Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Fw-190 Flaps

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Fw-190 Flaps
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

It is no surprise that I love the Eduard FW-190 kits.  I've built enough of them to know that I will build more of them.  The recent release of the D-9, D-11/13 variants has done nothing to deter this view.  One way to set your 190 from the others is to lower the flaps which is seen frequently on operational aircraft. 

F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Sometimes fate just sets you up for something great without you realizing it.  I keep an F-14 Tomcat (of VF-84) on my desk at work, and not long ago I noticed that I, or someone, had bumped the case it was in, thereby separating the Alpha probe from its place on the nose cone.  Before I could remember to take in some glue to make my repair, an offer came out to the IPMS-USA Review Corps to evaluate this very item from a new Polish manufacturer called Master (typically referred to as Master-Models on other internet sites).  I immediately requested this particular item, and was pleasantly surprised when I was given the ability to perform this review.

F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Every now and then a product comes along that represents a giant leap forward for the modeler. This is one of those products. Aires has released the Wheelliant Weighted Wheels set for Tamiya's F-14A Tomcat in 1/32 scale

The product is packaged in a clear plastic bag that allows one to view all of the parts prior to purchase. The package contains parts for all four tires, both the main gear tires and nose wheel tires. Also included are the rims, or wheels, for all four tires. A length of copper wire is also included. This wire can be bent and added to the main struts to simulate pneumatic lines.

The detail molded on the rims is outstanding. The various nut heads are all carefully molded into the parts with no flash or misalignment. The recessed areas are very deep and contain no flash. None of the "debris" that one sometimes finds in the depressions of cast resin parts is present. Once the parts have been removed from their carriers they are ready to go without additional clean up or work.

Hispano 20mm Cannon & .50cal Fairings

Published: October 5th, 2010     
Hispano 20mm Cannon & .50cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I am reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing, which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.

Hispano 20mm Cannons in Fairings

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Hispano 20mm Cannons in Fairings
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I admit to being a little confused when I requested this assignment; I was expecting something else. Still, these are very welcome components as I have two 1/72 scale Spitfire Mark Vs in my "to-build" pile.

The Spitfire was among the earliest production fighter aircraft to adopt 20mm cannon as armament, and the "B" arrangement for the cannon was introduced in the Mark I and Mark II models that fought the Battle of Britain. While the success of the armament was spotty at that time, it became standard on the Mark VB...and the same guns were also used on the initial production Seafire. The earliest Mark VC Spitfires also used this pattern of gun barrels before going to the "beefier" barrels as standard (parts that Master also offers separately). So these parts are compatible with more then the Spitfire VB.