Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

USN/USAF 35lb Lubricating Bucket Pump

Published: December 16th, 2014     
USN/USAF 35lb Lubricating Bucket Pump
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aires has issued two versions of a 35 lb. lubricating bucket pump used to grease planes and the like. Both versions have exactly the same resin, photoetch and paint schemes. The only difference is the decals- one is for the US Navy and the other, the US Air Force. It makes sense to do these build concurrently.

The resin consists of eight parts; four for the wheels, the handle, the plunger and the main body. The parts are cast perfectly and only the large body needs a pour spout removed. The photoetch parts are for the nozzles and the handles. There is also a length of wire for the hose. Assembly is pretty quick. The instructions call for you to cut small wire pieces (not included) to add the handle as pivot pins. I skipped this part; it is way to small) and just glued all the parts in place. The four wheels are glued in place and the handles and construction is done.

Propeller with Tool for the ICM Dornier 215

Published: December 12th, 2014     
Propeller with Tool for the ICM Dornier 215
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks again to Aires/Quickboost for providing these excellent review items to review; and to IPMS leadership for shipping the item to me…

Once again, a simple upgrade with serious improvement. 

Look at the Kit supplied prop and spinner; if used, they will look OK, but you will have a fillet on the back side of the props that doesn’t exist on the actual aircraft. 

Look at the difference on the QB prop and spinners when installed.  These took all of ½  hour to do. 

First, Cut off the back of the spinner pour stub.  I used a razor saw to cut around the circumference, then final cut to the center.  Easy to do, and WEAR A GLOVE to prevent personal injury. 

Next, use the prop and spinner shaft jig supplied with the QB set.  Appropriate drill bits were used to finish the shallow shaft hole, then you put the spinner in the jig, and carefully drill out the shaft hole in the spinner from behind.  Blow out the fluff from the prop holes, and….

Exhausts for ICM Dornier 217

Published: December 12th, 2014     
Exhausts for ICM Dornier 217
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks go to Aires/Quickboost for providing IPMS USA this review set and IPMS leadership for passing it my way!

Not much to this one; replace the kit items with the Quickboost exhausts and save yourself the serious pain of clearing out the kit exhausts… it’s a no-brainer!  I took the QB set, painted them with Testor’s Burned iron metalizer (I used a brush) and cut them off the pour stub… installed with superglue, Fantastic!

This set rates 10 of 10; Worth every penny!  Thanks again to Aires/Quickboost for another great review opportunity, and IPMS for allowing me to do the job!

Bf 109G Cannon Pods

Published: December 12th, 2014     
Bf 109G Cannon Pods
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The underwing gondolas were designed for the Bf-109 to replace some of the firepower lost when the F/G models were designed.  The problem with the pods was that they adversely affected the handling of the aircraft.  Still the addition of two 20mm cannons was desirable especially when dealing with enemy bombers. 

The Eduard kit comes with two gondolas in the kit.  They look nice but they are 2mm too long and don’t fit on the wing of the model.  Well I’m glad to tell you that this is not the case with the Brassin ones.  They fit the wing of the model perfectly. 

The parts come in a vacuform package as is typical of most of the Brassin range.  The instructions are easy enough to understand and follow.  There are 12 resin parts and a fret of photo etch.  It is up to you if you want to have one, two or none of the cannon pods opened up.  I chose to have the left one open so that I could see how they fit.  This did require me to saw open one of the pods.  It wasn’t difficult but a cut line on the inside would have made it easier.  As it is there was no problem. 

WGr.21 for Bf-109G

Published: December 12th, 2014     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The need to blow apart the formations of the American bombers led to the development of rocket carrying aircraft.  The biggest rocket widely used was the WGr.21.  This was fitted to the Bf-109 as early as the G-2.

The Eduard set is designed for their Bf-109G-6 and includes 16 pieces of flawless grey resin packaged in a vacuformed container with a fret of brass photo etch.  The instructions are printed in color to demonstrate how to apply the rocket pods.  The key to this set is the included drilling template.  After folding down the template and aligning it with the rear of the wing you use a .6mm drill to and drill the four locating holes.  It also has a cutout for mounting two photo etch pieces.  The one part of the instructions that is not quite clear is whether to use the full rocket or the segmented rocket and photo etch tail.  You get the choice is what it boils down to.  I will be using the segmented rocket for the pod and the full rockets for diorama material, but it is nice that Eduard gives the modeler the choice of how to do it. 

Spitfire Mk.IX - Big Sin Advanced Set

Published: December 11th, 2014     
Spitfire Mk.IX - Big Sin Advanced Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Having built the Royal Class Spitfire kits, I had an idea of what to expect from Eduard’s 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc: a perfect fitting kit from a maker at the pinnacle of their craft. The Spitfire Mk.IX kits are literally perfect models of the real thing. Building the kit out of the box, there is no need for filler anywhere. However, I wondered what would happen if I added some of the many available Eduard Brassin items to this baby?

Big Sin

Eduard’s 1/48 scale Big Sin Spitfire Mk. IX Advanced set has given me just the opportunity I was looking for. The Advanced Big Sin set includes a collection of four Eduard Brassin items: engine, gun bay, radio compartment, and photo-etch flaps.

Packaged in a sturdy cardboard box, the sets are wrapped securely inside bubble wrap. The four sets are also individually packaged in ziplock bags. The associated photo-etch parts are packaged on cardboard to keep them flat. The landing flaps are packaged exactly as they are when sold separately, so you can be certain they’ll arrive safely. The instruction sheets are two pieces of A4 paper printed on both sides. They are easy to understand.

MiG-17F & MiG-17PF Photo-Etch Sets

Published: December 10th, 2014     
MiG-17F & MiG-17PF Photo-Etch Sets
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Attack’s 1/144 scale MiG-17s are nice little representations of the Fresco, but they are missing a key ingredient—a cockpit. Thanks to Brengun, the 1/144 scale community now has a two very nice photo-etch (PE) cockpit sets to correct this omission: one for the MiG-17F and one for the MiG-17PF.

Before starting, I will admit that my PE skills are not the greatest. However, the parts that required folding were clearly marked, and with the help of a couple razor blades, they were easy to bend and fold.

Brengun’s PE sets include almost everything need to represent either the MiG-17F or the MiG-17PF cockpit. The PE sets also includes the canopy deck, finely detailed landing gear doors, engine exhaust detail, and antennas. As far as I can tell, the only difference between the two PE sets is the instrument panel. It seems Brengun has taken the time to accurately represent the differences between the MiG-17F and MiG-17PF instrument panel. Regardless of which PE set you are using, both include a printed instrument panel that goes behind the PE part.

F-16 Aggressor Blizzard Paint Masks

Published: December 3rd, 2014     
F-16 Aggressor Blizzard Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Gator Masks

The Aggressor schemes as applied to Air Force F-16s are some of the ‘coolest’ paint schemes applied to the light weight fighter.  Whether it is the Artic, Desert Flanker, Lizard, Blue Flanker or the Blizzard scheme they add lots of color to the drab F-16.  The most unique of the Aggressor schemes is the Blizzard one.  This set is based off of the USAF F-16C Block 30 (or Block 32) #86-0269 from the 64th AS in 2012.  The markings are available through Afterburner Decals Aggressor sheet (48-085).  This aircraft is the sole aircraft painted in this scheme, however, it is the best of the bunch.  It features squiggly lines of color in FS35109 (dark blue), FS36628 (light grey), FS36270 (dark grey) and FS36251 (mid grey).

Riveting Set - P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback

Published: December 2nd, 2014     
Riveting Set - P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: HGW Models

UMM-USA is distributing a very neat model detailing item produced by HGW Models: riveting decals. To be completely honest, I don’t know if this set should be called a decal; it is more like a “wet” transfer than a traditional decal, but more on that later.

This set, for the 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Razorback, provides an easy way to add raised rivet details to the surface of your model. Arriving in a simple bag package, you get two sheets of continuously printed decals for a single Razorback. Note that I mention that they are continuously printed, as you will have to cut and trim each section before application.

Before you actually get to the rivet application process, make sure that you have finished all of your surface preparation (i.e., filling, sanding, and priming). Once you apply these rivets, you cannot do any additional body work without obliterating them. While you are provided a few extra rows of rivets, I doubt there would be enough to replace the lost rivets if additional filling or sanding was needed.

KH-25ML (AS-10 Karen)

Published: November 30th, 2014     
KH-25ML (AS-10 Karen)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: E