Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

PE Zoom Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Published: April 10th, 2019     
PE Zoom Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Contents Description

This PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A three-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included on the kit parts must be removed. The PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place.

I took the plastic kit parts as indicated on the instructions and removed the raised details with a micro-chisel and sanded the rough surfaces with a medium grit sanding pad. Once the surfaces were smoothed, I washed the parts in warm water and a mild detergent, scrubbing the surfaces and nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush. After rinsing the parts I allowed them to thoroughly dry.

Steel Seat Belts for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Steel Seat Belts for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Product Description

This set consists of a small steel fret with seat belts for the pilot and radar operator. It is small fret, but it does the job.

I removed each part using PE shears and buffed the small spur off with a medium sanding pad. None of the painted surfaces were marred in this process, but nonetheless care is still required to avoid possible damage. I used Gator glue to attach the belts to the seats and allowed the glue to dry thoroughly before carefully bending the parts to fit the contours of the plastic parts. Again, a small dab of Gator glue was use to fix the ends of the belts in place. I feel the Eduard steel belts are a bit easier to bend than the older brass belts and conform to the seat profile quite nicely.

Conclusion

The steel seat belts are a very nice addition to most any kit, especially when the canopies are posed open.

I highly recommend this set for the Tamiya Heinkel He-219. They are a great enhancement to this model kit. I wish to thank Eduard and IPMS USA for the opportunity to build and review this product.

Photo-Etch Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Photo-Etch Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 49947
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Contents Description

This three-piece PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces, plus two frets for parts for the wheel wells and miscellaneous exterior details. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A four-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included with the kit must be removed. The instrument panels PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place.

The Cockpit

I took the plastic kit parts as indicated on the instructions and removed the raised details with a micro chisel and sanded the rough surfaces with a medium grit sanding pad. Once the surfaces were smoothed I washed the parts in warm water and a mild detergent, scrubbing the surfaces and nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush. After rinsing the parts I allowed them to thoroughly dry.

Die-Cut Mask for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Die-Cut Mask for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Contents Description

This mask set is provided on a small Kabuki-like tape material that is die cut, and includes an instruction sheet for locating the individual pieces on the clear parts of the Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7 kit. This set also includes masks for the canopy and windscreen interior.

This will be my second Tamiya Heinkel He-219. I used the earlier version of an Eduard mask on the canopies and was satisfied with the results. The original masking set included masks for the exterior surfaces only. I looked forward to see how the new product would perform.

A small instruction sheet is provided with diagrams locating each mask for the multipaned canopy. Where the use of a liquid masking is required is also identified. The instructions walk the modeler through the process step-by-step which can be quite useful when there are many panels to mask.

TU-160

Published: April 10th, 2019     
TU-160
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Brengun

First things first: a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review. We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review. Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items.

This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160. Big kit. Big. Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out. Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone". The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle.

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