Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-1 Horizontal Stabilizer

Published: February 8th, 2011     
A-1 Horizontal Stabilizer
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The casting of these elevators and stabilizers is as good as the original plastic parts in the kit. The stabilizers have a pocket trailing edge that accepts the rounded leading edge of the elevators perfectly and the fit is better than I could ever do if I had taken the kit parts and cut them apart. The resin is a cream color, but their web site shows some cast in gray, so I guess it depends upon the batch and what kind of resin they were using that day.

I looked through all of my Skyraider references, couldn't find that many pictures of A-1s with the elevators displaced, except for those taking off or landing. But, if you want your Hasegawa A-1 to have displaced elevators, you really need these. They are a direct replacement for the kit parts.

My thanks to Aires for the review samples and to IPMS/USA these review samples.

Su-7 "Brassin" Seat

Published: February 8th, 2011     
Su-7 "Brassin" Seat
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Czech manufacturer Eduard keeps expanding its Brassin line of aftermarket details this time with the release of the ejection seat for the KP Su-7 in 1/48th scale. A while back Eduard re-boxed the KP kit adding some aftermarket goodies, including this seat.

The seat is now available as a stand-alone upgrade for those that already have the KP kit in their collection. In my opinion, the seat is the weakest point of the whole (original) plastic cockpit and Eduard is offering us the solution.

Eduard provides you with 2 exquisitely molded resin pieces and a pre-colored photo-etch fret for seatbelts and other minor placards and color details.

Construction is very simple and straightforward: I've soaked and air dry the resin pieces in bleach (to remove any mold release residue, although I don't think there was any), airbrushed the seat, paint-brushed the seat cushion and head-rest. I've got a few cracks on the paint at the head-rest, but I kind of like it, as it looks like if the leather would have cracked due to hard use. Then I applied the photoetch parts and finally a raw umber oil wash was applied to bring up detail.

28 cm/54.5 (11") SKC/34 Gun Barrels

Published: February 8th, 2011     
28 cm/54.5 (11") SKC/34 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

This is the third item from Master Model that I have had the privilege of reviewing, and once again, I have had a very positive experience with some remarkable items. The subject of this review comes from the Sea Master line of parts, in particular their 1/700 scale offering of 28cm/54.5 (about 11 inches) SKC/34 gun barrels as carried by the German ships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. I volunteered for this particular review as I already had a Tamiya Water Line Series Scharnhorst (kit 77518) lying in wait in my stash, ready to accept these new parts.

This particular release comes with nine very finely crafted brass barrels, which will replace the main guns on either of the ships mentioned. The directions are straightforward in having you remove the molded barrels, drilling 0.6 mm holes, and mounting the new barrels with cyanoacrylate glue. I was fortunate enough to have the specified drill bit in my set of small bits that have a 1/8 inch shank (for ease of use in a Dremel tool, or similar device). The barrels come with a nice mounting post, which helps make some final adjustments later on, just in case you get a little bit off with a drilled hole or two.

F-86F-30 Big ED Photo Etch sets

Published: February 6th, 2011     
F-86F-30 Big ED Photo Etch sets
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Set Contents

  • 1 X 32239 Exteriors
  • 1 X 32643 Interior S.A.
  • 1 X 32501 Remove Before Flight
  • 1 X JX093 Express Mask

History Brief

The North American F-86F-30 Sabre was America's finest fighter during the Korean conflict. I've had the opportunity over the years to talk to a few F-86 pilots who also had a turn with the Mig 15. The Sabre was always their first choice. One pilot said to me comparing the F-86 to her Russian counterpart is like comparing a sports car to a pick up truck. The only problem was no one knew that back then.

The Sabre had a wingspan of 39 ft and a length of 37 ft. Her max speed was 688mph and cruise at 513 mph at sea level with a ceiling of 48,000 ft. She sported a single J47-GE-27 engine with no afterburner and packed six .50 cal M-3 machine guns, she also carried bombs and rockets. In the first few weeks after showing up in Korea the Sabre clearly demonstrated that she was the superior fighter claiming an 8:1 kill ratio over the Mig.

F-22 Nozzles

Published: February 6th, 2011     
F-22 Nozzles
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Nozzles in open position

A huge "thanks!" to our friends at Aires; they continue to provide IPMS USA with plenty of review opportunities for upgrades to our favorite aircraft...!