Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-33 Flanker D Landing Gear

Published: July 7th, 2017     
Su-33 Flanker D Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Shortly after Trumpeter released its new Su-33 Flanker D kit, Scale Aircraft Conversions released a replacement set for the kit landing gear. The set is comprised of five parts: two main landing gear legs, the nose strut, the nose strut retraction actuator, and the scissor link for the nose gear strut.

As with Scale Aircraft's other sets, the parts are drop in replacements for the kit parts. After removing a slight molding seam on the parts, I polished them using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at low speed. This works very well and results in a nice uniform finish to all of the parts.

Assembly of the parts mirrors that of the kit parts, however, I discovered that I need to straighten out the scissor link as it was bent a little to one side.

I suspect this occurred when the scissor link was removed from the mold as it is fairly thin at the link. Once straightened it fit perfectly into the holes on the nose strut. As with other white metal parts, super glue must be used to assemble or attach the parts.

SE.5a Stretchers

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
SE.5a Stretchers
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Eduard

These are Eduard's brass photoetch cable anchors for their new SE.5a kits. Eduard refers to them as stretchers, but they are simple anchors without any kind of turnbuckle or way to tighten cables. The package includes both single and double anchor points for the double wires on the SE.5a. Eduard supplies way more pieces than are actually required for the aircraft to make up for all of those that will be lost. The anchor point holes on the wings will need to be drilled out deeper for the length of the anchor, which will then fit neatly. The stretchers for 1/48 scale are extremely small.

The holes on the structures are much smaller than my smallest drill bit, a #80. The holes in the stretchers were too small for E Z Line, invisible thread, or 2 lb. fishing line. The only thing I found that would fit the holes is 40 gauge wire, which was difficult to install it as it is not elastic and is hard to get tight. Eduard suggested using thread from women's stockings, but this was way too small, almost invisible, and very crinkly.

Macchi 202

Published: June 29th, 2017     
Macchi 202
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the 1/48 Hasegawa Mc 202 (also Eduard "Folgore"), and at least for the main landing gear, it can be used with the Hasegawa/Italeri Mc.205 "Veltro" as well. Perhaps the tail wheel, but I'm not sure.

The set includes 5 parts with the following breakdown: two main landing gear struts,  actuator arms, and a tail wheel. The parts are finely molded in white metal. These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

I should say that these parts are more than just drop-in replacements. Some of the white metal part would be comprised by the equivalent of several plastic parts, so you have an easier job of assembling the landing gear due to having fewer parts to deal with. In addition you don't have to deal with cleaning seam lines.

JGSDF TYPE 10 Tank Photoetch (Tamiya kit)

Published: June 29th, 2017     
JGSDF TYPE 10 Tank Photoetch (Tamiya kit)
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

This photo etched brass and nickel set is designed for Tamiya's 1/48th scale JGSDF Type 10 modern tank, kit 32588 in the Tamiya line: https://www.tamiyausa.com/items/plastic-model-series-20/1-48-scale-milit...

Tamiya's line of 1/48th scale military vehicle kits are designed to be easy to assemble, in that they are brilliantly engineered for excellent fit of parts, the parts count is relatively low, and they lack any sort of photo etched parts commonly seen in many recently released armor model kits.