Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-14 Tomcat ECS Heat Exchanger Exhaust Grills

Published: January 21st, 2021     
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This set is designed to be used on Fujimi's F-14 Tomcat kits. The set consists of 2 resin ramps, replacing the kit's molded on ramps. The title states that the parts are the ECS (environmental control system) exhaust grills, however, in reality they are the fixed bleed doors which allow excess air to be vented out of the intakes, especially at higher airspeeds when the movable ramps deploy to restrict the airflow down the intakes and keep the air subsonic when it hits the front of the engines.

The parts are exceptionally thin and crisply cast. However, as the bleed doors are molded as part of the upper fuselage on the kit, you will need to break out a razor saw or a new Xacto blade to remove the kit parts and install these replacements. I recommend the removal surgery be completed before you join the upper and lower fuselage halves, but you should hold off on installing the doors until right before painting to avoid damaging them.

As expected from Aires/Quickboost the bleed doors are very well molded and thin and could be a nice upgrade to your Fujimi Tomcat. My only concern is how difficult it will be to remove the molded-on doors from the kit.

F-14 Tomcat ECS Heat Exchanger Exhaust Grills

Published: January 21st, 2021     
F-14 Tomcat ECS Heat Exchanger Exhaust Grills
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This set is designed to be used on Hasegawa F-14 Tomcat kits. The set consists of 2 resin ramps, replacing the kit's molded on ramps. The title states that the parts are the ECS (environmental control system) exhaust grills, however, in reality they are the fixed bleed doors which allow excess air to be vented out of the intakes, especially at higher airspeeds when the movable ramps deploy to restrict the airflow down the intakes and keep the air subsonic when it hits the front of the engines.

U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot with Ejection Seat for F-86 Sabre

Published: January 20th, 2021     
U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot with Ejection Seat for F-86 Sabre
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/32

Thank you to Phil and to Bill for all the work that you do and your support of IPMS.

The Kit

Intended for Italeri or Hasegawa 1/32 F-86 Sabre models, this Aires Aero Bonus kit includes one resin cast block and one single-sided instruction sheet with a full color illustration. They are packaged in a plastic container (for protection) inside of a plastic pouch. Prior to working on the kit, I recommend washing it in a mild detergent solution to remove any mold release residue. The resin cast has sharp detail and is flash free.

Construction

Other than the color illustration/painting guide, no instructions are provided, but they are not needed as the build is very intuitive. To begin, I used a razor saw to divide the cast into three sections: the body/seat, the arms, and the head. After I divided the cast into these pieces, I carefully trimmed them until they were all cleanly separated. Important Tip: you must use CA to adhere the parts. Other cements such as Tamiya Thin Cement or Testors liquid cement will not work.

Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: January 17th, 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.

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