Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AIM-9D Sidewinder

Published: January 5th, 2015     
AIM-9D Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Developed as a follow up to the B and C models of the Sidewinder, the AIM-9D featured a Nitrogen cooled Infrared (IR) seeker and utilized the Hercules MK 36 solid-fuel rocket motor.  Philco-Ford and Raytheon produced about 1000 of the missiles between 1965 and 1969.  The missile was 9 feet, 5 inches long; 24.8 inches across the rear fins, and had a diameter of 5 inches.  Weighing in at 195 pounds (25 pounds belonging to the warhead), the missile could travel at over Mach 2.5 with a range of 9.7 nautical miles.  The AIM-9D is credited with aerial victories over twenty-two aircraft during the Vietnam War (8 MiG-21 and 14 MiG-17’s) being launched from F-8E/C/H Crusaders and F-4B and J Phantom II’s of the US Navy.

This set consists of four missiles and optional nose covers that are cast in resin, a single photoetch fret that holds the forward fins and rings to represent the exhaust of the rocket motor, and a small decal sheet.  The photoetched parts include extra fins, just in case, but no additional rings, so be cautious when removing and handling them.  The decals include nine stencil markings and a single yellow band for each missile.

F-16CJ Block 50 Ejection Seat

Published: January 5th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their Brassin line is this ejection seat meant to replace the kit part in the Tamiya 1/72 scale F-16CJ Fighting Falcon.  The Eduard set consists of one resin part and a photoetch fret with eight items that can be used to dress up the appearance of the cockpit of the Tamiya kit.  The F-16CJ Block 50 release by Tamiya follows their impressive renditions first rolled out in 1/32 scale, and later in 1/48.

The set consists of an ejection seat that is cast in grey resin, and a photoetch fret that holds the seatbelts and canopy breakers (the seatbelts are provided pre-painted).  The resin seat provides an improved level of detail as compared to the one supplied by Tamiya.  As one can see in my comparison photos, the Tamiya seat is relatively plain, but will suffice if using the pilot figure provided with the kit.  If you want an open cockpit for your model, the Eduard offering has seatbelts, which will make the ejection seat more realistic. 

F-16CJ Block 50 Exhaust Nozzle

Published: January 5th, 2015     
F-16CJ Block 50 Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34768
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their Brassin line is an exhaust nozzle meant to replace the kit provided one in the Tamiya 1/72 scale F-16CJ Fighting Falcon.  The set consists of two resin parts and a photoetch fret that can be used to dress up the appearance of the Tamiya kit.  The F-16CJ Block 50 release by Tamiya follows their impressive renditions first rolled out in 1/32 scale, and later in 1/48.

The set consists of an exhaust nozzle and engine exhaust, which are cast in a grey resin, and a photoetch fret that holds three exhaust rings for the engine exhaust.  The resin parts provide an improved level of detail as compared to the ones supplied by Tamiya.  As one can see in my comparison photos, the Tamiya exhaust nozzle is cast in smooth plastic, where the Eduard nozzle has the correct texture in place.  Another advantage of the Eduard set is the inclusion of the engine exhaust as the Tamiya nozzle has a smooth front end, and no part is provided to represent the engine exhaust itself.

F-14 Remove Before Flight Super Fabric

Published: December 31st, 2014     
F-14 Remove Before Flight Super Fabric
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In case you missed the IPMS/USA Nationals this past summer, Eduard released a 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat as part of a special Danger Zone boxing that included a slew of photoetch and resin detail parts along with the plane. I mention this as some of the detail items, such as this set, are now being released to further spruce up the limited edition release. I have never seen anything like this fabric set, so I would consider this a warning shot across the bow of other detail part manufacturers.

Me 163B Seat with Safety Belts

Published: December 31st, 2014     
Me 163B Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s latest item is a detailed seat, with the harness installed, for the Meng 1/32 Scale Me 163B. All you need to do to use this seat is paint to it, remove it from the pour stub, and install it. This seat is well worth the investment, as it will save you the time of building a seat with harness. In person, it looks a lot better than under a digital camera’s lens.

This item is, like all Quickboost parts, worth every penny!

Thanks to Aires for providing IPMS/USA with this review set and to the IPMS/USA leadership for passing it my way!

F-14A Seatbelts FABRIC

Published: December 30th, 2014     
F-14A Seatbelts FABRIC
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In case you missed the IPMS-USA Nationals this past summer, Eduard released a 1/48 scale F-14A Tomcat as part of a special “Danger Zone” packaging that includes a slew of photo etch and resin detail parts along with the plane. I mention this as some of the detail items, such as this set are now being released to further spruce up the Limited Edition release. This set includes fabric seatbelt pieces as well as the photoetch parts for all of the connectors, buckles, etc.

Cockpit Set for ME 163B

Published: December 30th, 2014     
Cockpit Set for ME 163B
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks first to Aires/Quickboost for providing IPMS USA this review set and IPMS leadership for passing it my way!

OK, here we go. The Meng ME163B is a very nice kit; the addition of a bit of resin is applied in this case to the cockpit. I believe this set could also work in the 40-year old Hasegawa powered-egg… have not tried it yet.

The overall presentation is excellent. The tub itself is well detailed as is. Mounting straps for the “S” stoff tanks on either side of the pilot are there; the back bulkhead has rivet and seat mounting details. A yoke for the rudder pedals mounts in the forward tub, to which are attached massive foot pedals with standard boot harnesses. I recommend you remove about ¼” of the lower cheeks off the forward cockpit tub, because it will not fit in the model fuselage halves if you don’t. A simple fit check indicates that will work as a solution.

Side walls include plumbing, electrical wiring, an oxygen regulator, and some other detail I am not familiar with on this bird. Aires suggests you to re-utilize the kit trim wheel, which fits right into place.

Dornier Do 215 Main Landing Gear

Published: December 29th, 2014     
Dornier Do 215 Main Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I’ll start by continuing my line of thanks to Ross at SAC for providing one more set of his gear and to the IPMS/USA leadership for shipping the item to review!

This will be a really simple review; the SAC set for the excellent new ICM 1/48 Dornier series provides an equally excellent upgrade to the kit’s landing gear. Consisting of four parts, this set is, as usual, an attractive and worthwhile acquisition to use on the kit. The set is useful, if for no other reason, in that the kit items require extraordinary care in removal from the parts tree. See the pictures for an example of the kit items still attached to the injection runner: the broken kit arm is an example of the scale (but delicate) nature of these items.

In this case, the complex retraction and extension arm are provided as single metal parts. The same goes for the H-frame main gear struts. They are sturdy and take real-life abuse without fracturing. To install the SAC parts, just glue them in place to replace the kit gear, and then call it done.

Masks for Tamiya Light Utility Vehicle "Tilly"

Published: December 28th, 2014     
Masks for Tamiya Light Utility Vehicle "Tilly"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Res-Im

Res-Im is an aftermarket company out of Czech Republic that specializes in resin details and masks. This set is designed for the 1/48 Tamiya “Tilly”.

The set includes masks for the tires, the clear parts (headlamp, windshield, windows), plus masks for the RAF version, as well as masks for the American version (Stars), with and without a surrounding circle.

Applying the masks is very easy, just lift them carefully with the tip of a #11 blade and burnish in place. The masks are made of some sort of plastic material with a little bit of elasticity to it, so don’t handle them too roughly or they might deform. The masks are low tack, but tacky enough that there will be no bleed of the paint under the mask.

I choose to do the RAF markings and I’ve found the interior part or the “R” and the “A” to be difficult to handle. Those parts of the mask are very, very small. As you can see in the pictures, I actually managed to scratch the paint when trying to remove those parts. In hindsight I should have painted the white first and use the individual letters –instead of the template- for the masking job.

T84E1 Workable Track Link Set (Rubber) for M46/M47

Published: December 27th, 2014     
T84E1 Workable Track Link Set (Rubber) for M46/M47
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Bronco Models is well-known for producing some of the finest after-market track sets available.  Chances are, if there is not already a Bronco after-market track set made for whatever you are working on, one will be available soon.  Such was the case for their recently released T84E1 M-47 track, which I have been waiting for ever since my Italeri M-47 ‘rubber-band’ style tracks split, and then split again, soon after I placed the completed model in my display case.

This is my first foray into building Bronco tracks and I went in knowing their reputation for being both excellent and challenging to assemble.  Opening the box, however, I soon realized that these tracks would take even more time than I thought to bring together - too much time, in fact, for me to complete a set for this review.  Instead, I decided to put several links together to explore the process and pass on what I learned along the way.

Opening the Box

The track comes in a side-opening box containing 23 sprues of soft brown plastic holding the track parts, and one soft grey sprue containing parts for two drive sprockets that will fit the (Dragon) M-46.