Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-1 Skyraider - 20mm cannon barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider - 20mm cannon barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Models out of Poland has issued several sets of parts for the many Skyraider kits and in all scales. This set includes replacement pitot tube and multiple option gun barrels without flash hiders for the family of 1/32 Skyraider’s. In this case, I will be giving it a test run on my Zoukei Mura kit.

Inside the package, you will find one excellent pitot tube for the tail and twelve beautiful machined brass parts for the guns which include 4 main barrels and two different sets of muzzles which will allow you to replicate the guns you need. All muzzles have hollow ends to replicate the gun openings.

The pictures below show the increased detail of the pitot tube. It is much finer and stronger that the kit part with no seam. The installation will be simple, just glue in place of the kit part.

The installation of the guns is also simple. Cut off the kit barrels where it is shown in the instructions. Center and drill a hole for the main barrel. Glue in place and pick which muzzle design you need and glue that in place. Prime and paint as needed.

VIETNAMESE SPADS (1) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
VIETNAMESE SPADS (1) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Been around about a year, and now we know they are focusing on Vietnam War subjects … We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for a review! (…and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way...)

This sheet is could easily be used on several models if you have a garage or basement totally dedicated to 1/32 models AND are independently wealthy to purchase several A-1’s in this scale…

A few airframe stencils in included for one model, along with national insignia. This sheet focuses on the main markings for the aircraft, particularly since several of these SPADS were repainted with camo and as such did not receive replacement stencil markings.

Notable options include several early 1960’s A-1’s with colorful tail bands; I believe these markings would sell the sheet more than anything, as they certainly have some different markings.

Sheet decal Options included for 32-019 (from AoA’s Website):

F-14A seatbelts STEEL

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
F-14A seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard never ceases to amaze me with their innovations when it comes to adding details to our projects. Just three short years ago, I reviewed fabric seat belts for an F-14A ejection seat, and now the company has released a new line of steel PE parts. I would highly recommend this set to folks wanting to dress up the “bang seats” of their Tamiya F-14A, but this offering should also work on other kits in 1/48 scale.

This new detail recommends the 1/48 scale F-14A kit from Tamiya, so I put that kit to use and built up the GRU-7A ejection seats in order to conduct this review. The set consists of a single photoetch fret that is pre-painted. If you take your time and follow the instructions, a very nice set of seatbelts will result and will improve the appearance of your ejection seats. This is my first experience with the new line of steel items from Eduard, and I was duly impressed. The steel is soft, which makes it easy to place the lap and leg belts in realistic positions, and I did not experience any issues with paint attempting to “pop off” of the steel.

MiG-31 Pitot Tube

Published: March 21st, 2017     
MiG-31 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

A feature that you can quickly notice on modern Russian aircraft is the complicated nose pitot tube. Although AMK made a valiant effort in molding the MiG-31 pitot tube with its four separate vanes, the limits of the injection molding process come into play.

Notable is the superb re-sealable packaging that Master Model uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely until final assembly. The resin vane section is secured in a high density foam block that is backed with some sort of adhesive tape to minimize the resin vanes from being moved around, or crushed for that matter. You will want to be careful handling the metal and resin parts as their small size makes them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster. The resin part is especially easy to break one or more of the vanes in handling (as I had happen on a previous Master pitot set), so be sure to handle with care.

F-14A Grilles - Tamiya

Published: March 21st, 2017     
F-14A Grilles - Tamiya
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 48914
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has once again raised the bar for the detail industry with the addition of their steel photoetched parts. This particular set is to add or replace grills on the Tamiya F-14A kit, but the items should work on other 1/48 scale Tomcats as well. I would highly recommend this set to folks wanting to add additional grill detail to their Tomcat.

Along with some other recent Eduard releases for the 1/48 scale Tamiya F-14A Tomcat comes a set to dress up the various grills found on the plane. I found the ones located on the underside of the aircraft, inboard of the engine intakes, truly unique as they include what appears to be a fan under the grill. While most of the grills are simply installed over the existing kit grills, which make installation a snap, the aforementioned grills require filing off the existing detail, and the outer doors for the forward landing gear also requires the drilling and filing of the kit detail. The grills for the cockpit ventilation behind the pilot and Rada