Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-86 Sabre Cockpit

Published: January 14th, 2013     
F-86 Sabre Cockpit
Reviewed by: David P. Lennox, IPMS# 36138
Scale: 1/32
Company: AMS Resin

AMS Resin, Advanced Modelers Syndrome, specializes in resin sets for aircraft from the 50’s to 70’s in 1/32, 1/35 and 1/48 scale. Their website is http://www.amsresin.com and their products are available through Sprue Brothers.

Their offering of this 1/32 F-86 cockpit is intended for the F-86F-40 kit produced by Hasegawa, but there are cockpit color descriptions for many variants. Included information is provided on a small CD. I stress the small CD because it may not work in all CD drives. It contains 20 excellent color photographs of operational cockpits as well as instructions for installation, with painting and historical information.

F-8E, J Crusader Pitot Tube

Published: January 14th, 2013     
F-8E, J Crusader Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model continues their new releases with a replacement pitot tube for the Trumpeter range of F-8 Crusader kits. This particular piece fits either the E or J models.

The part is a finely milled, one-piece pitot tube that directly replaces the kit part. As you can see from the pictures, it is light years beyond the kits plastic part, having the correct shape and size. Adding it to the kit is simple – drop it in with no cutting and you’re done. For a mere $4.00, this is needed. It corrects the kit part and adds strength to the piece.

If you are building one of the Trumpeter F-8's, you need to add this piece. Recommended! My thanks to Master Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this item.
 

Su-27/Su-30 Pitot Tube

Published: January 13th, 2013     
Su-27/Su-30 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

A while back (a couple of years?), I built ICM’s 1/72 Su-27 for a review.  I can’t remember the reason, but I wound up using a cut-off straight pin for the pitot on the kit.  Well, here’s the fix for that.

I had to pull the pin out of the nose of the ICM kit, then clean up the end of the nose where some CA had built up.  Then, all that was necessary was to insert the new pitot, check its fit, remove it, put some gel-type CA on the pitot, and insert it.  I kinda lucked out here, as the hole for the straight pin was as large as I needed for the new pitot.  Master Model also gives the correct angle for the pitot, which is lacking in the kits.

After the CA had set, a matter of minutes, I painted the new pitot.  DONE!!

OVERALL EVALUATION:

Highly recommended.  It’s an easy fix, it fits nicely, and I had zero problems with this add-on.  I’ll have to pick up another one of these to fix the Hasegawa Su-27 on the shelf next to the ICM kit.

Tu-144 Landing Gear

Published: January 12th, 2013     
Tu-144 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I recently built and reviewed ICM’s 1/144 Tupolev Tu-144 “Charger”. (Review here: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tupolev-tu-144d-charger) When the opportunity came to review the SAC metal landing gear for this plane, I jumped at the chance.

The white metal landing gear is obviously far stronger and better suited to large models than the injection molded parts you get in a kit.  I have a number of finished models on the shelf or in storage which could use a new set of gear legs.  And I thought I’d save the Tu-144 from this fate.  There’s only so much you can do with CA and sprue to fix broken gear, especially with missing parts.

I first took photos of the landing gear on the model as it was.  There might be a set of instructions for the kit somewhere in my workroom.  Or not.  I bet on the latter, and took reference photos to show where the parts went.

U.S. Victory Posters

Published: January 9th, 2013     
U.S. Victory Posters
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Company: Archer Fine Transfers

Once again, Archer Fine Transfers is out with another awesome product which will be helpful to the diorama builders. This particular sample is the U.S. Victory Posters set. It consists of twenty Victory Posters of the WWII era which include posters like the “I Want You” poster to the “Victory Garden” poster, and even some posters that the younger crowd has probably never seen. Some are serious and some have a mild comedic effect about them. They definitely reflect the mood of the times. These posters can even be used in the interiors of models as pin-ups.

The set is in 1/35 scale and is made with waterproof inks. This becomes very important because the major difference between this product and the usual transfers that need to be burnished is that these posters will have to be cut out and glued on. Mildly diluted white glue is enough to make them stick to almost anything, and after drying a coat of clear paint or varnish should hold them down indefinitely.

F-4 Phantom II Long Nose Probes

Published: January 7th, 2013     
F-4 Phantom II Long Nose Probes
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Contents

Made for the long-nosed versions of the F-4 Phantom II, Master Model has created a beautiful set of metal probes for your 1/72 build. This set includes the nose-mounted pitot tube, side-mounted Angle of Attack (AOA) probe, and vertical stabilizer-mounted Ram Air Inlet tube. As with previous Master products, the detail and quality of the parts are exceptional, especially considering these are extremely minute parts in 1/72 scale!

Construction

Hasegawa’s newer-tool F-4E was chosen to receive these fine detail parts. A great kit in its own right, you can easily see how much of an improvement these metal replacement parts are compared to the injection molded plastic ones included in the kit.

P-40B/C Replacement Parts

Published: January 4th, 2013     
P-40B/C Replacement Parts
Reviewed by: Howie Belkin, IPMS# 16
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

  • Kit No. QB 72 374 Exhaust & Damper Cooler, $5.50
  • Kit No. QB 72 375 Gun Barrels, $5.50
  • Kit No. QB 72 376 Undercarriage Covers, $5.50

Cockpit Detail Parts

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Cockpit Detail Parts
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Airscale is relatively new to scale modeling and has come out with decals in popular scales to aid in detailing instrument panels, and which can also be used for dashboards along with placards, which is another added touch to instrument panels and dashboards. I’m sure that anyone who has bought these products has used them some way in every model that they have built since purchasing them.

Now, Airscale has come out with another fine product to aid all of us in more precisely detailing our cockpits. It’s a fret full of etched brass cockpit parts. For their first run of this product, their set includes cockpit components for WWII aircraft in 1/32 and 1/24 scale. The set includes switches, dial knobs, levers, circuit breakers, and electronic components. They also include radio faces for German and RAF transmitters and receivers which will give that 3D effect. Like all photo etch parts, they will have to be glued with CA glue, white glue, or any glue product that you may find suitable for adhesion.

Cockpit Instrument Bezels

Published: January 1st, 2013     
Cockpit Instrument Bezels
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Airscale. You might know this company for their really fine instrument dial decals and cockpit placard decals. I have used these decals on every model I have built that included an instrument panel or dashboard since these products came out. Now, Airscale has included another great product which also works in conjunction with their own decals, as well as decals supplied with kits.

This newly introduced product is the Cockpit Instrument Bezels. Each bezel is finely made and detailed in 1/32 scale. The sets contains one large brass photo etch fret with different diameter bezels that contain various versions from WWI to WWII, and also some modern jets. There are single, double, and triple mounted bezels included with a large colored card picturing the bezels and showing the row and column of each bezel for identification. There are some multiple types of bezels for U.S., RAF, and Luftwaffe aircraft, which means that just one set can be used for many models and will go a long way.

Soviet UB-16 Rocket Pods

Published: December 31st, 2012     
Soviet UB-16 Rocket Pods
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

There is probably no more uniquely a Soviet/Russian weapons system than the unguided rocket – think Katyusha. Their use, on a smaller scale, extended to Soviet concepts of close air support with aerial unguided rockets. Whereas in Western air forces the unguided rocket is a thing of the past in favor of precision munitions, they remain a staple with most Soviet/Russian-influenced air forces. Such is their belief in the system that the Soviet Union produced a broad array of rocket pods to accommodate their principal unguided 55mm aerial rocket, the S-5. Provided in this set is the early UB-16 without the extension tubes for the 5 interior rockets. Later UB-16s have the extension tubes. They are listed for use with the MiG-17, MiG-19, and the MiG-21, but I have also seen them carried on Syrian L-39s.

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