Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Focke Wulf Ta-152 C Propeller with Tool

Published: January 19th, 2014     
Focke Wulf Ta-152 C Propeller with Tool
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Hobby Boss Ta-152C has been released in a number of guises.  The Ta-152C, E and H for that matter, could be equipped with different propellers.  They could sport either rounded or pointed type of props.  On top of that the spinner could be opened for an engine to fire through or a capped nose cone.

Typical of Quickboost the set is cast in blemish free light grey resin.  There are six pieces to the set.  There is a spinner, three prop blades, prop shaft and a setting tool. 

Hobby Boss allows you to choose either one of the props.  In this particular set, there are pointed tip blades.  The blades are very thin and accurate in shape.  The spinner is beautifully accurate with the hole in the tip.  The spinner has a small casting block that should be easy enough to remove.  The other piece of the set is the setting tool which will allow the modeler to place each prop blade angle and make sure they all line up and allow you to drill out a hole for the prop shaft.

B-17G Undercarriage 1/32

Published: January 18th, 2014     
B-17G Undercarriage 1/32
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is the final stretch reviewing Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit.  Even more thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets!

The landing gear set addresses an area frequently neglected by many modelers; the landing gear and wheel wells.  Intended for the kit plastic gear, there are numerous straps, tow eyelets, and panels to apply to bring the struts to life.  I Purchased and am using a set of SAC gear for strength. The review copy of this gear is to be reviewed by another IPMS member, so I’ll refrain from comment on these other than to say it is a drop fit for strength.    In the interim, the kit gear will benefit greatly from Eduard’s efforts.

The tail wheel well gets full treatment, adding brace, side and top panel and rivet detail where none existed on the kit.  The same treatment is applied in the main wheel well area; duct braces, additional detail sheets, some boxes, and air flow straighteners.   The detail added makes quite a difference. 

As noted in the other reviews 10 of 10 for this set as well.  Thanks again to Eduard for the review items!

B-17G Exterior 1/32

Published: January 17th, 2014     
B-17G Exterior 1/32
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is the final part in the long review of Eduard’s PE for the HK B-17G.  We are sincerely and eternally grateful for their support; it’s been a long, rewarding couple of months doing these reviews!

This final set is also a simple one; exterior details that make a noticeable difference in the appearance of the surface sections.   Included are oil cooler intake screens, panels, and overwing fuel doors and hinges for the aircraft.  Certainly you can modify and open all the refueling doors (remember to keep the cigarettes 50 feet away) to add a lot of life to the model, particularly in a diorama setting. 

Small point; the square latch always is toward the tail of the aircraft, in case the door latch failed or was not fully closed.  This prevented the door ripping off in the slipstream or allowing a full siphon of fuel from the door in flight. 

You may end up putting the diorama in its own room, based on the size of this model, but I digress…  a small, welcome last set…  the refueling doors in particular are much better than decal items.

Bomb Rack Details for HK B-17

Published: January 17th, 2014     
Bomb Rack Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This set covers what is not included in the bomb bay set: the racks themselves, latches and placards in color etch, bomb carry racks, tail section cover plates for the bombs, fuse propellers (front and back), and some cats and dogs for the lift mechanisms.  

This was one of the more difficult sets to review, in that you must remove plastic side rails on the racks without destroying the racks themselves, and then fit the cover sheet metal plates over the bomb release shackles, (which also require modification before the PE will work).  It took a while, but I got there, just no magnifiers when viewing, please.

I will be installing the bombs toward the end of the build, but it’s pretty self-evident these parts will make a difference in the appearance of the bombs themselves. 

As noted in the other reviews, more high marks for Eduard for this series of PE upgrades; 10 of 10.  Thanks again for the review items!

F-102A Delta Dagger Bomb Bay Covers Pistons

Published: January 16th, 2014     
F-102A Delta Dagger Bomb Bay Covers Pistons
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the bomb bay pistons for the F-102A to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a gray resin, it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free. The package label says that it is for a bomb bay but it is actually called a missile bay because the F-102 was an interceptor not a bomber.

Comparing the Quickboost parts to the Meng parts you will see that the Meng pistons are molded to the missile bay doors and that the Quickboost pistons have a more 3D look to them because they are separate parts. To use the Quickboost parts you will have to shave off the molded on pistons and replace them with the new Quickboost parts. Removal of the Quickboost parts is very easy because they have a little bit of a perforation and can be removed from the mold block with a hobby knife.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice and detailed F-102A. I would like to thank Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

Premium 3-bar Rails

Published: January 16th, 2014     
Premium 3-bar Rails
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/350
Company: Tom's Modelworks

Many, many thanks to Mr. Richard Harden of Tom’s Modelworks for providing this beautiful ship model enhancement set for review.  I am also deeply appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer staff who tirelessly support a very large group of reviewers.  I am delighted to report on my experience with this neat product.

Description and Use

The set consists of a single 7.8 x 2.8 inch photo-etched and polished brass fret with more than 1000 scale feet of railing and about 300 feet of ladders.  The railings are mostly the 3-bar variety with several stanchion spacings represented.  Canvas dodgers or screens are represented well on a row of 2-bar rails.  The ladders have densely-spaced tabs that are designed to be bent for standoffs, holding the ladder off its attachment surface.  The brass has a nice balance of strength and malleability.  The parts are strong enough; the brass did not break too easily with repeated folding.  I was able to form shapes and bends easily without too much over-bending.  This is important to me, with the 100 scale-ton fingers I have.

F-102A Delta Dagger Correct Nose

Published: January 16th, 2014     
F-102A Delta Dagger Correct Nose
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the correct nose for the F-102A to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a gray resin, it’s smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that the package says that it is for the Delta Dart, but it should read for the Delta Dagger.

Comparing the Quickboost parts to the Meng parts is a little hard to see. Once I took a photo I could really see the difference. The kit part looks narrower to the Quickboost part and closer to photos that I looked at. Replacing the nose is actually an easy process because Meng molded their nose as a separate piece. Just remove the Quickboost nose from the mold block and use CA glue to put it into place.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a nice and detailed F-102A. I would like to thank Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

F4U-1 Wheels

Published: January 16th, 2014     
F4U-1 Wheels
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from Eduard in their still relatively new Brassin line are a pair of wheels meant to replace the kit provided ones in the Tamiya 1/32 scale F4U-1 Corsair.  Consisting of six resin parts and a set of masks to aid in airbrushing the wheels and tires, the set can be used to dress up the appearance of the Tamiya kit, especially for modelers that do not like using rubber tires on their kits.

This set consists of resin tires with center sections molded in that have inner sections added to the landing gear side, and covers added to the outer side.  The Tamiya kit provides outer covers that have hollow reliefs, while the Eduard covers have filled reliefs, but looking at the backside, these could easily be filed and/or sanded to become hollow.  I have only started looking at my references for whether these were actually hollow or not, and have yet to find a definitive photograph.  Assembly and installation instructions are provided on the inside of a bi-folded sheet of paper that include the calling out of only two Gunze paint colors, Tire Black and White

Waist and Tail Gunner Compartment Details for HK B-17

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Waist and Tail Gunner Compartment Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

… MORE on of our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit… thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets…!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The waist section on this set contains several similar panels and gauges for the crew oxygen and intercom system.  Ammunition feed chutes are provided for both waist weapons, as are crosshair gunsights, and an unusual modification in the form of spent ammo casing bags for the waist guns.  These, by the way, are supposed to be installed with the CURVED section toward the fuselage sides… I must have been distracted. 

The Auxiliary power unit is detailed up with placards, and various bits and pieces.  You will have to work to see this on the completed model, unless you open the crew access door on the right side of the aircraft. 

Bomb Bay Details for HK B-17

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Bomb Bay Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Next step in our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit.  Ongoing thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets… !

Having opened one other B-17 many years ago in 1/48th, using the Paragon resin flap and bomb bay sets, I vowed not to do that ever again, not due to the fault of the parts, but because it made it extremely difficult to move the model around.  Here I am again, with an even LARGER model… But it’s worth it in the end!

This upgrade seriously improves the appearance of the kit parts by having you replace the sidewalls with PE sheet, and styrene truss bracing.  Added afterwards are Gussets with excellent rivet detail.  What that does is brings the detail level over the top… it just looks a lot better in this scale.  The catwalk has improved rails and sides as well.  Additional placards and bulkhead details are added, and in the end (it does take a while) everything comes together.

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