Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip Landing Gear

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Trumpeter helicopters are really nice kits but the kit's white metal landing gear are very fragile. They are brittle and break apart. I've had this issue with the CH-47D and Mi-8 kit landing gear. Scale Aircraft Conversions offers a replacement set of white metal landing gear for the Hip.

This set includes nine white metal parts for the landing gear. They are direct replacements for the kit landing gear. They are packaged in a cardboard backed blister pack. The detail is nicely represented and should prove no problem for adding them to the kit.

They are not brittle like the kit parts. Some parts will need straightening as they got slightly bent during shipping.

These are a nice addition and stronger than the kit landing gear. These are a perfect replacement for the brittle kit white metal landing gear. This is another great release from Scale Aircraft Conversions. I hope that they make landing gear for the CH-47A and D.

Highly recommended

WGr.21 for Bf 109G-6

Published: August 24th, 2018     
WGr.21 for Bf 109G-6
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 allows a lot of options. One option that isn't included is the WGr-21 Rocket system. The mortar rockets were mounted under the wings of the Bf-109, from the G-2 to the G-6.

This set is packaged in a typical blister pack with 16 light grey resin and one photo-etch fret. The resin is molded in light grey and dark grey not that it matters as both styles are beautifully done. The weld mark on the tubes is awesome.

The fret is made up mostly of templates to first set the angle of support struts and second to then set its location on the wing. The assembly of the set is pretty straightforward once you get the templates made up. You get two separate rockets for your diorama and two rockets to be 'installed' in the tubes. The photo-etch parts for the rocket tubes are mostly for the rear of the rockets.

The instructions are printed on small two pages with easy to follow instructions. The hardest part of the entire set will be the assembly of the template to set the angle of the support struts. The rest is easy.

Bf-109G-6 Exhaust Stacks

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 has that beautiful engine that can be shown opened or closed. My question was they lead the world in engineering kits, can't they hollow out the exhausts? Apparently not. So that is where this set comes in.

Eduard provides the answer. Packaged in the typical Brassin blister pack, Eduard provides you with some spectacular exhausts to replace the kit parts. Two light grey resin set of exhausts are included, as well as, a fret of photo-etch. They have beautiful weld lines and are hollowed out. They also are specifically designed for the Tamiya kit. The mounting points on the engine are sided and so are these beauties.

The photo-etch parts are for the deflectors and the front and rear deflectors.

The instructions are printed on a single sheet of double-sided paper.

The exhausts once assembled are remarkably nice. The hardest part of the whole set is bending the exhaust deflector on the left side, but a bending tool will make short work of it.

IDF F-CK-1C/D Landing Gear

Published: August 24th, 2018     
IDF F-CK-1C/D Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the AFV Kit IDF F-CK-1C/D 1/48th Scale aircraft.

The white metal parts are good are have better-defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength than the kit parts. The parts included replacing the parts E40, E11, E42, E36, E17, E15, E44, E13, and E46. I did expect to see replacements for E 34, E 37 and E33 but these were not included and it would have added more to this set.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble. A couple of the metal parts were a little bent but very easy to correct.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well-detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

No doubt the Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is an impressive kit right out of the box. But what if you want something more impressive? Well help comes from an unexpected source, Eduard. As the Tamiya kit is in direct competition with Eduard's kit I was surprised by the amount of detail set that Eduard offered to upgrade the Tamiya kit.

This set is packaged in a standard blister pack that Brassin item typically packaged in. The parts are held in place by foam. The six resin parts are molded in light grey resin with no blemishes anywhere. The detail is impressive. The hardest part is removing Part 91. It is very delicate so be careful when removing it. There is a fret of brass photo etch pieces. It contains five pieces. The instructions are easy to understand and are on a single page.