Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

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…  

Wright R-3350 Duplex Cyclone Radial Engine

Published: May 17th, 2014     
Wright R-3350 Duplex Cyclone Radial Engine
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Modelshack

History

The Wright R-3350 twin row radial engine started its development cycle in 1937, and the engine first flew on an airplane in 1941. It was an eighteen cylinder radial engine originally rated at 2200 hp, but later models with fuel injection produced over 3600 hp.  Used in the Boeing B-29 during the war, the turbo-compound version developed after the war was used in various types of airliners, including the Lockheed Constellation and the Douglas DC-7.  More recently, these engines have powered Reno-type air racers, notably Hawker Sea Furys and Grumman F8F Bearcats.

Google lists many types of aircraft that used these engines, including many prototypes   

The Kit

This is a very basic resin cast kit, consisting of three major components, the two cylinder banks and an ignition ring.  Each kit contains two ignition ring assemblies, as they are very delicate and they could break during cleanup.  The cylinder banks need to be removed from the mounding frames and carefully trimmed up with a knife.  They should be painted before final assembly. Superglue should be used to assemble the major parts.

Bf 109E Fabric Seatbelts

Published: May 17th, 2014     
Bf 109E Fabric Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

One of the things that I find challenging about photo-etch seatbelts is that they are difficult to drape properly, especially the pre-painted type. It can be done, but inevitably some paint will chip or the metal just won’t bend properly to simulate the look of real fabric. Well, Eduard has a new twist on belts; actual fabric seatbelts that are pre-painted.

This set comes packaged in Eduard’s standard bottom-opening package. Inside you’ll find a nickel-plated photo-etch fret and a fabric “fret.” The nickel-plated PE features the shiny buckles and bits. There are no extras, so don’t lose them to the carpet monster! Some extra pieces would have been a nice addition. The fabric “fret” is a flexible material mounted onto a fabric backing. With the backing peeled off, you are left with a really thin fabric seatbelt. Another advantage of the fabric is that the belt is the proper color on both sides and it won’t chip.

FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12176A Wide Wooden Blades

Published: May 17th, 2014     
FW-190A-F Prop & Spinner VDM-9-12176A Wide Wooden Blades
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast has cut out a niche market for itself with propellers. Their latest releases are designed for the Hasegawa Focke Wulf 190A/F.

Late-war Focke Wulfs were often fitted with wider-blade wooden props. This particular model of prop blade has a pointed tip, which is hard to replicate. Until now they have been difficult to find and their shape has not been quite correct. Ultracast has captured the shape perfectly for the first time.

This set is packaged in a small plastic bag secured onto a cardboard backing. The resin is typical Ultracast, molded in a light caramel color and free of blemishes. There are minimal pour blocks, which can be cleaned quickly and easily. Minimal flash is present on the spinner and cooling fans. Clean up of these castings will be easy with a new hobby blade.

Metal Landing Gear for 1/32 Italeri F-104G/S

Published: May 16th, 2014     
Metal Landing Gear for 1/32 Italeri F-104G/S
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

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

This set is, again, a simple drop-in replacement gear the new 1/32 Italeri F-104G/S.  The set contains the entire main gear beam as one casting, with a nose gear; both are perfectly cast and directly upgrades the kit parts. 

Installation is super easy; use superglue and press the SAC gear in; 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.  As the kit plastic is a bit soft, the F-104 nose gear, being of the offset fork variety, will over time flex and you will have the toy-tricycle look to the nose.   The main gear probably will also splay out… With SAC metal gear, the problem is solved, as the metal will hold up.

Thanks again to Ross and SAC for continuing their efforts in fighting the battle against wimpy plastic landing gear and to IPMS USA for the review sample!  

J7W1 Shinden Landing Gear

Published: May 16th, 2014     
J7W1 Shinden Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the fourth landing gear set that I have reviewed from the folks at Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC), and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear.  This set is for the first 1/48 scale aircraft released by Zoukei-Mura in the Super Wing Series, the J7W1 Shin Den (kit Super Wing Series 1/48 1).  The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain proper angles.  Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

The J7W1 Shin Den (Magnificent Lightning) was a pusher-propeller and canard wing design built by Kyushu Hikoki for the Imperial Japanese Navy.  Only two of the aircraft were built prior to the end of World War 2.  The plane was intended to be a short-range interceptor built to deal with the B-29 Superfortress using its four nose-mounted 30mm cannons.  This aircraft has fascinated me for years, and when Zoukei-Mura released it in a more manageable 1/48 scale, I had to add one to my stash.

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