Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Cockpit Instrument Decals: Hawker Typhoon 1B

Published: May 31st, 2015     
Cockpit Instrument Decals: Hawker Typhoon 1B
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

The new website for Airscale (Model Aircraft Enhancements), out of the UK, describe the company as providing ‘High resolution cockpit detailing for aircraft modellers’.  This is my first exposure to this company’s impressive products, which range from 1/48th through 1/24th scales and include highly detailed cockpit decals placards, and etched brass.  The decals are offered as individual images as well as full panels, and products are offered for WWI, WWII and post-war, for RAF, USAF, USN and Luftwaffe, and for  prop aircraft and jets.  Their website is well designed, easy to navigate, and they take PayPal.  ‘Comprehensive’ is the word that comes to mind, and I will be returning to their site often. 

From what I can tell, the specific subject of this review (AS24TIFF) is (or was) an offering specially created for the release of the Airfix Typhoon in August of 2014, and is actually no longer offered on their website.  Fortunately, you can find most of the content, and much more, by ordering the generic ‘1/24th Scale RAF WWII’ decal and placard sets.

Bf 109E-7/Trop Weekend Photo-Etch

Published: May 31st, 2015     
Bf 109E-7/Trop Weekend Photo-Etch
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a “Weekend” PE fret for their Bf-109E-7/Trop. This is a simple photoetch fret (13 parts) which will quickly enhance the look of your model.

The fret includes 4 pre-painted pieces to create a realistically looking instrument panel, a right side console (electric panel I believe), a nicely detailed seatbelt (5 pieces, prepainted too) and only one external piece, but an important one in the /Trop, as it is part of the air filter.

As you can see from the pictures, even with a low part number, this is a simple and effective way to enhance the interior and exterior of your model. It took me about 10 minutes to setup the interior pieces and less than one minute for the air filter. As all the interior pieces are pre-painted it is very straightforward to detail and complete the cockpit.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

 

Mig15 Control Surfaces

Published: May 31st, 2015     
Mig15 Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The AIRES 1/72 Mig-15 control surfaces aftermarket set gives you elevators and horizontal stabilizers for the Eduard 1/72 Mig-15 kit.  The four piece set replaces the two single piece horizontal stabilizers and elevators. The difference is that with the AIRES parts you get separate elevators so you can position them. When I compared the kit parts to the aftermarket parts the resin parts were a bit finer in size and shape and the detail was slightly more refined. The biggest gain of the AIRES set is the positional elevators.

Build wise the parts are plug and play. Eduard has a different connection point for each stabilizer so you can’t confuse right from left. The only warning I can give is that with the resin parts the pegs can be cut off easily when removing the parts from the pour plugs as there is excess resin around the attachment points and the points are fragile. If they do break (as one of mine did) you can take the attachment points from the kit parts and just glue those to the stabilizer as they are the same size.

GBU-10 Paveway I

Published: May 31st, 2015     
GBU-10 Paveway I
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The GBU-10 Paveway I is one of the United States first precision guided weapons put into service.  The GBU-10 is actually the combination of a standard Mk. 84 2,000lb bomb with the Paveway I guidance system.  Developed in the late 60’s and early 70’s it was used extensively in Vietnam.  While the MK. 84 bomb is still around, the Paveway I guidance package has been replaced by improved versions offering more guidance options and better range.

MiG-15bis Engine Set

Published: May 27th, 2015     
MiG-15bis Engine Set
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The AIRES Mig-15bis engine replacement is a model kit in and of itself. It replaces the 3 part “engine” of the Eduard 1/72 kit. The AIRES kit is made up of 30 resin and 19 photo etch parts. The kit gives you a complete Klimov K-1 engine! The resin is fantastic with great detail and is very easy to remove from the pour plugs. The photo etch is very fine but has strength, so it doesn’t feel flimsy at all.  

Build-wise this engine goes together very well and the instructions are pretty easy to follow. The only thing they don’t provide is a list of colors to paint the parts. There are many photos though on the web of Klimov K-1s, so it isn’t too hard to find the color scheme, but it would be nice if they told you what colors each part needed. I used Alclad aluminum, burnt iron, steel and, dark aluminum along with Model Master flat black.

F-105 Thunderchief Control Lever

Published: May 27th, 2015     
F-105 Thunderchief Control Lever
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This item from Quickboost is a direct replacement for the control stick for Trumpeter F-105 kits and should be compatible for their D and G models.  They should also be useable on the Hasagawa or Monogram/Revell kits.  Three new sticks are provided in the package.  The detail is a bit finer than the Trumpeter version but they are a bit fragile.  As you can see in the pics, I broke off one of the grips just while handling it for the pictures.  So use some care when you are removing the sticks from the runner and the flash from the stick itself.

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

So, just be a little careful and you will have a nicely detailed stick for the pit.

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

Bf 109E Control Lever

Published: May 27th, 2015     
Bf 109E Control Lever
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This new item from Quickboost is a direct replacement for the control stick for Bf 109E models.  They recommend it as a replacement for the new Airfix kits but I am sure it would work in any 72nd scale Emil. One nice aspect is they give you 3 new sticks and as I have two of the Airfix kits and a Tamiya one, I am sure all 3 will get used.  The detail is a bit finer than the Airfix version and it includes the boot at the bottom of the stick.

No instructions are provided as all you need to do is cut them off the runner and use as a direct replacement for the kit part.

Another simple and quick update for your modeling pleasure.

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

B-17F/G Engines

Published: May 25th, 2015     
B-17F/G Engines
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This kit includes resin and photoetch parts to replace the base kit engines on the Revell Monogram B-17F/G kits. The Brassin engines have extremely fine detail, go together well, but require experience with resin and photoetch pieces. The engines add fantastic detail to the base kits and are a challenging but rewarding build.

This kit is the iconic Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9 American radial engine developed by Curtiss-Wright, and widely used on aircraft in the 1930s through 1950s. These kit engines are replacements for the parts supplied with the Revell Monogram B-17F/G aircraft kits.

The kit includes parts molded in light and dark gray resin, five photoetch frets, a small sheet of details, and two pages of instructions. There is also a half-size errata sheet of instructions for step number 7. The instructions include eight steps and the illustrations are large and very detailed. The instructions also include photos, counts of the resin and photoetch pieces, and color call outs for Gunze Mr. Color and Aqueous paint colors.

F-104G/S Starfighter Airbrakes

Published: May 24th, 2015     
F-104G/S Starfighter Airbrakes
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thanks to Aires for providing their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for providing it to me to review.

Once more Aires improves an already great kit; in this case, the 1/32 Italeri F-104G receives an upgrade in the form of improved speed brakes.

A grand total of eight parts are provided: two speed brakes (or speed boards, or air brakes, depending on your background), two fuselage wells to place them in, two actuating rods, and two brace frame assemblies. 

In the side by side comparison, Italeri has provided an acceptable speed brake well and boards. Aires has taken the kit parts, and raised the detail bar.  There are rivets incorporated in the well, the frames are more delicate, and the speed brakes themselves appear to be a bit more delicate. 

To begin, remove the kit speed brake compartment on each side.  I used a Dremel tool with large sanding drum at low speed, taking small “swipes” to ensure I didn’t remove too much plastic. 

F-104G/S Starfighter Control Lever

Published: May 24th, 2015     
F-104G/S Starfighter Control Lever
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Thanks to Aires/Quickboost for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.

Quickboost has earned (rightfully) a reputation for providing just a bit more detail on a given area of a model; seats, cowlings, engines, can all be improved drastically with their parts. This is also the case with this set - control levers for the New Italeri F-104G/S.

One pour stub holds six parts: three control column boots/bases, and three control columns with much improved detail on the grip assembly.  Room for error or second kits.

In the side by side comparison, Italeri has provided an acceptable and accurate control column.  Where Quickboost has been able to improve on the kit item is incorporating a more detailed trim button (the “Chinese hat” on which the pilot’s thumb can be used to trim roll and pitch axis), an improved gun trigger on the front of the column, and an intercom button on the left mid-section of the grip.  There are also bolt recesses on the column.