Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mi-24 (Hind D/E) - JakB-12.7 machine gun and DUAS probe

Published: April 3rd, 2017     
Mi-24 (Hind D/E) - JakB-12.7 machine gun and DUAS probe
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

A feature that you can quickly notice on the Mil-24 Hind is the complicated DUAS Probe. Although Monogram made a valiant effort in molding the Mil-24 DUAS Probe with its four separate vanes and the JakB-12.7 four barrel machine gun, the limits of the injection molding process come into play. This Master Model set provides a quantum leap over any previous attempt to portray the Hind DUAS Probe and the JakB-12.7 machine gun. The kits available for this set include the original new tool Monogram 1987 release (kit 5819), that has also been released by Revell (kits 4462, 85-5856, and 4942), and Mini Hobby Models (kit 10; 2004). Master also offers this set in 1/72 and 1/35 should you desire.

FFAR Rockets

Published: March 31st, 2017     
FFAR Rockets
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Chances are, if you model aircraft in any of the major scales you are well familiar with Eduard. Their product range varies from simple photo-etched enhancement frets to multi-media kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are amongst the finest in the hobby. Their products may be purchased online through www.eduard.com. I have built a few of their kits, and have used many of their accessories over the years. I am even a card-carrying member of the Bunny Fighter Club, which provided me a carrot-themed 1/48 Mig-21 and allows me a modest discount when buying direct. Check the website, and it will make sense.

Eduard has produced a set of resin and photo-etch FFAR rockets in 1/72 scale as a part of their "Brassin" line. The resin rockets are beautifully cast, petite representations of the 3" forward-firing rockets so prevalent for use in WWII to Korean War era ground-attack platforms. The supplied items also include a photo-etched fret of launcher rail hangers and fuse wires. I opted to use them as replacements for those in a 1/72 Academy Typhoon I am currently building.

USN Bofors 40mm Twin and Quad Sets

Published: March 26th, 2017     
USN Bofors 40mm Twin and Quad Sets
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

Master Model has been producing finely detailed turned brass and steel gun barrels for several years. Now, working with Northstar, they have produced complete 40mm gun mount sets that include brass barrels, photo etch and finely detailed resin parts. Each package includes all parts necessary for six complete gun mounts. Each also includes a resin Mk. 51 gun director with photo etch details for each gun mount.

Soviet Fighter Pilot with Seat for I-153

Published: March 26th, 2017     
Soviet Fighter Pilot with Seat for I-153
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus and Aires continue their excellent pilot releases with this 1/48th scale Soviet fighter pilot for the ICM I-153. The set comes in four parts: the head, body molded to the seat, and two arms. Casting is flawless with crisp detail and no air bubbles or imperfections.

Assembly is straightforward for the arms and head, cutting them easily from the pour block. The seat and body are not difficult but here's a trick. Remove the head and arms and cut the pour block back to give access to the legs. Slowly trim them loose with a sharp knife and multiple score cuts or gently with a saw. Once done, cut the seat free and you and lightly sand the few seam lines and glue on the arms. I kept the head separate for painting. I used a slight dab of filler on the arms and a light sanding and primed the entire set with Alclad gray primer. I let this dry overnight.

F-105 Pitot

Published: March 26th, 2017     
F-105 Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Here's another of those handy little add-ons to save a model from the "shelf of not quite right models". In this case it's a replacement for that pitot tube which got broken off (or was never there) on a current project or a long-finished model.

I recently reviewed Master's pitot for a 1/144 F-104 which didn't have a pitot tube. This one is for a 1/144 F-105 where I had manufactured a pitot, but it wasn't quite right. The pitot I manufactured was from a straight pin, and it was too short and too thick. The Master Model part took care of this.

I used a pair of small pliers to pull the old pitot out of the nose of the F-105. This left a hole ready to accept the new part, except the new part was much smaller than the old one. I filled the hole with gel-type CA, let it set for a couple of minutes, then put the new pitot in place. This was fine, except the nose cone didn't match up with the new part. I used white glue as a sort of filler to get the parts to match up.

When I was satisfied with the assembly, I painted the new pitot and filler flat black.