Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-101B Voodoo Cockpit

Published: February 11th, 2015     
F-101B Voodoo Cockpit
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

If you are like me you were excited when Revell decided to re-release their 1/72nd scale F-101B Voodoo.

Pavla has released this full replacement cockpit in resin.  The set has a new cockpit tub, two ejection seats with molded belt details, new instrument panels, a control stick, rudder pedals and a new cover for over the front instrument panel.  Also included is a three piece replacement strut to display the canopy opened. Thirteen parts in all.

The instructions indicate which parts of the kit cockpit need to be removed from the fuselage for the new cockpit to fit.  There is also some painting information but it isn’t very detailed and you will want some additional references. 

The Revell kit comes with decals for the instruments and I may try to use them to add to the resin parts. The new ejection seats look fantastic and much easier than fitting the multiple piece kit parts and adding details.

Overall this looks like a great set for enhancing the kit however the cost is almost as much as the kit itself.

Thanks to Pavla Models and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

D9R Doobi Big Ed Set - Part II

Published: February 9th, 2015     
D9R Doobi Big Ed Set - Part II
Reviewed by: Matt Quiroz, IPMS# 42772
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is the second half of the review of the Big Ed set for the Meng Models D9R Dozer.

This portion will focus on the exterior detail set (36265) which happens to be one of the most extensive sets as well as parts for every side of the vehicle are covered.

I started by assembling all the ammo racks for both sides and rear of the vehicle. They are made up of several different pieces, but the assembly went off without too much trouble. I used a piece of styrene rod for the securing bar on the bottom of the first rack I built, but later decided to use some brass rod instead as I could solder that in place for a more secure bond overall. The instructions say to use 1mm plastic rod…brass looks better.

D9R Doobi Big Ed Set - Part I

Published: February 9th, 2015     
D9R Doobi Big Ed Set - Part I
Reviewed by: Matt Quiroz, IPMS# 42772
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

First off, the MENG D9R kit is a beast, but it’s a beautiful piece of modeling goodness once you get going. The Big Ed photoetch (PE) set that Eduard has designed for this kit is an exceptional addition. There are some rather tedious steps involved if you plan to use the entire set of PE, but it isn’t out of reach if you’re patient and pay attention to what you’re doing. The set consists of three separate smaller sets: 36265 Exterior, 36268 Interior (color), and 36270 Cooling Slats. In part one of this review, I will focus on the cooling slats and interior. I’ll follow this up with the exterior set in part two.

A-6A Interior Photoetch (2 Frets)

Published: February 9th, 2015     
A-6A Interior  Photoetch (2 Frets)
Reviewed by: J.R. Sharp, IPMS# 8773
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This review is an expansion on my previously published review on the Eduard A-6A Intruder SA Interior kit posted (here).

The 32813 version of this PE set adds a second fret of plain brass cockpit features in addition to the same fret as the 33134. Unlike the 33134 set, the additional fret is not painted or self-adhesive and features canopy frames, mirrors, rudder pedals and some of the details that lie behind the seats on the bulkheads. As with any Eduard sets, the work is top notch.

If you are looking to add PE to you’re A-6A build, look into this set further as it contains more parts for a marginal increase in price.

As always, thanks to Eduard and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

A-6A Interior S. A. Photoetch

Published: February 9th, 2015     
A-6A Interior S. A. Photoetch
Reviewed by: J.R. Sharp, IPMS# 48773
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Having never built anything but “out of the box”, I was intrigued when I saw the availability for PE cockpit details for the Trumpeter A-6A. Having had the kit for a year, I stalled out very badly due to some poor build decisions on top of questionable engineering. I thought that getting these sets would potentially light my fire, so to speak.

The stock A-6 cockpit as provided by the kit, is no slouch. It was fairly well detailed. Unfortunately for me, I had it completely assembled by the time I picked up the PE sets. This greatly increased the difficulty as there was no easy way to remove the detail on the existing. As nasty of a job as it was, it came through okay in my opinion.

Lancaster Gun Barrels

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Lancaster Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The twin-engine Avro Manchester was used heavily during the first months of World War II. However, it was underpowered and not very reliable, and it fell short of the RAF’s expectation. The Avro engineers got busy and replaced the Manchester’s two 24-cylinder X-block Vultures with four V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. To accommodate the two extra engines, the Manchester’s wing span was increased. In turn, this caused problems with the airframe, so they enlarged the fuselage and redesigned the tail. Thus was born the Lancaster. It became an instant success, even though its defensive armament was somewhat light, consisting of eight .303 Browning machine guns.  

Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/4105
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius Models continues to add to their excellent line of Battlestar Galactica kits. This time with a detail set for the Galactica. This set is designed to be used with the Moebius Models kit #915 1/4105 Battlestar Galactica

Included in this set are three sprues of detailed rail guns, two photo-etched museum windows, and an enhanced decal sheet.

Because there is some minor surgery required to make these parts work, Moebius recommends this set for the more experienced modeler. However, I don’t think this set will be difficult to use for anyone with a little modeling skill.

The set comes with a heavy cardboard backing which doubles as the directions for the upgrade set. This backing folds down to reveal detailed directions on painting and applying decals. Note that several of these new parts will need to be added during the assembly process, so take a few minutes and read through everything before you begin. Stapled to the backing is a single bag with three sprues of upgraded guns, two PE window frames, and a large decal sheet.

Hawker Typhoon Ib Exhaust (for Airfix Kit)

Published: January 31st, 2015     
Hawker Typhoon Ib Exhaust (for Airfix Kit)
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Recently, Airfix has upped its game with the release of several 1/72 scale aircraft kits with new tooling and featuring excellent detail.  One such kit is their Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib.  Despite Airfix’s excellent out-of-box detail, aftermarket detail manufacturers have tossed their hats into the ring to make an excellent kit even better.

Among them is Quickboost -- bringing their improved engine exhausts.  Comparing fairly closely to the kit parts, the Quickboost versions offer the feature of hollowed out exhaust ports – saving the modeler time and stray cuts in the kit parts and fingers from errant drill bits or hobby knives.

Quickboost’s mold quality and fidelity of detail is exceptional, and the hollowed out stacks make a subtle contribution to improving this legendary 1/72 RAF tank killer.  Highly recommended for the braille scale modeler wanting to really trick out his Typhoon Ib.

Thanks to Quickboost for the sample parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain Propellers

Published: January 30th, 2015     
Douglas C-47 Skytrain Propellers
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s offers a set of detailed propellers to their aftermarket parts line that are to be used to replace the ones found in the new Airfix 1:72 scale C-47 Skytrain kit.  The Quickboost propeller set provides separate blades and hubs that feature far better hub detail and more accurate blade shape than those found in the kit.  The size and general shape of the Quickboost parts match the kit parts so they are designed to be quick drop-in replacements with no surgery.  An alignment tool is included that makes properly aligning and attaching the blades to the hubs almost foolproof.  See the photo below comparing them to the kit parts.

SC-250 German Bombs

Published: January 30th, 2015     
SC-250 German Bombs
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In this BRASSIN detail set, Eduard provides modelers with a quick and easy way to add a quartet of highly realistic SC-250 (Sprengbombe Cylindrisch 250) bombs to a 1:48 scale German aircraft model.  The set includes resin and photo-etched brass parts and a small decal sheet for the stenciled identification.  Four resin parts and four photo-etched parts make up each bomb and the decals add all markings needed for finishing the assembled and painted models.  This multi-media combination makes into realistic looking miniatures of the real thing.