Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Expert Kabuki Masks

Published: November 5th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Expert Kabuki Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: New Ware Masks

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is a great model kit. It comes with its own masks but they are not pre-cut nor do they stick to the compound curves very well. Kabuki tape masks work so much better and if they are pre-cut they are the answer to the shortcomings.

New Ware Masks are the answer to those issues. This set is pre-cut on Kabuki tape and provides nearly everything that you'd want to mask off on the kit. More items are included than what is included in the kit. The masks are printed on a 39,5x111 mm sheet of Kabuki tape.

As you'd expect, masks for the canopy are provided as is the normal but unlike the kit masks, this set includes masks for the inside AND outside canopy framing. But this set doesn't stop there. There are masks included for the spiral, the wheels, the radiator faces and all the other clear parts. The one thing not provided is masks for the wingtip lights.

The instructions are printed on a single sided sheet of paper. Step 1 is the interior masking and Step 2 is the exterior. The spinner decal is broken down into three pieces just like the kit decals.

AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening Pod

Published: November 4th, 2018     
AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening Pod
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Per Wikipedia, the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod is an advanced precision targeting pod system currently operational with a wide variety of aircraft worldwide. The targeting pod contains a high-resolution, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor that displays an infrared image of the target to the aircrew. It has a wide field of view search capability and a narrow field of view acquisition/targeting capability of battlefield-sized targets. The pod also contains a CCD camera used to obtain target imagery in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum capability. They are currently in use in over 20 countries in the world.

Bf-109F-2 Weekend Photoetch

Published: November 4th, 2018     
Bf-109F-2 Weekend Photoetch
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has a variety of options to build their aircraft. There is the Royal Class, ProfiPack, Weekend, and Overtree options, so depending on your budget or what you like to add there is something for everyone.

The Overtree and Weekend releases do not have photoetch parts added. Many, myself included, think that the pre-painted instrument panels are worth the extra cost of these Weekend/Zoom sets.

This set is packaged in the typical resealable packaging with card stock backing to protect the fret from bending. There is a single nickel plated fret with exquisite painted photoetch parts, most notably the instrument panel. This set also comes with the seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. It also features the oil coolers and tropical filter. Various panels and chains for the cockpit are included. The instrument panel is beautiful printed with the gauges being precisely printed and far superior to anything I could paint. That alone makes this set worth the price of admission, but including the seatbelts makes this an essential item for your Friedrich. Another thing included are the tailboom stiffeners typical of many F models.

Mig-21Bis/Mig-21-93 R25-300 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: November 3rd, 2018     
Mig-21Bis/Mig-21-93 R25-300 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

Amigo Models from Russia is producing some wonderful after-market resin products for 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft. This particular set is for the Mig-21bis and Mig-21-93 which both use the R25-300 engine. The box contains five resin pieces secured in bubble wrap. These pieces make up the afterburner/exhaust sections of the engine and exhibit excellent detail both inside and out.

Although the pour stubs look daunting, I had an easy time cutting the pieces from the stubs with a razor saw. The pieces are not numbered, but the instruction sheet has actual sized drawings to help identify them. After washing the set with soap and water, I spayed on Vallejo primer followed by a couple coats of different Alclad II metallic paints. Dry brushing with acrylic metallic colors added some zip to the finish. Amigo's website provides some photos of the actual exhaust for a color reference. As you would expect with five pieces, assembly is quick. However, I had to do additional sanding on some mating surfaces to get the entire length of the exhaust aligned.

Centurion Mk III Side Skirts Photo-etch Replacements

Published: November 3rd, 2018     
Centurion Mk III Side Skirts Photo-etch Replacements
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a Photo etch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit to replace the side skirts.

The set contains the following sets:

  • 2 x photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

This photoetch set replaces plastic molded side skirts provided with the Tamiya kit which improves the finish kit a lot.

The parts are very easy to attach and form with no issues encountered during the complete build.

Summary

This is a great set for adding additional details for the side skirts to the very old kit from Tamiya. I would recommend this set to everyone who has this kit.

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