Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-14A Wheels Early

Published: May 11th, 2017     
F-14A Wheels Early
Reviewed by: James Corley, IPMS# 35138
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The amazing Tamiya Tomcat has yet another aftermarket item to dress it up: Early wheels fro Eduard.

The Eduard Brassin set for the F-14A Tomcat includes 8 resin parts and a sheet of paint masks.

The instructions are simple enough, as this is a fairly easy set to build (and illustrate). The 4 tires are molded onto pour plugs which make painting the wheels easy. The first step is to paint the nose gear and main hubs white. After a bit, one can mask off the nose gear hubs with the masks provided. The mask sheet gives you 8 masks for the wheels, but only the 4 for the nose gear are to be used. If you save them, you can reuse them on the kit gear and have masks for the main gear.

Once the masks are in place, then use your favorite tire color to paint the tires blacks.

After the paint is dry, I lightly weathered them with a wash to represent the typical grime found on wheel hubs in the fleet (even freshly painted aircraft have some wheel brake dust after the first flight) and sawed the main hubs off the pour blocks.

Metal Landing Gear for Wingnut Wings 1/32 Sopwith Camel

Published: May 11th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for Wingnut Wings 1/32 Sopwith Camel
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the new 1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camel, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me.

This new set from SAC's expansive line of white metal upgrades to the basic kit plastic is a must-have... The set consists of six parts: Two duplicate sets of main struts, one early and one late series strut, a spreader bar with axles in place, and a replacement tail strut for your Camel.

Not much to say here for installation; while building your kit install the SAC gear instead of the plastic. Paint, add the painted wheels, rig with your favorite wire simulator (or wire if you prefer), and you are done.

With the early WWI-era models, the fragility of the kits becomes readily apparent if you move them much... Rigging helps, but the landing gear on these kits absorb the brunt of the shelf wear and tear over time, with the axles being the most common failure in my experience. SAC's gear prevents the damage from such events and protects your investment in money and time with these most excellent kits.

100R Rocket Launcher

Published: May 11th, 2017     
100R Rocket Launcher
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin JL 100R rocket launcher for use with aircraft armed with such types. An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates two reproductions of the French-manufactured weapons that provide a realistic scale-detailed assembly fro mounting to your kit's pylons. The panel detailing is extremely fine, with fore and end caps cast separately.

Seatbelts Luftwaffe WWII Fighters STEEL

Published: May 11th, 2017     
Seatbelts Luftwaffe WWII Fighters STEEL
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is another of Eduard's new "Steel" seatbelt line. The set is advertised as being for World War II Luftwaffe fighters, but the fret is etched "Bf 109" and "Fw 190", so it appears the set is intended for just these two aircraft. However, in looking at photographs of belts in other Luftwaffe fighters, I think they could be used for other aircraft as well.

The set includes four sets of lap-belts and shoulder harnesses, two for the Bf 109 and two for the FW 190. In looking at the belts closely, about the only difference I can see is the upper attachment point for the shoulder harnesses. As I did not have either a Bf 109 or a Fw 190 underway, I installed the Bf 109 set in a Hasegawa Me 262 and the Fw 190 in a Ta 152H that have been in the bench queens pile for a while.

MATRA Magic 1/2 with Supports

Published: May 11th, 2017