Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-108 Wheels and Paint Masks - Early

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Bf-108 Wheels and Paint Masks - Early
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32

Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their Bf-108 wheel and mask set, intended for the Eduard kit. This set includes replacement parts for all three wheels, which are cast in a grey resin which captures the fine detail extraordinarily well. In addition, masks are included to aid in painting the wheels, along with detailed illustrated instructions in their use.

The casting is flawless and displays details right down to the molded lettering on the tires. There is literally nothing I can fault with this set, and they should add to the Eduard kit immensely. This is aftermarket quality at its finest.

I really don't think you can go wrong with this detail set - it will simply enhance your work and add that "little something" we're all looking for. Highly recommended.

My thanks to Aires Hobby Models for the sample and to IPMS/USA for a chance to add this to my own build.

Spitfire Mk. IX Wheels (4-spoke) & Paint Masks

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Spitfire Mk. IX Wheels (4-spoke) & Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32

Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their 4-spoke Spitfire main wheels and masks, intended for the Tamiya kit. Cast in a medium gray styrene, they capture the most minute details, from the Dunlop letters to the exceptionally fine ribbing along the rims of the tires to the air valves.

As always seems to be the case with this manufacturer, the casting is absolutely flawless. A set of vinyl masks with clear, detailed instructions in their use are also included to permit you to make the best use of these detail parts.

There is simply no way to go wrong with these detail parts. They are straight "drop-in" replacements for the original kit tires and definitely add something to the final build. Frankly, they just cannot be beat.

My thanks to Aires Hobby Models for the sample and to IPMS/USA for a chance to add these to my own build of this iconic aircraft.

F4U Corsair Ribbed Tread Wheels Set

Published: January 24th, 2021     
F4U Corsair Ribbed Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photoetch, turned brass, and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with ribbed tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts.

Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA ("super-glue") sparingly, to assemble and attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with resin parts. Painting of the of the wheels and tires will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.

F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle - Varied Position

Published: January 22nd, 2021     
F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle - Varied Position
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to be used on Academy's new F-14A Tomcat kit. The set consists of 6 resin parts and 2 photo-etched parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for the kit. Each nozzle assembly is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the exhaust nozzle. As noted in the title, the nozzles are varied, one is fully opened and one is fully closed, shore-based Tomcats normally appear in this configuration.

F-10G Starfighter (Two Seat) Landing Gear

Published: January 22nd, 2021     
F-10G Starfighter (Two Seat) Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/32

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for Italeri's 1/32 two-seat F-104 kits. As with most of SAC's landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts. The centerpiece of the set is a new single piece main gear section including both left and right main gear struts with attached retraction arms and gear door actuators. The set also provides white metal replacements for the hydraulic lines on the main gear struts.

There are four parts to the nose gear - the strut, two retraction arms and what I assume is the nose gear steering unit.