Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-47 "Horse Collar" JATO Set

Published: October 26th, 2018     
B-47 "Horse Collar" JATO Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent item to upgrade the Hasegawa 1/72 legacy kit B-47 into a combat-ready aircraft with RATO.   And thanks to Phil and John, our leaders in the IPMS reviewer corps, for graciously allowing me to review this set...

It's not every day I look at a resin upgrade and go "I wonder what else I can do with this?"  Fisher's 1/72 B-47 RATO Horse Collar and bottles are one of these items.  First, it's a really simple upgrade.  One world-famous Fisher single-piece resin casting that fits on the model without major cursing and sanding, and add-ons that make the final product look really great, in the form of 27 RATO Bottles. 

If you want to see how a B-47 operates on RATO (Rocket Assisted Take Off, or "JATO", Jet assisted Take off, as it used to be called), watch the Move "STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND" with Jimmy Stewart.  A B-47 uses RATO to take off out of Tyndall AFB in Florida... really well done. Classic great Tallichet aerial photography, a bit "campy" but a real glimpse into the secret world SAC bombers in the old Nuclear Enterprise with the USAF. 

SR-71/YF-12 Blackbird Landing Gear

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
SR-71/YF-12 Blackbird Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The SR-71/YF-12 Blackbird needs no introduction and has been produced by a number of manufacturers over the years in both 1/72 and 1/48. Testors produced both a YF-12 kit and an SR-71 kit in 1/72 scale a number of years ago, which was also released under the Italeri label. Earlier this year Scale Aircraft Conversions released a replacement set for kit landing gear for the 1/72 scale kits. The set is comprised of five parts: two main landing gear struts, two main gear retraction actuators, and the nose gear strut.

As with Scale Aircraft's other sets, the parts are a drop in replacements for the kit parts. As each of the Blackbird's main gear has three wheels, like the kit parts, SAC's main gear struts include the center wheel for each side. The main gear struts also mimic the kit's attachment points to ensure that you get the correct strut on the correct side. After removing a slight molding seam on the parts, I polished them using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at low speed. This works very well and results in a nice uniform finish to all of the parts.

BAC Lightning Vacu Canopy

Published: October 21st, 2018     
BAC Lightning Vacu Canopy
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Brengun

This is a replacement canopy for Revell's 1/144 EE Lightning jet fighter.

Everyone has that moment when they realize that the canopy for their model is missing, damaged, or unusable for some reason. As far as unusable, I've had canopies for some kits which were so thick and murky that there wasn't any reason to put detail in the cockpit.

This one was just an exercise in doing a vacuform canopy. The Revell canopy for their EE Lightning F.6 was usable, but this item had been sitting on the list for a while, and I thought we owed Brengun a review.

I built the Revell Lightning pretty much out of the box, except for the markings which I borrowed from aftermarket sheets, modified from the kit decals, and made my own serials and aircraft numbers.

Once I got the decals on, I thought I'd better put the canopy on. I cut the canopy from the sheet using a pair of fine decal scissors. I had to wear a magnifier to see the edge lines, but I was able to cut the sides very close to fitting. The front and rear were a little more problematical, but I only had to cut the front edge down a little to get it to fit in the opening.

IJN 14cm Barrels Without or With Blast Bags Sets

Published: October 21st, 2018     
IJN 14cm Barrels Without or With Blast Bags Sets
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master Model

What You Get

A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.

These barrels are intended for Ise and Nagato battleship classes (secondary armament), Hosho aircraft carrier, Tenryu, Kuma, Nagara, Sendai, Yubari, and Katori light cruiser classes, and tenders Nisshin, Itsukushima, Okinoshima, and Jingei (Figure 3). Other auxiliaries and armed merchant cruisers carried this weapon as well. Be sure to check your references since Hosho, light cruisers and auxiliaries were refitted, sometimes removing or altering the number of 14cm gun mounts. And of course, check references to see if blast bags were fitted on your build. Another way to determine whether or not blast bags were fitted is to check the original kit barrels/mounts.

Hurricane Canopy

Published: October 20th, 2018     
Hurricane Canopy
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This is a replacement canopy for Sweet's 1/144 Hurricanes. The Sweet kit is a really great Hurricane, very nice to build, with great fit. The kit canopy is molded as a solid piece, very thick. Well, for a 1/144 kit it's very thick. There's no hollow part inside the canopy, it's just a chunk of nicely molded clear plastic. But that's not why I really, really appreciated this review item. When I got the canopies in the mail, I got out a kit I bought at a local swap meet. The kit comes with two complete aircraft. Except this box only had ONE CANOPY!! That's when I really knew I owed Phil Peterson and John Noack a big thank you for this one.

OK, back to the review. The kit was partially built in the box, so it was only a few items to cement together. The Sweet kit is nicely molded, easy to build, and the fit is spectacularly good. Once I had it mostly assembled and the decals installed, I put on the landing gear, the prop and the antenna. I was not ready to install the canopy.