Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Harrier Vacu Canopy (Revell)

Published: September 30th, 2014     
Harrier Vacu Canopy (Revell)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Many of us have had the distinct displeasure of ruining a canopy.  I once dropped one on the floor and stepped on it.  There is also the great possibility of getting CA fumes on the inside or some other adhesive which will either melt, craze or deform the canopy into uselessness.  And then there’s the one where you open a kit you bought at a swap meet to find no clear parts inside. 

You can find replacement canopies for “large scale” kits, including 1/32, 1/48 or 1/72, but there have been almost no canopies in 1/144.  Brengun seems to be taking a position in this market. 

The canopy comes as a vac-formed item raised above the back plastic.  I used decal scissors to remove the canopy from the backing.  There is a pretty good indication of where to cut, so I didn’t worry much about getting it wrong.  The canopy is also designed to be displayed open, and there’s a band of scrap plastic between the windscreen and the canopy.  When the time came, this was also easy to cut with decal scissors.

A WORD OF WARNING

Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels

Published: September 30th, 2014     
Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland.  Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales. 

Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with uncovered barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Typhoon early Mk Ib kits.  This item is intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts.  My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk Ib, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for.  These cannons should generally be fitted to the earlier “car door” version of the Mk Ib as used early in WWII by the RAF.  Later Mk. IB versions had full cover extensions over the cannon barrels.

MiG-15 & MiG-15bis Gun Barrels Set, Antenna Base & Pitot Tube

Published: September 28th, 2014     
MiG-15 & MiG-15bis Gun Barrels Set, Antenna Base & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model is an aftermarket supplier that offers modelers the opportunity to add exceptional turned metal parts to their models. Generally, the sets are available for builders in 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scale.  Therefore, the recent release of MiG-15 gun barrels and details for 1:72 and 1:48 scale kits suggested that a 1:32 scale version for Trumpeter and Hobbycraft kits might be inevitable.  The expectation was realized with the release of set #MAS AM-32-068.

This set includes turned brass pieces that make up 37mm and 23mm gun barrels for a 1/32 scale MiG-15 and MiG-15bis and a turned aluminum antenna base and pitot tube to replace the kit parts.  The photos below from Master Models’ website show the seven parts that make up these details and how the three-part barrel for the 37mm cannon goes together to make a faithful reproduction of the real thing.

D9R Doobi Interior

Published: September 26th, 2014     
D9R Doobi Interior
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is one of three photoetch sets provided by Eduard for the Meng 1/35 scale D9R Armored Bulldozer kit. The Meng D9R kit itself has previously been reviewed [Meng D9R Review]. The Eduard Cooling Slats set has also been reviewed [D9R Cooling Slats Review], as well as the Eduard Exterior Photoetch set [D9R Exterior Photoetch Review].

CH-46, HH-46 Landing Gear

Published: September 26th, 2014     
CH-46, HH-46 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released a set of white-metal front and rear main gear for the Academy CH-46 in 1/48 scale. The set includes three parts, a front gear strut and two main rear struts. These three parts are direct replacements for kit parts A-18, B20(r), and B21(l).

There are two deficiencies in the kit gear that are alleviated by the SAC replacements. First my kit gear had a pin hole in one of the rear supports with significant shrinkage around it. The kit front gear had a large pin ejector mark prominently in the middle of the piece. Replacing with the SAC gear eliminated having to deal with these issues.

Fw 190 A6 Armament Set & Pitot Tube

Published: September 26th, 2014     
Fw 190 A6 Armament Set & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

The Fw 190 A-6 was a transition aircraft that had many of the features of the earlier versions of the Focke-Wulf fighter as well as some new items that became the norm on the later versions. As such, it required a unique set of turned-metal barrels. Why do I need turned metal barrels and pitot tube? I’ll tell you why: no seams or mold marks to clean up, your parts are perfectly round, and the brass is strong enough to resist bending and breaking.

The first thing you will see inside the ziplock bag packaging is the nine individual items, packed separately. The instructions are typical Master Model quality, easy to understand, and show the length of all the items. The beautiful pitot tube is long and has the appropriate thickness. This is an essential element for me, as the pitot tube extends from the mid-wing. If you are like me, you will invariably hit it, and if was made of plastic, I’d bend or break it. The beautiful brass replacement gives you a perfectly round tube which is thin and strong.

Fw 190 A7-A9 Armament Set & Pitot Tube

Published: September 26th, 2014     
Fw 190 A7-A9 Armament Set & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

The later versions of the Focke-Wulf 190 A series, the A-7 and A-8, were some of the most heavily armed aircraft to fly in the Luftwaffe. To that end, Master provides you with some impressive looking armament in their 1/32 scale Fw 190 A7-A9 Armament Set & Pitot Tube package.

Packaged inside a ziplock bag, the set features instructions and a separate bag with each style of armament packed separately. The benefit of turned-metal barrels is that they are perfectly round with no sprue attachment or mold seam line to remove, and they have hollow ends. The barrels are also very robust, easily avoiding bends during handling, and I need all the help I can get with that problem.

The pitot tube is mounted in different positions on the A-7 and the A-8, and Master points this out in the instructions.

The inner guns have a protective blast tube and shield in the wheel well, which Master provides, through which you insert the tube for the MG-151. The outer MG-151s are the same quality, and Master helpfully points out the length of all the barrels for easy identification.

Bf 109G Cockpit

Published: September 26th, 2014     
Bf 109G Cockpit
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Without a doubt, the Eduard 109G-6 has to be one of the most controversial kits in the past year or two. Personally, I’ve had a good look at completed examples as well as a good look at the plastic in the box, and I’m pretty happy with the kit.

For this review, I’ll be looking at the Eduard Brassin Bf 109G cockpit made for the Eduard kit. I did not try to fit this set into another manufactures kit, so if you wish to attempt using it with another kit, I wish you all the best. I should note that parts are included for both early and late model B-6s. Obviously, you will want to choose your version before assembling this cockpit and the kit, for that matter. For this review, I chose to build the early version of the cockpit.

Out of the box, you receive very finely cast, bubble-free resin cockpit parts. Also included is a small decal sheet, one clear sheet of gun-sight glass, and two photo-etch (PE) frets: one brass and one pre-painted. The parts are packaged in a very sturdy foam-padded box/tub along with the instructions.

MiG-3 Late Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: September 25th, 2014     
MiG-3 Late Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost now offers model builders a set of gun barrels and pitot tube to replace those in Trumpeter’s 1:48 scale MiG-3 (Late) kit.  The MiG-3 was armed with three machine guns: one 12.7 mm UBS heavy machine gun and two 7.62 mm mm ShKAS machine guns.

The Quickboost gun barrels are impressive.  They have hollow openings, the detail is very crisp and there are no injection molding seam lines for the modeler to eliminate.  The pitot tube also is impressive.  It is thinner than the kit part and correctly detailed for the under wing installation of the late type MiG-3.

The parts are cast in Quickboost’s familiar gray resin on a single mold block. Because of the delicate nature of all of the parts, the casting block has raised bars on each end to protect the parts from damage in the package. The parts can easily be separated from the casting block with a sharp #11 x-acto blade.   The scrap area on the casting block that should be removed is indicated on the illustration printed on the package card in a gray tone.