Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-38 Lightning Late Armament

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
P-38 Lightning Late Armament
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model has released three new gun barrel sets for the P-38 Lightning, a plane I love. This one is listed as the late version with 4 x .50 cal Brownings with covered cooling jackets & late 20mm cannon tips. These are mostly seen on J and L versions but pays to check your references.

The detail is beautiful with drilled out barrel ends.

Construction depends on which kit you are using. Many have separate barrels so these are just simple replacements. Other kits (like the Hobby Boss) you will need to cut off the original barrels and drill holes to put the barrels in. Either way the detail on these is much better than any of the kit guns I have.

The instruction sheet shows a few period pictures of P-38 noses and a top view drawing showing the differing barrel lengths for the .50s.

Thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

BAE Hawk 100 Turned Brass Replacement Pitot Tube

Published: August 20th, 2016     
BAE Hawk 100 Turned Brass Replacement Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

Master – Reality in Miniature has produced a replacement nose pitot for the Airfix BAE Hawk 100 kit. The replacement pitot is a clean drop-in for the kit’s plastic part. The supplied item includes a one piece main pitot tube of turned brass.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that provides a much more realistic assembly with a significantly improved abuse tolerance. Painting of the main tube will require a quick touch with silver, aluminum or your favorite metalizer after priming, to transform the brass. Check your references.

No other assembly is required. The tube should be attached to the kit fuselage with CA glue. Using care in handling after assembly would seem to be good advice, as the part will be quite fragile, even though it is metal, and the point will pierce human skin easily, given an opportunity. Heed my experience!

Overall, this is an excellent replacement that will lend increased realism to your finished Hawk.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Master – Reality in Miniature for the opportunity to review this item.

C-130 White Metal Landing Gear

Published: August 20th, 2016     
C-130 White Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Italeri/Testors 1/72 scale C-130 family of kits. The white metal replacements are an identical fit replacement for the kit plastic parts. The supplied items include two main gear struts and the nose gear assembly. Some other SAC packages include replacement wheels, as well, but this is not the case here. You will need to use the Italeri/Testors kit wheels for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that should provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance. However, use some care, because in this scale, even cast metal parts are very fine and fragile. I found it easy to accidentally bend them out of shape with my heavy-handedness.

In some cases where original equipment was left in a natural metal finish, painting may not be necessary. As always, check your reference photos.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Scale Aircraft Conversions for the opportunity to review this item.

Spitfire B Wing - Hispano 20mm cannons in fairings

Published: August 19th, 2016     
Spitfire B Wing - Hispano 20mm cannons in fairings
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces beautiful little brass parts for aircraft. Their particular thing is those easily broken and lost parts, pitot tubes and wing guns. I also recently did a review on their gun barrels for the 1/144 Ju-87G Stuka, another set of easily broken parts.

The instructions are pretty basic, so you need to have some modeling experience to figure out what to do. On the other hand, once you’ve done one of these, it becomes pretty clear what the instructions want you to do.

Assembly

I started with Minicraft Spitfire Vc which has been on my shelf for a while. I began by cutting off the kit supplied guns with a sprue cutter. Master makes their guns a little longer so there’s a solid mating surface between the kit wing and the cannon barrel.

F-16XL Landing Gear

Published: August 18th, 2016     
F-16XL Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 48302
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced white metal replacement landing gear for the recently issued Skunk Models Workshop F-16XL kit. (See my kit review at F-16XL Experimental Fighter).

I have reviewed several of these sets and have purchased several more on my own, because in all cases they have been superior to the kit items.

The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts. The set includes "light" main gear for early XL configurations and "heavy" main gear with landing lights, for the post-1983 modification, which includes the NASA versions. Detailing is improved over the kit parts. An altered nose wheel strut assembly (more accurate detail of bracing) is included. The main gear bay rear bulkhead is also rendered in white metal for the additional strength. The supplied items also include all main and nose gear braces, and the nose gear oleo scissor and light assemblies.