Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-104 C2 Ejection Seat

Published: May 4th, 2017     
F-104 C2 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

With the recent releases of the special edition F-104 kits from Eduard in 1/48 using Hasegawa plastic, Eduard has released the F-104 C2 ejection seat as a separate kit. The Lockheed C2 ejection seat was the most commonly used ejection seat for the F-104 in US service. It is a downward firing rocket propelled ejection seat.

This seat set is very simple. It contains the main seat frame, two seat options, rails, a small photoetch set and a small decal set. As this is a drop in replacement seat for the kit seat the assembly is very straight forward. Everything in the kit replaces the equivalently parts in the F-104 kit. The first step in the assembly is to remove the three large resin parts from the casting blocks, using a razor saw for this step. If you are careful minimal clean up will be needed. After clean up, wash the parts to remove the mold release agent that is often on resin parts.

F-104 C2 Ejection Seat

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
F-104 C2 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

With the recent releases of the special edition F-104 kits from Eduard in 1/48 using Hasegawa plastic, Eduard has released the F-104 C2 ejection seat as a separate kit. The Lockheed C2 ejection seat was the most commonly used ejection seat for the F-104 in US service. It is a downward firing rocket propelled ejection seat.

This seat set is very simple. It contains the main seat frame, two seat options, rails, a small photo etch set and a small decal set. As this is a drop in replacement seat for the kit seat the assembly is very straight forward. Everything in the kit replaces the equivalently parts in the F-104 kit. The first step in the assembly is to remove the three large resin parts from the casting blocks, use a razor saw for this step. If you are careful minimal clean will be needed. After clean up, wash the parts to remove the mold release agent that is often on resin parts.

F-104 MB. 7 Ejection Seat

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
F-104 MB. 7 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

With the recent releases of the special edition F-104 kits from Eduard in 1/48 using Hasegawa plastic, Eduard has released the F-104 MB. 7 ejection seat as a separate kit. The Martin-Baker Mk. Q7(A) ejection seat was a replacement ejection seat for the F-104 in European service. It replaced the original downward firing seats with the newer upward firing design. The reason for this change is that in foreign service the role of the F-104 was expanded and in low altitude flight with heavy wing loads there was a very high rate of failure with the original downward firing seats.

CBU-87 Bomb

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The CBU-87 was developed on behalf of the US Air Force and became operational in the mid-1980's replacing earlier cluster bomb munitions. The CBU-87 is designed to be a multi-purpose weapon effective against armor, soft-skinned vehicles and troops.

Eduard's set consists of twelve resin parts, 6 canister bodies and 6 tail units. The hardest part of the whole build is cutting the parts from the casting blocks. Despite my best efforts, only about half of my cuts were straight, resulting in the need for some careful aligning of canisters and tail units in order to keep them properly lined up and then filling the resulting gaps with filler or Mr. Surfacer, depending on the size of the gaps.

Thankfully the units are overall Olive Drab, which as a dark color helps to hide some of the seams and miss-cuts.

Each CBU has 8 decals on it, all of which show up pretty well. I discovered that decals 5 and 6 do not fit where shown on the instructions as the instructions shown them being applied right over the mounting lugs for the units, so I ended up installing them a little offset to avoid the mounting lugs. I coat of clear flat evened things out very nicely.

Mi-24 Hind D/E Jak B-12.7 Machine Gun & DUAS Probe

Published: May 3rd, 2017     
Mi-24 Hind D/E Jak B-12.7 Machine Gun & DUAS Probe
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

The Mil Mi Hind is an awesome and feared gunship/attack/transport helicopter. Its first flight was in September 1969 and introduced into service in 1972. It is still operating today.

Master Models is a Polish company that specializes in producing some of the finest turned brass and resin aftermarket parts I have seen!

This resin/brass set can be used on any 1/72 scale Hind D/E, but I have the Hasegawa kit to compare it to. While the gun and DUAS probe straight from the kit is very good, the detail on the Master Model set has to be seen to be believed! In this 1/72 scale, I needed a magnifier to fully appreciate the work that has gone into making these parts.

The complete package is compact in a zip lock bag and folded over label. Inside is a cardboard backing and two pouches: one containing the turned brass probe tubes and gun parts, and the other holding the resin DUAS probe and machine gun. The two resin parts are protected within a foam block, with sticky tape holding them in place.