Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Zero Model 32 Photo-etch Details

Published: September 15th, 2014     
Zero Model 32 Photo-etch Details
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Among recent offerings from Brengun is a set photo-etch details designed to enhance the 1/72 Tamiya A6M3 Type 32 Zero kit.  Set BRL 72071 provides about 70 parts on a single photo-etch fret and two on a printed acetated sheet that will combine to enhance the cockpit and exterior details of the a/c.   The photos below show the fret and the instruction sheet that guide where the details are to be installed. 

The small photo-etched parts on the fret are very impressive, but look strangely familiar to me.  Familiar, because they are exactly the same as the parts on Brengun’s set BRL 72074 for the Zero type 22…yes, exactly the same.  Not surprising though, because the detail parts they provide were the same on the original aircraft (with the possible exception of a small dial face on the instrument panel).  One of the photos below from the Brengun website shows most of the parts installed. 

Zero Model 22 Photo/etch Details

Published: September 14th, 2014     
Zero Model 22 Photo/etch Details
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun offers 1/72 model builders a way to add to the detail of the already highly detailed Tamiya A6M2 Type 22 Zero kit.  Set BRL 72074 provides about 70 parts on a single photo-etch fret and two on a printed acetated sheet that will combine to enhance the cockpit and exterior details of the a/c.   The photo below of the instruction sheet shows where the details are to be installed.  Each of the small photo-etched parts is impressive.  The detail is very crisp and well etched on nickel-plated metal. 

F-15C Eagle Electronic Boxes

Published: September 13th, 2014     
F-15C Eagle Electronic Boxes
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Hasagawa’s 1/72nd scale F-15C kit is regarded as one of the better kits of the Eagle.  This new item from Quickboost is a direct replacement for the sidewall in the cockpit.  Eyeballing this looks like you may need to do some modifications to the floor part as well but should all look good once that is complete

Clean up is simple so no instructions are provided.

This item makes a nice update to the interior of the Hasagawa kit.

Thanks to Quickboost, Aires Hobby Models and to the IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Ilyushin IL-2 Exhaust

Published: September 12th, 2014     
Ilyushin IL-2 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Tamiya’s 1/72nd scale IL-2 Stormovik kit is a great looking kit with fine details.  But, as usual, there are always ways to improve.  This new item from Quickboost is a direct replacement for the exhausts in the kit.  The advantage is they are hollowed out so you don’t have to try and attempt that yourself.

Clean up is simple to remove them from the resin backing so no instructions are provided.

All in all a quick and simple replacement that will add that extra bit of detail to your IL-2.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Fw 190 Landing Gear

Published: September 12th, 2014     
Fw 190 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released a set of main and rear landing gear parts for Hobby Boss Fw 190s in 1/48 scale. The set includes four parts: two main landing gear struts and a two-part rear landing gear (which proves to be a godsend—more on that later).

The two main gear are drop in replacements. However, you’ll want to compare them to the kit struts to make sure you install each gear leg on the correct side of the aircraft; you could easily install them in reverse, which would give you an incorrect stance. The easiest way to make sure they are correctly installed, is to ensure that the torque link is facing back, towards the tail. Before painting, I removed the faint seam lines and polished the retraction strut parts to a shiny silver. This was left in natural metal by masking the area off. Polishing the gear is a great way to replicate the shiny look, and although its a little hard to see behind the wheel and gear flap once assembled, it looks great.

X-47B Landing Gear

Published: September 12th, 2014     
X-47B Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Ross MacMillan and Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) continue to put our sturdy white-metal landing gear for many, if not all, of the new releases. This set is for the Freedom Models X-47B, the USN's UAV that is currently undergoing testing. Freedom Models’ kit is awesome and builds into a great representation of the UAV. One thing that hits you when you open the box is its size. It has a 62-foot wingspan, almost double a P-51’s! With that size of plane, white-metal gear could really help support it.

E. E. Lighting Landing Gear

Published: September 11th, 2014     
E. E. Lighting Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Yet again, extreme thanks to Ross at SAC for providing one more of his new metal gear for improving our kits; The IPMS USA reviewer corps appreciates your continuing to provide us review items… Thanks also to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review!

Once again, SAC improves an already great kit’s gear; it is essentially a “form/fit/function” replacement, with just a small tweak which shall improve the basic kit parts….Review switch on.

This set is for Trumpeter’s English Electric Lightning kit.  The basic aircraft uses the same gear on all marks, F1 through F6, and all the “T” (trainers)… and this is where the SAC gear shines.

I have included a photo of the basic kit landing gear.  Out of the box you get plastic gear for the whole aircraft, or you can opt to use metal struts for strength.  This is one of Trumpeters’ best kits out of the box…. It can be improved on, but it’s a great kit.  

SAC also provides a shimmy damper, two retraction and support struts for the main gear, and replacement oleo scissors.  The pictures show these in place…

A6M5 Gun Barrels

Published: September 9th, 2014     
A6M5 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Tamiya has issued some of the most spectacular 1/32nd scale kits that have ever been made. One of these was the A6M5 Zero (Model 52) which raised the bar yet again. The kit is excellent but Quickboost shows it can make it better. This set includes two perfectly cast gun barrels for the 7.7mm guns above the engine cowling and two 20mm cannons for the wings. There is no assembly, prime and paint the parts and install and you are done.

Comparing the parts to the kits parts, several things are evident. First, the two wing cannons are more representative of the real thing as Quickboost has them narrower than the plastic can be made. The 7.7mm guns have beautiful jacket details and much finer muzzle details than the kit parts.

For $6.50, this is a superb upgrade to an already excellent kit. Recommended. My thanks to Aires,  Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great set of detail parts.

Wheel Chocks for Russian Planes

Published: September 9th, 2014     
Wheel Chocks for Russian Planes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models is based in Budapest, Hungary and has an excellent selection of laser cut wood, photoetch and resin parts. This particular piece is a 1/32nd wheel chock for Russian planes. This is four individual pieces of photoetch. The main part is bent six times to get the main shape. The back piece is bent to shape and fit into its spaces.

I used a Hold and Fold for the majority of the bends and rolled the back piece around a wooden dowel to get the approximate shape. I let the glue dry thoroughly and the started trimming the bent face piece back. When it was close, I sanded the brass parts back until I could putty them smooth. It then primed with Alclad gray primer. The pictures show a nice orange color so I used Italeri international Orange and got it nice and glossy. I added a couple left over decals top represent the numbers shown in the pictures. A quick flat coat followed by some scratches and wear marks and the chocks were done.

A-7D Corsair Ejection Seat with Seat Belts

Published: September 9th, 2014     
A-7D Corsair Ejection Seat with Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost released two seats for Trumpeter's 1/32 A-7 series. This seat is the Escapac 1G-2 Ejections seat used in the A-7D variants. Quickboost previously released a later version of the SJU-8A seat for late A-7E which is reviewed here: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/7e-corsair-ii-late-ejection-seat-seat-belts

The seat for the A-7D is four perfectly cast parts. The seat is the major part with two side cylinders and the tab between the headrest being separate. Cleanup takes almost nothing and the parts glue right in place. For a reference to this seat, you can check out the pictures here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/don_busack/a-7dk_eject/

The seat was painted dark gull gray and the seat khaki drab. A wash of oil black was washed over all the surfaces. I added a few leftover decals to represent the marking panels on the seat. I painted the ejection seat handles yellow and the seat belts gray. I then flat coated the seat. I painted a few parts flat black and dry brushed the seat cushion khaki and the seat lighter gray. Another flat and the seat was done.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer