Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

J2M Raiden Pitot Tube

Published: May 29th, 2014     
J2M Raiden Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a detailed pitot tube to their line of aftermarket parts that can be used to replace the one found in any 1/32 scale J2M Raiden kit.  It has crisper and more refined detail than that found in any currently available kit. Anyone building a Raiden should be pleased with the delicate look of this detail part...so delicate that the review sample had a slightly warped curve in the thin tip (easily straightened after immersing it in hot water for a minute).

Two pitot tubes are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Parts can easily be separated from the casting block with a razor saw or sharp #11 X-acto blade.   There is no flash, so prep work is a breeze.  Installation is pretty obvious, as it is a direct replacement for the kit part.  It is a good idea to rinse the piece to remove any mold release before attaching it.  Because the material is resin, it is necessary to use superglue (CA) or epoxy cement to attach it to the kit’s styrene plastic. 

This pitot tube is highly recommended as a quick and easy way for a modeler to enhance the detail of any 1/32 J2M Raiden.

Remove Before Flight Tags - Fabric

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Remove Before Flight Tags - Fabric
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has previously issued “Remove Before Flight” tags made out of colored photoetch. This fresh set capitalizes on the new fabric material used in conjunction with their photoetch components. This set is for 1/48 scale planes, and it has one sheet of 16 fabric tags with two styles: one with a square end and one with a tapered end. The photoetch fret contains 20 of two types of attachment hangers.

To give these tags a test run, I pulled a Kinetic A-6E out that had FOD covers on it. Removing the fabric tab from the backing is easy. They are, however, very fragile and want to tear almost like vinyl. The backing sheet is adhesive, and the tags come off a little sticky. If you set the tags aside for a little while, they’ll lose most of their stickiness and will be easier to handle. They have an excellent fabric look as you can see from the pictures. I attached one to each FOD cover.

This set is very nice and supplies 16 tags for a reasonable price. They look much more realistic than the photoetch tags, and can be used on many modern aircraft. They would look great in dioramas and for planes built stowed. I definitely recommended them.

Universal/Generic Stowage Sets

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Universal/Generic Stowage Sets
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/48
Company: Value Gear

This review covers the following Value Gear Universal/Generic Stowage Sets:

  • 1/35 scale Wooden Crates Set #1 - $11.50
  • 1/35 scale Tents & Tarps Set #3 - $11.50
  • 1/48 scale Crates Set #1 - $11.50
  • 1/48 scale Tents, Tarps & Crates Set #3 - $11.50

Judging by the blurb on their web site, Value Gear is run by an American expat who moved to Ireland for a quieter, less-stressed life. He is an “at home Dad” by day, and a resin accessory producer by night, which doesn’t sound like a half-bad way to live!

Value Gear’s products are generic, in that they are appropriate for any army, since they are a series of rolled up tarps, tents, and other canvas items, along with generic wooden crates. Thus they are equally at home on a WW1 French Army FT-17, a 1944 German FT-17, a Canadian Korean War Sherman, or the back of an Opel Blitz in Poland, 1939.

Renault FT-17 TSF

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Renault FT-17 TSF
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Renault FT-17 TSF Background

This Hauler conversion kit for MENG's 1/35 scale French FT-17 Light Tank (Cast Turret) kit, #TS-008, modifies it into a Renault FT-17 TSF Command Radio version.

The Renault Char signal, or TSF (télégraphie sans fil - wireless, in English), is a command tank with a radio. The FT-17 turret was replaced by a box-like superstructure, giving room for a crew of three: driver, radio operator and observer. The vehicle was equipped with a code-only wireless radio, and featured a wire antenna hung between a mast mounted on the superstructure and the vehicle’s tail. They were unarmed, used for coordinating assaults, and keeping contact with high command while deep behind enemy lines. During WWI, 188 TSFs were produced.

F-18F Vacu Canopy

Published: May 27th, 2014     
F-18F Vacu Canopy
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Hauler-Brengun, a Czechoslovakian newcomer, provides modelers with kits, photoetch parts, and accessories. The vacuum-formed canopy that I received for this review is a nice two-piece replacement for the single-piece canopy included with the Dragon F/A-18F kits. Before diving into the review, I should state that I would recommend vacuum formed parts for experienced modelers. Removing the part from the plastic sheet is a delicate process, but the results are worth the effort.

The F/A-18F is the two-seat variant of the Super Hornet that, along with the single-seat F/A-18E, replaced the capable F-14 Tomcats aboard the US Navy’s aircraft carriers. The more petite, slower, shorter-range and smaller-payload-carrying Super Hornet is at least a less expensive aircraft for the Navy to operate. Okay, so I really am a Tomcat fan at heart.

F-35A Lightning II Mask Set

Published: May 25th, 2014     
F-35A Lightning II Mask Set
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models continues to add these excellent masks sets that save modelers both time and grief when it comes to painting canopies. They are already shaped to the angles and curves of the canopy and are self adhesive. No more trying to shape curves on your own.

This set is designed for the Italeri F-35A. Another nice touch is that they add in masks for the wheels and the EOTS ( Electro Optical Targeting System) mod under the nose.

It doesn’t take very much time to put the masks on and once they are on they recommend using liquid masks to cover the exposed areas. I’ve never been a fan of liquid mask so I just add some Tamiya tape to those areas and the result is very nice. Which ever way you want to do it will work well.

I recommend this mask to modelers of all levels.

I would like to thank Eduard for making a very tedious task easier and IPMS USA for the chance to review this item.

Remove Before Flight Tags - Fabric

Published: May 23rd, 2014     
Remove Before Flight Tags - Fabric
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued Remove before Flight tags before out of colored photoetch. This new set capitalizes on the new fabric material along with their photoetch components. This set is for 1/32 scale planes and has one sheet of fourteen fabric tags with two styles- one with a square end and one with a tapered end. The photoetch fret contains two types of attachment hangers.

To give these a test run, I pulled a Tamiya 1/32 F-15C out and some Aerobonus seeker covers for the Sidewinders. Removing the fabric tab from the backing is easy. They are very fragile and want to tear almost like vinyl. They have a nice fabric look. They come on an adhesive backed sheet and come off a little sticky. Let them set a little while and they lose most of their stickiness and are easier to handle. I attached one to the seeker head with a piece of wire and then hung it on the missile. It looks great and hangs mush more realistically than photoetch. The instructions say to crumple the fabric piece but I was afraid the adhesive would stick it all together and I passed on that part.

Metal Landing Gear for Airfix Sea Harrier FRS-1, FA-2, GR-3 Harrier

Published: May 20th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for Airfix Sea Harrier FRS-1, FA-2, GR-3 Harrier
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for yet another outstanding metal gear set; IPMS USA are pleased to receive the support from your contributions!

This set is, the usual, a simple drop-in replacement for the kit items.  The set contains a compressed oleo main gear strut, a two-part nose gear, and the retraction strut for the nose gear.

Not much to say; use superglue to assemble; they fit perfectly, and impress with strength and “peace of mind” with attaching wheels/tires to the axles. 

As usual, SAC landing gear are an excellent investment.  The Harrier, in particular, is noteworthy for having the fragile plastic gear on most kits breaking off during handling; not so with SAC gear!

 Thanks again to Ross and SAC for continuing their line of strong metal gear! 

Kfir C2/C7 Antennas and Air Scoops

Published: May 18th, 2014     
Kfir C2/C7 Antennas and Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Quickboost for these excellent antenna and air scoop details, which are for use on the Kinetic and Wingman KFIR C2/C7 kits.

The link to the scoops is http://www.quickboost.net/Obrazky/48578.jpg

Not much to say here; no seam on the air scoops, delicate details, and antennas that look better than the kit items… and no filling of the air scoop seams

Highly recommended for improved detail on either kit version,Thanks again to Quickboost and IPMS USA for providing these items…  

F-105G Antennas

Published: May 18th, 2014     
F-105G Antennas
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Quickboost for these excellent antenna details, which are for use on the Hobbyboss F-105G kits.

Not much to say here; other than these are far  better than the kit items…buy them!

Usually the last thing “stuck on “, antennas are the delicate exterior details of our aircraft, and add immeasurably to the kit.  Highly recommended for improved detail!

Thanks again to Quickboost and IPMS USA for providing these items…  

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