Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mitsubishi T-2 Photo etch

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Mitsubishi T-2 Photo etch
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

Completed model compared to JaguarThe Mitsubishi T-2 was a supersonic trainer for the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). Like the T-38 and F-5 in the US, it was used as an aggressor aircraft and demonstration team mount as well as the original trainer mission. The T-2 used the same engine as the SEPECAT Jaguar, the Rolls Royce Turbomeca Adour, built in Japan by Ishikawajima - Harima Heavy Industries.

Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set

Published: November 24th, 2010     
Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay - IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Ju 88 is one of my all-time favorite aircraft. I especially like the night fighter variants. I recently picked up the new limited edition Hasegawa Ju 88G-6 "Berlin Radar" version and received this latest Eduard zoom set at the same time. This zoom set features the now standard color photo photoetch with self-adhesive backing for some of the photoetch. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; Eduard has this down to an art. All the colors are in perfect register and have a glossy sheen.

Following the instructions I removed the recommended raised details to prepare the surfaces for the self-adhesive photoetch. I then gave the kit interior surface a coat of Tamiya German gray, I find this to be a good match for RLM 66 in 1/72. I had previously masked off the surfaces that would receive the self-adhesive photoetch. I then dry brushed and pin washed all the surfaces to pick out the details, painted a few panels black, and then painted other details in silver and red. It was now time to remove the masked areas and add the self-adhesive photoetch. They were very easy to apply but I applied tiny amounts of super glue to lock them in permanently.

Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The next set, QB 48 332, for the Ar-196 is a simple set for the radio set up. The kit offering features soft detail in a highly visible cockpit. This is a simple upgrade. Molded in blemish free light grey resin, this upgrade is as simple as remove the part from the pour block, paint and add. This is a direct replacement for part number 21A. I did notice that the kit part looks slightly different than the Quickboost part. As I don't have my references handy, I'm leaning towards the Quickboost part as being correct.

These parts are quite nice and will make the work for the modeler so much easier. The radios are a nice addition and certainly look more like radios than what is in the kit.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Arado Ar-196 Correct Cowling

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

I never expected to see another injection molded plastic Ar-196 but Italeri and Tamiya recently surprised me with their releases. While nice looking kits there are some issues. Quickboost makes a several upgrades for the kit.

QB 48 328 is the corrected forward cowling. Molded in blemish free light grey resin this 10 piece upgrade will aid the modeler dramatically. The kit cowling is a three piece affair with the center section plagued with a seam line all the way around the bulges. This is a big pain in the cowling to clean up and darn near impossible to get right besides the bulges there are also hinges in the way. On top of that this set also provides push rods and a push rod ring. The rods won't require any cleanup once removed as there are no seam lines. The hardest part of the whole set will be the removal of the cowling from the pour block, but patience and a Tiger saw should keep everything neat. This set will dramatically reduce your work load and result in a seamless cowling.

Hawker Hurricane Wheel Bay

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Hawker Hurricane Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48

I love the Hawker Hurricane even more than the Spitfire. The Hasegawa kit is a very nice kit but the wheel well is pretty basic. Aires provides a very nice upgrade.

The Aires wheel well comes on two pour blocks. In my example, the larger major assembly is molded perfectly in light grey resin. The detail is impressive and far superior to the kit offering. The pour block will be a little bit of a pain to remove but some simple sanding will take care of that. The other pour block is molded in light caramel with remarkable detail on the eight pieces. Removal of these pieces will be easy enough and clean up will be a breeze.

The instructions are simple enough to understand and should be no problem for most. Online references are easy enough to find if your library is lacking or you need to clarify anything.

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