Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

RAF Late Type Turnbuckles

Published: February 23rd, 2014     
RAF Late Type Turnbuckles
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: GasPatch Models

WWI aircraft model builders will be interested to know that GasPatch’s line of aftermarket detail parts also now includes cast metal turnbuckles for rigging late war and between-the-war RAF aircraft.  As previously noted in IPMS/USA product reviews, the Gas Patch aftermarket details represent “…a significant and notable advance in the quality of aftermarket parts for WWI aircraft”.  These turnbuckles certainly are further proof of that statement. 

Soviet Infantry Weapons and Equipment

Published: February 22nd, 2014     
Soviet Infantry Weapons and Equipment
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt is a Ukraine company that was established in 2001 and released their first kit in 2003. They are well known for their Diorama series, but the have released many armored vehicles, figure sets and accessory sets over the past several years.

This set comes in an end-opening cardboard box and it contains four sprues of parts molded in a light gray plastic. The molding is clean with no flash, but there are a few minor mold lines that will need to be removed on some of the parts. The attachment points on the parts to the sprue have been well thought out even though some are on the large side. This should make clean up easy. These pieces have a high degree of detail even though some are relatively small.

What comes in the kit is as follows:

Boeing 707, C-135 Landing Gear

Published: February 22nd, 2014     
Boeing 707, C-135 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Again, thanks very much to Ross at SAC for doing the hard work for us on this gear. We at IPMS USA sincerely appreciate your contributions for review!

This is a simple drop fit for the Heller 707 or E-3 models. If you want to build the AMT/Heller/Italeri KC-135A/R with SAC gear, they provide that as item 72001.  The packaging says 72072 can be used on a KC 135 as well. I did not hold them up to each other, but I’m certain they could be used for either kit. You’ll have to modify the nose gear for the KC-135, as that gear is different than the E-3 or 707; and the actuator arm for the KC-135 is longer on those kits. 

Historical note once again:  The KC-135 came first, not the 707.  The KC is based on the “Dash 80” airframe, and is different than on the 707 or E-3, which is a larger, more robust airframe with a totally different wing and fuselage.  An error made by many, including famous authors.  Those of us who have worked on both know the difference.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 Landing Gear (Rev.)

Published: February 21st, 2014     
Messerschmitt Bf 109 Landing Gear (Rev.)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks very much to Ross at SAC for doing the hard work for us on this gear. We at IPMS USA sincerely appreciate your contributions for review!

If you have not built the new (2013) release of the BF-109G, may I recommend you try one.  The detail is great, fit as well, and the engineering shows much concern for the modeler.  This is not the original 1967-vintage model many of us remember.

One weak area of the kit is the landing gear; Revell DE’s plastic is a bit softer than other companies, and this contributes to the lower cost but also means things like landing gear can bow or break over time.  In the case of this model, the gear is also made up of three main parts, cemented together.  It makes the fidelity to life that much better, but at the same time can contribute to some difficulty in assembly.  It’s also a failure point. 

Arado Ar 196 Undercarriage Set

Published: February 19th, 2014     
Arado Ar 196 Undercarriage Set
Reviewed by: John Kaylor, IPMS# 48733
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master-X

Master X, an eastern European company, has released a high quality resin beaching trolley/trailer for the excellent and affordable Revell 1/32nd scale Arado Ar 196 float plane.  The combination of the two provides a nice solution to the tricky question of how to display Revell’s masterpiece if you don’t want to purchase a $90 resin catapult by HPH, or leave it sitting unrealistically on the tarmac.

Opening the Box

The box contains 17 resin pieces, and a half-sheet of paper with drawings of parts with lines showing where each goes.

The parts include the frame and deck of the trailer, the main wheels and guide wheels, and the “fenders”, presumably for preventing rocks from being kicked up into the underbelly of the aircraft.

Antonov AN-2 Engine

Published: February 19th, 2014     
Antonov AN-2 Engine
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The AN-2 “"Annushka" (NATO designation “Colt”) bi-plane is brutish, rugged airplane – a throwback from a very earlier age. Central to this appearance is the large Shvetsov Ash-62 9 cylinder radial engine (a development from the Wright R-1820 Cyclone) at the end of a short nose.. Overall, Hobby Boss captures the lines of the “Colt”, except the Shvetsov ASh-62 engine, which as molded looks like an anemic Clerget from WWI. Even with the close cowl and the large four bladed prop the engine does not look right. Thankfully Quickboost now offers a replacement engine.

PBM-5A Mariner Metal Landing Gear

Published: February 19th, 2014     
PBM-5A Mariner Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat conversion and replacement set for the Minicraft PBM-5A.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on.

The seven white-metal parts arrive in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo.  The parts have a very noticeable heft.  The main and nose gear mounts are loose in the package and the four retractor arms are attached to a metal sprue.  The struts are nicely polished, and require little buffing and cleanup.  The gear struts of the Minicraft PBM-5A are directly replaced with the SAC parts.  The main mount actuators are included, and provide a nice bit of flexibility when installing the main mounts in the gear well.  The arms fit into small holes deep in the wheel well. Their ability to gently flex is a plus.  I found that seating the nose gear retractor arms on the nose strut was also helpful for aligning and positioning.  I used Bare Metal Foil ultra-bright chrome to represent the exposed hydraulic rams.  

F-104G Avionics Bay

Published: February 18th, 2014     
F-104G Avionics Bay
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: True Details

True Details has created a 1/32 scale resin F-104G Avionics Bay that is designed to be a simple addition to Hasegawa’s kit. Simply clean up the casting block, paint and install. The detail is well defined, and will add just what is needed to this model. I have not checked to see if this set would work on the new Italeri F-104G/S, but in my opinion it probably would, however, you’ll want to check the fit yourself if you have one.

In the end, very nicely done, and a full score for True Details.

Thanks very much to our great supporters at Squadron for providing us yet another simple resin upgrade for our AMS (Advanced Modeler Syndrome). IPMS/USA appreciates the opportunity to review your products!

Speed Brakes, Gun Bays, Gun Barrels and Antennas for Jaguar 1

Published: February 16th, 2014     
Speed Brakes, Gun Bays, Gun Barrels and Antennas for Jaguar 1
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

These upgrades ramp-up the level of detail for the Kittyhawk Jaguar 1. Quickboost is a subdivision of Aires, so it’s the same manufacturer with the idea of simple, lower cost additions to upgrade things not requiring a major aftermarket effort… such as antennas. As I was going all out on this build, I also purchased Aires Landing gear wells, Aires Improved intake scoops, the Aires Cockpit, ZOTZ decals from Eli for the Kosovo campaign, and must-have SAC gear from Ross to handle the weight of all the resin. I’m only planning on building one of these.

British WWII Reflector Gunsight

Published: February 8th, 2014     
British WWII Reflector Gunsight
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

There are components for six gun sights. Each gun sight consists of 4 parts, two metal brackets, the clear reflector, and the gun sight base. The gun sight base is a single piece, molded in gray plastic. The two metal brackets are photo etched, and are identified as Part 1 and Part 2. These PE parts do not require any bending or forming. Just clip a Part 1 and a Part 2 from the PE sheet and attach them to the plastic gun sight base as depicted on the QB instructions. The gun sight base is identified as Part 3 on the plans.

Quickboost provides a highly detailed gunsight that can be used in any British aircraft equipped with a reflector sight. The gun sight is fairly easy to assemble, taking only a few minutes, but one must exercise caution since the parts are very small. The price listed in this review introduction is an estimated amount, but with parts available for six gun sights even at a dollar or two more one is getting a high quality aftermarket gun sight for a couple of bucks per aircraft.