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Reviews of scale model detail sets.

MiG-17PF (Fresco D) - 23mm gun barrels & Pitot Tubes

Published: August 31st, 2014     
MiG-17PF (Fresco D) - 23mm gun barrels & Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-17PF was the all weather fighter version of the Fresco.  The Fresco D had three 23mm cannons.

This set includes five precision turned brass parts.  There is nothing to clean up.  Simply drill the hole where the parts go and you are in business.

The highlights of this set are the pitot tubes.  They are perfectly formed and even capture that one pitot tube is slightly longer than the other. 

The other three parts are the 23mm cannon barrels. 

The instructions indicate the proper holes to drill and the proper length of the parts. 

This set is like every other Master part I’ve used, simple, effective, and strong.  The strength is especially important for the wingtip pitot tubes, which will invariably are subjected to some damage from handling.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can obtain your copy by contacting them directly at their website at www.master-model.pl.  Let them know you heard about it here.

Me 410 Propellers with Tool

Published: August 30th, 2014     
Me 410 Propellers with Tool
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides you with two spinners, six blades, and an alignment tool.  Of note is the resealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. If you are ready to build the Meng LS-001 Me-410 B-2/U4 kit (or simply want to pop these on to your already finished kit), you will want to have had the improved spinner and propeller blades offered in this detail set. 

Personally, it looks obvious that the tool makers continued the arc of the nacelles into the spinners that match up very nicely to many side profiles and drawings on the internet.  Examining period photographs, it quickly becomes clear that the spinner has a longer arc that does not match that of the nacelles.  If you wish to compare the sole real article on display at the RAF Museum in Cosford, you will notice the same issue.  In the attached photos, you can easily see the stark difference between the Meng spinner (light grey and on the left) with the Quickboost spinner on the right.

B-29 Big Ed Photo Etch and Mask Set

Published: August 30th, 2014     
B-29 Big Ed Photo Etch and Mask Set
Reviewed by: James Deck, IPMS# 47248
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Overview

The molds for the 1/48 scale Revellogram B-29 were born of Monogram’s loins more than 30 years ago, in 1977. Needed or not, Eduard has seen fit to bless us with a huge amount of detail for this monster of a kit. The truth is, Monogram did a pretty good job of detailing kits during this time, so Eduard may have their work cut out for them. Let’s take a look and find out.

The Envelope Please

The Eduard Big Ed set is full of goodies for the 1/48 scale Monogram/Revell B-29. It consists of 8 individual products packaged into one heavy envelope. The items are:

Nuts and Bolts

Published: August 28th, 2014     
Nuts and Bolts
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/16
Company: True Details

Run 1/16 in the search bar on eBay and you end up with like 122,221 returns. Click on the Toys and Hobbies sub-category and there are 29, 317 results. I actually used this feature to see how many armor kits were available for use with the 1/16 scale Nuts and Bolts set from True Details. As this is a resin aftermarket set, it has more applications than just for the armor model builder, including the many die-cast farm equipment items, as well as older large-scale automotive models. Many of the die-cast items were listed as collectibles and carried a hefty price tag. Almost all of the listed items could definitely be improved with some or all of the items included in this new release.  

Metal Landing Gear for Sword Lightning T4/5

Published: August 28th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Sword Lightning T4/5
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC … getting to be a household name among aircraft modellers by now..  IPMS USA and  the reviewer corps appreciate your continuing to provide us review items… thanks also to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review.

This set is comprised of 9 parts to replace the plastic parts provided in Sword’s excellent 1/72 Lightning T4/5 kit.  On their website they don’t’ show it, but the scissors links are included.  Sword’s kit is the two-seat “tub” version, and the metal gear provides not only strength but peace of mind… and improvement on the kit parts.

Particular note:  The nose gear.  The kit would have you install the wheel/tire on the partial nose gear fork, and then glue/cement the other side of the fork to the wheel.  Not SAC!  You get a complete, sturdy fork assembly.  Spread it slightly, install the wheel/tire, and you are done. 

The main gear are also catered to with total replacement parts.  This gear is long and spindly, and will, over time, bend or fail.  Trust me on this. 

MiG-17APF (Fresco A,B,C) - 23mm Gun Barrels Set & Pitot Tubes

Published: August 26th, 2014     
MiG-17APF (Fresco A,B,C) - 23mm Gun Barrels Set & Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-17 has two prominent pitot tubes on the wing tips.  Inevitably, if you are like me, you will knock off one or both of them.  Brass pitot tubes will make this harder to do.  Included in this set are two pitot tubes, a two part 37mm cannon barrel, and two 23mm cannon barrels.

The pitot tubes are machined perfectly with the proper taper to the tips. 

The 37mm cannon is simply gorgeous.  Plastic kit makers can only hint at the cooling jacket for the cannon.  Master is able to produce a precision machined cooling jacket and barrel.  The barrel simply slides precisely into the jacket.  Then just prime and paint.  A thing of beauty.

The 23mm cannon barrels are different lengths just like the real thing.

The best part about all these brass pieces is no cleanup.  There are no pour stubs. They also don’t have mold lines, which is a Godsend if you ask me.  Simply drill the appropriate holes and add CA glue to hold it in place.  The strength is an added bonus.  All this makes this all the Master products a great addition.

Highly recommended

SB2C Helldiver Landing Gear (CH/Aca)

Published: August 26th, 2014     
SB2C Helldiver Landing Gear (CH/Aca)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

My thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for offering this item for review and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

Designed by the Curtiss Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the SB2C was a huge disappointment initially and for months to follow.  It was structurally weak, exhibited poor handling characteristics, and was unstable in a number of flight conditions.  But, the Navy and Curtiss stayed with the aircraft and made a number of design changes.  The changes added nearly 3,000 lbs. to the aircraft and resulted in one of its not so endearing names - the Big-Tailed Beast.  Finally the Navy had the plane they wanted.  It became the Navy’s primary attack/bombing aircraft and was responsible for more Japanese targets destroyed than any other aircraft.

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) has released a very nice set of white metal landing gear parts for the 1/72 Cyber-hobby or Academy SB2C Helldiver.  These same parts will also fit the Cyber-hobby A-25A-5-CS Shrike.  For the purpose of this review I used the Cyber-hobby SB2C kit. 

Kitty Hawk SH-2F Masks

Published: August 26th, 2014     
Kitty Hawk SH-2F Masks
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the ever supportive folks at Eduard Model Accessories for providing a yet another great finishing tool.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corp for letting me evaluate one of Eduard’s products.  I always enjoy working with Eduard’s offerings and this mask set is no exception.

Kitty Hawk Models recently released a newly tooled 1:48 model of the SH-2F Sea Sprite, a common USN helicopter for a good part of the later 20th century.  The design of the helicopter provides excellent visibility for the aviator, which for the modeler means there are lots of clear parts to protect.  The masking set reviewed here allows the modeler to easily protect those clear parts during painting.

Metal Landing Gear for Gallery CH-34 "US Army Rescue"

Published: August 26th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Gallery CH-34 "US Army Rescue"
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC must have one heck of a new kit stash; they seem to have metal gear for every aircraft out there!  We at IPMS USA on the reviewer corps appreciate your continuing to provide us review items… and thanks to the IPMS leadership for sending it my way to review!

This is yet another “drop fit and direct replacement” metal gear for your models.  This set is for the Gallery Ch-34 in 1/48.  Note: This is for the two-part torque gear version like the Wessex, not the “A” frame on earlier H-34’s.   That set is SAC #48216. They also have a set for the Italeri Wessex, #48196, which has the torque tube and shock strut cast as one piece. 

A note on the various CH-34 landing gear out there; My dad flew H-34’s out of Danang with the South Vietnamese as an advisor, and stated they had both “A” frame and Torque tube landing gear in their “cast off from the US Army and Marine front line” aircraft.  The usual admonition to “check your sources” is advised…

SBC2C-4 Helldiver Exhaust

Published: August 24th, 2014     
SBC2C-4 Helldiver Exhaust
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Thank you, Quickboost, for furnishing this review sample and thank you, IMPS/USA, for allowing me to do the review.

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was born in response to a 1938 U.S. Navy specification to replace the SBC, a bi-plane.  It was designed around the large Wright R-2600 Cyclone 14-cylinder engine under development at the time.  The Helldiver’s development was terribly slow.  This was due in part to design problems, but also in part due to demanding requirements set forth by both the U.S. Marines and United States Army Air Forces with their A-25 Shrike program.  These were typical of the problems associated with the development of any "multi-role" aircraft.  The Helldiver was a large aircraft capable of carrying a 1000 pound bomb in an internal bomb bay.  It also had a higher fuel capacity and greater range than the SBD Dauntless in use at the time.  Eventually the problems with the Helldiver were overcome and it became the main US Navy dive bomber during the last two years of the Second World War.

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