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Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Churchill Tank Light Cast Resin Tracks

Published: March 25th, 2021     
Churchill Tank Light Cast Resin Tracks
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: OKB Grigorov

This product is replacement resin tracks for any 1/72 Churchill Tank kit that you want to use the Light Cast tracks on.

The set includes 6 light grey resin strips of track more than enough for a single tank.

The detail is excellent and vey little flash and a breeze to cut of the runners.

The tracks are easily formed using a hair dryer to apply heat then form the track on the track rollers, wheels and Sprockets.

They are a great replacement for the rubber tracks supplied with the majority of the 1/72 scale kits on the market.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to any 1/72 Churchill tank model kit.

Thanks go to OKB Grigorov for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Churchill Tank Heavy Cast Resin Tracks

Published: March 25th, 2021     
Churchill Tank Heavy Cast Resin Tracks
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:72
Company: OKB Grigorov

This product is replacement resin tracks for any 1/72 Churchill Tank kit that you want to use the Heavy Cast tracks on.

The set includes 6 light grey resin strips of track more than enough for a single tank.

The detail is excellent and vey little flash and a breeze to cut of the runners.

The tracks are easily formed using a hair dryer to apply heat then form the track on the track rollers, wheels and Sprockets.

They are a great replacement for the rubber tracks supplied with the majority of the 1/72 scale kits on the market.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to any 1/72 Churchill tank model kit.

Thanks go to OKB Grigorov for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

T-38 Talon, F-5B, RF-5A/E/S Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: March 19th, 2021     
T-38 Talon, F-5B, RF-5A/E/S Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master-Model

This set is designed for use with kits of the T-38 Talon, the F-5B Tiger I and the RF-5A/E/S. The set consists of 3 brass parts - the nose pitot and two 20 mm gun barrels, however, as later versions of the RF-5 only have one gun installed, so you will need to check your references. If you are modeling a T-38 or a F-5B, you will only be using the pitot tube as neither had guns installed.

The instructions are clear about what size drill bit you will need for each installation and clearly indicate how just how much of the pitot tube extends past the kit nose. Take care when drilling your holes and check them as you go to ensure that the pitot tube in on the aircraft centerline and parallel to the ground and that the gun barrels are parallel to the aircraft centerline.

This is another nice detail set from Master Model and it will dress up your Talon or Tiger I jet.

Recommended. Thank you to Master Model for the review sample.

F-5E Tiger II Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: March 19th, 2021     
F-5E Tiger II Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master-Model

This set is designed for use with kits of the later models of the F-5E/F Tiger II with the so-called "shark" or flattened nose. I used on old Italeri F-5F kit that had been a shelf queen for a few years. The set consists of 5 brass parts - the nose pitot and a tube in which to mount it, two 20 mm gun barrels and a dummy fairing for those aircraft which only have one gun installed.

While these parts will be some of the last ones you install, there is a little prep work that you need to do to install them. First you need to determine if the jet you are modeling has both 20 mm guns install or just one. You will need a close shot of the gun area to determine this as while the fairing is a bit larger in diameter and shorter than a normal 20 mm barrel, you will need just the right photograph to determine which is correct. Once you have determined which arrangement is correct, you will need to drill a hole in the gun troughs for your choices. The instructions say use a .6 mm bit for the 20 mm barrels and a .8 mm bit for the fairing. I recommend using as long as a bit as you can in order to help you keep the hole for the part in the proper alignment with the nose.

Refueling Pod KC-130J

Published: March 10th, 2021     
Refueling Pod KC-130J
Reviewed by: Damon Blair - IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Used for air-to-air refueling, Lockheed's KC-130 and HC-130N, HC-130P series of aircraft came with two air-to-air inflight refuel (IFR for short) pods, one on each outer wing just outboard of the flaps. Later, the HC-130H, MC-130E and MC-130H aircraft were modified with these refuel pods. This conversion set replicates those later modified aircraft and the current KC-130J and HC-130J IFR pods.

This resin modification kit comes with 6 parts, three for each IFR pod, including a small phot-etched fret for the tail end of each pod. My sample came with the sprue runner broken off the nose of one pod, the break being at the sprue-to-pod joint, requiring some sanding and putty to smooth it out.

The hardest part on this resin kit is the IFR pod tail to main body attachment. Careful sanding and squaring off will help immensely. I noticed that the tail section's diameter was slightly larger than the main body's diameter. Some putty and sanding took care of that.

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