Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

USN 14in/50 (35.6cm) Gun Barrels for Turrets with or without Blast Bags

Published: November 13th, 2016     
USN 14in/50 (35.6cm) Gun Barrels for Turrets with or without Blast Bags
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Scale: 1/700
Company: Master Model

The US Navy's New Mexico Class and Tennessee Class battleships mounted the 14in/50 rifles as main armament. The Trumpeter/Pit-Road 1/700 kit of the 1941 version of the USS Tennessee provides injected gun barrels both with and without blast bags. The injected barrels are molded in relatively soft grey plastic. Removal from the sprue results in a large attachment point remnant. Additionally, the barrel muzzles are molded solid and the small diameter, in 1/700 scale, makes them hard to drill.

508 CM Coloniale Replacement Wheel Set

Published: November 13th, 2016     
508 CM Coloniale Replacement Wheel Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: SBS Models

Recently Italeri released a model of the Italian Coloniale – a military version of a popular pre-war civilian vehicle, which proved to be quite versatile and was used extensively not only by the Italian army but by the German army as well, mostly hauling officers around in rear-echelon areas. The kit itself is comparatively simple, which reflects the relative simplicity of the vehicle itself. However, one area where this reductionism has caused a loss of detail is in the wheels, which are simple two-piece castings with very little detail beyond the hubs.

S.B.S. Model, a Hungarian company, has come to the rescue with excellent replacements cast in resin. The package features five wheel/tire units, and these all feature an exceptionally fine tread pattern which beautifully reproduces the originals. Cast in a grey resin, the moldings are completely free of bubbles or blemishes and are a simple swap for the kit items. Happily, the lovely detail on these replacements should take your Italeri model to a whole new level, as the tires are a fairly prominent feature on this diminutive vehicle.

Bf-109G External Fuel Tanks

Published: November 12th, 2016     
Bf-109G External Fuel Tanks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

It is no secret that I love the Eduard Bf-109Gs. While they are state of the art kits there is always something that can be ‘upgraded’. The latest Brassin Upgrade for the Eduard kit is an external drop tank and ETC rack.

Packaged in vacuformed packaging typical of many of the Brassin line, inside of this are two drop tanks and two ETC racks. Molded in light grey resin the two drop tanks represent different configuration tanks. One with crimped end and the other the simplified tank. The ETC racks are beautifully rendered and some of the most accurate racks available on the market. Inside this set is also a set of decals with the stencils in black and red.

AIM-9B Sidewinder with Pylons

Published: November 12th, 2016     
AIM-9B Sidewinder with Pylons
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production has jumped in to help 1/48 Mirage III series model builders. This new release provides two AIM-9B Sidewinders along with the Aero 3 missile rails and the CES-3 pylons featured on the Dassault fighter. This set is probably focused on the new Kinetic 1/48 Mirage III kits, but it should also work well on the Academy, Eduard, Fonderie Minatures, Heller, and Hobby Boss kits; along with the older ESCI kit that has also been re-boxed by Revell and Italeri.

Notable is the re-sealable packaging that PJ Production uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. You will want to be careful handling the resin fins as their small size makes them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster. Painting instructions are included with the small instruction sheet. I found several air-bubbles in the resin parts, on the nose and the tail fins. Gap filling super glue with baking soda quickly solved the issue.

Bachem Ba.349 Natter Upgrade Set

Published: November 11th, 2016