Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

USAAF WWII Pilot with Seat for P-51B/C Mustang

Published: February 22nd, 2021     
USAAF WWII Pilot with Seat for P-51B/C Mustang
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32

Aerobonus is part of Aires and focuses on enhancement additions such as pilot figures for kits. This product provides a pilot figure seated, in 1/32nd scale for the Trumpeter/Revell P-51B/C Mustang. The set comes in four parts (head, hands, and set/body) all perfectly cast on a single block. Preparation was easy by using a razor saw to cut all the parts free (after a good washing). I then used the back of a #11 blade to scrape what few seams there were and glued everything together. I used perfect plastic putty on the arm seams and wiped with water and the seams were gone. I primed with Alclad gray primer.

Painting was done with acrylics using Scale 75 for the flesh and various sources for the rest. The seat was painted with ModelMaster paints. As you can see from the included paint guide, you need to look on the internet to get more specific but with all the references, it was not too difficult. A final flat coat and the project was done.

Highly recommended for anyone needing a pilot for their 1/32nd P-51B/C.

My thanks to Aires and Aerobonus for the review item and the chance to review it.

Etched Parts Set for Tamiya Panther Ausf D.

Published: February 22nd, 2021     
Etched Parts Set for Tamiya Panther Ausf D.
Reviewed by: Patrick Brown - IPMS# 47467
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler Brengun

Bottom Line Up Front: This set brings Tamiya's 1/48 Panzer V ausf. D kit to the next level. It's not for the faint of heart though. Like many 1/48 scale PE sets, it contains several sub-assemblies that will make you squint and reach for the Optivisors and the finest set of tweezers you have.

Hauler has one of the most extensive line of aftermarket photo etch for 1/48 scale armor. Their sets add exquisite detail to the already excellent lines of quarter scale AFVs from the likes of Tamiya and Hobby Boss.

This set contains two PE brass frets with upwards of 70 parts covering engine intake mesh, tool brackets, exhaust mounts, etc. The set comes in the standard Hauler clear plastic bag, stiff cardstock backing, instruction sheet and stapled header card.

I wouldn't call the set "over-engineered", but there are definitely some assemblies (like the main gun travel lock) that will make some modelers pause to question whether the added detail is worth the effort. I assure you it will be.

A-4 Skyhawk RATO Rockets for Multiple A-4 Kits

Published: February 18th, 2021     
A-4 Skyhawk RATO Rockets for Multiple A-4 Kits
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48th Scale
Company: Brengun

Brengun, from the Czech Republic, specializes in aftermarket details; for the most part releasing drop-in resin or photoetch replacement parts.

This set is intended to enhance the 1/48 Skyhawk A-4 C/E/F/M. This set can be used with any of the 1/48 Skyhawk kits, like the Hasegawa, ESCI/AMT/Italeri, Hobbycraft, HobbyBoss, or Monogram. If I am missing any other maker in the list, it is an honest mistake on my end.

Please note that the instructions list the variant of the airplane to be in 1/72. That is clearly a mistake, this set is molded in 1/48 scale.

The parts are molded in grey resin, free of bubbles or imperfections and with great surface detail. The attachment points to the casting blocks are miniscule and removal and clean up should be an easy task.

I do not think the RATO rockets saw widespread use in the Skyhawk fleet, so you might want to do some research as to which version, or even down to tail number you are modeling.

Highly recommended to modelers of all skills, except perhaps the most novice.

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

Spitfire Mk.IX Wheels (4 spoke)

Published: February 18th, 2021     
Spitfire Mk.IX Wheels (4 spoke)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48th Scale

Aires Models from the Czech Republic specializes in aftermarket details; for the most part releasing drop-in resin replacement parts.

This set is intended to replace the wheels of the 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk. IX. The parts are molded in grey resin, free of bubbles or imperfections and with great surface detail, down to the manufacturer of the tires molded with enough raised detail that will take dry-brushing fantastically!

The attachment points of the wheels to the casting blocks are miniscule and removal and clean up should be an easy task.

In addition to the resin parts, they include painting masks which are super-handy to have and use. The masks are pre-cut so it is as simple as peeling, placing and you are ready to airbrush.

Highly recommended.

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

P-38F/G Lightning Gun Barrels var.B

Published: February 8th, 2021     
P-38F/G Lightning Gun Barrels var.B
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Call me old-fashioned, but I consistently find myself being floored by the level of modeling detail available these days, especially with resin aftermarket materials. In the old days, you could only dream of this kind of quality.

Quickboost scores another one with their release of this outstanding set of P-38 gun barrels. Designed to fit the Trumpeter kit (although I suspect they'd fit the venerable Revell kit in the same scale). The set includes four .50 caliber barrels and the 20mm cannon barrel.

Each machine gun barrel has the lightening holes beautifully represented completely around the barrel as well as an open muzzle. The cannon barrel displays the minute recoil spring and an open muzzle as well. Designed to be drop-in pieces, they should require no additional work to add them to your model and will certainly enhance this area immensely.

As an added thought though - I'd wait to add these until your build is almost complete as they are completely to scale and could break off easily, especially in a vulnerable area such as the nose.