Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

P-51K/MK.IV Mustang Propeller

Published: February 5th, 2021     
P-51K/MK.IV Mustang Propeller
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The P-51K is basically the same airframe as the P-51D with a few differences. Other than being manufactured in Dallas Texas, the only visible difference is the cuffless Aeroproducts propeller instead of the "Cuffed" Hamilton Standard propeller. The two blade differences can be seen in a photo from Trumpeters P-51B kit and the Quickboost propeller. This set is designed to work on the Tamiya P-51K/Mk.IV Mustang, which I do not have yet to show what the Tamiya kit propeller looks like.

The propeller set comes in a sealed bag with picture of the parts and what portions to trim. This is the extent of the instructions which is all that is needed for this simple set. The resin is flash free and zero bubbles for a flawless surface. There is a small part of excess resin at the tips of the propeller blade that needs to be trimmed and sanded flush. This excess portion helps ensure all the necessary resin reaches the propeller tip and does not leave a void.

F-4E/EJ/F/J/S Phantom II Vertical Tail Air Inlet

Published: February 5th, 2021     
F-4E/EJ/F/J/S Phantom II Vertical Tail Air Inlet
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Tamiya set the standard with their 32 scale F-4 Phantom II kits and these still dominate the market with their attention to detail. While being on top of the modeling empire, the leaders do lack at times in details and the nature of injection molding that makes some detail difficult, if almost impossible. Quickboost came to the rescue with this little gem that will close out the leading edge of your Phantom tail. In 1/32 scale and on top of the model, this is a highly visible addition.

The replacement vertical tail vent comes in a sealed bag with picture of the parts and what portions to trim (on one part) and a reference to what part number it replaces on the kit. There are two identical vents in the package so depending on how many Phantoms you have, one set could last a while. This is the extent of the instructions which is all that is needed for this simple set. The resin is flash free and zero bubbles for a flawless surface.

RATO for A-4 Skyhawk

Published: February 5th, 2021     
RATO for A-4 Skyhawk
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

When the A-4B Skyhawk was designed, provisions were made for it to use RATO rockets to give it a short deck-run launch (if carrier's catapults were unavailable for any reason). One RATO bottle could be mounted on each speed brake giving an additional 9,000 lbs. of thrust for five seconds. The bottles were fired electrically and upon burnout were jettisoned hydraulically from the cockpit. While this capability was never used by the US Navy, in Vietnam, the Marines took advantage of this capability when launching A-4s from short airfields.

F-4J Phantom II Auxiliary Air Intake

Published: February 5th, 2021     
F-4J Phantom II Auxiliary Air Intake
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set provides replacement parts for the auxiliary air intakes and associate doors for Academy's recent 1/72 F-4J kit. The set includes replacement bays for each side, replacing the single part provided in the kit. The set also includes replacement doors and actuators for the doors, again replacing the somewhat simplified kit parts.

As shown in the attached photographs, the resin bays are very nicely detailed and really capture the look of this area of the Phantom's engine. The doors are very thin and include nice rivet/fastener details on the exterior side and sharp interior details on the other side. The actuators are also crisply molded and Quickboost wisely provides two extra actuators for those of us who are guaranteed to lose at least one of them to the carpet monster. The bays and the doors are sided, as the left side set is different from the right side set, but the bays are conspicuously marked with "L" and "R" on one of their exterior sides and the pour stub for the doors is labeled "L" and "R" next to the appropriate door to help minimize confusion.

LAU-131 Rocket Launcher

Published: February 5th, 2021     
LAU-131 Rocket Launcher
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The LAU-131 is a seven shot rocket pod commonly used on USAF fighter, attack and rotary wing aircraft. A variety of rockets can be caried in this pod including the Hydra 70 rocket. This set is for the original LAU-131A which is shorter than the extended version LAU-131A/A that can carry APKWS II.

Packaged in a sturdy plastic box, resin is protected by bubble wrap with all parts flash free and cast in light gray resin. A nice touch is the pour block on the pod is on the underside opposite the side on where it connects to the pylon. This makes it easy to remove that portion and sand contour without damaging features.

The set contains two components, rocket tube, two version of ends which also include the lifting lugs. There are two choices, with rockets or an empty dispenser. The set does not include the front and rear covers however I have rarely seen these pods with covers installed. These parts can easily be sanded free of the pour base. Instructions clearly show the components to install and painting note. Decals are not included so you may need aftermarket decals or leave unmarked.