Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Cockpit set for Jaguar GR.1

Published: April 21st, 2011     
Cockpit set for Jaguar GR.1
Reviewed by: Jack Wade, IPMS# 45604
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The cockpit set comes in four cream colored pieces - tub, seat, stick and panel/coaming. The parts are nicely detailed and well-cast, if only a tad rough on the surface. The texture was not an issue with parts this small and I did nothing special to prepare the parts for painting, including skipping the washing stage often recommended. The parts were prepared simply by cutting them from their casting blocks.

B-24 Liberator Correct Front Undercarriage Covers

Published: April 21st, 2011     
B-24 Liberator Correct Front Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost just added another fine addition to their list of after market parts. This time they have done the much needed and awaited correction to the Hasegawa B-24 Liberator, the front undercarriage doors. It is up to their usual standards; molded in a cream colored resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block because of a nice perforation. It only takes a couple of minutes with a saw blade and a gentle touch to remove them. Just make sure not to get too over zealous or the part may snap.

A-1 Skyraider Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: April 20th, 2011     
A-1 Skyraider Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

In going through all of my references on the Skyraider, I found pictures of at least three types of 20mm cannon barrels. I guess it's another one of those cases where you have to have pictures of the exact aircraft you are modeling; to be sure you get it right. The castings are very well done, very sleek and very fragile. They are one-to-one replacements for the barrels on the Hasegawa kit. Just glue the wing halves together, snip off the kit barrels and drill a hole in the leading edge, and you're ready to go. If you are depicting a step-down barrel, this is the way to go, because you just won't find any thin walled tubing that will give you that nice of a step-down. The pitot tube is very thin and very fragile. And, of course, the quality of the casting of Quickboost detail parts is great.

My thanks to Aires for the review sample and to IPMS/USA for letting me do the review.

Arado Ar-196A-3/A-4 Cockpit Set; Ar-196A-5 Cockpit Set

Published: April 20th, 2011     
Arado Ar-196A-3/A-4 Cockpit Set; Ar-196A-5 Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Editor's note: P/N 4498 = $35.50; P/N 4503 = $37.50

The Italeri (also boxed by Tamiya) Ar-196A-3/A-4 and Ar-196A-5 are beautiful kits. They have huge canopies though and the kit cockpit while nice really just screams out for more detail. Enter Aires. What they provide is nothing short of phenomenal. Comprising resin, photoetch and film pieces this set is comprehensive to say the least. While marketed as a cockpit set this set also includes parts for other parts of the model, such as the engine, gun cowling and pontoons. It really is a kit upgrade set not just a cockpit set.

Remove Before Flight- Israel

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Remove Before Flight- Israel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This fret of photo-etch is pre-printed on both sides with the Hebrew rendition of "Remove Before Flight". Included in this release are covers for ejection seats, seventeen yellow warning tags for the interior, and twenty three exterior red flags. I've used similar items before the US "Remove Before Flight" tags. These are easy to drape for a realistic look. You have to be careful to not chip the pre-painted print so you can't fold it back over on itself but by using your fingers you can give a candid look to them to the flags.

The printing is of the quality I've come to suspect from Eduards pre-painted sets, very clear and perfectly printed. Using them is easy enough. Drill a hole where you want it on the model and insert the 'string' into the hole and add a small drop of glue. Very easy and very realistic.

These little gems are perfect for your Israeli aircraft, whether it is an F-16 Sufa or an AH-1F Tzefa. These are just the final touch you need to make your Israeli aircraft stand out from the rest of them.

Thanks to Eduard Model Accessories and IPMS/USA for this review sample.

Highly recommended.