Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G Opened Cockpit’s Rear Bulkhead – Standard

Published: April 5th, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G Opened Cockpit’s Rear Bulkhead – Standard
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

This set is the first set that I can remember that allowed the modeler to pose the bulkhead behind the pilot in the open position.  This will definitely set your Bf-109 apart from the rest.  The one thing that comes to mind immediately is adding this set to make a Galland like opening with the lobsters and champagne.  Yes I know that was an F model but you get the idea. 

Molded in light grey resin with the minimal resin flash, there are three parts for this set.  There are four parts on the two pour blocks but you only need the three.  The big piece is a one piece affair that will slide nicely into your kit.  You will have to remove the pour block on this piece but after that it is already done for you.  The bulkhead is a direct replacement for the kit part, but this piece is opened so you can see into the storage area.  The access door has detail on both sides, a very nice touch. 

Just add a little bit of paint after cleanup and you are ready to show this area open.  This makes a very unique set.  I’ll definitely be using it on my next Eduard Bf-109.  Yes there will be more.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G Cockpit’s Rear Bulkhead Closed

Published: April 5th, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G Cockpit’s Rear Bulkhead Closed
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

I’ve built three of the Eduard Bf-109s and absolutely loved the finished product.  Is it over-scaled?  Slightly.  Get over it.  It is a nice 1/47th scale model.  I can’t wait for their reengineered one too. 

That said there are a lot of really nice things to do with the kit.  The rear bulkhead is a separate item added when the fuselage halves go together.  This little gem of resin has the bulkhead with the access door closed.  This part is properly proportioned and has the proper relief of the door.  Adding it to the model will be easy enough and the part is a direct replacement for the kit part. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can get yours directly from Aires at http://www.aires.cz/en/ or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

F-15 Eagle Landing Gear

Published: April 5th, 2015     
F-15 Eagle Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26226
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The F-15 sits up high on fragile bird like landing gear and let’s face it the plastic kit parts are pretty flimsy. This is where white metal landing gear come in.

Packaged on a cardboard backing with a plastic enclosure glued on the front, the parts are loose inside the packaging. There are three white metal parts, one for each landing gear. The three landing gear parts are made of white metal that looks blemish free, however, my example had the large support strut slightly bent. Nothing drastic or dramatic, it was easy enough to straighten out. I can’t find any seam lines on any of the pieces. All the pieces had one little attachment point that will need to be removed. Very small and easy enough to do with hobby knife and sandpaper.

The SAC metal landing gear is a stronger copy of the kit gear. An added bonus is that the landing gear are already partial built compared to the kit gear. The three gear struts are direct replacement gear for the kit ones.

Wooden Barrels and Buckets

Published: April 4th, 2015     
Wooden Barrels and Buckets
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

A perfect addition to your diorama or display base is this Brengun wooden barrels and buckets set.  Brengun provides three resin wooden buckets, three large wooden barrels and three small wooden barrels.  The package is non re-sealable packaging so once the parts are out of the bag, don’t lose them – escpecially the smaller barrels. There are no instructions provided for color, but a quick internet search will provide a wide spectrum of painting options.

Brengun has molded the parts in light grey resin with no bubbles that I was able to find. There are no mold seams to sand off and the resin plug is easily removed from the bottom with a razor saw.  

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first.  I painted them with a variety of Vallejo browns, from dark to light and then painted on the metal bands.  Once everything is dry I will be applying a Vallejo dark grey wash. 

My thanks to Hauler-Brengun and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great kit.

Highly recommended!

X-29 Photo Etched Parts

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
X-29 Photo Etched Parts
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

The Hasegawa X-29 in 1/72 scale has been around since the mid1980's and, as far as I know, is the only injection-molded kit of this interesting aircraft. Though accurate in outline, it is a very basic kit lacking detail in the wheel wells and cockpit. As was the norm with Hasegawa kits of that era, cockpit detail only consists of decals for the instrument and side panels, and a simplified ejection seat. However, RES-IM fills this void with their beautiful, full color, photo-etched set. If this set has a familiar look to you, that’s because Eduard produces it. Their logo is prominently displayed on the bottom of the fret.

Most of the pieces are for the cockpit - instrument panels, floor, and ejection seat. Those for the ejection seat really add to its realism. While I used CA glue for the instrument panels, I attached the seat pieces with Johnson's Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish (Future). This was a first for me and it worked great. The finished effect of this product creates a suitably "busy" cockpit, particularly in 1/72 scale.

MiG-21 Landing Light

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
MiG-21 Landing Light
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The landing lights under the wings on the MiG-21 is quite a visible feature.  The Eduard kit has you just add a plastic piece over the area.  It may be adequate for some but for others it will just beckon those to detail it.  Enter the Quickboost set.

Two resin blocks are included.  One is crystal clear with outer part of the light and then the other part is a very tiny filament part.  It is as realistic as the real thing.  The other resin block is molded in light grey resin.  This is the housing for the light.  Just paint this part gloss silver, add the filament and you will have a perfectly realistic landing light housing.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can get yours directly from Aires at www.aires.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G Opened Cockpit’s Rear Bulkhead Eq. MW-50 or GM-1

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G Opened Cockpit’s Rear Bulkhead Eq. MW-50 or GM-1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The MW-50 and GM-1 were used to raise the operating altitude and provide more power for the DB-605.  The storage area behind the pilot had an access panel inside it to allow the Schwarzmann a place to service the system.  This unique setup has never been available before in model form as far as I know. 

Molded in light grey resin with the minimal resin flash, there are four parts for this set molded on two pour blocks.  There is minimal flash on the one part but nothing that a knife blade and five seconds couldn’t take care of.  The instructions are simple enough and show you how to add the parts.  It really is a no-brainer.  The storage area is provided in a single piece with the additional compartment cut out of the bottom of the area.  

This set will work perfectly for your 109G if you want to do something different.  I’ll add it to one of my future Eduard 109s. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can get yours directly from Aires at www.aires.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

MiG-19PM (Farmer E) Missile Rails Nose Parts & Pitot Tube

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
MiG-19PM (Farmer E) Missile Rails Nose Parts & Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-19PM is the missile version of the short lived MiG-19 family.  The PM had four pylons which allowed the aircraft to fire beam riding AA-1 missiles.

This set is packaged in a Ziploc bag.  There are five parts in the package.  The large pitot tube is beautifully rendered out of turned aluminum.  There are four turned brass missile rails that are designed to fit on the front of the missile pylons.  These will hang out the end of the pylons so you know they will break off during handling, unless you replace them with these metal extensions. 

So you have an easy to install upgrade for a reasonable price.  This simple and effective upgrade offers strength and perfectly round cross section with minimal work.  What more can you ask for?  The set is indicative of the quality that I’ve come to expect from Master.  Another winning product. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master and IPMS/USA for the review copy.

Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Correct Gun Bulges

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf-109G-6 Correct Gun Bulges
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The Revell Bf-109G-6 is an inexpensive model but it does come with its flaws.  One of the most noticeable flaws is the anemic gun bulges.  Quickboost offers a chance to replace them.

Molded on a single pour block, the light grey resin is perfectly cast of two bulges.  Removal of the bulges from the pour block does not seem too difficult.  They are properly bulged and direct replacement for the kit parts.  Simple and easy. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can get yours directly from Aires at www.aires.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

MiG and Sukhoi Static Dischargers

Published: April 3rd, 2015     
MiG and Sukhoi Static Dischargers
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48 and 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model continues to “turn” out metal details for the model maker. Here they are offering the static discharge whips that you see on all high performance Eastern Bloc built jets. You know - the ones on the trailing edge of the wings and tail surfaces that, if they are molded, quickly snap off never to be seen again. Plus molded discharge whips are often out of scale. Previously I stretched sprue and then quickly exposed the tip of the rod to heat to cause it to mushroom slightly. This is a good solution except the whips always were too big and quickly snapped of at the slightest touch.