Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mi-2 Hoplite Wheels & Paint Masks

Published: January 14th, 2015     
Mi-2 Hoplite Wheels & Paint Masks
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Mil Mi-2 is a light helicopter, produced in Poland, used for transport and close air support.  Powered by two GTD-350 turbine engines, the aircraft would be armed for a variety of uses.  Several specialized variants carried a 23 mm autocannon, machine guns, 57mm rocket pods, four 9K11 Malyutka anti-tank missiles or Strela-2 AA missiles. The Mi-2URP Gunship and anti-tank variant was one of these, and the Hobby Boss kit of this version is used for comparison. The Hobby Boss Mi-2 is the most common and most recent kit and is available in several different variants, although there are a few others like the Smer kit which was released in 2000.

The Aires Wheels and Mask Set includes cast resin replacement wheels, two for the main landing gear and two for the nose gear, as well as a set of pre-cut vinyl paint masks and illustrated instructions.

60-Spoke Wire Wheels

Published: January 14th, 2015     
60-Spoke Wire Wheels
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/25
Company: 3D Model Parts

3D Model Parts is a new U.S. based company that uses 3D printing technology to produce resin ship, automobile, aircraft, and armor detailing accessories. 3D states their printing process produces details with greater precision than either injection molding or resin casting.

This set of 1/25 scale wheels certainly lives up to that claim! The spokes have amazingly fine detail, and the wheel rims are extremely thin. The interlacing of the spokes makes the wheels very realistic at this small size. I compared the 3D wheels to wire wheels from a Revell kit and there is no comparison. 3D accurately reproduces the opening between spokes, where many of the openings on the Revell wheels are filled with flash.

Spitfire Mk IX Tubular Exhausts

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Spitfire Mk IX Tubular Exhausts
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast from Canada has released several detail sets for the Eduard Spitfire MkIX in 1/48 scale.

This particular set is a drop-in replacement for the Spitfire tubular exhaust. It has been casted in a pale cream-colored resin with a delicate pour stub that will make removal an easy task.

As you can see, the surface is very smooth and the detail is delicate with thin, hollow exhausts. While the plastic parts are also hollow, this resin set allows for insertion after painting.

To use the resin exhausts, you only need to add the provided exhaust supports to the model’s nose in the step where you would add the original kit exhaust pieces. The rest of the assembly can continue as usual, and once painting and finishing is complete, you simply add the resin exhaust by gluing it to the exhaust support added during construction.

It is a simple detail that makes painting and masking a much easier task, and it is highly recommended.

I would like to thank Ultracast and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX 4-Blade Propeller and Spinner Cone

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX 4-Blade Propeller and Spinner Cone
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast from Canada has released several detail sets for the Eduard Spitfire MkIX in 1/48 scale.

This particular set is a drop-in replacement for the Spitfire propeller. It has been casted in a pale cream-colored resin with a delicate pour stub that will make removal an easy task. There are no bubbles or surface defects anywhere.

The only difference I can see between the kit’s propeller and the Ultracast version is the propeller’s blade chord being a bit wider in the resin parts. Moving on to the spinner, the resin version has rivet detail that the plastic part is missing.

From an assembly point of view, the replacement propeller differs from the plastic part in that each blade comes as a separate piece, meaning you have to set the proper pitch to each blade. However, the resin pour tab includes a small cube-shape piece that will take care of that. Nice touch Ultracast!

I would recommend this set to modelers of all levels, except the most novice ones.

I would like to thank Ultracast and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door

Published: January 12th, 2015     
Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast from Canada has released several detail sets for the Eduard Spitfire MkIX in 1/48 scale.

This particular set is a drop-in replacement for the Spitfire Cockpit door. It has been casted in a pale cream-colored resin with a delicate pour stub that will make removal an easy task.

As you can see, the finish is very smooth and the surface detail is delicate and petite. It includes the crowbar, a small handle, and the forming ribs of the door. A note of caution, I believe the crowbar was painted silver during WWII, and it was only after the war that they got painted red. Check your references.

I recommend this replacement part for modelers of all levels, except novices.

I would like to thank Ultracast and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Scale Aircraft Conversions F-4 Phantom II Landing Gear

Published: January 11th, 2015     
Scale Aircraft Conversions F-4 Phantom II Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was developed for the US Navy as a two-seat, twin-engine, supersonic jet fighter, entering service in 1960.  It was eventually adopted for use by the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force.  Capable of speeds over Mach 2, the Phantom could be armed with air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, a variety of bombs, and eventually an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon.  Setting records for performance from the beginning, it held both the absolute speed record and the absolute altitude record for a time.  Used extensively during the Vietnam War, the F-4 became the primary air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force.  The Phantom served in the Gulf War in 1991 in reconnaissance and Wild Weasel roles, and was eventually retired in 1996.

MiG-15 Gun Barrels

Published: January 10th, 2015     
MiG-15 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

One of the differences between the MiG-15 and the MiG-15bis is the gun configuration in the nose.  It is not readily noticeable, but there are differences in the 23mm cannons and their fairings. 

The MiG-15 was equipped with one N-37 37mm cannon and two NS-23 23mm cannons in a drop down tray on the bottom of the nose fairing.  This was the standard configuration until improvements were made in the MiG-15bis.

Eduard’s new MiG-15 and MiG-15bis kits in 1/72nd scale are great little kits and are very accurate.  Even though the kit gun barrels, parts C3, C12 and C32 are very well done, Quickboost has provided us with some exquisite resin replacements with no mold seam to clean up and the end of the 37mm cannon barrel drilled out.  These barrels are direct replacements for the previously mentioned kit parts.

My thanks to Aires and IPMS for the review sample.

MiG-15bis Gun Barrels

Published: January 10th, 2015     
MiG-15bis Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

One of the differences between the MiG-15 and the MiG-15bis, in addition to a newer and more powerful engine, is the gun configuration in the nose.  It is not readily noticeable, but there are differences in the 23mm cannons and their fairings. 

The MiG-15 was equipped with one N-37 37mm cannon and two NS-23 23mm cannons in a drop down tray on the bottom of the nose fairing.  This was the standard configuration until improvements were made in the MiG-15bis.  The MiG-15bis received two NR-23 cannons, which had a higher rate of fire and an improved ammunition system.  The cowling also changed with bulged ejection chutes.  The fairings on the newer guns were also shorter than their predecessors.

Eduard’s new MiG-15 and MiG-15bis kits in 1/72nd scale are great little kits and are very accurate.  Even though the kit gun barrels, parts C3, C18 and C29 are very well done, Quickboost has provided us with some exquisite resin replacements with no mold seam to clean up and the end of the 37mm cannon barrel drilled out.  These barrels are direct replacements for the previously mentioned kit parts.

MiG-15bis Exhaust

Published: January 10th, 2015     
MiG-15bis Exhaust
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346