Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-8E Upgrade Set

Published: April 19th, 2018     
F-8E Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 48925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard Models

Eduard Models has released a nifty photoetch set to upgrade the - already very nice - Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. This fret is of the no pre-painted style and that is good, because you want to paint the detailed parts and the PE parts at the same time.

The fret includes replacement engine exhaust "feathers" and actuators. Installing this part requires removing existing plastic from the original part, and you will need to bend a metal part to a circular shape. You might want to consider getting a piece of pipe or rod to be a template to shape the part to a circular form.

Other parts in the fret are meant to detail the landing gear struts and the landing gear well. Either by adding brake lines to the struts, or just general detail to the landing gear well and landing gear well covers.

Finally, a horseshoe shaped part is provided for the armored windscreen. It would suggest attaching that part using Future -rather than superglue- as to avoid fogging the clear part.

Tie Downs and Straps German Steel

Published: April 15th, 2018     
Tie Downs and Straps German Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set of various German WWII type tie down straps. This set has one colored photoetch sheet with both sides being colored.

In the Packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet


This is a fantastic set for adding some great details to any German WWII vehicle to replace molded-on straps or to attach additional aftermarket stowage materials. There are 14 straps/tie downs included of three different colors and 6 different designs. Being steel, that are very easy to form and shape. They can even be flattened again and re-formed without the paint peeling as it does with brass.

I will be buying a few more sets for my many armor builds to come.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders

Published: April 13th, 2018     
Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Eduard

This is a Big Ed set which contains three Eduard PE sets for the new tooled Tamiya Valentine Mk.II /IV kit.

In the Big Ed sets the following sets:

Roden O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear & Nose Ballast

Published: April 11th, 2018     
Roden O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear & Nose Ballast
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA appreciates the ongoing support from Ross and his team at SAC for supporting the reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases. These extremely useful and well-thought-out landing gear additions for the modeling community continue to prove their worth. Thanks also to IPMS leadership for sending it for review.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/32 Roden. When I learned of the O-1 release a couple of seasons ago, I thought "cool, that surely means they are going to invest in on O-2 as well!" I should be named Claire Voiant, because here in our hands we now have finished the triparty of USAF Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft; the OV-10, the O-1, and now the O-2. I don't see Trumpeter jumping up and down to release the two-seat F-100 in 1/32, (Heck yes I'll invest in one if they do) so that tells me we will have to do without the "Misty" FAC for a while.

USN Missile Cart w/Figures

Published: April 6th, 2018     
USN Missile Cart w/Figures
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation is an Italian manufacturer of superb aircraft accessories, ground support equipment and figures in all three popular scales. I have had the luck to review a few of these and have always been impressed by the excellent casting and design of their kits. This newest set, a 1/32nd scale US Navy MHU-191 Missile cart and two ordnance man is excellent. The set consists of parts for a MHU-191 cart set up for missile transport. There are two ordnance men in different poses. All parts are cast in light tan resin with crisp details and minimal seams. Parts breakdown is as follow: