Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type C

Published: July 5th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type C
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

For those of you who have acquired the Revell Halifax in 1/72, you may have noticed that it gives you lots of options, including three different types of exhausts.  While they’re not at all bad as they come in the kit, you’ll need to hollow out the ends of the exhaust stacks and that can be very tedious when you’re doing stacks for four engines.  Quickboost, as they usually do, have stepped in and done that for you.

This set is for the Type C exhaust, one of the stranger looking types available, and provided exhausts for one engine.  Quickboost has made theirs a bit different than the kit parts and I think theirs are a bit more accurate.  As usual, they’re a drop fit replacement for the kit parts and at the price, seem well worth it.  After all, what is your time worth?  Recommended.

Thanks go to Quickboost for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type A

Published: July 5th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type A
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

For those of you who have acquired the Revell Halifax in 1/72, you may have noticed that it gives you lots of options, including three different types of exhausts.  While they’re not at all bad as they come in the kit, you’ll need to hollow out the ends of the exhaust stacks and that can be very tedious when you’re doing stacks for four engines.  Quickboost, as they usually do, have stepped in and done that for you.

This set is for the Type A exhaust, one of the more normal appearing types, and provide exhausts for all four engines.  They are nicely cast, with no bubble and the ends already hollowed out for you.  As usual, they’re a drop fit replacement for the kit parts and at the price, seem well worth it.  After all, what is your time worth?  Recommended.

Thanks go to Quickboost for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

20MM Cannon Barrels for Zoukei-Mura 1/32 J2M3 Raiden

Published: June 27th, 2014     
20MM Cannon Barrels for Zoukei-Mura 1/32 J2M3 Raiden
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The continuing line of people who would say “thanks!” goes around the building, down the street, and across town to Quickboost for providing yet one more of their fast-assembly improvements for AMS modeling… also, thanks go to our tireless IPMS reviewer corps leaders for sending this item my way!

This is a simple, four-barrel set.  You may well ask, “So, they have hollow ends… and the Zoukei-Mura (ZM) kit has slide molded barrels that are already hollow”.  Or you could say “spend 20 minutes with a #11 knife and thin the walls yourself”.  (It’s also a great way to do a blood glucose test on your fingertips…)

Well, that’s what I was thinking until I held these up to the kit items.  The kit barrels ARE hollow, but the flash supressors are a bit thicker than the Quickboost items… and the QB flash suppressors are larger and much more refined with VERY thin walls… which is what Quickboost is about; finesse!

Don’t get me wrong… the ZM kit is fantastic, and has detail only dreamt of 10 years ago… but these Quickoboost barrels look great and make a difference; check out the side by side pix to see what I am saying.

OV-1 Mohawk Correct Cowlings, Pylons, Propellers w/Tool and Air Intakes

Published: June 25th, 2014     
OV-1 Mohawk Correct Cowlings, Pylons, Propellers w/Tool and Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Products

The replacement parts come packaged in the typical clear cellophane and a cardboard insert that Quickboost has become known for. The parts are cast in a light gray resin and are very sharp features. The pour stubs are very minimal and removal is pretty straight forward. The parts are designed to be used on any of Roden's 1/48 OV-1 Mohawk kits.  

RA-5C Vigilante Landing Gear

Published: June 24th, 2014     
RA-5C Vigilante Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released a set of white metal replacement landing gear for Trumpeter’s 1/72 RA-5C, the Vietnam-era nuclear bomber turned reconnaissance aircraft.  SAC’s conversion set includes four parts: the nose gear strut, a separate nose gear torque link, and the two main landing gear struts.

The SAC nose gear strut is cast in two pieces, separating the torque link from the main strut. This should aid in painting the moving portion of the oleo strut. The casting is very nice, although the surface texture (on all of the struts) is slightly grainier than the kit part, but should aid in paint adhesion.  The torque link and strut will both need a bit of very minor cleanup. As with the kit strut, a clear landing light and a small bit of equipment (a brake booster or steering pump?) will need to be attached to the strut.  SAC’s replacement retains the mounting holes for these parts.  The strut’s keyed mounting tab fit easily and snugly into its receiver on the cockpit floor.

North American RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Probe

Published: June 24th, 2014     
North American RA-5C Vigilante Pitot Tube and AOA Probe
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model, maker of fantastic turned-metal details, has released a new set of 1/72 probes for the RA-5C Vigilante. The Vietnam-era RA-5C, a supersonic nuclear bomber turned capable reconnaissance aircraft, features a prominent pitot tube with multiple diameter changes along its length. Master’s set includes both the complicated pitot tube and an AOA (angle of attack) probe. The set can be used on any 1/72 RA-5C kit, and should be an outstanding upgrade. In this review, I’ve compared the parts to the Trumpeter kit.

N1K2-J Shiden-Kai Gun Barrels for Hasegawa Kits

Published: June 23rd, 2014     
N1K2-J Shiden-Kai Gun Barrels for Hasegawa Kits
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Aires is constantly adding to the Quickboost line, and here is one of the latest.

QB 48-602 are gun barrels designed to be used with Hasegawa’s 1/48 N1K2-J.  As with other Quickboost products, these are meant to be drop-fit replacements for kit parts.  The molding on this resin set was extremely crisp.

In comparing these to the kit items they are designed to replace, I found a few key differences.  First, and probably the main reason one would want this set, the tips of the QB set are open.  Hasegawa’s barrels are sadly molded flush across, with no opening.  While in general I am fine to create an opening with the tip of my Xacto and a small drill on ‘standard’ gun barrels, the flared muzzle on these makes that a bit more challenging of an undertaking.  So I will happily be using the QB ones instead.  Second, the QB barrels just have a much less ‘clunky’ look to them.  A quick glance at the photos should help demonstrate that. 

SB2C Undercarriage Doors

Published: June 19th, 2014     
SB2C Undercarriage Doors
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This Quickboost set is a direct replacement for the undercarriage doors for the Academy SB2C kit. They are almost identical to the kit parts, but have the push pin marks that are present on the kit parts taken care of. Due to the framework on the inside of the doors, the pin marks can be difficult to eradicate. Quickboost has done this delicate work for you. Basically, it comes down to the question: is the time and effort it would take you to fill and sand away the push pin marks without damaging the framework worth $6.50? If it is, this set is certainly recommended!

Thanks go to Aires Hobby Models for supplying the parts and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.

SB2C Helldiver Wheel Bay

Published: June 19th, 2014     
SB2C Helldiver Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This Aires accessory wheel bay set is made for the Academy SB2C-4 kit. As you can see from the photos, the kit’s molded-in wheel bay details are found on both the top and bottom halves of the wing. The resin replacement bays are single pieces with additional detail inside each bay. The instructions will have you remove the molded-in details on each upper and lower wing and replace them with a one-piece resin bay. This will prevent any seams from showing inside the wheel well.

You also get replacement pieces for the gun tubes that go through the outboard end of the wheel wells as well as a retraction rod for the landing gear. All of the parts are nicely cast in Aires’ customary medium grey resin; they are well molded and bubble free. This set is certainly recommended.

Thanks go to Aires for providing the parts and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.

TSR-2 Landing Gear

Published: June 19th, 2014     
TSR-2 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The TSR-2 has now been kitted in three scales: 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144. Because of space limitations, I built the 1/144 model. Only one TSR-2 ever flew, and the two in museums are prototypes. What if the RAF had managed to salvage the program and this marvelous looking piece of hardware actually went into full production? RAF TSR-2s could have seen action in the Cold War, the Falklands, Bosnia/Kosovo, the Gulf War(s), Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya! The Pit Road kit comes with two of these “what if” schemes, and due to the popularity of the kit, several decal makers have produced sheets for “what if” TSRs. Of course I had to do a different one.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

The SAC set for the TSR-2 consists of seven parts, all in white metal. There is a nose gear leg, two main gear legs, oleo scissors, and bogies for the main wheels (the kit’s wheels are used). These replacement parts closely match the Pit Road parts.

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