1992).  Revell of Germany has recently re-issued this kit, and no matter which boxing you get, it is a nice model of the F-89D/J.  The SAC landing gear for the F-89 are direct replacements for the kit parts.  The white metal parts have some mold lines that will need to be cleaned up, but are otherwise is great condition.  Due to the nature of the material used, I do feel that some of the finer details of the landing gear are not as crisp as their plastic counterparts.  However, after some paint and weathering this should not be an issue.