Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F4F-4 Wildcat Exhaust

Published: March 20th, 2017     
F4F-4 Wildcat Exhaust
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Another quick upgrade for the Airfix Wildcat are these two exhausts.  They are direct replacements for the kit parts and have very thin walls. While you can paint the insides black I think for the best effect you would still want to drill out the exhaust hole from the engine.  Just be careful on how you hold them, the resin is that thin.

No instructions are provided as they are a direct replacement for the kit part.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

F4F-4 Wildcat Engine

Published: March 20th, 2017     
F4F-4 Wildcat Engine
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The engine on the Airfix 72nd Wildcat is very detailed with push rods and wiring visible on the front. Quickboost offers a replacement engine which does give better details on the front cover but you will have to add the push rods and wiring if you want to go that direction. One thing I noticed is the cylinders have a bit of resin connecting them to the rear. While these are not visible through the closed cowling they would be if you want to display an engine change or just have the cowling removed. They look a little awkward to remove but anyone with experience working with resin replacement parts should have no trouble. One nice addition is the rear of the engine is included with this set. That will add additional detail when looking in the landing gear well area.

I did a quick check and the engine fits inside the cowling with no modifications needed. >

Simple instructions are provided to help position the parts.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

F4F-4 Wildcat Undercarriage Covers

Published: March 20th, 2017     
F4F-4 Wildcat Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The new Airfix Wildcat kits look great right out of the box. But can we make them better. Well there is always some aftermarket. This set from Quickboost is a direct replacement for the landing gear doors. They may also be usable on other 72nd scale kits. The parts are finely molded and very thin, but the best advantage I can see is not having to fill the ejector pin marks on the inside of each kit door.

No instructions are provided as they are a direct replacement for the kit part.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

F4F-4 Wildcat Control Surfaces

Published: March 20th, 2017     
F4F-4 Wildcat Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This set from Aires replaces the stabilizers on the new Airfix kit. The control surfaces are separate so you can easily model them deflected up or down. A quick check of pictures of the real plane shows them slightly deflected down, occasionally deflected up and just as often with no deflection at all so it is up to you. The detail on the parts is slightly higher than the Airfix parts but if you are planning to model your kit with them not deflected I would probably stay with the kit parts. I did a quick check and the engine fits inside the cowling with no modifications needed.

No instructions are provided as they directly replace the kit parts.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels with Flash Hiders and Pitot Tube

Published: March 19th, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels with Flash Hiders and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a Polish company. The owner is Piotr Czerkasow who is a mechanical engineer by trade. Piotr is also a scale modeler.