Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Flak 18 Cannon Barrels

Published: February 17th, 2018     
Flak 18 Cannon Barrels
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes on brass and resin drop-in replacement parts. In this case there are 4 parts: two barrels and two flash hiders for the Flak 18 used in Ju-87G, but also seen in Bf-110, Ju-88 and other airplanes.

The turned brass parts mean that no mold line is present and that alone is enough of a reason to consider upgrading your kit. Another reason is the beautiful perforated flash hiders and the hollow gun barrel end, which adds realism to the airplane weaponry.

Assembly is straightforward and simple. First you superglue the flash hider to the gun barrel. Then you remove the plastic gun from the plastic part and make a small hole (1 mm in diameter) to mount the  brass gun barrel.

I would personally leave the barrel off the model until the very end. Not only that means less masking (for painting), it also ensures the barrel won't get knocked off the model during handling.

You can see from the pictures that the replacement parts are vastly superior to the original part.

Recommended to modelers of intermediate experience, due to the need to perform minimal surgery to plastic parts.

A-36 Apache/P-51 Mustang Canopy Masks

Published: February 16th, 2018     
A-36 Apache/P-51 Mustang Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun, based in the Czech Republic, is known for producing a range of photo-etched and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce a small number of 1/72nd and 1/144th aircraft model sets. One of their latest airplane kits is the North American A-36 Apache. With the release of this new kit, they have added a number of accessories for it including additional photo-etch details, a vacuform canopy, and these painting masks for the canopy.

The A-36 Apache was a dive bomber version of the P-51 Mustang. It was based on the fuselage of the P-51A, but with completely redesigned wings strengthened to support the added stress of dive bombing. Since the main difference between the P-51A and the A-36 is the wind design, this mask set would work with both the P-51A and the A-36. I used mine on the A-36.

P-51D Mustang Wheels

Published: February 14th, 2018     
P-51D Mustang Wheels
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN wheels for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. This set gives new main wheels and the tail wheel. The main wheels have the diamond tread pattern and come with separate hubs. The tail wheel is one part and comes with a new leg which is made from a different type of resin which is probably less prone to sagging. As well as the wheels a set of yellow tape masks are also supplied.

Upon removal of the wheels from the package you will notice the great level of detail on the wheels that come with sidewall markings and maker's technical data. The tires are deformed slightly to give the impression of weight. The detail on the hubs is excellent with each hub being separate.

H-21 Big Ed Set

Published: February 14th, 2018     
H-21 Big Ed Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

My father, a retired career pilot and Colonel in the USAF, passes along a magazine he receives each month as a member of the Air Force Association. Several years ago, an article in one issue titled "Life on the Pine Tree Line" captivated me. The article details daily activities at a remote DEW-line radar site on Resolution Island, in far North Newfoundland, back in the 50s and 60s. In particular, photos of an H-21 Shawnee or "Flying Banana" as it is more commonly referred to in Artic Red conspicuity markings, caught my eye. Other aircraft and vehicles documented in the photos included a C-123, a TWA "Connie", various cargo trucks and vehicles, and a small WWII utility vehicle known as a "Weasel". Visions of a winter diorama scene began to take shape.

Fast forward several years, and after researching availability of the necessary vehicles in each scale, I acquired the both the Italeri and Special Hobby 1/48 H-21 kits, along with a couple of Weasels from CMK to go with the Tamiya US 2-1/2 Ton 6X6 Cargo Truck. When the opportunity to review this Eduard Big Ed set came up, my decision on which H-21 kit to use was made.

GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Published: February 10th, 2018     
GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE
Reviewed by: Chris Smith
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

History

Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set.