Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-17 E/F Radio Compartment PE Set

Published: June 9th, 2017     
B-17 E/F Radio Compartment PE Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch radio compartment set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F Kit number 01E04a. This set with two photoetch sheets one of which is colored. These sheets add a lot of detail to the radio compartment of the B-17. These parts really add some great additional details to a great kit.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 photoetch Sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for a kit that is great to begin with; these parts are an awesome addition.

I did find a few minor issues with the set.

The part 32 handle needs something behind it to make it sit correctly on the door. There is some additional detail removal needed from kit part Aa17 on the top left corner to allow the PE to fit properly. You will also need to remove some details form the top sides of the fuselage to allow the installation of parts 38 and 43.

Please note that the gun barrel shown is from another aftermarket set I had.

If you have invested in the HKM B-17 you really should add this set and the others by Eduard.

Me 262B-1 Canopy Masks

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Me 262B-1 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's canopy masks for the new 1/32 Revell Me262B-1 kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the easy to open flap. Package includes a single sheet of kabuki paper masks for the canopy panels and also the wheel hubs.

Upon removal of the masks from the package I was able to easily remove the masks from the paper and apply to appropriate section of the canopy. The instructions included with the masks gives you a good feel for which panel you are working with compared to how canopy is actually sectioned off. The masks lay down well and no trimming had to be done to center up the masks with the canopy framing.

Super Etendard Landing Gear (for Kitty Hawk Kit)

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Super Etendard Landing Gear (for Kitty Hawk Kit)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) continues to be the prolific leader in producing replacement landing gear in white metal. These products are convenient for many multiple reasons:

  • Replace inherently weak landing gear (Pro-Modeler F-84G)
  • Add strength to a model that has a lot of resin aftermarket
  • Replace lost or damaged landing gear

While often their parts are just metal copies of the kit parts, SAC has also made alterations to improve the accuracy of their parts without compromising fit.

This set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit of the Super Etendard (SuE). The Kitty Hawk has its critics with respect to accuracy of their SuE (all in all it is a nice kit), but I have not read of any complaints regarding the landing gear. One review regarded the gear as accurate and easy to fit. Still the part count is high and many modelers may find it fidgety. In casting the SuE landing gear, SAC has saved the modeler some trouble by assembling some of the components:

Bf-109G-2 Wheels

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G-2 Wheels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

All the way from the Emil to the early versions of the Gustav, Bf-109 wheel hubs had support spokes in the hub. These are very deep and are very difficult to replicate in plastic form. Eduard has done a superb job of capturing this feature in their Brassin line.

Contained in a plastic blister pack are two main wheels of the proper size, 660 x 160, the tail wheel strut, and two spoke assemblies which are protected by foam backing. Also included in the kit are a set of masks to use on all the tires. The instructions are easy enough to use and show the proper orientation of the finished tire.

The main wheels are easily removed from the casting block. The small spoke assemblies are the most difficult parts to remove from their pour blocks. I used a very thin razor saw with small teeth and carefully removed each spoke then the center section. If you do it properly you won't have to clean it up. Then it is an easy matter to add the spokes to the proper place on the hubs.

The tail wheel required no cleanup, just proper painting. RLM 02 was used on the strut portion with Khaki on the 'boot'.

Sopwith Pup Landing Gear

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Sopwith Pup Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.

I tend to be a rather heavy-handed modeler and I have a history with WWI models which is self-made and not a reflection on the quality of the original kit. I've snapped wing struts, tail skids, and I'm especially rough on the undercarriage support structures. Knowing that I've "got a problem", I have found that SAC gear replacement parts are a positive addition to my modeling effort.

This Side-by-Side review compares the original kit parts found in the WNW Sopwith Pup kit to the SAC #3211 replacement parts for that kit.