Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mk. 82 Bomb with Airbrake, Early

Published: January 22nd, 2014     
Mk. 82 Bomb with Airbrake, Early
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has started making resin sets and has started issuing weapons sets. This set contains the parts for six Mk. 82 bombs with the early airbrakes.  It  consists of 24 resin parts with each bomb being 2 parts. This will allow more versions of the bombs to come out. There are also two types of fuses for the front of the bomb. The set also includes all needed decals and instructions. Molding is top notch with very nice detail on the air brakes and also the attachment lugs.

Assembly is started by cutting the bomb body and the tail from the sprues. The more square the cut here, the better the assembly. Each part is squared and glued together. I had to use a little putty on the body seam. I cleaned this with lacquer thinner and got a good seam. Painting is simple as the body is olive drab.. The fuse is silver. I elected the longer ones. The decals apply well. Make sure they don't fold over. A wash and flat coat and the bombs are done.

This set is excellent and much more detailed than its styrene counter parts. Recommended. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the chance to review them.

F-105 Pitot Tubes

Published: January 22nd, 2014     
F-105 Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has released a set of pitot tubes for the Hobbyboss 1/48th scale F-105. This set is a single sprue of three pitot tubes cast with covers on each side to protect them. The usage is simple; cut the needed pitot tube off and attach to the model. I show it in the photos below beside the Revell kit I also completed for review. There are no seam lines -- so cut, glue and paint.

Whether you have broken a pitot tube off, or want to prevent it, this is a nice set for that purpose. And you get three pitot tubes, so there is a reserve. This is a recommended set. My thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

F-106 '0-0' Ejection Seat for Monogram Kit

Published: January 22nd, 2014     
F-106 '0-0' Ejection Seat for Monogram Kit
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: True Details

Another in a long series of resin parts to make our models better from our friends at MMD/Squadron; thanks very much to you for providing IPMS USA this review item!

The venerable Monogram F-106 has been re-released several times, and is most recently in the Revell catalog.  Still the only game in town in this scale, it is undoubtedly a great model of a great aircraft; it requires a bit of work for fit, but nothing that cannot be addressed by careful assembly and a bit of putty here at there.  And the seat is an older version;  read on.

This kit was released with the earlier Weber “bang seat”; as such, this seat did not have the capability of the newer rocket-powered seats coming along in the late 1970’s and early ’80s.  This was not the fault of the manufacturer, as seat design is an evolving science.  NOBODY had a seat that could eject a crewmember at zero altitude, zero airspeed in the early days. One drawback to the old seat was a requirement to be moving at about 100 knots, be straight and level, and have about 200’ of altitude before you could safely eject.  Not what usually happens at low level in an emergency. 

Tarp Rolls and Crates Set #1

Published: January 20th, 2014     
Tarp Rolls and Crates Set #1
Reviewed by: Bart Cusamano, IPMS# 31882
Scale: 1/72
Company: Value Gear

If you’re into small-scale armor like me, then you know that accessories like tarps, boxes and such have been hard to come by.  Additionally, you usually had to order from overseas e-shops and pay an arm and a leg for the stuff, the quality of which sometimes was not that great.  Well, thanks to our friends at Value Gear, that situation just got a bit better.

Packaging

The “Tarp Rolls & Crates, Set #1”, comes in a clear, zip-lock 3.5” x 5” poly bag which is stapled securely to a printed 3.75” x 7.25” fold-over card backing.  The bag contains 37 individual pieces of resin molded tarp rolls and boxes - and individual means that there are no two items alike!  There is also a full-color 3” x 4-5/8” tip sheet (or card) on the preparation and finishing of the resin product.

P-51D Fabric Seatbelts

Published: January 20th, 2014     
P-51D Fabric Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Kit Contents

In fitting with the rather lavish nature of Tamiya’s 1/32 P-51D Mustang, Eduard, known for its photo etch (PE) parts, has released a set of actual fabric seatbelts to spice up the prominent office of the bubble-topped Mustang.  Tamiya’s Mustang kits feature a very solid sheet of PE that contains a multipart seatbelt assembly, but they do not match the level of detail provided by these fabric belts. (Additionally, many reviews have recommended annealing - heat treating - the Tamiya PE belts to make them easier to position in the first place, and manipulating the thick PE belts will likely cause paintwork to flake requiring a paint job “in place.”)

Eduard’s fabric seatbelts come on one raw linen colored textile fret with a paper backing along with a single fret of silver PE fittings.  The fabric belts are very sharply cut out and feature subtle “stitching” along their face.  There is a subtle texture to the belts, but no overscale weave on the face of the fabric belts, which was my initial, yet unfounded, worry about these belts. 

R-3S / AA-2 Atoll-A

Published: January 20th, 2014     
R-3S / AA-2 Atoll-A
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The MiG-21 family of aircraft is known for their air to air capability.  The big part of that capability was the development of the Atoll Air to Air missile system. 

The Eduard MiG-21s are some of the best kits available in plastic and that transfers over to the armament as well.  But as always plastic can only do so much.  That is where the resin comes in.  The Brassin range of aftermarket is designed directly by Eduard to replace select parts on their kits.  Because it is designed by them they will always fit perfectly. 

The resin is a dark grey type with simply no blemishes or bubbles anywhere.  The pour blocks are very small and are easy enough to remove.  There are 28 grey resin pieces with detail that just can’t be replicated in plastic.  You get four launch rails, four missiles and 16 maneuvering fins and four warhead covers.  If you don’t like the covered warhead you can have the clear nose cone.  There are four clear nose cones molded perfectly in clear resin. 

Bell AH-1G “Cobra” Photo Etch

Published: January 20th, 2014     
Bell AH-1G “Cobra” Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

AZ Models AH-1Gs are the first new Vietnam-era Cobras to hit the market in quite some time.  While a nice model, there are some limitations that plastic can’t replicate as well as I would hope.  This has to be overcome by photo etch, and Brengun has just what the doctor ordered.

Packaged on card stock to protect the PE, the Brengun single fret of nickel plated metal includes some really nice additions to the kit and replaces things that should be replaced.  Brengun includes a lot of things to dress up the cockpit: seatbelts, shoulder harnesses, instrument panels, side consoles, handles and gun sights to name just a few.  The armor side panel for the XM-35 20mm weapon system is included as well.  Sway braces, ejector racks, and rocket pod front and rears round out the upgrades for the armament.

The instrument panels also come with a clear acetate sheet with the instruments printed on them.  You will need to add some white paint to the rear of the acetate, and then a typical sandwich would be formed with the plastic part, acetate and photo etch panel. 

F-102A Delta Dagger Anti Collision Lights

Published: January 19th, 2014     
F-102A Delta Dagger Anti Collision Lights
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the anti collision lights for the F-102A to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in blue, red and clear resin. It’s smooth, seamless and bubble free.

There is no comparison between the Quickboost parts and the Meng parts. The Meng kit has the lights molded on and you are supposed to paint them the appropriate colors. Quickboost has the right idea, just drill out the area where the light is supposed to go and add the proper colored piece with a drop of glue. The best part is that they actually look like a colored light and you don’t have to paint them. I only wish that they had included a small instruction sheet like they did for the antenna and detail set (QB 72-415).

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice and detailed F-102A. I would like to thank Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

Mig-21PF/PFM Exhaust Nozzle

Published: January 19th, 2014     
Mig-21PF/PFM Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

With the release of the MiG-21 PFM, Eduard has reestablished them as the industry leader.  Even with the best plastic kits there is always room for improvement.  The Brassin range is designed by Eduard using the same CAD work as the kit which ensures that they will fit the kit they are designed for. 

The exhaust nozzle is a work of art.  Six pieces of flawlessly cast grey resin along with a burner ring made out of nickel plated brass.  It sounds so simple when you break it down like that but what you get is some exquisite work.

The parts are perfectly cast and seem to be easily removed from the pour blocks.  They will just take some careful painting.  Assembly is easy enough.  The MiG-21 has such a large exhaust nozzle that it is important to have it properly detailed.  The kit nozzle is nice but this set is a step above. 

I’ll be using this set in my build.  We’ll see how it fits.

MiG-21PFM Interior

Published: January 19th, 2014     
MiG-21PFM Interior
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard MiG-21 family displays some of the best engineering in modeling.  The kit cockpit is nice but there are limitations with plastic molding.  Luckily for us modelers, Eduard has an answer for that in their Brassin range.

Typical of the Brassin range this set is a mixed media offering with resin and photo etch.  The instructions are typical colored pictograph which is quite nice and helpful.  There are five pages of actual assembly diagrams. 

Also typical of the Brassin range, the resin is cast in light grey resin is perfectly cast with no bubbles or blemishes anywhere.  There is one piece of clear resin.  The detail is absolutely exquisite.  The parts are packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with foam protecting the parts then to further safeguard them the resin parts are held in three bags to keep them safe.  There are 29 resin pieces to make this cockpit. 

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