Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-104 Pitot

Published: March 18th, 2017     
F-104 Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

This product is a single pitot tube for a 1/144 F-104. The instructions are quite simple. 10 Cut off the kit pitot. 2) Drill a hole for the brass part. 3) Install the brass part, using CA glue. 4) Paint the part.

This pitot was particularly welcome because the Revell F-104 I built a while back didn't have a pitot. So I was able to skip step 1. That doesn't mean I could completely pass it, as I had to use a sanding stick to flatten the point on the nose cone so the drill wouldn't slip every time I tried to drill the hole. Also, a .3 mm hole is pretty big, considering the size of this part. I stepped down to a .15 mm drill, and it was actually a little large.

L-29 Delfin - Pitot Tubes

Published: March 18th, 2017     
L-29 Delfin - Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

This set from Quickboost provides replacement wingtip pitot tubes. The AMK kit molds the two pitot tubes integral with the wing upper surfaces. The picture of my completed review model shows the kit pitot tubes. They appear somewhat oversized and were fragile. I had to be very careful while masking and painting. I have read a couple of build reviews of the 1/48 scale L-29 from AMK and both of these replaced the pitot tubes with wire or stretched sprue.

The first of the two sprue photos shows how the pitot tubes were molded into the upper surface. The second sprue photo shows the replacement part from Quickboost compared to the original part. The Quickboost part is noticeably thinner and more detailed.

A-1 Skyraider 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 18th, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

This Master Model set provides a quantum leap over the respective parts in the eighties era ESCI, Matchbox, Monogram, and even the nineties era Tamiya series of 1/48 kits. This set is specifically for 20mm cannon barrels without flash hiders. If you are looking for a set with flash hiders, Master, again, is to your rescue as they have released their set 48-128 that features the four 20mm cannon barrels with flash hiders. As it is, this set gives you two muzzle versions of the 20mm cannon barrels sported by the Douglas Skyraider. Kit list includes: ESCI AD-6 (4040) new tool released in 1979, ESCI A-1H (4045), ESCI A-1H (4075), Italeri A-1H (2628), Italeri AD-4 (2697), Matchbox AD-5 (PK-651) new tool released in 1980, Matchbox AD-5 (40651), Revell AD-5 (85-5327), Monogram A-1H (5419) new tool released in 1980, Monogram AD-6 (5429), Monogram A-1H (5454), Hasegawa A-1H (HM007), Monogram A-1H (74021), Revell A-1H (04584), Monogram AD-6 (15312), Hasegawa AD-6 (HM137), Monogram AD-6 (85-5312), and the Tamiya A-1H (61058) new tool released in 1998, Tamiya AD-4 (61058F), Tamiya A-1J (61073), and Tamiya A-1H (61505).

Tornado Wheels

Published: March 8th, 2017     
Tornado Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

RES-IM has recently released several sets of replacement wheels for modern aircraft. Often kit wheels are not accurate representations of the real thing, being rather featureless.

This set provides a very nicely molded set of four replacement tires for the Tornado. The set does not state which Tornado kit it is for and as I only have Hasegawa kits of the Tornado, I don't know if there are any differences between Hasegawa, Italeri or Revell moldings, but I can say they are a big improvement over the kit tires of my Hasegawa Tornado F3 as shown in the photos. The set consists of two main wheels and two nose wheels. The tires are crisply molded with nice tread detail and outstanding hub detail that really pops out with a light black wash.

MiG-21 Wheels

Published: March 8th, 2017     
MiG-21 Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Res-Im

Often, the wheels in modern jet kits are either too thin or too thick to be accurate representations of the real thing. Other times they just lack detail or just do not look right and we have to look to the aftermarket for replacements.

This set from RES-IM provides a very nicely molded set of tires for the MiG-21 Fishbed. The set does not state whether or not it is for early or late versions of the MiG-21 and I have not dug out my Aerofax book on the MiG-21 to see if there are any differences, so I don't know for sure, but I can say they are a big improvement over the kit tires of my Fujimi MiG-21R kit tires as shown in the photos. The set consists of two main wheels and one nose wheel. The tires are crisply molded with outstanding hub detail that really pops out with paint a wash.

I left the tires attached to the pour stub to make painting easier as then only had to find one place to hold onto the set. I painted the tires Tamiya NATO Black and the hubs are Xtracolor Soviet hub green. Once the tires and hubs were painted, I removed them from the pour stub, sanded out the attachment p