Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mi-2 Hoplite Exhaust

Published: September 2nd, 2014     
Mi-2 Hoplite Exhaust
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This is another of Quickboost’s more-or-less drop-in replacements for kit parts. In this case, it’s the exhausts for Hobby Boss’s Mi-2 Hoplite helicopter kit. The parts in the kit are hollowed out for you already, but the walls of the tubes are a bit thick. The replacement exhausts from Quickboost are direct replacements for the kit parts, but with thinner walls. They fit right into the sides of the cowlings as if, well, they were made for them. They also appear to be slightly more accurate in shape than the kit parts. The kit parts are oval shaped, whereas the prototype exhausts (and the QB parts) have a slightly flattened side to them. This set is definitely recommended as a time saver.

My thanks go to Aires Hobby Models and Quickboost for providing the parts for a rather esoteric subject and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.

Mi-2 Hoplite Set (Air Intake, Exhaust, FOD)

Published: September 2nd, 2014     
Mi-2 Hoplite Set (Air Intake, Exhaust, FOD)
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This set from Quickboost is designed to replace and improve upon the kit parts for Hobby Boss’s Mi-2 Hoplite. It includes part from two other Quickboost sets, as well as FOD covers (Foreign Object Damage) for the intakes and exhausts. The kit’s air intake cowling includes two holes through which you place the air intakes. It also has a molded-in intake in the upper center with a screen engraved in it. Additionally, there are two exhaust ports on each side of the engine cowling. The Quickboost parts are the cowling with two hollowed intake tubes cast in, along with an opening at the upper center, plus four properly shaped and thinned exhausts. The neat addition to this set is the FOD covers for all these openings, along with photoetch pull handles for them. You also get a photoetch screen to place over the opening in the air intake cowling, along with a spare screen. Most pictures you’ll find of the Hoplite on the ground will show the intake and exhaust FOD covers installed, so you can easily find references for how they should look. While a bit more fiddly than the kit parts, the level of detail is worth the slightly greater effort. This set is certainly recommended.

Mi-2 Hoplite Air Intake

Published: September 1st, 2014     
Mi-2 Hoplite Air Intake
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This set from Quickboost is designed to replace and improve upon the kit parts for Hobby Boss’s Mi-2 Hoplite. The kit air-intake cowling includes two holes through which you place the air intakes. It also has a molded-in intake in the upper center with a screen engraved in it. The Quickboost parts feature the cowling with two hollowed intake tubes cast in, along with an opening at the upper center. You get a photoetch screen to place over the opening, along with a spare screen. While a bit more fiddly than the kit parts, the level of detail is worth the slightly greater effort. Recommended.

My thanks go to Aires Hobby Models for producing and providing the parts for a rather esoteric subject and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.

Couplings and Connectors

Published: August 31st, 2014     
Couplings and Connectors
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/32
Company: True Details

Over the years of my modeling enjoyment one of the questions I am often asked by fellow modelers is, why did you buy that”?  Usually these questions are in reference to a specialty tool (pinvise, punch and die, or hex punch) or specialty item (metal barrel, decals, or resin sets).  My standard response has always been the same.  This is a hobby and by its nature is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable.  Any item that I see as a way to make it more so is usually worth the price. 

This new release from True Details definitely fits that bill perfectly.  You get four sets of 16 different styled connectors.  For the Ultra detailer, this is the cat’s meow in saving time.  Depending on your use and ability, you can drill these out to handle one or several cables.  Some of the larger connectors on my sample contained air bubbles but this could work to the builder’s advantage as you don’t have to drill out the connector to accept the cable. 

A-6E Vacu Canopy (Dragon)

Published: August 31st, 2014     
A-6E Vacu Canopy (Dragon)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

One of the most annoying problems I have run into in building aircraft models, almost any type, almost any scale, is losing or ruining the canopy.  Windows can be fixed, small parts like wheels or gear legs can be faked in, but the canopy just can’t be fixed after it’s lost, broken or damaged. 

And here’s the fix for that problem.  A replacement canopy.  There are a number of available canopies in 1/72, 1/48 or 1/32, but 1/144??? Uh, no. 

The Brengun canopy starts with a classy feature.  The aircraft kit it’s meant for is molded into the vac-formed base of the canopy.  So this one says “Dragon”. 

I used an A-6 which I built a number of years ago.  I removed the Dragon canopy for this project.  I started out comparing the Brengun canopy with Dragon’s.  The Brengun part looked a lot longer than the Dragon part.  Then I realized that there’s a section between the windscreen and the canopy top which needs to be removed.  I marked this with a marker when I took the photo.  This makes it really easy, almost mandatory to build the canopy open.

MiG-17PF (Fresco D) - 23mm gun barrels & Pitot Tubes

Published: August 31st, 2014     
MiG-17PF (Fresco D) - 23mm gun barrels & Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-17PF was the all weather fighter version of the Fresco.  The Fresco D had three 23mm cannons.

This set includes five precision turned brass parts.  There is nothing to clean up.  Simply drill the hole where the parts go and you are in business.

The highlights of this set are the pitot tubes.  They are perfectly formed and even capture that one pitot tube is slightly longer than the other. 

The other three parts are the 23mm cannon barrels. 

The instructions indicate the proper holes to drill and the proper length of the parts. 

This set is like every other Master part I’ve used, simple, effective, and strong.  The strength is especially important for the wingtip pitot tubes, which will invariably are subjected to some damage from handling.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can obtain your copy by contacting them directly at their website at www.master-model.pl.  Let them know you heard about it here.

Me 410 Propellers with Tool

Published: August 30th, 2014     
Me 410 Propellers with Tool
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides you with two spinners, six blades, and an alignment tool.  Of note is the resealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. If you are ready to build the Meng LS-001 Me-410 B-2/U4 kit (or simply want to pop these on to your already finished kit), you will want to have had the improved spinner and propeller blades offered in this detail set. 

Personally, it looks obvious that the tool makers continued the arc of the nacelles into the spinners that match up very nicely to many side profiles and drawings on the internet.  Examining period photographs, it quickly becomes clear that the spinner has a longer arc that does not match that of the nacelles.  If you wish to compare the sole real article on display at the RAF Museum in Cosford, you will notice the same issue.  In the attached photos, you can easily see the stark difference between the Meng spinner (light grey and on the left) with the Quickboost spinner on the right.

B-29 Big Ed Photo Etch and Mask Set

Published: August 30th, 2014     
B-29 Big Ed Photo Etch and Mask Set
Reviewed by: James Deck, IPMS# 47248
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Overview

The molds for the 1/48 scale Revellogram B-29 were born of Monogram’s loins more than 30 years ago, in 1977. Needed or not, Eduard has seen fit to bless us with a huge amount of detail for this monster of a kit. The truth is, Monogram did a pretty good job of detailing kits during this time, so Eduard may have their work cut out for them. Let’s take a look and find out.

The Envelope Please

The Eduard Big Ed set is full of goodies for the 1/48 scale Monogram/Revell B-29. It consists of 8 individual products packaged into one heavy envelope. The items are:

Nuts and Bolts

Published: August 28th, 2014     
Nuts and Bolts
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/16
Company: True Details

Run 1/16 in the search bar on eBay and you end up with like 122,221 returns. Click on the Toys and Hobbies sub-category and there are 29, 317 results. I actually used this feature to see how many armor kits were available for use with the 1/16 scale Nuts and Bolts set from True Details. As this is a resin aftermarket set, it has more applications than just for the armor model builder, including the many die-cast farm equipment items, as well as older large-scale automotive models. Many of the die-cast items were listed as collectibles and carried a hefty price tag. Almost all of the listed items could definitely be improved with some or all of the items included in this new release.  

Metal Landing Gear for Sword Lightning T4/5

Published: August 28th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Sword Lightning T4/5
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC … getting to be a household name among aircraft modellers by now..  IPMS USA and  the reviewer corps appreciate your continuing to provide us review items… thanks also to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review.

This set is comprised of 9 parts to replace the plastic parts provided in Sword’s excellent 1/72 Lightning T4/5 kit.  On their website they don’t’ show it, but the scissors links are included.  Sword’s kit is the two-seat “tub” version, and the metal gear provides not only strength but peace of mind… and improvement on the kit parts.

Particular note:  The nose gear.  The kit would have you install the wheel/tire on the partial nose gear fork, and then glue/cement the other side of the fork to the wheel.  Not SAC!  You get a complete, sturdy fork assembly.  Spread it slightly, install the wheel/tire, and you are done. 

The main gear are also catered to with total replacement parts.  This gear is long and spindly, and will, over time, bend or fail.  Trust me on this. 

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