Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-51K/Mustang Mk.IV Exhaust

Published: December 20th, 2020     
P-51K/Mustang Mk.IV Exhaust
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is a company that specializes in drop-in resin replacement parts to enhance the appearance of your models. Being "drop-in" replacements, it is very rare you need you modify the original parts, hence the "quick" name.

In this case I am reviewing the exhaust engine for the well-known P-51D Mustang in 1/48 scale from Airfix.

As you can see from the pictures the resin parts have hollow ends which would look much better than the plastic parts. The resin parts also have no mold part lines, as the plastic parts do.

The resin parts are cleanly casted, free of bubbles or any other defect. They are protected by two resin "walls" on each end of the cast. I would suggest removing those walls before removing the exhausts themselves.

This simple drop-in part would make a nice kit, into an even nicer one.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Aires/Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

P-47N Wheels (3 types of patterns)

Published: December 13th, 2020     
P-47N Wheels (3 types of patterns)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with three different tread patterns for any 1/72 scale P-47N. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts. Note that the castings contain two hub inserts that are suitable for any of the tread patterns.

F4U Corsair Diamond Tread Wheels Set

Published: December 7th, 2020     
F4U Corsair Diamond Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with diamond tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts.

Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA ("super-glue") sparingly, to assemble and attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with resin parts. Painting of the of the wheels and tires will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.

O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear (ICM)

Published: November 15th, 2020     
O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear (ICM)
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for a kit's plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes four parts; main gear, nose gear, oleo strut for nose gear, and nose gear bay. SAC gear does require some clean-up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are used to working with metal gear.

MK XVII Depth Charge

Published: November 11th, 2020     
MK XVII Depth Charge
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun is known as a prolific manufacturer of accessories and aftermarket items. Over the years I have purchased or reviewed some 15 to 20 after-market items like this product being reviewed and I have yet to find any deficiencies in any of those products. The Mk. XVII Depth Charge set lives up to the standards that I have come to expect from Brengun.

This version of the Mk XVII Depth Charge is designed to be delivered by an aircraft and can be used to enhance any number of aircraft that the modeler currently has on their workbench, both serving in the military branches for the United States and its allies. As prepared by Brengun, there are components for two Mk. XVII's included in this package. Also included are the "bomb" racks which connect the depth charge to the aircraft.