Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AGM-114 Hellfire

Published: November 2nd, 2019     
AGM-114 Hellfire
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/35
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. In this "inbox" review, we will look at the quality of the parts, decals, and P.E. parts as well as the packaging and kit instructions.

Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BRL32037 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile. There are 8 Hellfires in this product including PE parts and decals for those eight missiles. The missiles are packaged in a small zip-lock baggie, as is the single sheet of P.E. parts. The kit instructions, printed on a small sheet of paper, and the decals are boxed underneath the missile parts. The sturdy cardboard box is about 3 inches by 3 inches and about 3/4 inch deep.

C-130 Tires and Brakes

Published: October 31st, 2019     
C-130 Tires and Brakes
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The Lockheed C-130 is a versatile aircraft. In production since 1954, the C-130J is the latest in a long line of models. The landing gear was designed for rough field operations, with large, low pressure main landing gear tires and a pair of low-pressure nose wheel tires. The original brake design was for a single disk (like in a modern car) and has been upgraded to a multi-disk unit. The brakes look the same once mounted onto the gear's axle.

The kit comes with 10 pieces molded in grey resin, and is meant for the 1/48 Testors/Italeri C-130 kit. There are many fine details with the castings. A nice touch is the "Goodyear" emblems and the valve stems and groove lines molded into the tires to represent the spaces between the treads. The only disappointment I found was with the brakes - I wish the back of the main landing gear tires was "hollow" so that the brake details would sit inside, just like on the real aircraft.

C-130 J Engine Nacelles

Published: October 30th, 2019     
C-130 J Engine Nacelles
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 48123
Scale: 1:48
Company: Brengun

Attack Squadron from Poland had been producing some lovely resin kits and aftermarket items. Due to circumstances and the decision by their parent company (Arma Hobby) to get out of the resin business, their products started disappearing from the market place. Enter Brengun/Hauler and their check book. It would seem that Brengun/Hauler have purchased most, if not all, of Attack Squadron's molds and have been re-issuing those items ever sense.

One of these re-issued after-market offerings is a set of 1:48 scale resin replacement engine nacelles for Italeri's C-130 model. Theses replacement bits will allow you to build a Roll Royce engined C-130 J. Each nacelle comes as a outer shell with a separate front, spinner, and a small resin plug with two antennas and an exhaust deflector. These small bits have a pouring channel/bubble trap still attached so check your references and make sure you don't remove the wrong thing.

Wheels for C-46 Commando

Published: October 30th, 2019     
Wheels for C-46 Commando
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: PlusModel Aero Line

PlusModel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased on line through their website and www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of resin wheels for the 1/72 Williams Brothers C-46 Commando kit. Each wheel is individually cast along with an outside hub cover, and a tail wheel, on casting blocks. The tires are appropriately flattened, but the tail wheel is independent of the support assembly. Some minor surgery of those kit parts will be necessary.

Propellers for C-46 Commando

Published: October 28th, 2019     
Propellers for C-46 Commando
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Plus Model Aero Line

PlusModel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased on line through their website and www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of resin props for the classic 1/72 Williams Brothers C-46 Commando kit. Each prop is a six-piece assembly of four individual blades, prop boss and hub cover which, when assembled, attach to the engine prop post.

Some years ago I spent many hours sanding down and re-scribing my classic C-46, assembling and painting to represent a Marine R5C-1. The starboard prop assembly fell victim to a nocturnal feline attach somewhere over the years, and I was looking to order a replacement set of B-26 four-bladed props, which were the closest thing I could find. About the time I had some time for the switch, this set from Plus Model Aero Line came available for review.

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