Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

German U-Boat Flags

Published: September 20th, 2017     
German U-Boat Flags
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Revell 1/72 U-boat kit has been out a while and is a wonderful kit. Coming from Germany, one of its foibles is that the flag has no swastika due to the laws. There have been several replacements but very little else in the markings arena for the actual kit. Eduard to the rescue with its colorized photoetch. This set contains fourteen different flags for the U-boat including:

  • Two German National flags in different styles with the swastikas
  • Three merchant pennants with different tonnages
  • Two merchant tanker pennants with tonnage
  • One pennant depicting an aircraft shot down
  • Five Square rank flags
    • Grand Admirals Flag
    • Admirals Flag
    • Vice Admirals Flag
    • Rear Admirals Flag
    • General Admirals Flag
  • An Admirals car pennant

The set is colored on both sides and use is simple. Each flag/pennant has two rings on the attachment end. Bend them perpendicular to the flag run a line or flag pole through the openings. Glue as needed.

SU-34 Landing Gear

Published: September 20th, 2017     
SU-34 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Again, a (British term) "Lovely" set of cast metal gear to help your model stand on its own without looking like Bambi on pond ice after a few months.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation. Whereas on this kit you are required to capture a wire between the strut halves for strength (which is still an improvement over total plastic gear), SAC saves you the effort of having to clean up the parts after assembly.

The other benefit I n this case is the axle assemblies are metal versus plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place)

Consisting of 18 parts versus 21 for the kit, these parts just require a bit of inspection, a swipe or two with a sanding stick to clean up any mold parting marks, and painting. Use metal primer first (I like Tamiya's gray spray primer from a rattle can), you can finish painting with whatever color you like to match the model, then install with superglue gel, thick, or epoxy. Complete!

SU-17 Landing Gear for Kittyhawk

Published: September 20th, 2017     
SU-17 Landing Gear for Kittyhawk
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC once again provides a very nice set of cast metal gear to help your model stand out in public places.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation.

The major benefit In this case is the axle assemblies are metal verses plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place)

Consisting of 9 cleanly-cast metal parts replacing the 9 structural parts for the kit, the SAC gear just requires a bit of inspection, a swipe or two with a sanding stick to clean up any mold parting marks, and painting. The detail is fantastic on today's scale landing gear, and it's obvious to me SAC have been listening to their customers. The only difficulty for just about ANY gear is the scale size can be a bit fragile, even for metal. Don't try carrier landings with it... .

SU-27 Landing Gear for Hobbyboss Kit

Published: September 19th, 2017     
SU-27 Landing Gear for Hobbyboss Kit
Reviewed by: Rof Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

SAC once again provides a very nice set of cast metal gear to help your model stand out in public places.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation.

The other benefit I n this case is the axle assemblies are metal verses plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place). The debris deflector is strong and in two halves and cleans up well after assembly. I only installed 1/2 of the deflector on the photographs as the kit is still in the construction phase, and this review is more about the gear and how it works...

Consisting of eight cleanly-cast metal parts replacing the eight structural parts for the kit, the SAC gear just require a bit of inspection, a swipe or two with a sanding stick to clean up any mold parting marks, and painting. Use metal primer first (I like Tamiya's gray spray primer from a rattle can), you can finish paint with whatever color you like to match the model, then install with superglue gel, thick, or epoxy. Finished!

Ship Display Base #4

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Ship Display Base #4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits specializes in display bases for models and has a wide ranger covering aircraft, armor, ships, railway and even sci-fi. From their website above, the bases are pre-printed with high quality imaging on a laminated wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble and are mounted on a durable 3mm foamex base. The base for this review is the Ship Display Base #4 which is 12" x 17" in size and printed with a nice ocean scene. It is an excellent size for 1/700 large ships or smaller ships in larger scales.

Looking at what is in the package, it is a beautifully printed base on one side attached (as advertised) to the foamex board. The board is fairly flat but I suggest attaching to an even firmer board and taking the time to frame the edges for better finish.

Attaching the ship will be easy. In the pictures, a 1/720 scale Nimitz class carrier is positioned on the base and fits well at an angle. I will glue the ship in place, add the wake around the ship in gel and have a finished display. The top of the sheet is sealed and water resistant so this won't affect it.