Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament

Published: July 18th, 2014     
USS Indianapolis (1945) Armament
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Scale: 1/350
Company: Master Model

History

I’ll have to admit a personal fascination with the story of the USS Indianapolis.  I read a magazine article about the tragedy during my high school years, which was probably close to the 30th anniversary.  In July of 1945, the Indianapolis, a Portland-class heavy cruiser, was tasked with the top secret mission of delivering parts for the first atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.  On the next leg of her journey, the ship was struck by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine.  The ship sank within minutes, leaving almost 900 of her surviving crew stranded in the Pacific Ocean at the mercy of the elements, dehydration, and marauding sharks.  After three days in the water, they were finally rescued, but only 317 of the men survived the ordeal.

F-35A Interior Detail Set

Published: July 17th, 2014     
F-35A Interior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models continues to add these excellent pre painted cockpit interior sets that save modelers both time and grief when it comes to painting an aircrafts interior. This one is for the Italeri F-35A. The pieces look very realistic and dress up the cockpit. I know that I will leave this canopy open. They are also self adhesive, but I like to add a little CA glue for that added strength.

It doesn’t take very much time to add these details. Just add an interior base coat and then start adding details. Some pieces just go right on while some need a little bending. I only needed a bending tool for part # 9 because it is shaped like a small box, for the rest I bent the parts with a small set of pliers. I’m really impressed with the final results.

I highly recommend this interior detail set if you want a nice touch of realism.

I would like to thank Eduard for making a very tedious task easier and IPMS USA for the chance to review this item.

JAS-39 Gripen Wheel Bay

Published: July 17th, 2014     
JAS-39 Gripen Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires and Quickboost (a division of Aires) continue to provide us modelers with very nicely detailed addition to many new and older kits that can greatly enhance the final appearance of the build.

This installment will look at the Aires replacement wheel wells for the fairly new 1/48 Kitty Hawk Saab Jas-39 Gripen (kit #KH80117).

Kitty Hawk does a reasonably nice job in detailing their injection molded main wheel wells, though the placement of several of the tiny parts, on the inside wells is somewhat vague. By comparison, the Aires rendition of these parts adds substantially more of the details and also replicates them much more accurately. This is true in also in the nose gear wheel well. Here though, the stock kit part lends itself to easier painting due to the well being a 2-piece assembly, where the Aires replacement has all sides molded as one part. Again, with the nose gear well, the additional detail is readily visible and will add a greater touch of realism to your build.

F-14A Wheels and Tires

Published: July 15th, 2014     
F-14A Wheels and Tires
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wheeliant

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA this wheel set for review… As ALWAYS we appreciate your support, and thanks to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this set.

About 20 years ago I never thought we would be living in the age of such cool resin parts… and then I receive this set for review.  The “Oh cool” factor (some call it ‘wow’) is very high here. 

The Hobby Boss F-14 appears to be a great kit.  One area that needs a bit of picking up the bar on is the wheels and tires.  Enter Aires Wheeliant!

Inside the Retro-red slip cover are 8 wheel halves, and four tires which have been pre-flattened to a proper level for high pressure tires.  Also included (at least in this package) was a length of copper wire to add brake lines.  Absolutely a great idea!

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

Published: July 15th, 2014     
MiG-15 and MiG-15bis - Gun Barrels, Antenna Base & Pitot Tube Set
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Following the release of Eduard’s spectacular 1/72nd MiG-15 and MiG-15bis kits, Master Model of Poland has released turned brass gun barrels for these kits.  Included in the package are barrels to replace the kit’s 37mm cannon and two 23mm cannon.  In addition, Master Model has included a pitot tube and antenna base, both out of turned brass as well.

The 37mm cannon consist of two parts, one sliding into the other.  The instructions make this clear and the two parts fit together flawlessly.  I added these parts to my already in-progress Eduard MiG-15.  However, I would highly recommend these parts be added before you start painting your model.  It’s also not entirely clear, but the small antenna base replaces the small bump on the kit fuselage.  The instructions show the location clearly, but do not make any mention to removing the kit’s “antenna base.”

ZU-23-2 "Sergey" - Russian 23 mm Anti-aircraft Twin-barreled Autocannon

Published: July 13th, 2014     
ZU-23-2 "Sergey" - Russian 23 mm Anti-aircraft Twin-barreled Autocannon
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

The ZU-23-2 was developed in the late 1950s. It was designed to engage low-flying targets at a range of 2.5 kilometers as well as armored vehicles at a range of two kilometers and for direct defense of troops and strategic locations against air assault usually conducted by helicopters and low-flying airplanes.  In 1955, KBP presented the single-barrel ZU-1 and the twin-barrel ZU-14. While the former was eventually dropped, the ZU-14 was selected and, after some modifications, entered series production.

In the Soviet Union, some 140,000 units were produced. The ZU-23 has also been produced under license by Bulgaria, Poland, Egypt and the People's Republic of China.

Development of this weapon into a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) led to the ZSU-23-4 Shilka.  However, the guns look completely different. 

Sea King AEW Radar Cover

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Sea King AEW Radar Cover
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

First:  Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this really fantastic item to review!  We appreciate your support; thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

This upgrade consists of two parts; the swing boom which sets the radome away from the aircraft, and the actual radome itself.  A note about what this is; the Airborne Early Warning Sea Kings in the Royal Navy were a stop-gap measure to provide additional radar early warning to the RN fleet of impending low-level cruise missiles or fighters attacking the fleet during the Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982.   Their intent was to stand off a distance from where the ships were and provide the outer net of warning. 

MiG-15/17 Step Ladder (Two Types)

Published: July 9th, 2014     
MiG-15/17 Step Ladder (Two Types)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This boarding ladder is one of those spiffy little accessories which can add a lot to the presentation of a model. In this case, it’s being added to an old Attack kit of a Pakistani Shenyang JJ-5 trainer (based on the MiG-17).

I cut the ladder itself loose from the PE sprue, and I also cut out the ladder pads. These are very tiny in 1/144, so be really careful.

I bent the sides of the ladder using a “high-tech” tool, namely a pair of “duckbill” pliers. The pliers have a decent grip and good straight sides. I took a photo of the ladder with one side bent, then the other. I spent a few minutes getting the sides trued up and made sure the ladder steps were square with the side rails.

Once the ladder was trued up, I applied a spot of thick CA to one of the ladder pads and touched the ladder top to the CA. I then trued up the pad with the ladder top. Same with the other ladder pad.

Russian Pilot with KS-4 Ejection Seat for Su-7/9/11/15/17

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Russian Pilot with KS-4 Ejection Seat for Su-7/9/11/15/17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

To start, my thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA with this figure to review! One of six in this review series, each shows a passion and dedication Aires have to providing the finest resin products. We appreciate your support, with the usual nod to IPMS/USA leadership for allowing me to review these figures.

Produced under the Aerobonus branch of Aires, this 1/48 scale figure is a Russian pilot sitting in a KS-4 ejection seat. The pilot, consisting of a torso in the seat, two separate arms, and a separate head/helmet, can be assembled in many ways. As designed, the head is supposed to be looking left, the right arm and hand are positioned for a grip on the control column, and the left arm is where the throttle would be. Also included with each set are painting instructions in color!

P-51D Wheel Bay

Published: July 9th, 2014     
P-51D Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS USA this wheel well set to review…  We appreciate your support, and thanks to IPMS USA leadership for allowing me to review this item.

OK, so does the Hobbyboss P-51D kit require a new wheel well?  I’d say yes, due to the low cost and relative accuracy of the kit.  In the photos you can see the side-by-side comparison, of which I say “There is no comparison”.   

There will be modifications required on this kit even if you don’t have AMS. 

The Aires item makes a difference!  If you have the Hobbyboss kit, buy this upgrade!  There is nothing else to say here…

Thanks again to Aires for providing this review package to IPMS USA!

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