Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

MBD3-U6-68 Multiple Bomb Racks

Published: August 4th, 2016     
MBD3-U6-68 Multiple Bomb Racks
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modeling

Спасибо! THANKS VERY MUCH Mikhail and Victory models for importing and distributing these sets, and also sending IPMS USA another of your growing line of resin accessories for Russian/Soviet aircraft. Much thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

A word about customer service; Mikhail, the Proprietor of Advanced Modeling, provided Dave Morrissette with reference pictures of the actual MER installed on three aircraft; it looks like Sukhois and one TU-22m; Dave then forwarded to me. THAT saved me a lot of time on correct colors. Most excellent service Mihail!

This Multiple Bomb Rack (MER) set is a simple, extremely well-done example of resin casting with the end result of vastly improving the current injected molded kit weapons carriages on the available 1/48 Russian aircraft kits. The MBD3-U6-68 Multiple bomb rack is the current standard for what we Americans call a Multiple Ejector Rack; Russians call them Multiple Bomb Racks. These are visually utilitarian and interesting; these are simple engineering solutions to complex problems! Up to six weapons can be carried on these racks.

IDF Nagmachon Late Set

Published: July 31st, 2016     
IDF Nagmachon Late Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a very nice photoetch set for the Tiger Models IDF Nagmachon Late Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the exterior of the kit.

The photoetch sheet has parts are for the:

  • Periscope top covers
  • Vents for turret sides
  • Hatch handles and latches
  • Side stowage handles and latches
  • Rear engine bay tie downs
  • Side armor tie downs, chains and handles
  • Gas container tie downs
  • Head light guards
  • Mud / Skirt from and rear flaps

In the packet is:

  • 1 Photoetch sheet
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a very detailed photoetch set. It is a adds tremendous additional detail to the kit.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

T-34 Wheels Variations 1 & 2

Published: July 29th, 2016     
T-34 Wheels Variations 1 & 2
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 35003
Scale: 1/35
Company: Res-Im

The T34 series is as synonymous to armored combat as the Sherman. There are still T-34 series hulls being used in Russian and it’s satellite countries to this day. Most of these are in the recovery or construction vehicle role, but the fact that they are still being used is a testament to it’s ease of use and mechanical longevity. The T-34 series of vehicles have been kitted in every armor scale by almost every manufacturer in the business. There are also a plethora of aftermarket items available in every scale as well.

RES-IM or Resin Improvement manufactures Resin, PE and masks in every scale. They cover tanks and aircraft. No automotive or warships yet. Their armor selection is limited to three T-34 upgrade sets, fuel tank sets (Russian) and a set of resin wooden boxes.

Spitfire E Wing Early Version Hispano 20mm & Browning .50cal

Published: July 29th, 2016     
Spitfire E Wing Early Version Hispano 20mm & Browning .50cal
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces finely crafted small detail parts for models which have been damaged or may be subject to rough handling. Their collection of antennas and pitot tubes are invaluable for the modeler whose friends (or former friends) handle models less than carefully. There’s a picture below. This particular set is the guns for a Spitfire IXe.

The Spitfire IXe had a pair of 20mm cannons in the wing. These had been moved outboard to allow more ammunition for the Browning .50 caliber machine guns. The cannons stuck pretty far out from the wing, but the Brownings barely showed. The “fix” for the Brownings was to put the muzzle inside a tube which extended from the wing.

The kit contains six parts, two cannon barrels, two .50 muzzles and the wing tubes for the Brownings. The cannons for the early ‘e’ wing were conical in shape. The later ‘e’ wing had a more elliptical shape for the cannon fairings. Since Master Model also produces the guns for a late ‘e’ wing, you may want to check your model before buying the gun set.