Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mirage III-V Landing Gear (PJ Productions)

Published: May 15th, 2015     
Mirage III-V Landing Gear (PJ Productions)
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales.  They are cast in white metal, which is stronger than the kit’s plastic pieces.  To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components.  Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

Bristol Blenheim Landing Gear

Published: May 15th, 2015     
Bristol Blenheim Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (or “SAC”) make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft in all the major scales. They are cast in white metal, which is stronger than the kit’s plastic pieces. To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only, while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

This set is made to replace the parts for Airfix’s new-mold Bristol Blenheim, either the Mk.I or Mk.IV. As you can see from the pictures, they’re direct replacements for the kit parts. The level of detail is very similar, though I think I like SAC’s tail wheel a bit better.

Of course, being made of the kind of metal they are, some parts may bend a bit during shipping. They straighten easily and are quite sturdy when assembled. Recommended.

Thanks go to SAC for the review sample and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review this set.

SAC F-16 Landing Gear (Tamiya)

Published: May 15th, 2015     
SAC F-16 Landing Gear (Tamiya)
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales.  They are cast in white metal, which is stronger than the kit’s plastic pieces.  To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components.  Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

This set is made to replace the parts for Tamiya’s F-16CJ.  They seem to be direct replacements for the kit parts, providing more strength and should withstand more handling during construction than the kit parts might.  They’ll definitely help add to the beefy look of the later F-16 landing gear.

These are well-made parts that should be drop-in replacements.  Thanks to SAC for providing the set for review and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

Mobile Barriers

Published: May 14th, 2015     
Mobile Barriers
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

OK, here’s a diorama accessory for aircraft or armor, or any other idea you can come up in 1/144 scale.  How about N Gauge railroading?

The product is a set of 6 metal barriers with legs and connectors, so you could make a hexagonal pen, or put 6 of them against a wall with a 2X2 setup and the wall is the 4th side. 

There was a time when I wished we had those barriers for the static display aircraft at my Guard unit’s air show.  In spite of the “NO SMOKING” signs prominently displayed around the aircraft, there was one guy who lit one up.  Right under the wing of an F-14.  Next to the fuel tank.  Well, it was a shady spot.  I called him on the “no smoking” rule, and he was going to put his cigarette out in the nicely provided butt can.  Except this can was actually for overflowed fuel from the wing tank, and if I hadn’t physically restrained him, he would have burned himself and the aircraft.  And possibly me too.

Lancaster B.I/B.III Air Intakes

Published: May 13th, 2015     
Lancaster B.I/B.III Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Thanks to Aires/Quickboost for providing more of their prolific output for us to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.

These are ridiculously simple additions to the basic Airfix BI/III merlin engine kit; they are drop in replacements for the kit air scoops, and as such have hollowed-out intakes in place of the kit items, which have the injection point where the hollow intake should be. 

This is a great place to put the injection point, as it makes it blemish –free on the sides of the intakes…. If Airfix had over-engineered the intakes to have the injection points on the sides, along with two halves for the scoops, it would about be a nightmare to assemble correctly, and would have resulted in wailing and gnashing of teeth…

Quickboost once again saves us AMS modelers from ourselves…  remove from the pour stubs, and glue in place. 

A worthwhile purchase, highly recommended…  Thanks to Aires/Quickboost for these items!

Rotol Propeller for Spitfire Mk 1

Published: May 13th, 2015     
Rotol Propeller for Spitfire Mk 1
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks to Aires/Quickboost for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.

The new Airfix Mark 1 1/48 Spitfire is, by all accounts, an excellent kit.  Detail is on par with 1/32 kits… and will make a show-stopper if built to the max. 

One area which can, however, be improved on,is the Rotol Propeller.  The kit items are slightly heavy; a resin replacement is definitely in order!

The Quickboost item addresses two areas; the thickness of the propeller blades themselves, and the spinner itself.  The kit item has a baseplate, to which a propeller assembly is attached (it is keyed, so you can’t really mess it up), after which you install the spinner itself.

The kit spinner is not as rounded as seems to be the case on the actual item; Quickboost provides a one-piece spinner which does two things:  (1) it provides a clean, no-muss spinner without a need to clean up the baseplate to the propeller assembly area, and (2) it has a more rounded shape.

Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels (Round Perforation)

Published: May 13th, 2015     
Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels (Round Perforation)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Thanks to Aires/Quickboost for providing more of their prolific output for us to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.

Once more, a quick review for a quick upgrade; Quickboost have provided 12 miniscule Resin gun barrels with round cooling vents for use with the Airfix Lancaster B II.  This is the Hercules radial-engined Lancaster release, but the gun barrels will work on this kit and their recent other Lancaster B I and III Merlin engine released kits as well.   As noted in my other review of the .303 barrels with oval holes, these should work on just about any aircraft requiring .303 gun barrels.

The muzzles are hollow, and the simulation of the round perforations is well done.  In my case, Painting them black, then using the side of a #2 pencil then (GENTLY) polishing with a soft cloth was able to bring out the detail. 

Remove the kit muzzle and mounting assemblies, drill holes about 1/8 into the gun breeches, and install with superglue.  This set is a simple and, (as the name implies), effective “quick boost” to the appearance of the final product over the generic kit parts.

Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels (Oval Perforation)

Published: May 13th, 2015     
Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels (Oval Perforation)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Once more, a quick review for a quick upgrade; Quickboost has provided 12 miniscule Resin gun barrels with oval cooling vents for use with the Airfix Lancaster B II.  This is the Hercules radial-engined Lancaster release, but the gun barrels will work on this kit and their recent other Lancaster B I and III Merlin engine released kits as well.   As noted in my other review of the .303 barrels with round holes, these should work on just about any aircraft requiring .303 gun barrels.  As a note, the oval perforation gun barrels are slightly shorter than the round perforation barrels.

The muzzles are hollow, and the simulation of the oval perforations is well done.  In my case, painting them black then using the side of a #2 pencil and (GENTLY) polishing with a soft cloth, I was able to bring out the detail. 

To assemble, remove the kit muzzle and mounting assemblies, drill holes about 1/8 into the gun breeches, and install with superglue.  This set is a simple and, (as the name implies), effective “quick boost”, to the appearance of the final product over the generic kit parts.

Avia B.534 IV. serie Weekend S. A.

Published: May 11th, 2015     
Avia B.534 IV. serie Weekend S. A.
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Product

This is a small photo etch sheet with numerous details intended for the Eduard Avia B.534 fighter kit that has been issued in 1/72 scale.  The kit already has excellent detail, but the photo etch parts will enhance the appearance of the model, adding things that would be very difficult to scratchbuild.

A very detailed instruction sheet is included, with drawings large and clear enough to be useful under any conditions.

Avia B.534 Wheels and Spats

Published: May 11th, 2015