Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Martin Baker Mk.H5 Ejection Seats

Published: February 28th, 2017     
Martin Baker Mk.H5 Ejection Seats
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

The Academy F-4 series of models are impressive models but they could benefit from a little bit of resin, especially in the cockpit. The F-4 cockpit, like most jets, is dominated by one item, the ejection seat. If you are going to add anything to your kit the ejection seat is that one item.

The parts are in a small Ziploc bag. Within that bag Hypersonic provides two seats. There are two seats and one gang pour block of the ejection handles. The ejection seat handles are safeguarded inside another baggie. A section of wire is included for the side of the seat. The casting of these seats in light grey resin is perfect. The detail is exquisite. The baggie is stapled to the instruction sheet which is folded into quarters. The instructions are on a single sheet of high quality paper. It is broken down into Navy and Air Force versions and has a painting guide for both types.

When ordering the seats, be sure to get the correct seat. Hypersonic offers a Navy Seat (HMR 48014-1) and an Air Force seat (HMR 48014-2). That is the level of detail and research that Hypersonic puts into all their work.

F-4 Phantom Unslotted Stabilators

Published: February 27th, 2017     
F-4 Phantom Unslotted Stabilators
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

The F-4 Phantom is an iconic aircraft. The new Academy kits do the aircraft justice, but if you have the Hasegawa kits these stabilators will work there as well. There are some things that can always be improved by the application of resin and photoetch.

There are three ways to use this set. You must decide which way you want to add these parts. The first way is to just replace the kit parts with the new resin ones. That is the least amount of work. The second option is to replace the kit stabilators and replace the molded-on cover plates with the PE parts from the set. And finally the third way is to use the resin and PE and set your angle of choice. You’ll have to decide which way to go. I recommend that you read through the instructions thoroughly and make sure you are using the Academy instructions when using the set on that model and vise versa.

Seated RAF pilots (WWII)

Published: February 26th, 2017     
Seated RAF pilots (WWII)
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1:72
Company: PJ Production

Belgium’s PJ Production specializes in resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as, a few resin aircraft and vehicle kits, and a variety of figures for a variety of aircraft. Their series of pilot and crew figures range from WWI through modern pilots, and include seated and standing pilots for both civilian and military aircraft. They also have a number of crew figures to complete a diorama.

The review set provided included 2 RAF seated pilot figures from WWII. The pilots are seated with one looking to his right, and the other looking straight ahead. Both figures have their hands and feet in position to be in control of the aircraft and are wearing oxygen masks and the common yellow life vest over a leather flight jacket.

Both figures come attached to one pour stub, with their right arm molded separately and there is some slight flash on both figures. The flash is easily removed with the back of a hobby knife and the right arm was attached without issue. I primed my figure prior to painting it and had no issues with paint or primer holding to the model.

La-7 Prop with Tool

Published: February 26th, 2017     
La-7 Prop with Tool
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Quickboost

Last year Eduard released a Weekend edition of their very nice La-7 kit in 1/72nd scale. This new set from Aires/Quickboost provides a replacement for the kit propeller parts. The kit spinner is assembled from two parts, the front spinner and a back plate, the blades are individual blades that are inserted into the assembled spinner and aligned visually.