Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tempest Mk. V Landing Gear

Published: November 10th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This white metal landing gear set was specifically designed as the replacement for the latest 2019 Eduard model of the Tempest Mk.V. There are now two such kits as single kits and dual kit 'Royal Class' boxing affording the modeler to build several of the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC).

The SAC gear provides the modeler with a replacement while metal landing gear set, including the main gear and the rear tail strut. One great advantage of the SAC metal gear is their ability to be bent where necessary to more accurately sit on the gear.

My first task was to remove the visible seam lines, using small sanding sticks and no. 11 blade scalpel. I then primed each piece, using my standby Mission Model black primer, which allows me to easily see where I might have missed when I sprayed the final metallic paint. Although this was primed and painted with an acrylic, I still apply a coat of clear gloss and let it set for several hours. Then I applied a light coat of burnt umber wash to bring out the raised details and recoat it with a matt clear finish.

AGM-114 US Navy Wheel Chocks WWII

Published: November 7th, 2019     
AGM-114 US Navy Wheel Chocks WWII
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Brengun/Hauler

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of wheel chocks, the packaging, and parts, and take a look at the finished wheel chock.

The packaging contains parts for two wheel chocks modeled after those used by the U.S. Navy during World War II. In the images associated with this review, one is labeled as, "Product Packaging". Take a look at that image to see how the product is packaged. The product instructions are placed behind the white sheet inside the baggie. Included with this review is a snapshot of that instruction sheet. It's clear, simple, and easily understood with a quick glance.

AGM-114 Hellfire

Published: November 2nd, 2019     
AGM-114 Hellfire
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums. In this "inbox" review, we will look at the quality of the parts, decals, and P.E. parts as well as the packaging and kit instructions.

Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BRL32037 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile. There are 8 Hellfires in this product including PE parts and decals for those eight missiles. The missiles are packaged in a small zip-lock baggie, as is the single sheet of P.E. parts. The kit instructions, printed on a small sheet of paper, and the decals are boxed underneath the missile parts. The sturdy cardboard box is about 3 inches by 3 inches and about 3/4 inch deep.

C-130 Tires and Brakes

Published: October 31st, 2019     
C-130 Tires and Brakes
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The Lockheed C-130 is a versatile aircraft. In production since 1954, the C-130J is the latest in a long line of models. The landing gear was designed for rough field operations, with large, low pressure main landing gear tires and a pair of low-pressure nose wheel tires. The original brake design was for a single disk (like in a modern car) and has been upgraded to a multi-disk unit. The brakes look the same once mounted onto the gear's axle.

The kit comes with 10 pieces molded in grey resin, and is meant for the 1/48 Testors/Italeri C-130 kit. There are many fine details with the castings. A nice touch is the "Goodyear" emblems and the valve stems and groove lines molded into the tires to represent the spaces between the treads. The only disappointment I found was with the brakes - I wish the back of the main landing gear tires was "hollow" so that the brake details would sit inside, just like on the real aircraft.

C-130 J Engine Nacelles

Published: October 30th, 2019     
C-130 J Engine Nacelles
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 48123
Scale: 1:48
Company: Brengun

Attack Squadron from Poland had been producing some lovely resin kits and aftermarket items. Due to circumstances and the decision by their parent company (Arma Hobby) to get out of the resin business, their products started disappearing from the market place. Enter Brengun/Hauler and their check book. It would seem that Brengun/Hauler have purchased most, if not all, of Attack Squadron's molds and have been re-issuing those items ever sense.

One of these re-issued after-market offerings is a set of 1:48 scale resin replacement engine nacelles for Italeri's C-130 model. Theses replacement bits will allow you to build a Roll Royce engined C-130 J. Each nacelle comes as a outer shell with a separate front, spinner, and a small resin plug with two antennas and an exhaust deflector. These small bits have a pouring channel/bubble trap still attached so check your references and make sure you don't remove the wrong thing.

homepagelink