Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tempest Mk.V Engine

Published: June 28th, 2019     
Tempest Mk.V Engine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a great Brassin Engine set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This Brassin set is full of Resin parts and Photo etch sheet.

In the box is:

  • Approx. 77 resin parts
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

Construction

Stage A 1 - 4 is the assembly upper part of the engine, the only points to note here are that the location hole in R105 for part R100 is a little too small so needs to be opened out. Also the location hole for Parts 95 and 96 in part R105 is not the same shape so needs work. You will also need some wire to add in at points for various wires, I used very fine soldering wire which is very easy to form to the shapes needed.

Stage B 1 - 8 was very easy with no issues at all. Now when I came to stage B 9 I found that a part was missing R131. So due to time I decided to scratch build a replacement. So the part in the pictured build is one I made. The assembly here was difficult and that maybe due to my part not being 100% correct. Stage B 10 was also very easy.

WWII British Reflector Gunsight

Published: June 22nd, 2019     
WWII British Reflector Gunsight
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

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 BR48110 WWII British Reflector Gunsight item. There are three gunsight variants included, the RP1, RP2, and RP3 variants.

The RP1 gunsight is a little more complex in shape and configuration than the other two, having more detail on the sides of the gunsight. The support arms for the clear lens are single-arm brackets, tilting toward the pilot upon which the clear lens is attached. Note that the lenses, which are included in the Hauler package are printed on a small transparent piece of material with the lenses outlined with a black border. There are two lenses supplied for each gunsight, providing an "heir and a spare". The "C" film is to be attached to the RP1 gunsight. The "C" lens is rectangular in shape with rounded corners and is slightly wider than the "B" lens, which fits on the RP3 gunsight.

F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)

Published: June 16th, 2019     
F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has been providing replacement gear for a wide range of aircraft models for some time now, and the quality of their products is, by now, unquestioned. This new product for the Kitty Hawk Range of F-5E Tiger II models in 1/32nd scale is no exception.

Comprised of ten pieces in cleanly-molded white metal, this kit is designed to directly replace most of the major components of all three landing gear, including hydraulic rams and oleo scissors. Examining the pieces next to the kit-provided gear, they appear to be exacting replicas of the originals, although some of the finicky assembly work of the plastic items has already been done for you, as well as the filling in of a few rather awkward pin marks.

F-16C/D Wheels

Published: June 16th, 2019     
F-16C/D Wheels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brungen produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. This wheelset is cast with zero flash and prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is visible however the wording cannot be read. In this scale, reading the tire should not be an issue to most modelers.

These wheels are for the heavyweight gear found on Block 40/42 and 50/52. Earlier Block 25 and 30/32 which have the lightweight landing gear use a narrower gear with different vents on the rim. The tires have the correct number of grooves (tread) in the tires and the depth is realistic as compared to reference photos. Each tire has a notable and nice expanded section for weight on wheels. Each wheel is a single part, unlike other resin sets that are multiple pieces which keeps it simple. Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers and tie sown ring is clearly visible the left and right wheel is easily noticeable with the tie down "clocked" correctly relative to the ground.

MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube

Published: June 13th, 2019     
MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

In southeastern Poland runs the beautiful, but powerful San River. The San winds its way through the steep mountain gorges on its way to the Vistula River. Before it gets there, the river widens and is used by a number of hamlets along its banks to power various watermills and all manner of machinery. Some of that machinery is diminutive lathes and the other assorted machines common to a tool and die maker. It is within this environment that we find ourselves in the company of a number of gnomes working diligently on various tasks. It is this skilled work force that Master Model of Poland utilizes to manufacture their ever-expanding line of small scale, after-market brass replacement parts.

One of Master Model's newer items is a set of gun barrels (three), antenna base, and pitot tube for a 1/144th scale MiG-15. While these items will work nicely for any small scale kit, the one kit that I immediately thought of is the lovely series of MiG-15 offerings from Eduard, for which this particular set of brass replacement parts seems to have been designed.

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