Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-1H/AD-6/7 Skyraider Gear

Published: April 12th, 2016     
A-1H/AD-6/7 Skyraider Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

As with many of SAC’s sets, this set provides a one for one replacement for the kit parts. It consists of just five parts, two main landing gear struts, two retraction struts and a tail wheel. The parts are nicely cast and have just as slight cast line where the mold halves met, but this is easily cleaned up with either a fine sanding stick or a metal wheel in your Dremel tool at low speed. The retraction struts are very thin, so be careful in handling them as white metal is much more pliable than the plastic kits parts, but unlike the kit parts, the metal parts do not spring back to their original shape if bent or moved around, they stay in the shape you last put them in.

This is another nice set from Scale Aircraft Conversions and while the Skyraider is not a heavy model, the replacement struts look great and will be a bit stronger if you need to move the kit around. Also they will add some strength if you start replacing the kit ordinance with some of the excellent resin ordinance being released by Eduard and others.

Recommended.

Thank you to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review sample and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.

P-38 Early Armament .50 cal Brownings w/ Drilled Cooling Jackets

Published: April 12th, 2016     
P-38 Early Armament .50 cal Brownings w/ Drilled Cooling Jackets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Models once again provides IPMS USA with examples of machine-shop excellence… We are extremely thankful to Piotr for providing examples of his work to review.

As you can see by the product photographs, these .50 caliber browning machine gun barrels are exquisite works of art. Designed to fit one of the two 1/32 Lighting models currently available, you receive four different length .50 caliber barrel assemblies, and two separate types of 20MM cannon barrels which were utilized on some variants of the Lightening.

What is really impressive about this set is you are provided with the drilled cooling jackets, which I challenge anyone to do at home with tubing and your personal micro drill set! I know I can’t… so this is one area (of several) where Master Models’ products shine.

Besides the cooling jackets, you are provided with hollow barrels, and mount rings,

OS2U Kingfisher Exterior Set

Published: April 11th, 2016     
OS2U Kingfisher Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Another very nice photo etch set, this time for the Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the exterior of the kit.

The photetch parts are for the:

  • Engine details
  • Side and main float details
  • Bomb fins
  • Bomb Pylons
  • Wing light surrounds

In the packet is:

  • 1 x large photo etch sheet
  • 1 x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a must have set for the Kitty Hawk Kit as it makes it into a great model with lot of additional exterior details for this aircraft. I really think the engine details alone is worth getting this set.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

OS2U Kingfisher Interior Set

Published: April 10th, 2016     
OS2U Kingfisher Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a great photo etch set for the Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the interior of the kit and makes it really stand out.

The phot etch parts are for the:

  • Bulkhead details
  • Instrument panel and various control details
  • Bomb fins
  • Machine gun and ammo box details
  • Seat details
  • Main cabin floor details
  • Radio rack details

In the packet is:

  • 1 x Photo etch sheet
  • 1 x Colored photo etch sheet
  • 1 x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a one of the best Photo etch sets I have used and is a must for the Kitty Hawk Kit, as it makes it into a great model with lot of additional interior details for this aircraft.  I really think the machine gun and instrument details alone are worth getting this set for.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

SG-38 Schulgleiter

Published: April 10th, 2016     
SG-38 Schulgleiter
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The SK-38 is a small glider produced in Germany before and during the war. It was also produced by the Czechoslovakian government after the war. With the release of the Special Hobbies two kits the modeler can now do this historically significant aircraft.

Brengun has produced a small nickel plated photo etch fret that is designed to enhance the kit. There are limitations that plastic pieces can’t do. That is where the PE comes in. This little fret adds the intricate details throughout the kit. The photo etch replicates the metal parts on the real thing, while the kit plastic does the same for the wooden pieces.

The SK-38 is a simple little glider and kit and with this photo etch set you can replicate the intricate details.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Brengun and IPMS/USA for the review item. You can obtain yours by contacting them directly at www.brengun.cz or your local hobby shop or online retailer.