Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

FM-2 Engine

Published: December 31st, 2017     
FM-2 Engine
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thank you to Aires-Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent aftermarket resin engine. The replacement engine adds an eye-catching crisp detail in a highly visible part of the Hobby Boss FM-2 kit, which represents the latest tall-tail version of the Wildcat.

The package contains the engine on a single casting plug, molded in medium brownish-gray polyurethane resin. The application is very simple; trim the engine off the plug, clean up, and replace the kit parts. This is nearly a direct drop-in replacement; all you need to do is carefully remove the engine from the plug, trim out the casting webs from the cylinder backs, and modify the new engine to fit the kit engine mount. Be sure to mount the new engine in the correct orientation, since the replacement engine does not have a locating slot. This is not a problem; just ensure that up is up!

Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions metal gear. I've had a chance to build two Wingnut Wings kits now and let me assure their kits are TOP NOTCH and fit and finish is unrivaled. In my humble opinion though, the weakest point of these large 1/32 scale kits are the beautiful scale landing gear, and the most obvious place to add some aftermarket metal bits.

My personal opinion regarding heavier 1/32 aircraft and smaller scale kits with fiddly landing arrangements, metal gear is the only way to go. Metal gear is more forgiving and has the wonderful ability to be gently adjusted, unlike their polystyrene relatives. Please be aware like any other molded product, it is helpful to clean the parts and prime prior to painting. The other important point is that standard model cement will not work with metal parts and another glue such as a cyanoacrylate glue (super glue), Epoxy glue, or a PVA (white glue) will be necessary to attach the parts to the model.

Metal Landing Gear for 1/48 ICM/Revell DE MiG-25 RST

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for 1/48 ICM/Revell DE  MiG-25 RST
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 ICM Mig-25. As to the basic kit, it is well designed and accurate BUT also is not for beginners; a lot of locations are vague on where parts should line up, and I have struggled with the afterburner/augmentor petals, and the overall assembly of the basic fuselage.

A bit of misalignment during side panel and top fuselage installation will result if the fumble-fingers among us (like me) having more than a few blue clouds riding overhead with special language inserted. The landing gear is no different, as the angles and installation are to be expected to cause grief. It gets done, but prepare yourself mentally and lay off the adult beverages while trying to line everything up.

Bf 109F2/F4 Photoetch Set for AZ Model

Published: December 28th, 2017     
Bf 109F2/F4 Photoetch Set for AZ Model
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

This PE sheet was designed to be used with the recent issue BF-109F by AZ Models. I took on this review with the understanding that because I didn't have access to the AZ kit, I would use another BF-109F kit. Unfortunately, the only Bf-109F kit I had was an old Frog kit, so I used that. In reality, it didn't turn out too badly, considering the antiquity of the Frog issue, sometime in the late sixties.

B/RB-66 Metal Gear

Published: December 27th, 2017     
B/RB-66 Metal Gear
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The U.S. Air Force's Douglas B-66 was developed from the Navy's Douglas A-3 Skywarrior. The B-66s were used in a variety of roles to include navigation for fighters, electronic reconnaissance, weather reconnaissance, and testing components for future aircraft.

Scale Aircraft Conversion has produced a set of metal landing gears for Testor's B/RB-66 kits. Metal landing gear is sturdier than plastic gear, and Scale Aircraft Conversions has added details missing from the kit's landing gear. You will have to use either super glue or epoxy to attach the gears to the model.

These gears are a direct one-for-one replacement of the kit's molded landing gear. As a helpful guide, I labeled the parts in one picture since there is no installation or placement instructions. To me, this is the biggest flaw of the landing gear set.