Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hawk T.Mk I / Hawk 100 White Metal Landing Gear

Published: November 25th, 2018     
Hawk T.Mk I / Hawk 100 White Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Airfix 1/48 scale BAE Hawk T.Mk.1/Hawk 100 kits. The white metal replacements are an exact-cast drop-in replacement for the kit plastic parts. I have reviewed several of these replacement gear packages, and purchased many more on my own. I have always found them to be at least equal, and usually superior to the kit parts in detailing, with the added benefit of superior strength.

The supplied items in this issue include the two main gear strut and actuator assemblies, and the nose gear strut and axle assembly. Some other SAC packages include replacement main gear wheels, as well, but not the case here. You will need to use the kit wheels or other replacements for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that will provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance. To install the wheels in the strut housings, simply bend the u shaped part (gently) open far enough to accept the wheel, and then bend closed to capture the wheel hub openings.

Spitfire Mk IX Early Löök (Cockpit) Set

Published: November 22nd, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Early Löök (Cockpit) Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a Look set for the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire.

In the Look set is the following items:

  • 1 photoetch sheet of pre painted seatbelts
  • 1 resin (Brassin) pre painted dashboard (instrument panel)
  • 1 instruction sheet


  1. The Brassin cockpit instrument part is excellent and is a great replacement for the parts and decals the make up the kit parts gives a realistic looking panel.
  2. The photoetch seat belts are pre-painted which the Tamiya kit ones are not. The finished parts look very good installed and are far better than the kit parts.


This is a fantastic set for adding a great look to the cockpit when finished. The Tamiya parts are good but the Eduard parts very make the cockpit pop with some awesome realistic finishes.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Metal Landing Skids for the Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1D

Published: November 20th, 2018     
Metal Landing Skids for the Kitty Hawk 1/48 UH-1D
Reviewed by: Robert Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat substitute and replacement set for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. I am pleased to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade from this company. The target kit has excellent detail and complexity, with a bit of a tendency to be a tail sitter. The addition of heavier metal skid parts eliminates the tendency of the model to "sit back".

The 6 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo. The weight of the parts is very noticeable. Some parts are on sprues and all are easily cleaned up for painting. The parts require very little buffing, cleanup and polishing. Some barely-noticeable seams readily retreat at the advance of a #11 blade! My incautious elbow on the bench slightly bent and twisted the parts in the package. See the package image for the scene of the accident.

Su-35S AL-41F1S Exhaust Nozzles (Hasegawa)

Published: November 15th, 2018     
Su-35S AL-41F1S Exhaust Nozzles (Hasegawa)
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

This is the third set of Amigo exhaust nozzles I've reviewed, and this set exhibits the high quality I saw previously. It is designed for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Su-35S Flanker and is a "drop-in" for the kit's exhaust pieces. However, Amigo chose to represent only the articulated position of the exhausts while the kit has the option of both articulated and in-line positions.

Doors Set

Published: November 13th, 2018     
Doors Set
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

The Matho Models Doors Set includes one photoetch fret about 4 x 6", with seven doors. The fret also includes some miscellaneous hardware including latches, escutcheon plates, door knockers, key holes, and two flower designs for one of the doors. The doors are all different wood door styles and several sizes as follows:

  1. Colonial 2-11 x 6-11
  2. Half-glazed panel 2-11 x 6-11
  3. Glazed lite 3-1 x 6-11
  4. Panel door 3-1 x 6-11
  5. Arched top panel door 3-1 x 6-11
  6. Solid door with vision lite 3-6 x 7-0
  7. 8 Pane stile & rail 3-4 x 6-11

The door hardware is very small and difficult to work with. I couldn't get the flower designs off the sprue without crumpling them. The door knockers are also very thin, and I mangled one so bad it was unusable. Matho Models provides door hinges as separate sets for mounting the doors.

The photoetch is fairly thin, and to make a 2-inch door thickness would require a 1/16" backing of either styrene or wood.