Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Refueling Pod KC-130J

Published: February 2nd, 2021     
Refueling Pod KC-130J
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin, photo-etch (PE)accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144. This conversion set was previously produced by Attack Squadron (Arma Hobby) and that product line was sold to Brengun which now offers the C-130 product line many are familiar with.

This resin set comes in a sturdy cardboard box containing a pair of refueling pods, similar to but much larger than the "Buddy Pods" carried by fighter & attack aircraft used by the Navy. The resin part is a single piece and is very solid and possibly on the heavy side. The pour blocks have small contact area and note that there is a remnant (was only on one pod) protruding from the tail end of the pod that will need to be removed. The panel lines are very crisp and easily identifiable even after a primer coat. There is not an instruction sheet so if you are unsure of placement, check references to aircraft photos available online. Most C-130 kits have partial holes where the Auxiliary fuel tank pylons are located, between the outboard engine and wing tip. See the photo I took of a USAF KC-130J for the location.

F-A-18E-F Super Hornet Tanker

Published: February 1st, 2021     
F-A-18E-F Super Hornet Tanker
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin, photoetch (PE) accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144.

This resin set comes in a small sturdy cardboard box containing four standard F/A-18 fuel tanks and a refueling "Buddy Pod". The buddy pod consists of a two-part pod, two different styles of ram air turbine (RAT) hubs, jettison tube, basket housing and photo etch RAT blades. Panel lines are very crisp but deep enough where primer will not fill the panel lines. The upper detail on the pod that would be hidden under the pylon is detailed just in case the pod is displayed separate from your model.

F-20A/B/N Tigershark landing gear (FMK)

Published: February 1st, 2021     
F-20A/B/N Tigershark landing gear (FMK)
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes twelve parts, the two main gear struts, retract & bracing arms, two versions of nose struts, one compressed strut and one extended. All the replacement parts are exact copies of the kit parts which really helped on my kit since the nose strut was either broken off or missing (short shot in molding). You can see in the kit v.s. SAC parts the missing section on Freedoms part (extended strut).

SAC gear does require some cleanup for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are familiar to working with metal gear.

AN/ALE 39/47 Countermeasures Dispensers

Published: February 1st, 2021     
AN/ALE 39/47 Countermeasures Dispensers
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The AN/ALE-39 & 47 Counter Measure Dispenser System (CMDS) carries a variety of flares, chaff and radar jamming expendables. Typically, these dispensers are carried on modern helicopters, transport aircraft and fighter aircraft. The AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) can be set automatically to initiate flare launch.

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 item covers a unique subject that will assist outfitting a wide variety of aircraft. There are resin chaff/flare dispensers produced for a specific subject complete with their entire mounting per subject. This accessory will allow the modeler to add it to kits where fidelity is poor or completely missing as well as add it on aircraft kits that a version specific resin update is not available.

Hawker Hurricane Undercarriage Covers

Published: February 1st, 2021     
Hawker Hurricane Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Background from Wikipedia

The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s-40s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was overshadowed in the public consciousness by the Supermarine Spitfire's role during the Battle of Britain in 1940, but the Hurricane inflicted 60 per cent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe in the engagement, and fought in all the major theatres of the Second World War.

The Hurricane was developed through several versions, into bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers, and ground support aircraft as well as fighters. Versions designed for the Royal Navy known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications enabling operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts. By the end of production in July 1944, 14,487 Hurricanes had been completed in Britain, Canada, Belgium and Yugoslavia.

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