Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hurricane Mk.I Gun Bay

Published: August 17th, 2016     
Hurricane Mk.I Gun Bay
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Res-Im

Res-Im (Resin Improvement) is a Czech company that specialized in resin detail sets, mainly in the 1/48 and 1/72 scales.

This set is for the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I gun bay, for the 4 guns wing. Inside a sturdy box you get a total of 18 resin pours for a two full gun bays –starboard and port wings-. The parts are extremely delicate and in some cases there is a very thin resin layer covering a hole or an opening that might need to be cleaned with a sharp blade before installation.

The pours are in a light grey-green resin and the resin itself is a tad brittle. I accidentally broke off a very thin part from the pouring slab (but the part itself was undamaged). My pictures don’t show repeated/duplicates resin pours.

Note that among the provided parts you get replacement access panels, which means that you can use a drill to remove the access panel from the plastic wing, then file and shape the gun bay opening and you have a very nicely detailed –and scale thin!- wing access cover to pose next to the gun bay.

Bae Hawk 100 Series Pitot Tube

Published: August 16th, 2016     
Bae Hawk 100 Series Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Master Model

The highly detailed all metal Pitot tube to replace any 1/32 Hawk 100 Kit part. I had the Kinetic Kit no 3206 in the stash so used it on that kit.

The Assembly is quick and easy. The final part once the plastic piece is replaced with the metal detail part looks so much better. I would recommend this for any 1/32 Hawk kit you may have in your stash.

Thanks go to Master Model for providing this super figure to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Etendard Landing Gear

Published: August 16th, 2016     
Etendard Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white-metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the 1/48 Kinetic Super Etendard.

The set includes 8 parts with the following breakdown: two main landing gear struts; a two part nose wheel, plus actuator arms; and a nose wheel fork. The parts are finely molded in white metal. These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

I should say that these parts are more than just drop-in replacements. Many of the white metal parts actually are the equivalent to several plastic parts, so you have an easier job of assembling the landing gear, for instance, as you have fewer parts to deal with.

R­40TD Med Range AA Missile W/Passive IR HH

Published: August 15th, 2016     
R­40TD Med Range AA Missile W/Passive IR HH
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

According to our friends at Wikipedia, the Vympel R-40 (NATO reporting name AA-6 'Acrid') was a long-range air-to-air missile developed in the 1960s by the Soviet Union specifically for the MiG-25 interceptor, but can also be carried by the later MiG-31. It is the largest air-to-air missile in the world to ever go into production with a length of over 20 feet and a speed approaching Mach 5.

Advanced Modeling now lets you add this unique missile to your planes with this aftermarket kit. The set includes two of the missiles which are comprised of eight parts. Seven of the parts are beautifully cast in gray resin and the kicker, a perfectly cast, shiny clear seeker head. This is art! Assembly is simple. Trim the nose casting plug to the correct length and slide into the socket and spin until it lock into place. This makes sure of the right alignment. Next, Trim the exhaust flat and prepare the main body by carefully trimming near the fins and then the center section. Glue the aft section and main body together and you’re done with most of the construction. There is the seeker head and four front fins but I left these off for ease of painting.

Spitfire 9c Guns

Published: August 13th, 2016     
Spitfire 9c Guns
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces finely crafted small detail parts for models which have been damaged or may be subject to rough handling. Their collection of antennas and pitot tubes are invaluable for the modeler whose friends (or former friends) handle models less than carefully. There’s a picture below, which appeared as a cartoon in an early IPMS Quarterly. This particular set is for the cannons of a Spitfire IXc.

The C wing had either one or two cannons in each wing, and possibly two more .303 machine guns outboard. The kit includes two sets of cannon and one set of stubs, so you can do either of the C wing cannon options, depending on how the aircraft you’re modeling was armed.