Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109G Gun Packs and 109G-10 Wing w/Small Bulges, Wheels & Tall Tailwheel

Published: October 20th, 2010     
Bf-109G Gun Packs and 109G-10 Wing w/Small Bulges, Wheels & Tall Tailwheel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Loon Models

Roll Models has come out with their own brand of aftermarket resin parts, Loon Models and we'll review two sets in this review- a gun pack set and a set to modify G-10 wings and wheels.

The gunboat Messerschmitt Bf-109 contains some of the best looking markings for the 109. So what is unique about this set? Well for one the centerline gun pod. As far as I can recall this is the only way you can get the centerline gun pod without scratch building it. The packaging refers you to the AJ Press #17 for pictures of the actual pod and installation. This will be very helpful. This will make your 109 different from the rest.

The wing gun pods are nicely detailed, but they don't look much different from the kit offerings.

Everything is molded in blemish and bubble free light caramel resin you get six pieces, two wing pods, one centerline pod and three 20mm cannons. Each piece will require just a quick little cleanup and each pod will need the hole enlarged for the gun.

Ship Accessory Sets - Boat & Davit Set for Destroyers and Small Ships

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Ship Accessory Sets - Boat & Davit Set for Destroyers and Small Ships
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Fine Molds

Rumors have been circulating over the past several months that Fine Molds would enter the 1/350 ship model market with a new offering of a Fubuki class destroyer. These appear to be confirmed by the fact that several on-line retailers now offer pre-orders on the Fubuki class DD Ayanami. If potential buyers are curious as to what the quality of this new vessel will be like, they need only take a look at either of these new accessory sets now offered by Fine Molds.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Wheel Bays

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72

Anyone who knows me will tell you my favorite airplane is the Curtiss P-40 and I have a closet full of kits to prove it. One of them is a 1/72 scale Academy kit that I had allotted to the maybe-someday-stack because of conspicuous problems with the way Academy molded the P-40's fuselage quarter windows. Well, now Aires has (or 'have', if you are reading this review in Canada or the UK) added a set of accurate P-40 well bays to their line of resin detail parts, and they've brought to my attention another problem area that needs addressing. The kit's wheel bays are just as inaccurate as the shape of the quarter windows. Fortunately, Aires has done a nice job of solving that problem for me and has led me to move the kit to a higher position in the stack.

P-40B Warhawk Exhausts

Published: October 19th, 2010     
P-40B Warhawk Exhausts
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has found another item which will enhance a small, but noticeable, part on Trumpeter's P-40 Warhawk. This particular part is the engine exhaust which is on both front sides of the fuselage.

The Trumpeter part comes in two pieces and needs to be glued. When gluing the parts together, you will notice that the outer edge of each exhaust pipe doesn't quite fit together and therefore needs to be compressed carefully so as not crush them. After that, it has to be cleaned up as careful as possible so as not to make one shorter than the other.

F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32

The F-8 Crusader has always been one of my favorite aircraft. I personally tend to model in 1/48 scale, however when the opportunity came up to review Aires 1/32 detail set for the Trumpeter F-8E/H, I could not resist. The set showed up, and I found an F-8 kit with a few other goodies shortly after, so I was all set.

Aires has always been a leader in the realm of aftermarket resin sets. I am used to their 1/48 line and the level of detail found on those, but was blown away with their treatment in 1/32. First, the set is large, and comes in a sturdy cardboard box with lid and clear picture of the contents. Opening the box you are greeted with several bags of large resin parts, a small photo-etch fret, and instructions.

The main areas covered by this set are: