Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Metal Landing Gear for Academy 1/72 F-15E

Published: December 11th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for Academy 1/72 F-15E
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. What started out as an "I don't know if they will sell" idea a few years ago has flourished into a busy worldwide trade for modelers seeking just a bit more out of their model accessories...

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/72 F-15E from Academy. This kit is a jewel; there are two areas needing true replacements for a contest level model, that being the "featherless" open afterburner nozzles, which are supplied simplified, and the rather thick one-piece canopy over the extremely well-detailed cockpit. Those issues are for others to address... SAC provided us three metal parts to replace the kit-supplied plastic gear.

Photoetch for MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51

Published: December 6th, 2017     
 Photoetch for MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed to be used on the MiG-29UB kit released by Trumpeter last year. It includes not only the full color set SS593 to upgrade the front and rear cockpits and both ejection seats, but also a second brass fret of external details. The detail on both sets is outstanding and the color set is beautifully printed. Based on the colors used for the cockpit side consoles, it looks like Eduard used a later build MiG-29UB as the side consoles and instrument panels are in a medium grey, not the bright blue-green color seen on many other Russian/Soviet aircraft. Unfortunately, the instructions do not include any painting references for the cockpit or other kit parts, so you must do your own matching. To my eye, the grey looked pretty close to the Testors Dark Ghost Grey (FS 36320) I recently used on a F/A-18E build, so I used this color as the base interior color.

FUG-202 Lichtenstein Aircraft Radar Antennas

Published: December 5th, 2017     
FUG-202 Lichtenstein Aircraft Radar Antennas
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

According to an on-line dictionary, fug is a warm, stuffy, or smoky atmosphere in a room. If you capitalize certain letters you get FuG, which is an abbreviation for Funk-Gerat radio set.

That radio set was part of the Lichtenstein radar (that) was among the earliest airborne radars available to the Luftwaffe in World War II and the first one used exclusively for air interception. Developed by Telefunken, it was available in at least four major revisions, called FuG 202 Lichtenstein B/C, FuG 212 Lichtenstein C-1, FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 and the very rarely used FuG 228 Lichtenstein SN-3.

The Lichtenstein series remained the only widely deployed airborne interception radar used by the Germans on their night fighters during the war -- the competing FuG 216 through 218 Neptun mid-VHF band radar systems were meant as a potentially more versatile stopgap system through 1944, until the microwave-based FuG 240 "Berlin"could be mass-produced; the Berlin system was still being tested when the war ended. (Wikipedia)

World War One Aircraft Details

Published: December 5th, 2017     
World War One Aircraft Details
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun has come to the modelers rescue, once again. This time with a set of photo-etched details for all of those that enjoy building 1/72nd scale World War One aircraft. If you are one of those folk then you already know that the finer details are often missing from the manufacturer's kit. Gun sights, control horns, propeller details, and seats belts can be substandard or, more frequently, have just been omitted by kit manufacturers..

Brengun's World War One detail set includes:

  • Two sizes of wire wheels
  • Pitot tubes
  • Three varieties of gun sights
  • Steering controls
  • Boarding steps
  • Control horns
  • Throttles
  • Generator propellers
  • Two varieties of propeller hubs
  • Seat belts

In short, this set includes all the cool looking, fiddly bits. This new detail set from Brengun will definitely add piazza to your next aircraft project from the war to end all wars.