Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

KFIR C2/C7 Pitot Tube

Published: July 9th, 2014     
KFIR C2/C7 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this pitot tube to review!  We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

A simple upgrade for the Kinetic KFIR; it is a direct replacement, complete with the forward part of the under-nose fairing tip.  Superglue one of the three pitot tubes into place, paint it, and call it a day!  This was literally a three-minute install. 

I tested one of the spare pitot tubes for “twang” durability; I held the end in my hand, bent it back about ¼ inch, and it sprung back into shape.  It will NOT bent back totally on itself; that results in a bent or broke tube.  That said, unless you run the model off into a wall or stick it in your buddy, this should last a long time. 

Again, nothing more to add here than “a worthy upgrade”… this pitot tube prevents you from having to remove the chunky kit item, clean up the mold gate injection stubs off the sprue… and breaking it in the process! 

Thanks again to Aires for providing these to IPMS USA!

Halifax B Mk.I/II Landing Gear (Revell new kit)

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Landing Gear (Revell new kit)
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales.  They are cast in white metal, which is stronger than the kit’s plastic pieces.  To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components.  Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

This set is made to replace the kit parts from the new tool Revell Halifax.  It’s a large aircraft and will be a bit heavy when finished.  Having the metal landing gear underneath will help support that weight.  Additionally, they’ve changed the way the tail wheel and gear is assembled, making it simpler and making one less glue seam to remove.

Martin Baker MB Mk10 Ejection Seat

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Martin Baker MB Mk10 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Productions from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits.  Among their many products is a series of ejection seats to replace the usually plain kit-provided examples.  This particular seat is a Martin Baker Mark 10 seat.  The listing isn’t more specific than that, but says it is to be used in the Mirage, Alpha Jets, Hawk, F-18, Tucano, F-5, Rafale, Tornado, Sea Harrier, Eurofighter, AMX, Gripen, Shenyang, Osprey, and MB-339.  Whew.  The only one I’m not sure about is the F-5, but maybe the Swiss jets or some of the other foreign sales specified the Mk 10 seat.  Still, plenty of jets to use the seat in.   

E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear

Published: July 6th, 2014     
E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales.  They are cast in white metal which is stronger than the plastic used in the kit’s pieces.  To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components.  Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

This set is made to replace the landing gear on Hasegawa’s relatively recent E-2C kits.  With added nose weight and all the parts that make up the kit, it can be relatively heavy.  The metal landing gear will much more easily support that weight. Since they’re direct replacements for the kit parts, no modifications are really necessary.  As with most of the things we do, some minor mold seams may need to be cleaned up, but they’re not bad at all.  You may also find some parts have become bent in shipping, but the metal is malleable enough to handle being straightened out.

Martin Baker MB Mk4 Ejection Seat

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Martin Baker MB Mk4 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits. Among their many products is a series of ejection seats to replace the usually plain kit-provided examples.

This particular seat is a Martin Baker Mark 4 seat. The listing isn’t more specific than that, but says it is to be used in Lightnings, Alpha Jets, Canberras, Hunters, and Vampires.

Now, I’m not entirely up on the Mk 4, but I know that most of those jets used different versions of the Mk 4, along with seats other than the Mk 4, in various versions of the aircraft. For instance, the Lightning used Mk 4BSB, 4BSC, 4BST, etc., while the Canberra used the Mk 1C, 3CSB, 4Q, 4QS, and others in various versions of the aircraft. I’m pretty sure the differences in the different types of Mk 4 were visually minor, so that’s acceptable to me.

F-100C/D Super Sabre Wheel Bay

Published: July 6th, 2014     
F-100C/D Super Sabre Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has created a new wheel bay upgrade set for the Trumpeter F-100C or F-100D. The set’s parts include the main wheel bay in the fuselage, the nose wheel bay, inserts to go into the wings, the nose gear doors and various struts, hoses, and retraction arms, along with a piece of wire to be used to replicate the hydraulic hoses for the main gear struts. In my set, the smaller pieces were broken off the casting block and all but two were missing. However, I’ve seen other copies of this set and this is not typical.

In order to install this set, you are directed to remove the kit wheel bays and the detail inside the top part of the wing. An advantage of this set is that you will not have to deal with the seam down the middle of the main bay after assembly. Additionally, there is added detail compared to the kit parts, especially in relation to the gear doors.

As is typical with Aires, the parts are cast in a medium-gray resin with very fine details and no casting flaws. All in all, a useful set for your next Hun and certainly recommended.

My thanks go to Aires Hobby Models for supplying the set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Spitfire Mk. XIV Landing Gear

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Spitfire Mk. XIV Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I am a fan of Scale Aircraft Conversions gear, having used a number of SAC gear sets on previous projects.  I do not replace the kit gear because they are of poor quality, but rather, the SAC gear are much stronger than the plastic kit parts, and require far less clean-up. It is the strength of the metal SAC parts that I particularly like.

Clean up on the SAC gear usually can be accomplished, when necessary, by a few swipes of an X-Acto blade which removes any mold steps. SAC gear can be primed and then shot with the same colors one would use on the plastic parts. In fact, the painting process for SAC gear is the same as for the kit parts.

SAC parts fit extremely well. In fact, the gear seen in the accompanying images were photographed prior to being glued into place. Some superglue was applied, and after a minute or so the SAC gear were firmly fixed into position.

This product comes with main gear and the tail wheel molded along with the tail wheel strut. At the MSRP of about $12, one can make a significant improvement to a fine Academy kit by adding the SAC gear as part of the project.

Halifax B Mk.I/II Air Intakes

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This is another typical Quickboost accessory set.  It’s designed to be a drop fit replacement for a kit part, usually with detail enhanced in some way.  For this particular set, the ends of the intakes are hollowed out for you.  As you can see in the accompanying pictures, you’d have to do that for yourself with the kit parts.  Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with the kit parts.  This set just saves you the time it would take to add that extra level of detail and there are eight of them.  The parts are nicely molded, with crisp detail and no casting flaws or bubbles.  They are handed, so be careful that you put the correct one on the correct side.

Thanks go to Quickboost for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type B

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type B
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

For those of you who have acquired the Revell Halifax in 1/72, you may have noticed that it gives you lots of options, including three different types of exhausts.  While they’re not at all bad as they come in the kit, you’ll need to hollow out the ends of the exhaust stacks and that can be very tedious when you’re doing stacks for four engines.  Quickboost, as they usually do, have stepped in and done that for you.

This set is for the Type B exhaust and provide exhausts for all four engines.  They are nicely cast, in one piece, with no bubbles and the ends already hollowed out for you.  Additionally, the kit parts are in two pieces each and you’d have to remove that glue seam.  As usual, they’re a drop fit replacement for the kit parts and at the price, seem well worth it.  After all, what is your time worth?  Recommended.

Thanks go to Quickboost for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

SAR Helicopter Crew

Published: July 5th, 2014     
SAR Helicopter Crew
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Productions from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits.  Among their many products is a series of aircrew figures ranging from WWI pilots through sitting and standing pilots for all the major combatants in WWII to modern pilots from Vietnam era through the most modern.  These cover American, British, German, French, and Russian style helmets and crew equipment molded on the figures.

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