Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Ju-87B-2/R-2 Photo Etch

Published: September 8th, 2018     
Ju-87B-2/R-2 Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Airfix Stuka is an impressive kit but there is some room for improvement. When you think of Eduard you automatically think photo etch. So matching these two great modeling companies together is a natural.

Packaged in the typical Eduard resealable packaging with a cardboard stiffener inside are two different frets. The first fret is the pre-painted fret that is the ZOOM set. It is nickel plated and has the instrument panel and interior parts. The parts are really nicely done and the pre-painted is better than I can paint by hand. Some people have issue with pre-painted parts, but I do not.

The second fret contains the detail parts on a brass fret. Things like interior details, ammo drums, radios, gun ring details and other highlights are replicated or replaced. This set will lift the kit cockpit to the next level. There are also detail parts for the wing guns, including the access panels that are realistically thin like the real thing. The rudder and elevator actuators are also provided.

Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door

Published: August 30th, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost spitfire pilot entry door replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of one detailed entry door and a crowbar. The door is detailed enough you can leave the crowbar out (which I understand was a frequent option) if you so desire. The door contains frame and latch details, the torque tube with detailed U-drive section, and stringer detail.

Simplicity is the byword... leave on the pour stub, spray with your favorite lacquer primer, then paint with interior green and carefully weather and wash. Remove from the pour stub CAREFULLY, as the crowbar mounts and door latch is delicate but still strong. Install on your model, and touch up paint. DONE!

Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust - Oval Openings

Published: August 30th, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust - Oval Openings
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost engine exhaust replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of two exhaust banks. This set is the oval/round openings version, and is perfectly designed to install in the Revell new mold 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX series.

Why buy? The kit items come in halves, split down the middle, and therefore have an almost impossible to fill seam which destroys the detail. Uhg.

Enter Quickboost...

The castings are perfectly formed, and have excellent weld detail along with deep exhaust throats. All you have to do is Primer, Paint on the pour stub, then remove with a knife or razor saw for assembly/installation preparation. These are designed to be installed after the model is assembled... I used Tamiya spray primer gray, painted afterwards with Vallejo steel, then weathered with steel and red-brown mixture, and a black wash with light dust for engine Lead exhaust staining.

Lysander Mk. III Control Surfaces - Elevators and Stabilizers

Published: August 29th, 2018     
Lysander Mk. III Control Surfaces - Elevators and Stabilizers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case the Eduard (formerly Gavia) Lysander Mk. III. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of eight resin parts to replace the kit's solid, neutral position Horizontal Stabilizer and Elevators. There are two elevators with leading edge, two stabilizers with concave aerodynamic coves for accepting the elevators, and four hinges.

I liked this set because it gives the kit a more natural look.. Even with aerodynamic mass balances at the end of the leading edge tip of the elevators (which is what those bulky "tabs" on the front of the elevator are, (To prevent damaging and even dangerous "buzz" or "Flutter" in flight, which can rip the control surface off), elevators frequently do not have a neutral "sit" on the ground.

Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust – Fishtail Openings

Published: August 28th, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust – Fishtail Openings
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost engine exhaust replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of two exhaust banks. This set is the fishtail openings version, and is perfectly designed to install in the Revell new mold 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX series.

Why buy? The kit items come in halves, split down the middle, and therefore have an almost impossible to fill seam which destroys the detail. Ugh.

Enter Quickboost.

The castings are perfectly formed, and have excellent weld detail along with deep exhaust throats. All you have to do is Primer, Paint on the pour stub, then remove with a knife or razor saw for assembly/installation preparation. These are designed to be installed after the model is assembled... I used Tamiya spray primer gray, painted afterwards with Vallejo steel, then weathered with steel and red-brown mixture, and a black wash with light dust for engine Lead exhaust staining.