Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

PBY-5A Wheels

Published: May 10th, 2015     
PBY-5A Wheels
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Revell’s PBY kits has been issued twice – once without landing gear (the PBY-5 version) and later with wheels (the PBY-5A version). Eduard has produced a superb set of wheels for the PBY-5A which includes both the main and nose gear. The set comes with seven resin parts, instructions and masks for the wheels. Casting is superb with no flaws.

Construction is simple. Remove the casting blocks from the main wheel with a razor saw and clean up the small seam. Cut the front wheel loose following the same process. There are four wheel hubs for the main wheels. I cut these loose with a razor saw also and sanded the backs until they fit flush in the wheels. Next, I used a sharp blade and cleaned the flash off on the wheel hub spokes and inside the wheels.

MiG-15 bis Detail Set

Published: May 9th, 2015     
MiG-15 bis Detail Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun has produced a photoetch improvement set for Eduard’s 1/144 scale MiG-15.  There are parts to redo the cockpit interior, new landing gear doors, wing fences, a pitot, and antennas. 

The project begins with the cockpit.  The Eduard cockpit front is cut away, and the rest is thrown away.  The PE kit contains the cockpit floor and sides, consoles, a seat and instrument panel.  Also, you get seat belts.  Wow.  And there are two extra panels which are inserted on the cockpit sides after the fuselage is assembled. 

I made a mistake here.  I thought I should carve the plastic wing fences off and install the PE parts at this point in the assembly, before doing the landing gear.  It turns out that the wing fences are much more susceptible to being knocked off than the gear doors or the landing gear.  I had to put the surviving wing fences in the envelope and hold them after I knocked all of them off.  The instructions are wise here, follow them.

MiG-15 bis Canopy

Published: May 9th, 2015     
MiG-15 bis Canopy
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This is a pair of vacuformed canopies for the Eduard MiG-15.  It’s great that you get two, because the Eduard kit is a double, so you NEED two.

I was working on the Brengun PE detail set for the Eduard MiG-15bis, when Dave made this canopy set available for review.  I begged and pleaded a little, and they sent it to me. 

The Brengun detail set makes a number of changes to the cockpit interior of the MiG.  And this canopy is a wonderful add-on to that detail set. 

The Eduard canopy is nicely molded in clear styrene.  But the Eduard canopy is therefore much thicker than a vac-form canopy. 

Since I was already building the Eduard kit, I had the Eduard canopy.  I discovered that the Brengun canopy fits quite nicely over the Eduard one.  This is a huge help for me because it allows me to handle the Brengun unit with much less fear of crushing it, because it’s thin and fragile.  The other huge plus is that the wonderful Eduard mask works just fine on the Brengun canopy.

So I masked up a Brengun canopy and the Eduard one, and painted both.

C-119 Landing Gear

Published: May 9th, 2015     
C-119 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions provides a nice set of metal landing gear for a number of aircraft.  I jumped at the chance to get the SAC gear for the C-119 because it looks spindly, and I need all the help I can get to keep my models intact.

The SAC parts are very good copies of the kit gear.  The other wonderful thing about the metal gear is that if you have a little trouble getting alignment as you install the parts, you can tweak the metal parts into alignment without breaking them. 

Installation was just like the kit instructions say, and the wheels fit onto the SAC gear legs perfectly. 

Overall Assessment.

Highly recommended.  The parts fit nicely, they are stronger than the kit parts, and you don’t have to paint the SAC metal parts to make them look like metal parts.

Many thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review item and to IPMS USA for the chance to add strength to my Dollar Nineteen.

U-453 Camouflage Masking Set

Published: May 9th, 2015     
U-453 Camouflage Masking Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Gator Masks and More

Kenny Loup and Gator Masks and More have been around for a while supplying masking sets for ships and planes as well as Gator Grip Glues. For this review, we are looking at a masking set for U-453 in 1/72 scale for Revell’s excellent U-boat kit. U-453 was on active duty from 1941 to 1944 when it was sunk. The boat served in the Mediterranean Sea and carried a unique camouflage scheme that went with that locations. The ship had splotches of darker gray (Dunkelgrau52) which were hard edged along with an inverted V on the conning tower.

 

Inside the package you’ll find a long (over 3 feet) of precut vinyl masks, a picture of U-453 and instructions. The vinyl material is yellow and cut precisely to the blotches needed and the inverted “V” on the tower. There are masks for both sides. The profile drawing exactly matches the cut outs and the instructions give all the needed guidance plus contact info if there are questions. You can see by the pictures the size of the masks.

 

US Navy Wheel Chocks (Modern)

Published: May 9th, 2015     
US Navy Wheel Chocks (Modern)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hauler

Brengun has produced a detail set of modern US Navy Wheel Chocks. With all the 1/32 scale kit out there, these would make a great display item. The set consists of 8 nicely cast resin pieces. Four of these are the blocks, two are the rails and the last two are two tiny locks for the rails. The tread patterns and lines on the blocks is very well defined. The rails include the toothed pattern used to lock the chocks in place just like the real item. The lock are very small so caution will be needed.

Preparation of the set requires removal from the casting blocks. The large pieces are a snap. Be careful removing the rails. The resin is strong. I used a photoetch razor saw and slowly worked it off with no issues but patience is needed. Same goes for the locks. Due to the casting process, you will need a little clean up on the channel where the rail passes through. I used a sharp knife and micro file and it cleaned right up.

BV-141 Self Adhesive PE Set

Published: May 7th, 2015     
BV-141 Self Adhesive PE Set
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Hobby Boss released a 1/48 scale kit of the Blohm & Voss Bv 141 reconnaissance plane last year.  Eduard has released this detail set for the kit.

The detail set comprises of 2 frets of metal parts, one with pre-painted instrument panels, consoles and seat belts, the other fret is unpainted brass.  The unpainted sheet contains main landing gear doors, ammo racks, walkway area for the wing and other small details.

The interior details replace some of the molded detail and add other missing details that Hobby Boss left out.  The control/instrument panels are all self-adhesive, although I ended up using either CA or Gator Grip Glue, depending on the part, because the adhesive seemed to be lacking and didn’t want to stick very well. I don’t know if it was because of the way I handled them or if it is the adhesive Eduard uses that they weren’t very sticky. The control and instrument panels all fit perfectly on the intended areas after shaving and sanding off the molded detail.  There are also rudder pedals included which add a lot of detail to the very visible cockpit.

Spitfire Mk.II Exhaust

Published: May 4th, 2015     
Spitfire Mk.II Exhaust
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1:32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a set of exhaust stacks to their line aftermarket parts for the new 1/32 scale Revell Spitfire Mk.II. The Quickboost set provides a pair of exhausts that feature detail that closely matches the kit-supplied parts. These parts accurately depict the flattened shape of the openings in the first two exhausts in each stack and the circular opening of the last one.

The Revell kit provides exhausts with open ends, however, they are comprised of four parts, and the modeler must clean flash from the openings of each exhaust port prior to assembly.

The Quickboost set may help speed up the build, as their exhausts are molded with the ends open, but do not require assembly of separate halves to achieve the open ends, nor do they require the modeler to clean up flash. The size and general shape of the Quickboost parts match the kit parts exactly so they are designed to be quick drop-in replacements with no further assembly or surgery to fuselage sides. See the photo below comparing the Quickboost parts to the kit parts.

US Navy Wheel Chocks - Modern

Published: May 3rd, 2015     
US Navy Wheel Chocks - Modern
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Brengun has produced a detail set of modern US Navy Wheel Chocks. With all the plethora of 1/48 scale kit out there, these make a great display item. The set consists of twelve nicely cast resin pieces. Four of these are the blocks, two are the rails, four are the ends to the block and the last two are two tiny locks for the rails. The tread patterns and lines on the blocks is very well defined. The ends are separate in this scale to allow a good channel for the rails. The rails include the toothed pattern used to lock the chocks in place just like the real item. The lock are very small so caution will be needed.

Preparation of the set requires removal from the casting blocks. The large pieces are a snap. Be careful removing the rails. The resin is strong. I used a photoetch razor saw and slowly worked it off with no issues but patience is needed. Same goes for the locks- they are so small as to be almost invisible. The ends are separate in this scale and need trimmed and sanded to fit which is quick and easy.

M4A1 Deep Wading Kit

Published: May 2nd, 2015     
M4A1 Deep Wading Kit
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard