Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-5E/F Canopy and Wheel Hub Vinyl Mask Set

Published: July 10th, 2016     
F-5E/F Canopy and Wheel Hub Vinyl Mask Set
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Of the many modeling aids available today, one of the most welcome for aircraft modelers is a good set of canopy masks. Furball Aero-Design delivers well with its 1/48 set designed for AFV Club’s F-5E/F Tiger II kits.

The single sheet of black die-cut vinyl masks will handle a single F-5E or F-5F kit – masking the edges of all canopy sections and the entirety of all wheel hubs.

The die cuts are sharp and the masks lift cleanly from the sheet and adhere well to the model surfaces. Only two minor concerns were noted: First, there are no placement diagrams, which leads to the second issue of the masks for the F-5F windscreen being a bit short, thus requiring augmentation from the F-5E windscreen masks to cover the masking perimeter. Masking tape was used to fill in the remainder of the canopy surfaces.

Tapered Masts Set 2

Published: July 9th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set for 700-scale ship models in the Sea Master Series offered by Master Model. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 60 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 1.4/0.4 mm, 1.6/0.5 mm, 1.8/0.6 mm, and 2.0/0.7 mm. This size range is effective for larger-size modern ships in 700-scale, however, the masts could easily be used in other scales as appropriate. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging tension are much less likely to bend the masts.

IRIS-T

Published: July 8th, 2016     
IRIS-T
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The IRIS-T (infra-red imaging system - tail / thrust vector controlled) is a heat seeking missile developed by a consortium of European countries as a replacement for the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The program was led by Germany, but included other NATO countries such as Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Spain and the IRIS-T has been exported to several countries such as Austria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. The IRIS-T became operational in 2005 and is carried on the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, Tornado and the Gripen

A-6E TRAM Exterior Detail Set

Published: July 8th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Exterior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Trumpeter has issued two versions of their 1/32 A-6 Intruder which was on many peoples most wanted list. While the kit is expensive, it is well done, well detailed and builds into a great replica. Of course that doesn’t mean there isn't some room for improvement. While the aftermarket has been slow coming, Eduard has issued sets for the A-6E TRAM version to spice up several areas of the kit. This set upgrades the exterior and contains two large frets of photoetch parts for the kit.

The set addresses several areas and I will cover them separately as they are separate construction. First, there are several smaller spots addressed with finer replacement parts such as the chaff/flare dispensers. These are simple drop in replacements.

A-6E TRAM Undercarriage Detail Set

Published: July 7th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Undercarriage Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Trumpeter has issued two versions of their 1/32 A-6 Intruder which was on many peoples most wanted list. While the kit is expensive, it is well done, well detailed and builds into a great replica. Of course that doesn’t mean there is not some room for improvement. While the aftermarket has been slow coming, Eduard has issued sets for the A-6E TRAM version to spice up several areas of the kit. This set upgrades the under carriage and wheel wells and contains one large fret of photoetch parts for the kit.

All three wheels wells are addressed and we can take a look at the nose gear well first. This is fairly well appointed in the kit but sidewall detail is lacking on the aft bulkhead. Eduard includes a very nicely done fix for the bulkhead and also half a dozen enhancements for the nose gear well which will add to the detail.

The nose gear strut (thoughtfully done in white metal by Trumpeter) gets the addition of some missing bolt heads and the main wheels get a new brake pad and backing. All little touches, but an added improvement.