Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Landing Gear

Published: May 30th, 2018     
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes six parts, the main gear struts, two retract arms, one tailwheel trailing link and strut. All the main gear and tailwheel items are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. The tailwheel kit part has excessive molding flash and that is cleaned up on the SAC version.

SAC gear does require some clean up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are use to working with metal gear.

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 Landing Gear

Published: May 30th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Bf109G-6 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes four parts,  the main gear struts and two options for the tail wheel. The main gear are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up. The tail wheel offers both tail wheel versions offered by Tamiya where one has a canvas covering over the oleo strut and the other showing the strut exposed. Tamiya's instructions indicate which subject uses which tail wheel option.

SAC gear does require some clean up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are use to working with metal gear.

He 219A-0/A-2 Gun Barrels

Published: May 28th, 2018     
He 219A-0/A-2 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

This is another high-quality resin aftermarket product from QuickBoost and their parent company Aires.

These gun barrels are a simple replacement for the 1/32 Revell He 219 barrels. They are attached to a resin stub, and each gun will need to be removed with a razor saw. All the barrels show fine detail and hollowed barrel ends.

Per the QuickBoost instructions when using Part # 2 (that replaces kit part # F41), the outer two barrels need to be removed. QuickBoost shows where to cut with the use of indentations in the stub. This is also shown in the Revell instructions. These guns will be used in the forward fuselage belly. The two guns that were removed can be used in the upper fuselage gun pack if required.

Part 1 is a wing root mounted gun and replaces Revell kit # G50.

While gun part # 2 is a definite improvement over the kit part # F41, there is little improvement that I can see with Part # 1 over the Revell guns. Both Part # 1 and G50 guns have the barrel ends hollowed out and exhibit similar dimensions and detail.

MiG-15UTI PE Set

Published: May 28th, 2018     
MiG-15UTI PE Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Eduard

This is the photoetch upgrade set for Eduard's 1/144 MiG-15 UTI kit, stock number 4444.

The PE fret contains parts for the cockpit, undercarriage doors, wing fences and antennas.

The PE is done concurrently with the kit build, as the tiny parts in the cockpit are just too small to manage while the parts are mounted inside the fuselage. The cockpit upgrade consists of instrument panels, control sticks, side consoles, and seat belts.

The additions to the cockpit make it stand out and look really good.

I did not use the wing fences. I just don't have the skill with the glue to make these look convincing. I have done this before with other kits, and the bottoms of the fences always look blobby, with areas not well connected.

On to page 2 of the instructions.

After the kit was pretty much finished, with decals installed and most of the parts installed, I did the landing gear. The nose wheel doors went in place nicely, using a small bit of CA and tweezers.

Soviet Rockets RS82

Published: May 21st, 2018     
Soviet Rockets RS82
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

The RS-82 rocket was an unguided air-to-ground rocket developed by the Soviet Union in the 1930s and used extensively in World War II. The rockets were pretty small, only around 3 inches in diameter and 24 inches long and like most early air-to-ground unguided weapons, their accuracy was questionable at best. As a result they were usually fired in one salvo. They were used on almost every aircraft flown by the Red Air Force during World War II and there are a lot of photographs on the Internet of various aircraft with them mounted under the wings.