Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

OS2U Kingfisher Seatbelt Set

Published: April 7th, 2016     
OS2U Kingfisher Seatbelt Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photo etch set to replace the photo etch seatbelts provided with the Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher kit. This set is colored and are far more realistic and accurate compared to the set provided with the kit.

In the packet is:

  • 1 x colored photo etch sheet
  • 1 x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a great replacement set for the set supplied with the kit. The set gives a lot better and pre-painted set of seat belts for both the pilot and gunners seats.

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

Hawker Hurricane Main Wheels

Published: April 7th, 2016     
Hawker Hurricane Main Wheels
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1:72
Company: Res-Im

RES-IM has come out with a pair of resin main wheels for the Hawker Hurricane in 1/72.

They are cast in a medium gray resin with no flash or seam, smooth surface (no thread) and are slightly flattened at the pour stubs.

I have several soft cover books on the Hurricane and I checked all the pictures to look at the main wheel hubs. I found in my unscientific search that the prototype and the very early Mk1 Hurricanes had 5 spoke main hubs. Sometime during the Mk1 production a 4 spoke main wheel emerged and was the standard for quite some time, only the MkXII variants differed in having a 3 spoke main hub. RES-IM resin main wheels are the 5 spoke type so it would be greatly useful for use on the new 1/72 Airfix early Hurricane with fabric wings. I measured the RES-IM wheels at 0.3745” in diameter and after removing the seam off the Airfix main wheels these measured at 0.3835” in diameter not very different at all. The Airfix main wheels have a rectangular hole to accept the main gear, while the RES-IM has a round hole, but being resin it would be easy to take a sharp exacto blade to turn that round hole into a rectangular hole to accept the Airfix main gear.

OV-1D Scoops

Published: April 6th, 2016     
OV-1D Scoops
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

When I first saw that these were released, I was a little confused as they had previously released set 48585 which was a set of scoops. The confusion was solved with a little research. The initial release was for the OV-1 early versions while these scoops are specific to the OV-1D Roden release. Problem solved but there is no mention of which is which on the either set so modelers will need to do the research. On to the parts review.

The set includes three scoops with no seam lines and deep insets. Casting is perfect and removal is simple with a saw blade. Installation is also simple with one scoop on the left by the cockpit and the other two on the top of the fuselage. There is an excellent note explaining which Quickboost parts replace which kit parts. As you can see by the pictures showing comparison, these parts are much improved with better profile and depth in the openings.

This is a very nice set and will help upgrade an already nice kit. Recommended with the caveat that it is for the OV-1D kit

My thanks to Aires for the chance to review this nice add on.

Su-24MR Photo Etch

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Su-24MR Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is a color photo etch set for the cockpit and ejection sets of Trumpeter’s new Su-24MR Fencer E kit. While the kit’s molded in details are not bad, this set really spruces up the cockpit.

As expected from Eduard, the set really enhances the kit parts. For example, there are 13 photo etch parts for each ejection set including a new back cushion, shoulder and lap belts, the oxygen and G-suit connectors, two fold down armrests and the between the knees butterfly ejection handles. The parts fit very well, however, it appears that the instructions were actually prepared for a different kit or a pre-production version of the kit, as they instruct you to cut off or remove parts that are not on the kit seats. One other issue is that the photo etch sheet is painted on just one side, but there are several parts such as the ejection handles and the back seat cushion that you have to fold, exposing the unpainted side of the part, and then you have to see how close you can come to matching the color on the rest of the part. The red on the back side of the ejection handles is easy; the light blue on the back seat cushion is not.

Mirage III/5 Weapons Set

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Mirage III/5 Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

The PJ Production company from Belgium makes some very nice resin aircraft kits as well as resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft and lots of pilot and ground crew figures. This set provides a very comprehensive set of weapons for the Mirage III/5 aircraft. The set includes; Matra R-550 Magic 2 and AIM-9B Sidewinder AAMs as well as JL-100, LAU-32 and LRF-4 rocket pods. Also included are a Barrax, a Barracuda 2 and a Phimat pod. I believe that the first two are ECM pods and the latter is a chaff dispenser. Finally, a pylon is provided for the centerline of the fuselage. This can carry either two STRIM Bombs or two Alkan P-65 Adaptors for bombing practice. In each case, the proper French pylon is included. This weapons set can be used to outfit several Mirage models and other French aircraft. These parts are nicely molded in resin and require very little clean-up.