Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-40 Block Tread Wheels

Published: December 15th, 2018     
P-40 Block Tread Wheels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of block treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the block tread tires and separate hubs in two options. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels.

The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs.

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.

P-40 E/K/M/N-1 Seat (with Belts)

Published: December 14th, 2018     
P-40 E/K/M/N-1 Seat (with Belts)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin seat for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40E/K/M & N-1 kits. The supplied items include the seat frame. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40 kits, with some prudent sanding to fit, the seat should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40E/K/M and N-1 kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Academy example (see photos).

The seat is nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Ribbed detailing is fine on both front and rear of the seat, and includes molded on harnesses.

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.

P-40 Cockpit Sidewalls and Control Column

Published: December 14th, 2018     
P-40 Cockpit Sidewalls and Control Column
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of cockpit sidewalls and control column for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the left and right cockpit walls and separate control column. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, this set should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit cockpits. I used mine in a Hasegawa P-40E example (see photos).

The panels and detailing are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Framing and instrument detailing is fine on the walls, as is the supplied control stick.

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.

Kittyhawk IV Seat (with Belts)

Published: December 14th, 2018     
Kittyhawk IV Seat (with Belts)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin seat for the 1/72 Special Hobby Kittyhawk IV kit. The supplied items include the seat frame, with the British Sutton Harness molded on. Although made for the Special Hobby Kittyhawk IV kits, the seat should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Academy example (see photos).

The seat is nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Ribbed detailing is fine on both front and rear of the seat, as are the molded on harnesses.

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.

Mig-21F and Mig-21F-13 R11F-300 Exhaust Nozzle

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Mig-21F and Mig-21F-13 R11F-300 Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

I previously reviewed Amigo's 1/72 resin exhaust set for the Mig-21bis and this set is almost identical. Like the previous kit, it comprises five detailed resin parts for the exhaust. The centerpiece of the assembly and the flame holder for the afterburner are slightly different than the corresponding pieces in the R25-300 engine set. All of them are highly detail, both on the inside of the exhaust as well as the exterior.  Although the pieces are not numbered, you can identify them by the life-sized drawings on the instructions.

My razor saw made short work of removing the mold bases from the kit parts. Two of the pieces have interior cones attached to the bases, but these are not part of the exhaust. I believe they help in the molding process.

The five pieces essentially form a tube so construction proceeds quickly. Make sure the mating surface are square to each other to avoid a "leaning tower of exhaust." Just couldn't resist. I followed the same painting sequence I did on the previous exhaust set: primer, then different shades of Alclad II metallic paint, a dark wash, and dry brushing. The finished model looks very convincing.

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