Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Sea Vixen FAW.2 Pitot Tubes

Published: November 10th, 2012     
Sea Vixen FAW.2 Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

I have the Airfix 1/48 Sea Vixen FAW.2 and thought the kit parts were just perfect. Then, along came Quickboost with an aftermarket set of pitot tubes. I always thought they were all round, but Quickboost did their homework and made them the proper oval shape. This was news to me, but I am going to take their word that oval is correct and use them.

I was really impressed with the fact that these resin pitot tubes are straight. Most times on a part that long and thin they are warped. Thank you, Quickboost, for straight ones.

I would recommend these as a replacement for the kit parts. You can tell everyone that they are accurate; since they are oval and not round, I’m sure your modeling friends will be impressed with your knowledge.

I wish to thank Quickboost and Steve Collins at IPMS/USA for giving me this set to review.

Sea Vixen FAW.1 Landing Lights

Published: November 10th, 2012     
Sea Vixen FAW.1 Landing Lights
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Now that I have finished my Cyber Hobby Sea Vixen, Quickboost comes out with a beautiful set of landing lights. In 1/72 scale, they are really tiny and care must be taken to remove them from the sprue or they will wind up eaten by the carpet monster.

On close inspection, they are not just blobs of clear plastic but beautifully formed in the correct teardrop shape. I would give them a quick coat of Future to protect them from glue.

I would highly recommend them to any modeler. I wish to thank Quickboost and Steve Collins at IPMS/USA for giving me this set to review.
 

F-86 Undercarriage Doors

Published: November 10th, 2012     
F-86 Undercarriage Doors
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

This is a beautiful set of undercarriage doors for the Kinetic (Italeri) 1/32 F-86F Sabre. While the kit doors are nice, these are just wonderful. They are scale thickness and have great detail. They are molded in grey resin and have no seams or flash.

I haven’t started any of my many 1/32 Sabres, but I am looking forward to using them on all of them. I also liked the price of $ 10.25. That is quite a deal.

I would highly recommend this set to put your F-86 over the top. I wish to thank Quickboost and Steve Collins at IPMS/USA for giving me this detail set to review.
 

M197 Three-Barrel Rotary 20mm Cannon

Published: November 7th, 2012     
M197 Three-Barrel Rotary 20mm Cannon
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Weapon History

Developed in the late ‘60s to replace the M134 7.62mm mini-gun then in use on lightweight helicopter gunships, the M197 20mm 3-barrel rotary cannon is found primarily in the chin mounted turret of later AH-1 Cobras. A derivative of the M61 cannon found on nearly all US fighters since the F-104, the M197 trades 6-barrels and a higher rate of fire for lighter weight and stopping power gained with a 20mm round. The M197 is still in use today on the Cobra, specifically the AH-1W and AH-1Z operated by the USMC.

Kit Contents

More than just an aftermarket part to superglue in place, the Model Master M197 is a very detailed miniature model kit, with extra emphasis on the miniature! The kit is highlighted by three beautifully turned cannon barrels, a small photo etch fret, and an impossibly small bit of brass representing the center nut. My particular kit was packaged with an extra center nut.

Construction

Old Radios

Published: November 5th, 2012     
Old Radios
Reviewed by: Dave Steingass, IPMS# 47624
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

This review is for Plus Models Old Radios set in their "Easy Line" product range.

The kit consists of three resin cast radios from different decades of the first half of the 20th Century.

These are just simply washed with soap and water to remove the mold-release agent and then painted appropriately with Vallejo and Citadel acrylics.  The radios need to be snipped from their resin runner/sprue; there was no flash, warpage, or air bubbles observed.

Many thanks to IPMS-USA and Plus Models for the review sample.

 

German Rucksacks, WW II

Published: November 5th, 2012     
German Rucksacks, WW II
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Modelers of German WW II vehicles and figures will find this latest effort from Plus Model of interest. Packed nicely in the new, sturdy plastic packaging are nine resin pieces of German rucksacks, packs, and field gear.

German troops were originally issued a back pack (Tornister) with a flap made of unshaven calf-skin. There were loops on the sides and top for straps to attach the great coat. Plus model has included one of these packs with a rolled up great coat in this set.

The tornister was not sufficient for mountain troops, who were required to carry more gear, so rucksacks based on civilian designs were issued. During the course of the war, these came in a variety of designs, with two or three outside pockets, with or without integral shoulder straps, and in a number of colors.

Troops in Africa and Russia also found the tornister insufficient, so the rucksack was issued to regular infantry, and by the end of the war, the rucksack had become more common on the battlefield than the tornister.

Sea Vixen FAW.1 Correct Nose

Published: November 1st, 2012     
Sea Vixen FAW.1 Correct Nose
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

When Cyber-Hobby came out with a 1/72 scale Sea Vixen FAW.1, model reviewers were quick to point out that the nose did not have the proper profile of a Sea Vixen.  Quickboost has come to the rescue of those modelers who have been waiting for some aftermarket producer to correct this.

IJN Zuikaku Carrier Deck Section

Published: November 1st, 2012     
IJN Zuikaku Carrier Deck Section
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

I was extremely pleased to be given the chance to review Eduard’s new Zuikaku carrier deck section. I have a few IJN aircraft and this deck section really helps to display them at shows. You get a section of pre-painted deck, and all you have to do is remove it from the etch carrier tree and you ready to place your favorite IJN plane on it. The deck section is good to go as is or you can mount it on a base like I did (mine came from Michael’s craft store for a couple of bucks).

There is also deck sections for the Zuikaku with an elevator, and similar ones for the Akagi available as well from Eduard. I used a Hasegawa Zero to show off the deck – see pictures below. Purist will recognize that my Zero is from the Hiryu, not the Zuikaku. Oh, well, it’s the only A6M2 I have built at the moment, so it will have to do.

I highly recommend the Zuikaku deck section from Eduard; it really brings you IJN aircraft to life. The price may be high, but in the end it’s good value for the money as it can be used over again to display you planes at shows.

Thanks to Eduard and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

Soviet R-60 Missile Sets

Published: November 1st, 2012     
Soviet R-60 Missile Sets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aero Line

  • Product / Stock #AL 4014, Missile R-60 with simple launcher, $14.60
  • Product / Stock #AL 4015, Missile R-60 with double launcher, $14.60

Aero Line is a new company to me; I offered my services, and am glad to have had a chance to evaluate these missile sets.  Thanks to Petr Vesely for providing the sets and IPMS/USA for sending them to me to review.

First:  Set AL 4014:  Comprised of three missiles, two adaptors, and a transport box.  The set contains 19 resin parts, (missiles with the aft fins attached, clear seeker heads, and a set of protective caps for the seekers); a photoetched sheet with forward fins and rail adaptors; and decals for the missiles and the transport box.  I would say this was an excellent set for the diorama builders out there.

Set AL 4015:  The missiles and launchers are exactly as 4014, except you have four missiles and four rails to accompany all, without the transport box.  Consisting of 18 resin parts, a photoetched sheet with forward fins and rail adaptors, and decals for the missiles and the rails.

P-39/P-400 Landing Gear

Published: November 1st, 2012     
P-39/P-400 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC continues its prolific output of gear to handle the loads on our models. Thanks to Russ at SAC for providing IPMS/USA this set, and IPMS for sending it to me for review!

This is yet another drop-fit set designed for the Hasegawa P-39/P-400, an aircraft that can use it – metal replacements on a long nose-gear-legged bird…particularly true if you choose to put weight in the nose (and the P-39 needs it) to keep the aircraft sitting on all three tires.

Everything was a perfect fit. Main gear legs fit tightly into the square attachment points. The nose gear slid into place as easily; the actuating ram was from the kit in plastic, but it all went where it needed to, and I have no complaints. One thing I really like about metal gear is the ability to expand parts and attachment points to fit around trunnion lugs and fittings, and then squeeze them together to help hold them in place.

Also included are side-actuating links; as I look at the pictures, I did not include them in the build.  But they will be used. I was so happy the main gear fit into the sockets so well that I neglected them. Oops.

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