Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Radio Compartment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

No doubt the Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is an impressive kit right out of the box. But what if you want something more impressive? Well help comes from an unexpected source, Eduard. As the Tamiya kit is in direct competition with Eduard's kit I was surprised by the amount of detail set that Eduard offered to upgrade the Tamiya kit.

This set is packaged in a standard blister pack that Brassin item typically packaged in. The parts are held in place by foam. The six resin parts are molded in light grey resin with no blemishes anywhere. The detail is impressive. The hardest part is removing Part 91. It is very delicate so be careful when removing it. There is a fret of brass photo etch pieces. It contains five pieces. The instructions are easy to understand and are on a single page.

Do 335 B-2 Detail Set - MG 151, MK-103 Tips, FuG 25a Antenna, Pitot Tube

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Do 335 B-2 Detail Set - MG 151, MK-103 Tips, FuG 25a Antenna, Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Do-335B-2 Zerstrorer version of the late war German fighter plane had two wing-mounted 30mm cannons in addition to the standard 30mm armament in the nose.

Master has provided some remarkable parts to replace the kit ones. Packaged in the standard card stock backed zip lock baggie. The individual items are packaged separately to ensure that they are safe from damage. The set comprises two resin pieces, the muzzle flash suppressors, and seven beautifully turned brass parts. There are two cowl-mounted 30mm barrels, as well as the wing mounted ones which the flash suppressors are fitted to. A pitot tube is included along with a FuG-25 underwing antenna. The propeller blast tube is also included and makes this set very complete.

The turned metal parts provide the modeler with strength, realistic thinness and better detail. I have a hard time keeping a round cross section on plastic parts. The seam/mold line is difficult to remove and keep the parts round. Turned metal barrels alleviate this issue. They also provide more strength and resist breakage.

Su-35S AL-42F1S Exhaust Nozzles

Published: August 23rd, 2018     
Su-35S AL-42F1S Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Amigo Models

The Su-35 is a super maneuverable Russian fighter plane. One of the reasons for this is the vectored exhaust nozzles which can direct the exhaust in a variety of directions allowing the super maneuverability required in a dogfight.

Amigo Models has released a set of exhausts for the Kitty Hawk Su-35. Packaged in a small cardboard box the parts are protected by bubble wrap and resealable bags. The resin is a very light grey resin. The parts are superbly cast but more importantly extremely well detailed. They are quite thin as they should be. The interior of the burner cans is simply breathtaking in its detailing. The detail on the inside and out is simply beautiful. Removal of the burner ring is tricky but the rest are really easy to remove. Time and patience will reward you with perfectly formed pieces.

Bf-109G-6 Canopy TMasks

Published: August 22nd, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Canopy TMasks
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has initiated a new line of masks that are rather unique in that they provide masking for the outside and inside of the canopy. While this is not a new solution it is the first time that pre-cut masks have been available. If you are like me you mask the outside and paint the inside color so that it shines through and call it a day. The drawback of this method is that while the correct color it is shiny.

In the past canopies have been rather thick and as such caused distortion so that if you masked from the inside it might not be perfectly aligned with the outside and vise versa. Modern kit canopies are significantly thinner than previous kits. So that opens up the possibilities of masking the inside.

Bf-109G-6 Photo Etch

Published: August 22nd, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 has produced quite a nice model that is beautifully engineered. Because it is plastic there are things that are overscaled. Enter Eduard with their sets designed for their competitors 109.

This set is in the standard Eduard photo etch packaging with a resealable package and protected by thin card stock. The set contains two sets of photo etch, a single pre-painted fret made out of nickel plated brass and a larger brass fret.

The smaller one is pre-printed and is from the ZOOM set. The primary colored part is the instrument panel. The instrument panel now features simulated glass on the gauges. They look great. The only thing that would change would be to flat the outer face before you assemble the instrument panel together.

But the set doesn't stop there. There are also rudder pedals, ignition harnesses and exhaust deflectors. Some other things included such items like the chain and lifting lugs for the engine. There is also stuff to dress up the side wall detail, some of which requires sanding off the detail, like the instrument panel.

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