Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-4 Skyhawk Landing Gear (HB) (for 1/48 Hobby Boss)

Published: November 8th, 2017     
A-4 Skyhawk Landing Gear (HB) (for 1/48 Hobby Boss)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

Scale Aircraft Conversions now has over twenty-seven years of experience supplying resin and white metal parts to model builders, and their product listing continues to expand. This is the ninth landing gear set from SAC that I have reviewed, and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear. This set is intended for the 1/48 scale A-4 Skyhawk that was recently released by Hobby Boss (kit 81764). The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain the proper angles. Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

FW-190A-8 Engine

Published: November 7th, 2017     
FW-190A-8 Engine
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

What's in the Box?

This Eduard Brassin set is for the Eduard Fw 190A-8 kit. The set includes detail parts to add to a highly detailed engine to replace the simple kit piece and make for a very detailed open paneled butcher bird.

The resin and photoetch parts inside the box looked great and are very well molded and even the etched parts, while microscopic, provide an added value and level of detail.

The 20 included items are as followed in this boxing breakdown:

  • 5 Main Engine Assembly pieces
  • 6 Sub Engine pieces and assemblies
  • 8 Replacement panels and propeller cowling
  • 1 Photoetched fret to include harnesses, fuel lines, wiring and chain assemblies

The Engine Buildup

The assembly instructions are very clear and detailed but very busy at times and will definitely have you looking at front and backs, and taking this thing apart frequently to test fit.

FW-190 Landing Gear

Published: November 7th, 2017     
FW-190 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Short History

As we all know the FW-190 and all of its variants have been manufactured in one form or another by just about all major kit companies, this particular item being reviewed though is for the newly released Revell kit.

What's in the Box?

The box comes with a total of 8 white metal pieces of all varying sizes all replicating the kit parts very accurately and adding some needed strength to support the aircraft. The Landing gear comes packaged in the typical SAC cardboard and bubble blister packaging we are all accustomed to seeing.

The Build

This is a pain-free operation and only required a little time and elbow grease using a couple of files and some sanding paper as white metal pieces can be porous and also have little burs that need to filed and sanded down, so that also means a little safety is required.

The SAC parts build up exactly like the kit parts would so no additional steps are required. The rear tail gear needs to be set and glued in place before fuselage halves are joined, please keep that in mind and remember to try and paint that piece prior to insertion.

Yak-28P Firebar Interior Detail Set

Published: November 7th, 2017     
Yak-28P Firebar Interior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Background

The Yakovlev Yak-28 (Yakovlev Yak-28) was a multi-role aircraft that was an outgrowth of the Yak-25 that featured a shoulder mounted swept wing to reduce foreign object damage (FOD) from unimproved runways. Like its predecessor the Yak-25, it was produced as a tactical bomber role as well as in the reconnaissance, electronic warfare, interceptor, and trainer versions. The Yak-28 was known under the NATO reporting names Brewer, Firebar, and Maestro respectively.

The dedicated long-range interceptor version, the Yak-28P was developed from 1960 and deployed operationally from 1964. It omitted the internal weapons bay in favor of additional fuselage tanks and added a new 'Oriol-D' interception radar compatible with the R-98 (AA-3 'Anab') air-to-air missile. An upgraded Yak-28P was produced later in the production run had a longer radome of pure conical shape and enhanced armament. The Yak-28P was produced until 1967, with some 435-443 built depending on your references. The Firebar served only with the Soviet Air Force, was never exported, and rarely ventured outside of the Soviet Union before being retired in favor of the Su-27 and MiG-31.

Yak-3 Metal Gear

Published: November 7th, 2017     
Yak-3 Metal Gear
Reviewed by: Eric Syverson, IPMS# 50324
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Special Hobby 1/32 Yak-3 kits. If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address any strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear: You can very sli