Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109G-6/14 Exterior Set

Published: February 7th, 2018     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Vector

The new Zvezda kit picks up where the excellent Bf-109F kit leaves off. The new kit shares many of the same sprues and because of this it has some similar issues. Notably the kit needs some help in a few areas, namely the ailerons, exhausts and wheel wells. Well Vector has stepped up to the plate and provided some exquisite resin corrections.

Packaged in a small ziplock bag with a paper label at the top, Vector provides you with some beautifully cast light grey resin that is blemish free. You get two new wheel wells, two ailerons, exhausts, cockpit shelf and bulged battery box.

The kit ailerons feature some exquisite fabric representation on the top side, but only on the top side. The bottom is missing the fabric detail. Not a horrible thing but a noticeable oversight. It is a shame that Zvezda didn't take the time to correct this but Vector provides you with two new ailerons with beautiful detail on both sides.

The wheel wells from Vector feature the cutouts to show off the retraction mechanism and the liner for the aft portion. The liner has stitching while the front of the well has the molded in detail.

GBU-43/B MOAB

Published: February 7th, 2018     
GBU-43/B MOAB
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The website Deagel.com describes the MOAB as follows: the GBU-43/B, also known as Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or Mother Of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound class bomb designed to hit large areas of enemy territory to achieve a terrifying psychological impact. It uses a GPS-based navigation system and a single blast-type warhead. The yield of this weapon is equivalent to 11-tons of TNT, obliterating an area of 200-250 meters radius.

The MOAB bomb was developed to be available for the Iraq campaign in 2003 (Operation Iraqi Freedom), but it was not deployed. It has been designed to be dropped by an MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft. The final developmental test was carried out on March 11, 2003. It was employed for the first time by the US Air Force to fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan on April 13, 2017.

When this weapon was used operationally in Afghanistan, video of the drop and explosion was all over the news. I kept thinking that somebody is going to release a kit of this beast before too long. That before too long has turned into now.

Cardboard Boxes (Generic/Electronic Devices/ Beer)

Published: February 4th, 2018     
Cardboard Boxes (Generic/Electronic Devices/ Beer)
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Matho Models

Product/Stock Numbers for each set:

  • Generic: 35058
  • Electronic Devices: 35065
  • Beer: 35064

Direct links for all three sets:

Bristol Beaufighter Porcupine Exhausts

Published: February 1st, 2018     
Bristol Beaufighter Porcupine Exhausts
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The porcupine exhaust on the Beaufighter are distinctive and not the easiest thing to injection mold in a kit. So Quickboost has made some resin replacements for the new Airfix kits and they are beauties.

The kit exhaust is made up of two parts where the Quickboost item is just one part. My only concern is the replacement is noticeably bigger than the kit parts. But when compared to the 72nd drawings that I have the replacement part looks dead on.

So, another quick replacement that really will add to your next Beaufighter build.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Bristol Beaufighter Air Intakes and Fuel Drain (A)

Published: February 1st, 2018     
Bristol Beaufighter Air Intakes and Fuel Drain (A)
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Beaufighter had two different types of air intakes on top of the engines, a short one and a long one. This set from Quickboost covers the short version. The resin parts are cast perfectly and should be easy to remove from the block. The short intakes in the new Airfix kits are made up of two halves so there will be a seam to take care of. The resin replacements are single parts with very thin edges and will be that much easier to use.

The other parts in the set are direct replacements for the kit parts and add a lot of detail with the thinness of the castings.

One thing I noticed is out of the 4 versions offered between the TF.X and the TF.10 kits, only one in the later kit uses the short intakes. That said, there are numerous aftermarket decal sets that will need these shorter ones.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.