Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48

Czech manufacturer Aires released a resin drop-in set for the Kinetic Sea Harrier in 1/48 scale.

Parts are cast in a cream-colored resin, with good surface detail (including rivets and panel lines) and no part lines. The parts are free of any surface defects or bubbles.

Attachment points of the pouring blocks are thin and easy to remove. More importantly, they are located in an area that will be hidden away when fully assembled, making any minor clean up error invisible in the final model.

Parts are designed to be drop-in replacements to their plastic counterparts, so no concern about fit or modification of the receiving plastic.

Please note that while the exhausts nozzles do look very similar, there are two that go in the front and to that go in the back. There are some small 'ribs' on top of the exhaust that would help you tell them apart.

If you want to try out a resin upgrade for the first time, this is an excellent set as it requires no modification of the original parts and the attachment points of the pouring stabs are hidden away once the parts are installed in the model.

Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Wheel Bay

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48

Czech Manufacturer Aires Hobby Models has released an aftermarket set to replace the Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 wheel bays. The Sea Harrier has two main wheel bays (nose and ventral) and this kit provides you parts for both. As an 'extra' you even get the interior part of the SHAR air intake -the area just behind the cockpit area- molded in resin.

All parts are molded in cream-colored resin. The parts are free of surface defects and/or part lines.

All parts are superbly molded, with a level of detail that plastic simply cannot replicate, including superbly detailed air compressed tanks, hydraulic fluid tanks and valves. You even get individual electrical wires molded into the resin. Detail painting will pay off.

Pouring stabs are of moderate size and removal of them might take a bit of effort. Likely plastic parts modification would be needed, mainly on the ventral bay.

The set also includes wheel bay covers. Sadly, my review sample had the attachment points of the covers snapped, probably due to rattling of the parts inside the plastic blister.

DH. 98 Mosquito Wheels

Published: January 15th, 2021     
DH. 98 Mosquito Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

This set provides replacement two main gear tires, 2 variations of tire rims and a new tailwheel. The main wheel tires have radial tread with raised markings. There is a flat spot, with slightly bulged sidewalls on each main gear tire to simulate a loaded aircraft. The tailwheel appears to be a solid style tailwheel, so there is no flat spot anywhere on it. Oddly, the set does not include the tail wheel strut but instead instructs you to remove the molded tire from parts "A6" or "A7", so a little surgery will be necessary to install the replacement tailwheel.

The set includes two options for the left rim for each main gear, one with a spoke type pattern and the other a more standard looking rim. To avoid confusion later, I installed the same rim on both sides of each tire.

There are no painting instructions included, so I pulled out a Hasegawa Mosquito from my stash and painted the main gear tires NATO Black with flat aluminum rims, while the tailwheel is overall black. I rubbed a white colored pencil across the raised lettering on the tires to highlight the tire logos.

Tornado GR.1 Cockpit Set (REV kit)

Published: December 22nd, 2020     
Tornado GR.1 Cockpit Set (REV kit)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/32

The Revell 1/32 Panavia Tornado has been around since the mid 1980's and represented all variants from the GR.1, F2, IDS and ERC models. Both the RAF and German Airforce have been offered throughout Revell's production runs. It is currently available as an RAF GR.1 in Gulf War colors. This aircraft has several nicknames: the "Fin" due to its enormous tail, and "Tonka Truck" due to its rugged, tough design. The RAF, German Air Force and the Saudi Air Force have operated the Tornado.

Landing Gear For Spitfire PR Mk XIV

Published: December 21st, 2020     
Landing Gear For Spitfire PR Mk XIV
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48

Scale Aircraft Conversions, located in Texas, is well known to be a source of high-quality white metal landing gear sets for aircraft. Visiting the SAC Home Page on the internet, SAC states that, " We manufacture a line of white metal landing gear for 1/18 to 1/144 scale aircraft. Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts. With numerous sets we have not sought to duplicate non load bearing component parts where the factory plastic parts are reasonably accurate. "

SAC also notes that they have been in business since 1990, offering white metal and resin parts. The SAC website features a page that will help the "first-timer" to successfully install the white metal parts of the model. Look for the navigation link labeled, "Using White Metal".