Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-25 Exterior PE Set

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
B-25 Exterior PE Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The set consists of two photo etch sheets, both unpainted brass.  You get parts to add details to the main gear areas of the engine nacelles.  These consist of new ribs  and frames.  Also included are details to enhance the already very detailed engines.  There are parts to detail the inside of the engine cowling access doors and engine cooling doors.  You also get framing detail for these access hatches.

The instructions are quite adequate in explaining bending and placing the details.  They also tell you what you have to remove on the existing parts so they will fit.

The down side of these beautiful detail sets is that once the plane is completed, it is hard to see all the work you have done.  But I know they are there and if you look real real close you can see them.

HIGHLY recommended.  One should have experience working with photo etch and using ACC glues or epoxy.

Thanks to Eduard  for providing us with such a nice detail set and thanks to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to review and build it.
 

B-25 Corrected Pilots Seats PE Set

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
B-25 Corrected Pilots Seats PE Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The set consists of one photo etch sheet in an unpainted brass color.  You get parts to build complete new seats for the pilot and copilot.  I thought the kit seats were nice, but these are really nice.  Once completed and painted, they simply dropped in.

The instructions are quite adequate in explain the bending and placement of the photo etch parts.  The seats really call out for the additional Eduard Seatbelt Set, 32746…which I would highly suggest getting.

The down side of these beautiful seats is that once the plane is completed, it is hard to see all the work you have done.  If you do add the additional seat belts from Eduard, their placement and attachment are a little fuzzy and you will have to figure it out.

HIGHLY recommended.  One should have experience working with photo etch and using ACC glues or epoxy.

Thanks to Eduard for providing us with such a nice detail set, and thanks to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to review and build it.
 

B-25 Canopy Framing Mask

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
B-25 Canopy Framing Mask
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The set consists of two paper tape sheets.  These are pre-cut to fit the clear parts on the Mitchell.  If you were only going to buy one detail set for the B-25, this would be the one you would have to get.  The masks are designed to fit each clear piece on the model.  Once they’re applied, you can leave them on for the duration of the build and let them be the last thing to remove before showing off your masterpiece.

I used two of these sets to do my plane.  You only get enough to do the outside of the clear parts and I wanted to show the framing on the inside, too.  They are easy to apply and can very easy to line up.  A little burnishing is all that is needed before your first coat of paint.  Try not to go too heavy on the first coat; you might get some seepage under the masks.

The instructions are quite adequate in explain the placement of each mask.  The downside of this beautiful masking set is you only get enough to do the outside.

HIGHLY recommended.  Little experience is needed to apply and use this masking set.

B-25 Ammunition Belts PE Set

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
B-25 Ammunition Belts PE Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The set consists of one photo etch sheet.  The PE parts are an unpainted natural metal (silver) color.  This set is kind of interesting.  You use the kit parts and these simply wrap around the existing belts, providing a very good looking ammo belt tray combination.  The instructions are quite adequate in explaining the bending and placement of the details.

The down side of this beautiful set is that once the plane is completed, it is hard to see all the work you have done.  The new details are a little difficult to apply.  I found if you glue the sides first, than wait a little bit for the glue to set, then you can bend the top down to fit.  Also, the bottom of the belts are not detailed.  This is especially noticeable in the forward bombardier’s compartment.

HIGHLY recommended.  One should have experience working with photo etch and using ACC glues or epoxy.

Thanks to Eduard for providing us with such a nice detail set, and thanks to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to review and build it.

Soviet Su-152 Late Detail Set

Published: February 21st, 2013     
Soviet Su-152 Late Detail Set
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Eduard of the Czech Republic had released a 1/35 scale photo etched (PE) upgrade designed for the Trumpeter SU-152 Late, kit #05568. This upgrade consists of two PE sheets packaged in a sturdy, cardboard-supported bag with a two-page instruction sheet.

I used Trumpeter’s SU-152 Early kit, #01571, for a few parts since I was already doing a review of it. There are only a couple differences between the early and late SU-152 and this kit would work on either quite well.

We get replacement parts for 16 areas on the SU-152. The first step is for the replacement of the plastic exhaust deflectors, but Trumpeter already includes a PE replacement in their kit of equal quality. A huge improvement over the kit parts are the two engine grilles on the rear deck. The kit comes with solid plastic parts with the screen and frames molded together. I built up one of these grille assemblies and included a photo of both.  I must say that the PE assembly looks great, except the plastic kit part has better bolt details around the edges.  There are new front fenders, mantle cover, grab handles, and a fender box.

MiG-21U, US, UM Pitot Tube

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MiG-21U, US, UM Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The two-seat MiG-21U, US, and UM family each has a uniquely shaped pitot tube with guide vanes.  Master Model represents this pitot tube quite accurately.

This set comes with two turned metal barrels and a fret of six vanes.  You only need four vanes.  The metal barrels are designed to be slipped into each other.  The absolute crazy thing is the small mounting holes for the vanes that are drilled in the outer metal barrel.

The instructions recommend that you add the outer portion with the vanes after the model is completed to avoid damage.  Sounds like good advice.  The vanes are very small.  Foresight is appreciated – Master Model includes two extra vanes just in case the carpet monster needs to be fed.

Master Model produces the best pitot tubes in the industry.  Between the strength and the scale thickness, you will immediately see the need for these pitot tubes on your MiG-21.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master Model for the review set andd IPMS/USA for the review space.

MiG-21PF, PFM Pitot Tube

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MiG-21PF, PFM Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-21PF and PFM are represented in model form by the Academy kit.  This pitot tube is quite simple compared to some of the others in the MiG-21 family.

The set is simple in that it has a single turned metal barrel.  The pitot tube is scale thickness, but the thing I like the best is additional strength of the brass tube.  The instructions are quite basic and show the proper angle of the pitot tube in relation to the fuselage.  A simple .6mm hole in the kit will prep the model for the turned metal pitot tube.  Then, it is just as simple as inserting the pitot tube.  Painting instructions are included.

This pitot tube is typical quality from Master Model.  Its strength and scale thickness make this a required addition to your MiG.  Just be careful you don’t poke yourself with the tubing.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master Model for the review sample and IPMS/USA for the review opportunity.
 

MiG-21bis Pitot Tube

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MiG-21bis Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Eduard MiG-21bis is a very nice kit right out of the box; however, the pitot tube could be better.   There are limitations that plastic can’t overcome, not even with the best injection molded technology.  Even so, the pitot tube sticks out so far on the MiG-21 that it’s bound to be broken off in handling.  Besides, you can get a scale thickness with brass that you couldn’t get any other way.

Master Model has set the standard when it comes to these pitot tubes.  This pitot tube is the same quality I’ve come to expect.  This pitot tube has two perfectly turned brass barrels, one that fits inside the other.  Then there is a fret of six photo etch vanes.  If you look really, really close, you will see there are super tiny holes on the pitot tubes to mount the photo etch vanes in.  This will require a steady hand and an Opti-visor with the maximum magnification to get right, but, oh, the results are worth the effort.  I would have liked to have a second fret of vanes just because they are so small that I am afraid that even with two extras they will go flying.

MG-131 Mount for the Fw-190D-9

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MG-131 Mount for the Fw-190D-9
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Designed for their Fw-190D-9, this beautiful upgrade set from Eduard is for those who want to show off the detail under the forward cowlings.  Featuring six light and dark grey resin pieces, everything is perfectly formed and blemish free.  The guns are hollowed out at the ends and the cooling slots are opened as well.  There is also a small fret of photo etch that holds seven pieces of nickel plated parts – six cowl fasteners and one windscreen oil cleaning pipe.  The oil cleaning pipe will require the most care, as it is very, very thin.

The set is contained in very secure thick plastic packaging that prevents any damage to the delicate parts.  Including the set into your build should prove no big problem as it follows the basic kit formula, except with richer detail.  You will have to mount the shelf to the vertical plastic kit piece, but the resin has larger attachment surfaces which will help ensure the proper alignment. This alignment is essential when building the Eduard Focke Wulf series.

A-37 Dragonfly FOD Protection Covers

Published: February 20th, 2013     
A-37 Dragonfly FOD Protection Covers
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AMS Resin

The diminutive A-37 Dragonfly by Monogram/Encore is a nice kit, but the engine intakes and exhausts leave a little bit to be desired.  One way to fix this is to hide the see-through with these covers from AMS Resin.

Molded in light grey resin, these four pieces are beautifully formed.  They simply have to be painted red and added to the intake and exhausts.  You may want to add Remove Before Flight tags which aren’t included but readily available.  Because they are tapered, these are easily added after the model is done so if you already have a built kit, don’t fret, you can add these at any time.

These simple plugs are easy to add, inexpensive, and they do what they are designed to do, cover the intakes and exhausts.

Highly recommended

Thanks to AMS Resin for the review set and IPMS/USA for the review opportunity.

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