Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Lighting T. Mk 4/5 Landing Gear

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Lighting T. Mk 4/5 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Sword 1/48 English Electric Lighting T. Mk4/5 aircraft.

The white metal parts are good are have better defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the main two gear struts components that replaces part numbers 78, 79, 27, 57, 56, 60 and 61. The front strut parts which replaces part numbers 7, 84 and 59.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Parabellum LMG 14/17 WWI Aircraft Machine Gun

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Parabellum LMG 14/17 WWI Aircraft Machine Gun
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost has released two Parabellum WWI aircraft gun resin details sets, 48 813 (LMG-14) and 48 814 (LMG-14/17). The Parabellum 7.9mm caliber LMG 14/17 was an upgrade of the LMG-14, which itself was a redesign of the MG 08 (The MG 08 was an adaptation of the Maxim machine gun). The LMG 14 was used primarily in German bombers (i.e.: Gotha G.IV), reconnaissance aircraft (i.e.: Halberstadt CL.II), and zeppelins, although it did see some limited use early on with the Fokker Eindecker E.I prototypes. The LMG-14/17 featured a thinner air-cooling jacket, redesigned controls, and an added mounting rail for a telescopic sight. I have included a photograph comparison below of the LMG 14 vs the LMG 14/17 out of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Junkers J.I kit for reference.

The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card. There are no instructions. You get three resin parts: These parts are do not specify a kit, but the LMG 14/17 was used on many late war German bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. I used the Mirage 1/48 Halberstadt CL.II LMG 14/17 for comparison purposes.

P-51D Masks

Published: June 5th, 2018     
P-51D Masks
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's canopy masks for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D Mustang kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the easy to open flap. Package includes a single sheet of kabuki paper masks for the canopy panels, landing lights, and wheel hubs.

Upon removal of the masks from the package I could easily remove the masks from the paper and apply to appropriate section of the canopy. The instructions included with the masks gives you a good feel for which panel you are working with compared to how canopy is sectioned off. The masks lay down well and no trimming had to be done to center up the masks with the canopy framing. The main canopy has to be masked with extra tape or a liquid mask, you only get the outer frame.

Japanese Battleship Mikasa (1905) Armament

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Japanese Battleship Mikasa (1905) Armament
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/200
Company: Master Model

This set of replacement barrels for the 1/200 scale Mikasa. It includes 4 305mm (12"), 14 152mm (6"), 20 76mm (3") and 12 47mm (1.85" Hotchkiss Guns). The 305mm and 152mm barrels are machined from aluminum and the other 2 are machined from brass. The 305mm barrels include brass trunnions.

These are designed for Merit International IJN Pre-Dreadnought Battleship Mikasa.

The 305mm is a straight replacement. The machining is quite good, and the only difference is that the plastic piece has what appears to be a cover on the end of the barrel while the metal barrel is bored out to depict the barrel in action.

The rest of the barrels requires surgery to remove part of the old barrel and drilling out a locating hole for the replacement barrel to slip into.

British 500lb Bombs Set

Published: June 4th, 2018     
British 500lb Bombs Set
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This set is the latest in Eduard's "Brassin" line. The set comes in a resealable clamshell package with a cardboard insert to separate the decals, etched parts, and instructions from the sixteen resin parts. The instructions comprise one sheet representing the cover sheet with the decal application guide along with painting instructions. The inner spread provides the assembly guide, with the back sheet showing the parts list and the color codes for Gunze paint (Aqueous and MrColor). I will note that the resin parts on my set had lots of room in the blister to move and as a consequence, I had the rear fins broken off (R33) on two of the four bombs. This set will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin or photoetch.