Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-4C Upgrade Set

Published: June 26th, 2016     
F-4C Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Whether you have the Academy or the Eduard F-4C (same kit actually) there are little things that can be added to make it an even better kit. Eduard is known for its quality photoetch.

There are two brass frets are included in this set. One fret of photoetch is primarily the cockpit sill and canopy framing.

The second, larger one is an extensive upgrade for the landing gear wheel wells and doors. This is something that Academy probably should have done better, but the photoetch parts are easy to add and upgrade the area. The wheel wells are busied up to a more realistic look. Every door on the landing gear is treated to realistic pattern thanks to the PE. There are some parts for the drop tanks, missiles and bombs as well.

The fit of all the parts that I used were perfect for their application. The canopy frame required some minor bending but it added the missing detail to the canopy when posed open. The wheel wells reproduce the pattern in the wheel well.

Bf-109G Spirals

Published: June 26th, 2016     
Bf-109G Spirals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

We’ve had spiral masks before from Cutting Edge using their vinyl masks. They were stiff and difficult to position and frequently peeled up during painting. They were less than ideal. Then a few years ago when Eduard started to use Kabuki tape for their canopy masks I sent a suggestion that they needed to make spiral masks for the Bf-109. Well they finally listened or they thought of it themselves. Either way, what you get on this sheet of masks is four common types of spirals used on the 109.

While not specifically designated for the Eduard Bf-109G-6, these masks should be able to be used on any Bf-109G-K spinner. I just happened to be building two Eduard G-6s so I had the opportunity to use two different spirals. You will have to visualize how the spirals will look when applied as there are no instructions. It is pretty obvious that if they spiral is a long mask that it will be a tight spiral and the smaller/shorter masks, the ‘wider’ the spiral.

Master Su-9 / Su-11 (Fishpot) Pitot Tubes and Missile Rail Heads

Published: June 26th, 2016     
Master Su-9 / Su-11 (Fishpot) Pitot Tubes and Missile Rail Heads
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

A feature that you can quickly notice on the Sukhoi Su-9 Fishpot-B or Sukhoi Su-11 Fishpot-C is the complicated nose pitot tube. Although Trumpeter made a valiant effort in molding the Su-9 and Su-11 pitot tubes with its four separate vanes, the limits of the injection molding process come into play. I have used another set that used a combination of resin and photo-etch that was an improvement, but assembly was very difficult and the photo-etched vanes don’t really convey their 3-D nature. This Master Model set provides a quantum leap over any previous attempt to portray the Fishpot nose pitot tube. As a bonus, Master Model also provides the ability to build the less complex Fitter nose pitot tube seen on some models without the four vanes. Also included in this set are four brass missile head rails. You will find plenty of photos with red covers over the sharp pointy ends of these rails and there is a reason for that; they were sharp. The ones supplied in this set are like tiny hypodermic needles, so be careful.

W. Gr.21 Rockets for Bf 109

Published: June 25th, 2016     
W. Gr.21 Rockets for Bf 109
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26026
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G was a versatile aircraft that could be fitted with numerous armament options. One of the most spectacular ones was the mounting of two wing mounted 21cm rockets.

Included in this vacuform package are 16 light grey resin parts that are perfectly formed and a fret of photo etch. Much of the photo etch pieces are allocated as alignment jigs. The resin pieces give you two complete rockets and two warheads. You only ‘need’ the warheads and the PE exhaust nozzles. The two complete rockets would be good additions to a diorama but aren’t absolutely necessary for this set.

To start off this set you will need to assemble the alignment jig for the sway braces. It isn’t anything too difficult and is actually well thought out. As is the alignment jig for the wing to indicate where to add the mount and drill the mounting holes. Once this is done the rest of the assembly is easy enough to do. The PE ‘wiring’ could be replaced with a bit of solder as the PE part is flat.

Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment

Published: June 25th, 2016     
Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

One feature of the Bf-109 is the easy access of the radio compartment in the rear fuselage. This feature is easily replicated on Eduard’s new Bf-109G-6 thanks to this Brassin set.

The Brassin set consists of six pieces of light grey resin perfectly molded. The bigger pieces are the two sidewalls. Removal from the resin pour stubs is easy enough, except for the radio mount which is very fragile. Care will be required on this piece.

As an Eduard set it would be incomplete without a fret of photo etch. This one on nickel plated metal has five pieces of pre-painted parts. Removal is easy enough from the fret. Interestingly, Eduard seems to have forgotten to add the latches on the outside of the access hatch. I used a beading tool to impart the latches. Not a big deal but just a little oversight on Eduard’s part. The panel can easily be placed with the outside down as the inside has some beautiful detail.