Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-36 Apache/P-51 Mustang Canopy Masks

Published: February 16th, 2018     
A-36 Apache/P-51 Mustang Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th aircraft model sets. One of their latest airplane kits is the North American A-36 Apache. With the release of this new kit, they have added a number of accessories for it including additional photo-etch details, a vacuform canopy, and these painting masks for the canopy.

The A-36 Apache was a dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang. It was based on the fuselage of the P-51A, but with completely redesigned wings strengthened to support the added stress of dive bombing. Since the main difference between the P-51A and the A-36 is the wind design, this mask set would work with both the P-51A and the A-36. I used mine on the A-36.

P-51D Mustang Wheels

Published: February 14th, 2018     
P-51D Mustang Wheels
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN wheels for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. This set gives new main wheels and the tail wheel. The main wheels have the diamond tread pattern and come with separate hubs. The tail wheel is one part and comes with a new leg which is made from a different type of resin which is probably less prone to sagging. As well as the wheels a set of yellow tape masks are also supplied.

Upon removal of the wheels from the package you will notice the great level of detail on the wheels that come with sidewall markings and maker's technical data. The tires are deformed slightly to give the impression of weight. The detail on the hubs is excellent with each hub being separate.

H-21 Big Ed Set

Published: February 14th, 2018     
H-21 Big Ed Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

My father, a retired career pilot and Colonel in the USAF, passes along a magazine he receives each month as a member of the Air Force Association. Several years ago, an article in one issue titled "Life on the Pine Tree Line" captivated me. The article details daily activities at a remote DEW-line radar site on Resolution Island, in far North Newfoundland, back in the 50s and 60s. In particular, photos of an H-21 Shawnee or "Flying Banana" as it is more commonly referred to in Artic Red conspicuity markings, caught my eye. Other aircraft and vehicles documented in the photos included a C-123, a TWA "Connie", various cargo trucks and vehicles, and a small WWII utility vehicle known as a "Weasel". Visions of a winter diorama scene began to take shape.

Fast forward several years, and after researching availability of the necessary vehicles in each scale, I acquired the both the Italeri and Special Hobby 1/48 H-21 kits, along with a couple of Weasels from CMK to go with the Tamiya US 2-1/2 Ton 6X6 Cargo Truck. When the opportunity to review this Eduard Big Ed set came up, my decision on which H-21 kit to use was made.

GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Published: February 10th, 2018     
GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE
Reviewed by: Chris Smith
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

History

Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set.

P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller

Published: February 10th, 2018     
P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Hamilton Standard Propeller for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

The set contains:

  • Grey resin components (7 pieces)
  • Etched brass part (1plus spares)
  • A resin assembly jig

Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the inside of both the spinner front and back-plate boasting some great touches. The blades are great and the shape on these are perfect. The set also comes with a jig to help with location of the blades and is also nice to help hold the assembly if you want to drill a hole in the center for the prop to spin,