Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Hawker Hunter GA.11 Conversion

Published: February 5th, 2021     
Hawker Hunter GA.11 Conversion
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

PJ Productions from Belgium continues with their simple conversions allows the Airfix F.6 to become a GA.11 single-seat training version for the Royal Navy. Looking around the Internet, there were 40 GA.11 airframes converted by adding an arrester hook, adding a Harley light to the nose and eliminating the guns. The starting kit is the Airfix Hunter F.6. I am sure the Academy F.6 could also possibly work.

The conversion set contains three grey resin parts and one clear resin light. Casting is excellent with no pinholes and minimal casting blocks. Preparation is simple by removing the casting block on the parts for the arrestor hook and filling the one lone gun port. Washing of the resin is also recommended. A small instruction sheet shows the location of the arrestor hook under the aircraft. The nose plug looks like a direct replacement for the kit part and should fit right in place. The clear resin light is good but a quick polish and some Future should make it stand out.

This is yet another great and simple conversion for the excellent Airfix kit which will yield a unique version. Well made, inexpensive and simple to use- definitely recommended.

Hawker Hunter FR.10 Nose Conversion

Published: February 5th, 2021     
Hawker Hunter FR.10 Nose Conversion
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

This simple conversion from PJ Productions in Belgium allows the Airfix F.6 to become a FR.10 reconnaissance version. Looking around the Internet, it looks like the FR.10 is a single-seat reconnaissance version with 33 made of rebuilt F.6 airframes. The starting kit is the Airfix Hunter F.6. I am sure the Academy F.6 could also possibly work.

The conversion itself consists of six parts- a new nose, four cannons and a clear resin nose tip insert for the cameras that fit into the nose. The first step would be to remove the parts from the casting blocks wash the parts. Instructions show that the cannon barrels need drilled out with a 1.6mm drill and shows the exact position of the barrels when attached. After reviewing the kit, the nose would be direct replacement for the Airfix kit nose which is a separate piece so installation would be a breeze. Casting of the parts is excellent and the clear part is great but I would still do a polish and future treatment on it for extra shine.

Hawker Hunter F.58 Conversion Kit

Published: February 5th, 2021     
Hawker Hunter F.58 Conversion Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

One of the latest conversions from PJ Productions in Belgium is the set to convert the Airfix 1/48th Hawker Hunter F.6 to a F.58 which is the export version for Switzerland. A total of 88 were built and 12 converted for an even 100 airframes. Changes addressed by this conversion include a new nose to the aircraft, under wing rocket option, Side blister under the cockpit, change to tail fairing, fuel tanks and various antennas. All this comes from 34 resin parts which are very well cast. There are no decals for the markings and those will need supplied elsewhere.

Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes

Published: February 5th, 2021     
Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

ICM's Gloster Gladiator series in 1/32nd have to be one of the most anticipated kits of the year, and having built all of them (so far) I can honestly say they are a delight and a wonderful addition to my collection. However, the small air intakes associated with the detailed engine build were a bit of a trial. Consisting of three parts each, they were a fiddly assembly and due to the nature of the sprue attachments, it was all too easy to damage the thin nozzle rim on removal (I speak from experience).

Quickboost's replacement engine nozzles eliminate both the fiddly build and the potential damage scenario. Consisting of two small handed replacement parts, they are extremely easy to remove from the molding block and to clean up. They also feature some really fine detail within the intake nozzles which is missing from the ICM parts. No modification of kit parts is necessary, and they simply drop in where the kit parts would be, adding just that little additional touch of finesse to your model.

F-4C/D Phantom II Vertical Tail Air inlet

Published: February 5th, 2021     
F-4C/D Phantom II Vertical Tail Air inlet
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Tamiya once 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 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.

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