Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels (Oval Perforation)

Published: May 13th, 2015     
Lancaster B.II Gun Barrels (Oval Perforation)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Once more, a quick review for a quick upgrade; Quickboost has provided 12 miniscule Resin gun barrels with oval cooling vents for use with the Airfix Lancaster B II.  This is the Hercules radial-engined Lancaster release, but the gun barrels will work on this kit and their recent other Lancaster B I and III Merlin engine released kits as well.   As noted in my other review of the .303 barrels with round holes, these should work on just about any aircraft requiring .303 gun barrels.  As a note, the oval perforation gun barrels are slightly shorter than the round perforation barrels.

The muzzles are hollow, and the simulation of the oval perforations is well done.  In my case, painting them black then using the side of a #2 pencil and (GENTLY) polishing with a soft cloth, I was able to bring out the detail. 

To assemble, remove the kit muzzle and mounting assemblies, drill holes about 1/8 into the gun breeches, and install with superglue.  This set is a simple and, (as the name implies), effective “quick boost”, to the appearance of the final product over the generic kit parts.

Avia B.534 IV. serie Weekend S. A.

Published: May 11th, 2015     
Avia B.534 IV. serie Weekend S. A.
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Product

This is a small photo etch sheet with numerous details intended for the Eduard Avia B.534 fighter kit that has been issued in 1/72 scale.  The kit already has excellent detail, but the photo etch parts will enhance the appearance of the model, adding things that would be very difficult to scratchbuild.

A very detailed instruction sheet is included, with drawings large and clear enough to be useful under any conditions.

Avia B.534 Wheels and Spats

Published: May 11th, 2015     
Avia B.534 Wheels and Spats
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Product

This product consists of two resin wheel spat assemblies for the Avia B.534 kit.  They are molded in one piece, and there is space next to the wheels to make the units look hollow so that a wheel could really be in there.  Only slight trimming at the top sprue attachment point is require, a 10 second process.  There is also a paper mask included so that you can paint the wheel and tire, and then mask it off and paint the surface of the unit.  The instructions show a small silver panel on top of the spat, probably as a step for maintenance and refueling. The parts are packaged in a heavy plastic case mounted packed in foam, so there is no way they’d be damaged unless they were hit with something nuclear.

Small Stove

Published: May 11th, 2015     
Small Stove
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hauler

Hauler has been around for a few years now. I mostly thought they produced resin items in the 1/48 scale arena. I was surprised to see this 1/35 item offered in the review area and since I had requested the Bronco Loyd Carrier and I figured I could knock this nifty looking item out as well.

The items come packed in a cellophane bag with a hard paper backing. Included are a small instruction sheet and three resin parts. The resin parts are the stove, the stove pipe and a small pile of wood. The parts are beautiful castings. The only thing I would have changed is the pipe attachment. The kit has you gluing the pipe to the stove. I think the stove should have had a depression that the stove pipe actually fit into. This would have provided a far more secure join.

PBY-5A Wheels

Published: May 10th, 2015     
PBY-5A Wheels
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Revell’s PBY kits has been issued twice – once without landing gear (the PBY-5 version) and later with wheels (the PBY-5A version). Eduard has produced a superb set of wheels for the PBY-5A which includes both the main and nose gear. The set comes with seven resin parts, instructions and masks for the wheels. Casting is superb with no flaws.

Construction is simple. Remove the casting blocks from the main wheel with a razor saw and clean up the small seam. Cut the front wheel loose following the same process. There are four wheel hubs for the main wheels. I cut these loose with a razor saw also and sanded the backs until they fit flush in the wheels. Next, I used a sharp blade and cleaned the flash off on the wheel hub spokes and inside the wheels.

MiG-15 bis Detail Set

Published: May 9th, 2015     
MiG-15 bis Detail Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun has produced a photoetch improvement set for Eduard’s 1/144 scale MiG-15.  There are parts to redo the cockpit interior, new landing gear doors, wing fences, a pitot, and antennas. 

The project begins with the cockpit.  The Eduard cockpit front is cut away, and the rest is thrown away.  The PE kit contains the cockpit floor and sides, consoles, a seat and instrument panel.  Also, you get seat belts.  Wow.  And there are two extra panels which are inserted on the cockpit sides after the fuselage is assembled. 

I made a mistake here.  I thought I should carve the plastic wing fences off and install the PE parts at this point in the assembly, before doing the landing gear.  It turns out that the wing fences are much more susceptible to being knocked off than the gear doors or the landing gear.  I had to put the surviving wing fences in the envelope and hold them after I knocked all of them off.  The instructions are wise here, follow them.

MiG-15 bis Canopy

Published: May 9th, 2015     
MiG-15 bis Canopy
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This is a pair of vacuformed canopies for the Eduard MiG-15.  It’s great that you get two, because the Eduard kit is a double, so you NEED two.

I was working on the Brengun PE detail set for the Eduard MiG-15bis, when Dave made this canopy set available for review.  I begged and pleaded a little, and they sent it to me. 

The Brengun detail set makes a number of changes to the cockpit interior of the MiG.  And this canopy is a wonderful add-on to that detail set. 

The Eduard canopy is nicely molded in clear styrene.  But the Eduard canopy is therefore much thicker than a vac-form canopy. 

Since I was already building the Eduard kit, I had the Eduard canopy.  I discovered that the Brengun canopy fits quite nicely over the Eduard one.  This is a huge help for me because it allows me to handle the Brengun unit with much less fear of crushing it, because it’s thin and fragile.  The other huge plus is that the wonderful Eduard mask works just fine on the Brengun canopy.

So I masked up a Brengun canopy and the Eduard one, and painted both.

C-119 Landing Gear

Published: May 9th, 2015     
C-119 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions provides a nice set of metal landing gear for a number of aircraft.  I jumped at the chance to get the SAC gear for the C-119 because it looks spindly, and I need all the help I can get to keep my models intact.

The SAC parts are very good copies of the kit gear.  The other wonderful thing about the metal gear is that if you have a little trouble getting alignment as you install the parts, you can tweak the metal parts into alignment without breaking them. 

Installation was just like the kit instructions say, and the wheels fit onto the SAC gear legs perfectly. 

Overall Assessment.

Highly recommended.  The parts fit nicely, they are stronger than the kit parts, and you don’t have to paint the SAC metal parts to make them look like metal parts.

Many thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review item and to IPMS USA for the chance to add strength to my Dollar Nineteen.

U-453 Camouflage Masking Set

Published: May 9th, 2015     
U-453 Camouflage Masking Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Gator Masks and More

Kenny Loup and Gator Masks and More have been around for a while supplying masking sets for ships and planes as well as Gator Grip Glues. For this review, we are looking at a masking set for U-453 in 1/72 scale for Revell’s excellent U-boat kit. U-453 was on active duty from 1941