Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

FW-190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 Landing Gear

Published: June 11th, 2018     
FW-190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Eduard 1/72 Fw 190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 aircraft.

The white metal parts are very good and have more defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well-detailed kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble. A couple of the parts were a little bent,  but very easy to fix.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well-detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

He 111H-3/6/16 Landing Gear

Published: June 11th, 2018     
He 111H-3/6/16 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the ICM 1/48 HE 111 H3 aircraft.

The white metal parts are very good and have better-defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the rear wheel parts that replace part numbers D1-2, D1-10, and D2-11. With this assembly, you must drill out the location slot in the main strut to accept the part that replaces the D2-11.

The two main gear struts components replace part numbers D2-3, D2-4, C9, and C7 for subassembly 108. D2-5, D2-2, C9, and C7 for subassembly 109. The part number C54 is also replaced with white metal parts. The assembly is a bit difficult but with patience and care makes for a great replacement for the main landing gear legs.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble.

Big Ed Set for Revell 1/32 P-51-25 - Part 3 Masking and Canopies

Published: June 10th, 2018     
Big Ed Set for Revell 1/32 P-51-25 - Part 3 Masking and Canopies
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

(Again, no preamble this time; only building reports. )

The exterior set contained one item overlooked by many; behind the set of holes on the cheeks of the chin scoop is a set of interior grating; What this is FOR, I have no clue, but it's there, and the fun part of hogging out plastic on a small rectangular part is, well, not there. But it's mandatory, and I've put it aside for now so I can finish up the rest of the other review items I have lurking in the "to build" pile.

The final item provided in the Big Ed set is a set of canopy masks. Now, mind, I will remind myself to check in the future, because this is not your ordinary set of masks. No. It includes the interior masking! So, after I had dutifully fitted half the INTERIOR mask around the EXTERIOR of the bubble canopy, I realized there were not two sets of masks for the sake of providing them, but were specifically called out as interior and exterior.

I felt pretty dumb.

Big Ed Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25 Part 2: The Cockpit Continued, Seat Harness, and Exterior Set

Published: June 10th, 2018     
Big Ed Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25 Part 2:  The Cockpit Continued, Seat Harness, and Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

(No preamble this time; only building reports. )

The remaining item I tackled here was the seat itself. The Eduard set 32 920 included in the big Ed set has a very well-done P-51 seat, complete with the aft stiffener, and some other little details. It is pretty well self-explanatory how to fold it all into place. The seat requires some gap-filling superglue to properly assemble, as there is little surface on which to have the glue "Grab" the other parts, and hold together while under handling. Once these are complete, the armor plate is cemented into place.

I had painted all these parts in Tamiya Gray primer, so there was no issue about missing some of the areas for painting. I shot Tamiya's Olive Drab 2 over the primer, to give it all "tooth". The seat structure is added by bent PE parts; I decided to use some lead wire to replace the flat seat frame bits, as it looked too "2-dimensional" to my eye. Once complete I painted the parts interior Green (which is VERY close to Olive drab in most cases) to make them fit with the rest of the interior.

Big Ed Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25 - Part 1: Impressions, Wheel Well Detail, and Cockpit Basics

Published: June 10th, 2018     
Big Ed Set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25 - Part 1:  Impressions, Wheel Well Detail, and Cockpit Basics
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Thanks as usual go to our prolific supporter, Eduard, for sending the IPMS/USA review team this BIG ED for the new Revell 1/32 P-51D-5 series Mustang. This was another in my series of "On-the-road" reviews, and as such the background will change... a lot. I had misplaced the review item before I left the house while cleaning up my work area, and right before I left in desperation I sent an order to Sprue Brothers to please send me a replacement, (after I used my credit card), to handle on the road. I also asked they annotate my name and the point I was a guest in the "GJOEHOFOE" hotel in California. This was dutifully marked in large, clear lettering on the front of the box, and as such there was no confusion about who the guest (Me) was, or what do to with said package. It got there on Wednesday afternoon, three days before I left for the hotel-hopping part of my trip (where much of the work you see here was done). Onward!

I opened the standard weighty Eduard sleeve card envelope and was greeted by a deluge of parts. Lots of them... on four frets and one kabuki tape masking square with covering for painting the canopy and all that. JOY!