Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F8F Bearcat Control Surfaces

Published: April 10th, 2016     
F8F Bearcat Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Bearcat was just too late to join the fight in WWII but was used by the French in Indochina to great effect. It is a sexy and compact naval fighter.

An easy way to add some life to your static model is to reposition the flight control surfaces. I’ve never been able to do this effectively. Well Aires has come to the rescue. The latest release is molded in light grey resin with no flaws anywhere. Two horizontal surfaces and two elevators are included.

Removal of the parts from the pour block is quite easy. The horizontal surfaces are slotted so are drop in replacements for the kit parts. The elevators can then be added and deflected as you see fit with superglue. You may want to pin it to get a more solid join. Don’t forget to move the stick in the appropriate direction. It is really that easy and simple.

Another winner from Aires. This set is an easy addition to make your model come alive. I’m looking forward to other releases such as this from Aires.

Highly recommended

Rockin' Rhino Upgrade Set

Published: April 9th, 2016     
Rockin' Rhino Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Having the Rockin’ Rhino (F4J Phantom) kit in my stash I was excited to be able to review the upgrade kit. I wanted to see if it would add anything to an already highly detailed kit. Well I was not disappointed as this set really does add a lot of additional and very visible details to this super kit.

The photo etch parts are for the:

  • Cockpit surround detail
  • Canopy details
  • Landing gear doors,
  • Landing gear bay interior detail
  • Weapon details

In the packet is:

  • 2 x Photo Etch sheets
  • 1 x Instruction sheet

I did find two small issues with this set:

  1. There are a lot of areas of the kit parts that need to have the surface details removed and this was not indicated on the instructions.
  2. Part numbers 71, 70, 76 and 77 were reversed on the instruction.

Summary

This is a must have set for the already fantastic kit from Eduard. If you have the Rockin’ Rhino kit you really must invest in this set.

Military Underwear WWII on the Clothesline

Published: April 9th, 2016     
Military Underwear WWII on the Clothesline
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Dirty clothes?  Who would have thought that you’d be able to find resin clothes for a clothes line?  Aerobonus now provides you with four sets of shirts and pants to add to a clothesline. 

Often seen in South Pacific scenes strung from an aircraft to a tree, drying laundry could be an integral in a diorama.  This set includes four shirts and four pair of pants.  Each pair of pants and each shirt is different.  The end of the pant legs and shirt sleeves are hollowed out.  They are all molded in light grey resin without any blemishes.  Simply remove them from the pour block, paint and hang up the laundry. 

A simple, yet effective, diorama idea thanks to Aerobonus. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review item.  You can obtain yours by contacting Aires at www.aires.cz or your local hobby shop or online retailer.  

P-51B/C Mustang Control Surfaces

Published: April 8th, 2016     
P-51B/C Mustang Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Tamiya Mustang kit is one of my favorite kits. The fit is good and it looks the part. Sure the cockpit floor is not right but that is the only thing.

One thing that real aircraft often have is displaced control surfaces, especially the elevators. Until now if you wanted to do that you had to perform surgery and thin and bevel the tail then fill the elevator and shape it too. Let’s face it, this was a pain in the …. Thank God that Aires also likes to see aircraft with the drooped elevators and has provided an easy answer.

Perfectly molded in light grey resin this set provides both side horizontal stabilizers and both elevators. The parts are simple enough to remove from the pour stub and they are perfectly formed for adding them. The horizontal surfaces are direct replacement for the kit parts and have the locating stub molded on. Remember once you decide to deflect the elevators to move the control stick in the cockpit too. Forward for the elevator down and back for the elevators up.

MiG-21UM Air Scoops

Published: April 8th, 2016     
MiG-21UM Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Ever have one of those things that you just couldn’t do or at least couldn’t do well? For me that is hollowing out exhausts and air intake scoops. That is why I need gems like these from Quickboost.

Molded in light grey resin, these perfectly cast pieces are very thin. They are a direct replacement for the kit intakes which are solid plastic. On this mold block are seven intakes, it is amazing to see how thin they are able to get the lip on these intakes and still cast them. I know I could never do that. The hardest part will be to remove them, but once you get that done adding them is simple.

These intakes will add to the look of your MiG with minimal work. The realistic look of hollowed out intakes are easily seen on the model. Making this set well worth the money.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours from them directly at www.quickboost.net or your local hobby shop or online retailer.