Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

FUG-202 Lichtenstein Aircraft Radar Antennas

Published: December 5th, 2017     
FUG-202 Lichtenstein Aircraft Radar Antennas
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

According to an on-line dictionary, fug is a warm, stuffy, or smoky atmosphere in a room. If you capitalize certain letters you get FuG, which is an abbreviation for Funk-Gerat radio set.

That radio set was part of the Lichtenstein radar (that) was among the earliest airborne radars available to the Luftwaffe in World War II and the first one used exclusively for air interception. Developed by Telefunken, it was available in at least four major revisions, called FuG 202 Lichtenstein B/C, FuG 212 Lichtenstein C-1, FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 and the very rarely used FuG 228 Lichtenstein SN-3.

The Lichtenstein series remained the only widely deployed airborne interception radar used by the Germans on their night fighters during the war -- the competing FuG 216 through 218 Neptun mid-VHF band radar systems were meant as a potentially more versatile stopgap system through 1944, until the microwave-based FuG 240 "Berlin"could be mass-produced; the Berlin system was still being tested when the war ended. (Wikipedia)

World War One Aircraft Details

Published: December 5th, 2017     
World War One Aircraft Details
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun has come to the modelers rescue, once again. This time with a set of photo-etched details for all of those that enjoy building 1/72nd scale World War One aircraft. If you are one of those folk then you already know that the finer details are often missing from the manufacturer's kit. Gun sights, control horns, propeller details, and seats belts can be substandard or, more frequently, have just been omitted by kit manufacturers..

Brengun's World War One detail set includes:

  • Two sizes of wire wheels
  • Pitot tubes
  • Three varieties of gun sights
  • Steering controls
  • Boarding steps
  • Control horns
  • Throttles
  • Generator propellers
  • Two varieties of propeller hubs
  • Seat belts

In short, this set includes all the cool looking, fiddly bits. This new detail set from Brengun will definitely add piazza to your next aircraft project from the war to end all wars.

CBU-97 Cluster Bomb

Published: December 5th, 2017     
CBU-97 Cluster Bomb
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The CBU-97 is an unguided cluster bomb unit used by the US Air Force. The CBU-97 weighs around 1,000 lbs. and consists of a munition dispenser which contains ten BLU-108 sub-munitions. Each BLU-108 is an independent unit with its own sensors and projectiles which are designed to kill armored or soft skinned vehicles by attacking from above where the armor/skin is thinnest, or non-existent. The CBU-97 can be carried by all of the USAF's current fighters and bombers.

Eduard's set consists of twelve resin parts, 6 munition dispensers and 6 tail units. As with Eduard's other CBU sets, the hardest part of the whole build is cutting the parts from the casting blocks. Take your time and keep your cuts as straight as you can. Despite my best efforts, I still had to use Mr. Surfacer to fill in the gaps between the tail unit and the dispenser body on a couple of the CBUs. The tail unit mounts in an "X" configuration when the mounting lugs are pointed up. This is clearly shown in the instructions.

M9 ACE Photo-etch Set

Published: November 30th, 2017     
M9 ACE Photo-etch Set
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

The M9 Armored Combat Earthmover (ACE) is a highly mobile armored tracked vehicle that provides combat engineer support to front-line forces. Fielded by the United States Army, its tasks include eliminating enemy obstacles, maintenance and repair of roads and supply routes, and construction of fighting positions. (Wikipedia)

Takom released a 1/35th scale model of this vehicle in 2015. That kit has been reviewed elsewhere and one of the minor shortcomings of that kit (and there are few) owes more to the limitations of injection molded styrene than to anything else. The oversized and out of scale headlight covers being one of those items that is first to come to mind.