Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts

Published: March 6th, 2018     
Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Aires Hobby

The Ka-27/Ka-29 Helix helicopter family is a follow-on to the Ka-25 Hormone helicopter. Like the Ka-25, the Ka-27/29 has contra-rotating stacked rotors eliminating the need to a tail rotor to counter torque. Like most helicopters, the Helix's cockpit is very visible and unfortunately, the seats included by most kit manufacturers do not bear any resemblance to those of the actual helicopter.

This set from Aires, part of its Quickboost line, seeks to remedy this by providing very nicely detailed seats with the harnesses. The set includes four seats, which allows you to outfit two kits as there are only two seats in the front cockpit of the Helix. The seats are not identical, they each have different configurations for the lap belts, as unless the helicopter is at an airshow, on the actual aircraft, the lap belts end up in lots of different configurations depending on how they are unbuckled and set or tossed aside.

AV-8B Harrier Ejection Seat w/Belts

Published: March 2nd, 2018     
AV-8B Harrier Ejection Seat w/Belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the seats for the AV-8B Harrier to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. The seat is molded in one piece and is easy to remove from the mold block.

The package states that it is for the Hasegawa kit but it would probably work well with any of the AV-8B Harrier kits. I compared it with the Hasegawa kit. Talk about a noticeable difference, the detail on the Quickboost part is outstanding. From the photos you can see that the Quickboost seat has the belts molded on it and I can't believe the amount of detail. The seat that came in the kit is so plain and flat while the Quickboost seat is much more detailed.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a really nice and detailed seat for your AV-8B Harrier. All that you need to do is cut off the molding block and drop it into the cockpit with a little CA glue. Quickboost can be really proud of the detail that went into it. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for letting me do this review.

Hawker-Tempest Mk. II /V/VI Hawker Fury/Sea Fury Cannon Tips & Pitot Tube

Published: March 2nd, 2018     
Reviewed by: Ken Prager, IPMS# 48811
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

The Hawker Tempest was a WWII aircraft used mainly by the RAF although a few other country's flew them. Primarily being used as ground attack aircraft it saw action in Operation Overlord and it was used to target railroads and Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground. The Tempest was an effective low-level fighter interceptor, even against the new Me-262 jet fighter. When the first 100 Hawker Tempest were built they were fitted with the long barrel 20mm Mark II. The rest of the production were built with the short barrel 20mm Mk V cannons carrying 800 round of ammo shooting at 200rpg.

P-51D Bazooka Rocket Launchers

Published: February 28th, 2018     
P-51D Bazooka Rocket Launchers
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Bazooka Rocket Launchers for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

The set contains:

  • Set of resin replacement rocket launchers
  • For the rear of the tubes you have either loaded or empty to choose from
  • Resin racks to attach to the wings
  • Set of PE sway braces

Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the launchers and tube assembly boasting some great touches. The rocket launchers and racks are great and their shape is perfect.

Hawker Tempest Mk.V early - Hispano 20mm Cannon Barrels in Fairings

Published: February 27th, 2018     
Hawker Tempest Mk.V early - Hispano 20mm Cannon Barrels in Fairings
Reviewed by: Ken Prage, IPMS# 48812
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master-Model

The Hawker Tempest was a British primarily used in the RAF in WWII. The Tempest is a derivative of the Hawker Typhoon, intended to address high altitude performance. The updated design had a new thinner laminar flow wing. Having diverged considerably from the Typhoon, the aircraft was renamed, Tempest. The plane proved to be one of the most powerful fighters of the war and the fastest single-engine propeller-driven fighters at low altitude. Entering the service in 1944 the Tempest was used as a low altitude interceptor, particularly against the V-1 flying bombs and as a ground support aircraft, in operation Market Garden ( D-Day). Later targeting the German rail infrastructure and Luftwaffe aircraft factories. The Tempest was effective in low-level interception role, including the M-262.