Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109F-2 Mask Set

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Bf-109F-2 Mask  Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Masking canopies, even 109 canopies, is a pain in the butt to me. Thank God that Eduard sees fit to make canopy masking sets. This latest one is designed for their Bf-109F-2.

Cut out of Kabuki tape, the masks are able to conform to the curves of the canopy. There are masks for the inside framework on the aft canopy, like the real thing, as well as, the external framework. This set also contains masks for the wheels and the wing tip lights.

All is not perfect though. The center canopy framing should be a single piece instead of the two piece per facet. It is easy to add the center piece of the canopy so it still saves you time. Eduard insists that there should be framework on the center canopy but that is not on the Friedrich. Strangely Eduard provides masks for painting the wingtip lights. These should be clear pieces but Eduard has molded them with the wing in grey plastic. You are supposed to paint them silver and then with the appropriate clear green and red.

Saab J 29 Tunnan Pitot Tubes

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Saab J 29 Tunnan Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Want an easy upgrade to any 1/48 Saab J 29 Tunnan? Step right up to the new Quickboost Saab J 29 Tunnan pitot tube set that provides a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in the kit. The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card. These parts are specific to fit the Pilot Replicas accurate and highly detailed 1/48 Saab J 29F injected plastic kit (http://pilot-replicas.com/product/saab-j29f/ ) and an Austrian J 29F variant (http://pilot-replicas.com/product/saab-j29-f-austrian-fliegende-tonne/) that basically obsoleted any previous 1/48 kits. They will also work for the older Neomega resin kit, the AZ Models, and the Hobby Boss kits. You may need to shorten the length of the pitot tube for the Hobby Boss kit since its smaller than the claimed 1/48 scale.

Su-27/Su-30 Pitot

Published: August 27th, 2017     
Su-27/Su-30 Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

The pitot part is a very fine piece of brass. The piece is much finer than the kit part.

I have somehow missed building a 1/144 Su-27 Flanker. This is a real oversight, as in the past I have built two Flankers in 1/72 for reviews. I really like the "back story" on the Ethiopian Flanker. The story of the woman pilot shooting down a MiG-29 with a Flanker is just too good to be true.

Pitot Installation

Once the kit was almost finished, I got out the Master Model pitot and took the pictures. It was an easy installation. I recently bought several small diameter metric drills at a local hobby shop. They are .25mm., .3mm, .35 and .4mm. Master recommends the .3mm drill. The hole is plenty large for this petite part. The good news is that gel-type CA acts as a filler for the hole, and everything fits nicely.

F-14D Tomcat Ejection Seats with Safety Belts

Published: August 27th, 2017     
F-14D Tomcat Ejection Seats with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The F-14 Tomcat was the Navy's best long range interceptor, but it is now retired. It was built by Grumman and was their last and best "cat" that they ever made. The primary job of the F-14 was fleet defense and it did this with a mix of missiles; the long range Phoenix, the mid-range Sparrow and with the short range Sidewinder. It could even use its 20mm Vulcan cannon for close in work. The last Tomcat, the F-14D, which this review is about, had new F110 engines with digital avionics and new ejections seats as well. That being the Martin Baker SUJ-17 NACES ( Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat).

Curtiss P-40 B/C US Version Browning .30 cal and Pitot Tube

Published: August 27th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 B/C US Version Browning .30 cal and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

There are many firms who make and market brass aircraft accessories for the modeler, but none seem to match the skill and delicacy that is routinely exhibited by Master Model from Poland. One of the latest gems is the set for the Curtiss P-40 B/C US version in 1/72 scale. In this set one gets the following: four .30 cal MG barrels for the wings, two .50 cal cowling blast tubes, one pitot tube, two resin pitot heads, one front bead sight, and four photoetch rear ring sights. Master-Model does not recommend any one P-40 kit so for this review, so I used the latest Airfix kit the Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 which I had.