Reviews of scale model detail sets.

US Navy Aircraft Wheel Chocks

Published: July 4th, 2019     
US Navy Aircraft Wheel Chocks
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This is one of those little "add-ons" that make your carrier deck look real. The US Navy has always been very careful about parking their airplanes on the deck, and keeping them there. It's considered "not good" when the deck pitches and a plane slides into the plane next to it, or even "more not good" if it slides off the deck into the water. Tying the plane down works, but the chocks certainly help, especially when you're moving the plane.

The Kit

The package contains 4 chocks, each on its own pour sprue. There are two parts to each chock. One of the parts has a rod attached to the chock block. The other part has a hole the rod goes through to allow the chock to be adjusted to fit the wheel.

You get two sets of two chocks in the package.


The chock part with the rod comes off the sprue fairly easily. The chock is fine, but the rod is pretty fragile. I broke two of the 4 during this part of the build. I could see that if I just glued the rod together, probably with CA, it would have a spot which the other chock part (the one with the hole) wouldn't slide past it.

Metal Landing Gear for B-52D/G/H Stratofortress

Published: July 3rd, 2019     
Metal Landing Gear for B-52D/G/H Stratofortress
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many timely releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to John and Phil for sending it to me to be reviewed.

This is one of SAC's more complex gear... That should be expected, because the B-52 gear is appropriately labeled in the "Steampunkt" realm. Working in the wheel well reminds one of movies on the Thames River in the UK where closeup of bridges and other ironwork would be right at home in the B-52 caves.

Consisting of 30 well-cast white metal bits, a careful application of gel superglue and care in assembly can result in almost perfect seams and alignment. The actual aircraft has a bunch of cables and the like, so the majority of the kit items takes up this upper section to a new height of modeling frenzy. Just replace the kit gear parts with the SAC parts, use glue sparingly, and you will be rewarded with four separate landing gear, strut supports, trunnions, etc.

Mino "Fido" Torpedo

Published: June 30th, 2019     
Mino "Fido" Torpedo
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums.

Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BR48107 Mark 24 Mine "Fido" Torpedo. The name is a little confusing. Is it a mine or a torpedo? A little history is appropriate at this point.

Googling Mk.24 Mine "Fido" Torpedo received a number of hits. I chose the Wikipedia site and the explanation for the name, as well as a description of the "Fido" and its operational history. The following paraphrases the introductory paragraph found on the Wiki site.

Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube

Published: June 30th, 2019     
Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Gloster Meteor was one of the iconic, pioneering jet fighters to become available during the final year of World War Two.

Master Models is a Polish company that produces some of the finest aftermarket brass accessories to enhance just about any scale model. I have used their offerings before, and love the final look and relative ease of using them.

Airfix has released a couple of Meteor kits over the last few years, and I recently snapped one up from my local hobby shop.

The kit pitot is represented as a straight plastic tube with no relief whereas, I believe, it should taper in towards the end. I clumsily broke the plastic tube when removing it from the sprue and super glued it back together for the pictures here.

The finesse of the Master Model pitot tube is simply outstanding. It is fairly stiff and should withstand some handling. It slots into the wing recess perfectly and will be superglued in place at the end of the build. This will definitely add more realism to an already very nice model.

My sincere thanks to Master Models and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review another fantastic product.

Tempest Mk.V Upgrade Set

Published: June 29th, 2019     
Tempest Mk.V Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a photoetch upgrade set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This upgrade set is a single large Photo etch sheet.

In the box is:

  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction sheet


The first area of the upgrade is for is the engine intake, the set provides the mesh for all four surfaces of the Intake and make a big difference with the look once complete.

Next are parts for the two main landing gear bays, in four stages. The first stage is simple. On stage to you have to remove the location pins of part E68 and E69 from the original kit to allow then to fit. Also at stage two it refers to part E39 which should actually be part E32. I would also suggest that the parts 19, 20, 21 and 22 are installed before the kit parts E71 and E73. This will make it a lot easier to install them.

Then the main landing gear covers are replaced with Photo etch parts and this was easy and look great when complete.

Last is the engine inlet flap replacement, this too was a simple install.