Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-15 (Flagon) Pitot Tubes

Published: June 15th, 2016     
Su-15 (Flagon) Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

A feature that you can quickly notice on the Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon-F is the complicated nose pitot tube. Although Trumpeter made a valiant effort in molding the Su-15 TM pitot tube with its twelve separate vanes, the limits of the injection molding process come into play. I have used another set that used a combination of resin and photo-etch that was an improvement, but assembly was very difficult and the photo-etched vanes don’t really convey their 3-D nature. This Master Model set provides a quantum leap over any previous attempt to portray the Su-15 TM nose pitot tube. As a bonus, Master Model also provides the ability to build the slightly less complex Flagon-A nose pitot tube. I have also listed the Trumpeter Su-15 UM Flagon-G above, but I only have conflicting evidence that this set will help that kit. There should be no problem for the wing mounted pitot, but I have seen a variety of nose pitot tubes for the Flagon-G. If this set is not 100% the correct configuration for the Flagon-G, I would argue that it would get you very close with minimal modification.

Handley Page Victor Pitot Tubes and Refueling Probe Boom

Published: June 12th, 2016     
Handley Page Victor Pitot Tubes and Refueling Probe Boom
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Here’s another of those useful little accessories from Master Model of Poland. These are finely done turned brass parts to replace those fragile and easily bent, broken, or lost parts from your lovely Victor.

In this case, it’s the pitots and the refueling probe. There’s a pitot at the end of both wings, and they’re right out there where the least bit of careless handling will either bend or break the pitots. The refueling boom is right out there in front, just inviting some disaster. More about my Airfix VC-10 tanker later.*

Installation 

I did the refueling probe first. The instructions are VERY clear and easy to follow.

  • Cut off the plastic probe at the indicated spot. I then used a sanding stick to get a flat surface which I could drill.
  • Drill a .3mm hole. Test fit a couple of times to be sure it’s deep enough.
  • Use CA glue to hold the brass part.
  • Paint the finished installation.

Then the pitot tubes. They follow the same 4 steps.

The most difficult part of the whole operation is getting the drill to start in the pitots, and then keeping it straight.

AMX Landing Gear

Published: June 12th, 2016     
AMX Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I must confess that I have been somewhat intrigued by the idea of using metal landing gear on my aircraft models for sometime now, but have just never followed through with a purchase. I initially felt the only time metal gear would be truly advantageous with a model that has spindly legs (like the F-105 Thunderchief) or if a particular model is quite heavy with the addition of resin parts or a good deal of nose weight. I am convinced those are the best reasons. However, I am open-minded on the issue.

When I had the opportunity to review a set of the SAC landing gear for the 1/48th scale Kinetic AMX I had to give it a go.

Contents Description

The parts are packaged in a clear blister pack and have no instructions. Many of the parts are cast as part of a metal sprue and will require cutting with side cutters or a fine saw to remove the metal parts.

Sea Harrier FRS1

Published: June 12th, 2016     
Sea Harrier FRS1
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a great Photo Etch set for the Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1Kit cockpit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the cockpit of the ki