Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk TF-9J

Published: October 6th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Kitty Hawk TF-9J
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat conversion and replacement set for the new Kitty Hawk TF-9J.  I am delighted to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade.

The 7 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo.  The heft of the parts is very noticeable.  All parts are free of sprues with the exception of the main mount retractors and nose well equipment.  The parts require very little buffing, cleanup and polishing.  The TF-9J kit gear struts directly replace the SAC parts.  The main mount parts and nose strut parts attached to the kit fuselage with no difficulty.  Kit parts that are replaced by SAC parts are D4 and E31, 33, 34.  No replacement is provided for D1, but no replacement appears to be needed.

Lavochkin La-5 Landing Gear

Published: October 3rd, 2014     
Lavochkin La-5 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement gear for the Eduard 1/48 Lavochkin La-5.  Of course this set will also work with the Zvezda kit since that is what the Eduard kit is based on.  The supplied items include two main gear legs, two main gear retraction struts, and one tail gear. (Photos 1016, 1005, 1018, 1020)

This replacement set will provide stronger landing gear that won’t sag over time, and is somewhat adjustable if necessary to obtain proper alignment. Even with zero previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no problem installing.  Scale Aircraft Conversions does not use lead in their white metal mix, so the builder does not have to be concerned with that perceived hazard.

There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new white metal items.  You do need to be very careful following the instructions in the Eduard kit, particularly with the tail wheel assembly.

P-40E Warhawk Undercarrage Covers

Published: October 1st, 2014     
P-40E Warhawk Undercarrage Covers
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has recently added 1/32 scale undercarriage covers for the P-40E to their aftermarket parts line. They are specifically designed to replace those in the Hasegawa 1/32 scale kit. They are designed as drop in replacements for the kit parts. With some adjustment, they should work on the Revell kit as well. Detail is marginally better than the Hasegawa kit parts, but they offer one advantage: there are no seam lines or ejector pin marks for the modeler to eliminate.

The parts are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Parts can be separated easily from the casting block with a razor saw or a sharp #11 X-Acto blade. Since there is no flash, prep work is minimal. Installation of the doors is pretty simple as well; again, they are direct replacements for the kit parts. It is a good idea to rinse the resin parts in warm soapy water to remove any mold-release residue before attaching them. Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach these parts to the kit’s styrene plastic.

Arado Ar-196 Propeller with Tool

Published: October 1st, 2014     
Arado Ar-196 Propeller with Tool
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Attached to the front of a BMW 132K nine-cylinder, 960-horsepower radial engine, the VDM propeller helped the Arado 196 to reach speeds of up to 193 mph at 13,120 feet. The seaplane was used for reconnaissance missions, and it was initially produced in 1937 as a prototype, with the first production planes being delivered in 1938. By the end of production in 1944, Germany and her allies had deployed over 540 of the aircraft during the Second World War.

Packaging for Quickboost’s Arado Ar-196 Propeller set is simple. The three propeller blades are attached to a runner, and the hub is attached to a pour plug on its backside. Also included is a tool that is used to set the pitch angle on the propeller blades when attaching them to the hub. The tool doubles its usefulness by helping to set the length of the blades as well. Finally, a single sheet of paper illustrates attaching the blades to the hub. The resin used by Quick Boost is gray in color, and I found it easy to work with.

AIM-9B Sidewinder

Published: October 1st, 2014     
AIM-9B Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

First developed for the US Navy by Raytheon in the early 1950s, the AIM-9 (Air Intercept Missile) has been a mainstay for the United States and our allies for nearly 60 years. The AIM-9B represented in this offering from Eduard was the first production model of the Sidewinder, entering service in 1956. There have been several updates over the years, and the current model in use is the AIM-9X. Raytheon and General Electric produced approximately 80,900 of the B variant, and the model is credited with one Navy and 26 Air Force victories during Vietnam.

This set consists of four missiles and optional nose covers that are cast in resin, a single photoetch fret that holds the forward fins and rings to represent the exhaust nozzle of the rocket motor, and a small decal sheet. The photoetched parts include extra fins, just in case, but no additional rings, so be cautious when removing and handling them. The decals include three stencil markings, two yellow stripes, and one black band per missile.

F-101 Voodoo Landing Gear Set

Published: October 1st, 2014     
F-101 Voodoo Landing Gear Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues its line of white metal gear with a replacement set for the KittyHawk F-101 Voodoo. The Voodoo is a large, heavy plane, and this set will keep it upright.

The set is cast in SAC’s traditional white metal and consists of 13 parts with minimal to no seam lines. All the parts of the kit gear are replicated in white metal perfectly. For the main gear, the wheel hubs are integral to the strut, and this arrangement is replicated in SAC’s version. The interior bracing is also replicated and attached to the retraction strut.

The front gear is more complicated, consisting of six parts plus the retraction strut. The KittyHawk parts are very fine and the plastic is moderately soft. Thus, as you can see in the pictures, one part of the kit’s oleo was destroyed in removal. Not so with the excellent SAC parts. The front landing gear will certainly be sturdy when the SAC parts are installed.

A3D-2 Exterior Set

Published: October 1st, 2014     
A3D-2 Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s A3D-2 Exterior Set, number 48793, address some of the shortcomings of the Trumpeter 1/48 scale A-3D kit with additions to the slats on the outer wing, the tail hook area, the crew door, and the speed brakes. There are also additions to the windshield wiper and the back of the engine pylons.

The speed brakes in the kit are nice; however, they lack surface detail, such as rivets and boxes. Eduard corrects this by adding five panels to the interior of the speed brake that have superb relief-etched rivets and lines. These panels require a couple of small bumps to be removed and then glued back into place. The speed brake housing gets a similar treatment with two parts each. One requires some bending, and the easiest way to start the bend is to use the kit’s plastic part as a form.

Harrier Vacu Canopy (Revell)

Published: September 30th, 2014     
Harrier Vacu Canopy (Revell)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Many of us have had the distinct displeasure of ruining a canopy.  I once dropped one on the floor and stepped on it.  There is also the great possibility of getting CA fumes on the inside or some other adhesive which will either melt, craze or deform the canopy into uselessness.  And then there’s the one where you open a kit you bought at a swap meet to find no clear parts inside. 

You can find replacement canopies for “large scale” kits, including 1/32, 1/48 or 1/72, but there have been almost no canopies in 1/144.  Brengun seems to be taking a position in this market. 

The canopy comes as a vac-formed item raised above the back plastic.  I used decal scissors to remove the canopy from the backing.  There is a pretty good indication of where to cut, so I didn’t worry much about getting it wrong.  The canopy is also designed to be displayed open, and there’s a band of scrap plastic between the windscreen and the canopy.  When the time came, this was also easy to cut with decal scissors.

A WORD OF WARNING

Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels

Published: September 30th, 2014     
Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland.  Their l