Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-16I Sufa Cockpit Set

Published: October 15th, 2010     
F-16I Sufa Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48

This upgrade provides excellent cast cockpit tubs, instrument coamings, and ACES II ejection seats. Included are side controllers; the control sticks are molded into the side panels. Score high there; no disappearing act on the joystick or those throttle levers while trying to attach them to the panels. Detail is unmatched on the resin. The photoetch fret contains all the myriad little bits designed to disappear or be invisible except to specialized cameras or those with 20/05 vision.

Where this upgrade falls behind is the instrument panels; they require you to sandwich film with a photo-etch instrument panel, and paint the back of the films white to simulate instruments. In my case, this was not so good; the white does not show up well, and the level of detail is not up to par with other releases. You cannot see the instruments once you sandwich them to the PE; and there is no good way to correct this (Short of color PE, which if you know me is about the best there is out there IMHO).

P-47D Gun Bays

Published: October 15th, 2010     
P-47D Gun Bays
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/48

Tamiya's kit practically begs to be used in a diorama and this could make a great start. It has:

  • complete sets for left and right wings
  • ammunition trays
  • gun bays
  • access panels with PE locking rods
  • feed chutes
  • 4X .50 Browning machine guns with PE top covers and charging handles

Again, some of the pour stubs on the gray parts are thick and you'll need to be very careful with the cream color .50 gun barrels and feed chutes. They're extremely fragile. I'd recommend you have some experience with resin, modifying kit parts, and PE before you tackle this one.

P-47D Wheel Bays

Published: October 15th, 2010     
P-47D Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/48

Designed for the reigning king of the 1/48 P-47's, the exquisite offering from Tamiya. There's no difference between the D and the M wing, so that means they it can be used on any Tamiya P-47 kit.

About the toughest thing to do with a Tamiya P-47 is to get rid of the ejector pin marks. This set takes care of that with the landing gear doors and wheel bays. The castings are in Aires standard dark gray resin except for the covers for the gear struts. Those are in a cream color and much more fragile than the gray castings. The pour stubs on the wheel bays are heavy and could be tricky to remove. It's pretty much a straight drop, except you've got to remove the kit's wheel bays.

Famous Pilots of World War II

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Famous Pilots of World War II
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Box Ltd

If you haven't heard of Master Box Ltd yet, you soon will. They're a relatively new company from the Ukraine, specializing 1/35th scale plastic figures. Although they're young, they certainly have made a splash.

This release is their first entry into the 1/32nd scale market and it encompasses 6 of the most famous Allied and Axis aces of WW II;

  • Lidia (Lily) Litviak of the USSR, Top Scoring Female Ace
  • Saburo Sakai of the Imperial Japanese Navy
  • Richard Ira "Dick" Bong, US Army Air Forces Pacific
  • Werner Molders, Luftwaffe pilot
  • James "Jonnie" Johnson of the Royal Air Force
  • Albert Marcel, from the French Armeede l'Air

The box contains a single sprue of 49 sand-colored polystyrene parts. My sample was flash free. I suspect MB is using the same plastic supplier as their fellow Ukrainians, ICM, since it seems to be a exact match with some offerings from ICM I have. You get an 8 page English-German booklet, with a detailed biography for each of the pilots.

A-1J Antennas

Published: October 15th, 2010     
A-1J Antennas
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quick Boost has quickly built a reputation for excellent resin castings at affordable prices. These two sets are sure to add to that for the already great out-of-the-box 1/72 Hasegawa A-1J kit.

Few things are more heartbreaking than finally getting to the last stages of finishing a kit, only to realize that you've lost an antenna. Sure, you can try your skills at re-construction from scrap styrene, putty, or both but we all know that's easier said than done. Again, these are direct replacements for the kit parts. My sample was very crisp and bubble-free

As always, make sure you wear a respirator when you make your cuts and vacuum up the residual dust once you're finished.