Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 2 x photoetch sheet
  • 1 film
  • 1 instruction sheet

This photoetch set replaces a lot of the simple molded on details and improve the kit immensely.

The parts are very easy to attach and form with only a few issues and points to be aware of being encountered during the complete build. The first one was you need to use Kit part A13 to form the photo etch replacement Item 28. I would also suggest that when attaching the item 109 handles that you pre-drill holes for them sit in. I added a pick axe head as one is not included to replace the one you remove during the build. Remember to fill the holes not required, most are indicated in the instructions but a few are missed. I also added a Sledge hammer to replace the one you remove during the build.

Be careful when forming the items 38 and 33 around the kit part A12.

When you come to the replacement turret side bins latches the part the latch locks on to is shown as item 99 in a couple of locations when it should be item 106.

Russian Kashtan CIWS

Published: November 9th, 2018     
Russian Kashtan CIWS
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Veteran Models

Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems.

If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler.

B-25C/D Landing Gear & Ballast

Published: November 7th, 2018     
B-25C/D Landing Gear & Ballast
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The B-25 came into the public eye in a big way when a guy named Doolittle lead an attack on Japan not long after Pearl Harbor giving America a major morale boost.

This year Airfix released a new kit of the C/D version of the Mitchell and it looks like a very nice kit.

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues to release new landing gear sets trying to keep up with the plethora of new kits coming out from all manufacturers.

This set comes not only with replacement parts for all 3 gears in the new Airfix kit but also replacements for some of the floor and bulkheads in the nose to assist with trying to keep this bird on all three legs. The parts are direct replacements for the kit parts. There are the usual mold lines to clean up just like on the kit parts.

The ballast parts include the nose compartment floor, bulkhead, instrument panel, and the bulkhead right behind the pilots. I am not sure if it will be enough weight to keep the nose down but it will definitely be a big help.

Bf-109F TFace Masks

Published: November 5th, 2018     
Bf-109F TFace Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I've always painted the outside of my canopy framing the interior color first and then painted the exterior color. This ensured that the interior color showed through the canopy. But there was always one thing that bothered me a little bit, the color was always glossy. Well it must have bothered Eduard as well. Enter the new range of TFace Masks, which provides masks for the interior and exterior canopy framing.

This particular set is designed for the Bf-109F series of Eduard models, both the F-2 and F-4. The masks are made of the infamous Kabuki tape so they are flexible and very easy to use. There are instructions to show you which masks to use where, including which is the inside masks and which are the outside ones.

Placing the masks is fairly easy but care has to be exercised when adding them to the interior as there are no panel lines to follow. I recommend that you add the interior masks first and then the exterior ones. Placing the exterior ones is easy enough.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Expert Kabuki Masks

Published: November 5th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Expert Kabuki Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: New Ware Masks

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is a great model kit. It comes with its own masks but they are not pre-cut nor do they stick to the compound curves very well. Kabuki tape masks work so much better and if they are pre-cut they are the answer to the shortcomings.

New Ware Masks are the answer to those issues. This set is pre-cut on Kabuki tape and provides nearly everything that you'd want to mask off on the kit. More items are included than what is included in the kit. The masks are printed on a 39,5x111 mm sheet of Kabuki tape.

As you'd expect, masks for the canopy are provided as is the normal but unlike the kit masks, this set includes masks for the inside AND outside canopy framing. But this set doesn't stop there. There are masks included for the spiral, the wheels, the radiator faces and all the other clear parts. The one thing not provided is masks for the wingtip lights.

The instructions are printed on a single sided sheet of paper. Step 1 is the interior masking and Step 2 is the exterior. The spinner decal is broken down into three pieces just like the kit decals.