Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Old Metal Wall Supports

Published: February 20th, 2015     
Old Metal Wall Supports
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Add On Parts

This resin set consist of ten parts. These wall supports are what you see on older brick buildings that holds the internal framing to the outside walls. They will also work of stucco exterior buildings.

These parts come separated and with very minimal clean up needed. I had to clean off some flash on a couple supports, maybe 5 minutes of work. There were air bubbles blemishes on three of the parts. Two has an air bubble on the end of the bolt and the “S” bracket had two bubbles on the S part of the support. I was able to fill these with a little super glue and sanded it smooth. The two in the bolt heads I left along, since they are hard to see.

I was really impressed with the detail on the star and the “H” u-channel support. I used a little blue tack to secure them to a plastic sheet for priming and painting.

These would be great for dioramas of any European city. They could be easily added to an existing kit or used as rubble.

I would like to tank Add On Parts and IPMS for the chance to review these nice little supports.

Airfix Javelin Pitot Boom

Published: February 20th, 2015     
 Airfix Javelin Pitot Boom
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Details

Another in a long line of excellent turned metal (brass) items from Master Model; IPMS USA sincerely appreciates Master’s support of our reviewer corps!

Up front, Master provides turned-metal pitot probes for the excellent Airfix Javelin.  This kit really needs these, as the probes go from robust, “fat” bases, to extremely thin probe fronts.  And the kit items are usually bent right out of the box…  Metal is the answer!

This package contains two turned metal probes in a double-bag system; first, the outer protective card with details on the contents, then an internal “small” bag with the scale, strong air data probes.

Installation:  drill holes where required, in this case the existing air data mounts on the wingtips, and use superglue to install.  Paint and be done!

Watch your eyes and other sensitive bits when working with these; they could cause serious damage for the careless…

Buccaneer Pitot Boom and A/R Probe Nozzle

Published: February 20th, 2015     
Buccaneer Pitot Boom and A/R Probe Nozzle
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Details

Another in a long line of excellent turned metal (aluminum in this case) items from Master Model; IPMS USA sincerely appreciates Master’s support of our reviewer corps!

Once more Master provides a turned-metal pitot probe and Air-Refueling nozzle to replace the kit items; these are destined to satisfy our requirements for strength and accuracy. 

This package contains two metal parts in a double-bag system; first, the outer protective card with details on the contents, then an internal “small” bag with the scale, strong pitot tube and Air refueling probe nozzle.  As you can see by the pictures, these metal parts have far better detail than the kit items.

This particular set requires a bit more finesse to integrate into the kit, as the 1993-era Buccaneer model is pretty basic; measure and cut off the clunky kit pitot boom from the kit mount fairing, drill an appropriate hole, and superglue in place.  Same for the Air refueling probe head; cut off the front, carefully drill a mounting hole in the  boom, and use superglue to install the new AR head.  

Valve Hand Wheels

Published: February 20th, 2015     
Valve Hand Wheels
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler gives us one photo-etched sheet containing 66 wheels of four different sizes. Each size comes with a six spoke and a five spoke design. You get a set of three of each spoke design. Most have a round indentation in the center that can be drilled out to use a mounting point.

It is recommended to use a new blade to cut these off the sheet, since cleaning up the attachment point is very hard. These are so small and thin, I bent a few trying to cut of clean them up. I also found that gluing to a toothpick before cutting, helped to not damage them.

I left these glued to the toothpick and used photo-etched burnishing fluid to darken them.

These would work great in an open top artillery or self-propelled gun to replace some of the cranks on the guns laying drives. You could also use as half steering wheels by cutting off a couple of the spokes.

I would like to thanks Hauler and IPMS for the opportunity to reviews this product.

German 2 cm L/65 Flak 38 Gun Barrel

Published: February 18th, 2015     
German 2 cm L/65 Flak 38 Gun Barrel
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in aftermarket turned-metal parts for model kits. In my personal option, they are among the best in the market; I really like their products.

This set is devoted to the German 2 cm L/65 Flak 38 and includes a turned-metal barrel and a flash suppressor. The set is very nicely detailed, capturing small details, even down to the holes on the side of the suppressor.

The instruction sheet clearly describes where to cut and how to modify the plastic part to receive the aftermarket detail part. It is a very easy task, and any modeler with a bit of experience modifying parts will run into no problems.

My sample suffered some minor damage during transit. However, it was easy to shape the flash suppressor back to its original size. I just used the tip of a toothpick and very gently rolled the piece back and forth until it rolled smoothly over a flat tile (any hard, flat surface would work).

Radio R-123 Set for Russian Tanks

Published: February 18th, 2015     
Radio R-123 Set for Russian Tanks
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/35
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models has introduced a 1/35 scale Radio which represents the kind found in Russian tanks from 1900 to 1980 but also could be applicable to present times also. The set consists of two cast resin part and three pieces of photoetch. The resin and photoetch are very well done and initial building is simple.

Crew AH-1 Cobra

Published: February 18th, 2015     
Crew AH-1 Cobra
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aero Line

Finally, somebody has made figures for the helicopter models in 1/48 scale. Aero Line’s latest release is marketed as a Cobra crew. As far as I know there have been no previous US Army helicopter pilots available in this scale.

Packaged in a vacuformed shell, Aero Line has created two beautifully cast figures molded in light gray resin. The instructions are on the back of the insert card. There is no actual color callout, just the color profiles. The instructions show the flight suits in a Vietnam-era olive green like the two-piece flight suit of the time; however, with the way the figures are molded, you could easily modify them by removing the upper pants pockets and painting the flight suit in the sage green color of the one-piece and no one would be the wiser.

A-1D (AD-4) Skyraider cockpit set

Published: February 18th, 2015     
A-1D (AD-4) Skyraider cockpit set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires continues it release for the recent bounty of 1/32 Skyraider with a cockpit set for the Trumpeter AD-4 kit. The set consists of 7 gray resin parts, all of which are perfectly cast. One of these, the gun sight, is not used for the Trumpeter kit. The set also has a photoetch fret with 26 pieces with the instrument panel and seat belts making up the majority. Lastly, there is a film sheet with the instruments printed on it and having parts for a gun sight which is also not used.

Lancaster B Mk.1/Mk.III Landing Flaps

Published: February 17th, 2015     
Lancaster B Mk.1/Mk.III Landing Flaps
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

My thanks to Eduard for furnishing this photo-etch set for review and IPMS for allowing me to do it.

The Avro Lancaster of World War II fame can trace its linage back to the twin-engine Avro Manchester.  The Manchester saw a lot of action in the early months of World War II.  However, it was underpowered and generally did not meet RAF expectations.  Using the Manchester as a starting point the Avro engineers increased the wing span, replaced the two Rolls-Royce X-24 Vultures with four Rolls-Royce V-12 Merlins, lengthened the fuselage and redesigned the tail.  The results was a bomber with impressive performance and excellent flying characteristics.  Its top speed was 282mph at 63,000 lbs. and its landing speed was 95-100mph using the old split flap design set to full down. 

The subject of this review is that old split flap system used on the Lancaster.  Eduard has issued a set of brass photo-etched flaps for the 1/72 Airfix Lancaster.  These flaps will work with the Airfix Lancaster Mk.I and Mk.III kits.

Cage Masts for "Big Five" Colorado/Tennessee-class Battleships

Published: February 17th, 2015     
Cage Masts for "Big Five" Colorado/Tennessee-class Battleships
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, I