Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Seatbelts Luftwaffe WWII fighters STEEL

Published: November 10th, 2016     
Seatbelts Luftwaffe WWII fighters STEEL
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Seats and seatbelts are the two biggest things that are visible in the cockpit. Eduard has been trying to get the look of seatbelts to look like the real thing with the minimal amount of effort for the modeler. They’ve gone from having unpainted photo etch belts, then they were pre-painted, then there was Fabric and lately the Super Fabric. Well enter the latest addition to the seatbelt line, STEEL.

This set contains EIGHT sets of seatbelts for aircraft such as the Bf-109, FW-190 or Me-262. But what is so special about them? Well to start out the belts are .1mm thick at the thickest, such as areas around the buckles. The ‘fabric’ portion is actually only .04mm thick making this realistically thin and easy to shape. They are slightly weathered to make them less stark.

Bf-109G-6 Engine and Fuselage Guns

Published: November 9th, 2016     
Bf-109G-6 Engine and Fuselage Guns
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Are you the type of person that likes to go to the end of the book and read the ending first? Well if you are, here is what you need to know before you start this kit:

  1. Add the decals in Step 1 after you paint the engine block. If you don’t, it will difficult to add later. Eduard doesn’t even mention the decals until Step 31.
  2. In Step 3 Part 53 is mis-numbered and should be Part 54
  3. In Step 6 Part 54 is mis-numbered and should be Part 53
  4. In Step 23 make sure you remove the entire mounts for the plastic exhausts inside the cowling and the deflectors. The instructions are not clear on this but if you don’t the engine won’t allow the fuselage to close.
  5. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING- Step 24- DO NOT CLOSE UP THE FUSELAGE UNTIL YOU INSTALL THE ENGINE ASSEMBLY. The instructions would have you close up the fuselage in Step 24 before you add the engine in Step 26. This is a HUGE mistake because if you do that the engine will not fit without breaking.

Ok with that out of the way, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this Brassin engine.

39M Csaba Armored Car Firestone Replacement Tires

Published: November 9th, 2016     
39M Csaba Armored Car Firestone Replacement Tires
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:35
Company: SBS Model

A short while ago Hobby Boss released a charming model of a rarity – the Hungarian 39M Csaba armored car, which clearly shares an ancestry similar to the French Panhard armored car of roughly the same vintage. Although Hobby Boss seems to have done well in the overall design of this kit, it is somewhat let down by the soft rubber tires, which fall below the quality of the rest of the model. Ironically, what detail is evident on the tires is soft and inaccurate, and even includes a misspelling!

Appropriately enough, S.B.S. Model, which is a Hungarian company, has come to the rescue with some truly lovely replacement wheels and tires, available in two patterns. This package features the Firestone pattern tires and includes four complete wheels and separate brake drums. The minute detail, including the manufacturer’s logo and the elaborate tread pattern is lovingly reproduced and the castings are exceptionally clean. Even the usual mold plugs have been designed so that they don’t endanger the tread detail on their portion of the tires.

Metal Landing Gear for Hawker Tempest

Published: November 8th, 2016     
Metal Landing Gear for Hawker Tempest
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

More metal gear from Ross at SAC; another winner set… THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is the SAC-standard metal landing gear improvement over the kit plastic. Airfix newest releases are just fantastic, and easy to work with, but the landing gear, being part of the new plastic as well, tends to be a bit “soft”. This SAC set has 11 parts; two main struts, two retraction links with extension rams, four gear strut arms, and a tail wheel and strut combo. The tail wheel and strut turn three parts into two, and adds requisite strength to this very vulnerable area on most models

RF-84F Thunderflash Landing Gear

Published: November 8th, 2016     
RF-84F Thunderflash Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Scale Aircraft Conversions adaption of the RF-84F Thunderflash landing gear in white metal for the 1/48 TanModel kit. This set consists of the two main landing gear legs with the lower doors, a nose gear leg with the additional wheel fork and some smaller struts. These are direct replacements for the parts that come in the TanModel kit. When comparing the kit landing gear and the SAC landing gear side by side you will notice similarities between the two, but a lot better detail in the SAC offering including brake lines. The nose landing gear from SAC offers you the option to depict the nose wheel fender removed or you can use the plastic fender from the kit(TanModel kit parts E42 & E43).Overall this is highly recommended for stronger landing gear and added detail and is a great addition to the TanModel RF-84F kit. I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for another great offering in metal landing gear and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this item.