Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

B-25 Wheels

Published: May 15th, 2019     
B-25 Wheels
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:72
Company: RES-KIT

Before starting this review, I was un-aware of RES KIT and now that I am aware, I will certainly keep an eye open for some of their other accessories. They supply modelers with resin ordnance, weapons, wheels, engines, intakes as well as figures. Check them out!

Currently on my workbench is an Airfix B-25C/D and I thought I might give the wheels from RES KIT a try on the model when it is finished. For a very reasonable amount of money, RES KIT provides you with a very nicely set of detailed wheels for any B-25 Mitchell. (Also available in 1/ 48 scale.) RES KIT supplies you with nicely molded set of wheels molded in dark grey resin. The wheels are molded separately from the hubs which really saves a bunch of time NOT having to mask the wheels for painting.

P-51 Mustang Wheel Set

Published: May 14th, 2019     
P-51 Mustang Wheel Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: RES-KIT

Res Kit offers a wide variety of resin parts and bits for a large number of aircraft in 1/48th, 1/72nd, and 1/32nd scale. This review looks at the set of wheels for a P-51 in 1/48th scale. The product is not specific to any particular P-51 kit and therefore, can be used on any 1/48th P-51 that is in your "stash".

Exhaust Nozzles for the AV-8B/GR7 Harrier

Published: May 13th, 2019     
 Exhaust Nozzles for the AV-8B/GR7 Harrier
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Brengun

The Aircraft

Harriers are famous for being able to take off and land vertically. Of course, taking off vertically with a full combat load isn't practical, unless your mission is to drop a teacup of napalm just off the airfield border. Nevertheless, the Harrier has been successful, and it's because of the ability to adjust the exhaust to vector it through the nozzles to allow downward as well as normal push for vertical and normal flight.

The Kit

The entire kit is two sets of nozzles, one forward, one rear, left and right sides.

I used the Dragon AV-8B kit for this review, and the nozzles fit in the Dragon fuselage with no modification.

Painting

There seems to be some disagreement about the color of these nozzles. Some sources have both front and rear nozzles as metal exhaust, others the front in the same color as the fuselage with the rear one burnt metal. I decided the second option was the one, and painted the nozzles this way.

I did my AV-8 as one from VMA-311, based at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, which is about 150 miles from here.

Tracks for Merkava, Type 3

Published: May 4th, 2019     
Tracks for Merkava, Type 3
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:72
Company: OKB Grigorov

Without expressed or written consent, I stole the following from an IPMS/USA Review by Mike Lamm: OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria. The company, begun in 2002, focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of after-market products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch, and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.

This review is not of one of those but rather on an after-market set of tracks for Revell's Merkava series of tanks in 1/72nd scale. HobbyBoss has a 1/72nd scale Merkava but they choose to mold the road wheel /tracks as one piece. The Revell kit features separate road wheels and length and link style tracks. While it is might be possible to remove the tracks lengths from the Hobby Boss assembly, it will be a bit of a chore. Given a choice, maybe best to stick with the Revell version...for your own sanity.

MiG-29 Pitot

Published: May 4th, 2019     
MiG-29  Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

This product is for the MiG-29. It's more complex than many other pitot tubes because it's got two tiny vortex generator fins, one on each side of the pitot tube. So the package contains the pitot plus a PE fret with the vortex generators.

Installation of the pitot tube is pretty simple. I used the Academy kit for this review. The Academy MiG-29 has a flat spot at the tip of the nose for the pitot. So it was fairly easy to drill a .3mm hole in the center of the spot and glue the pitot in place.

The vortex generators were more complex, as they were thin brass and only about .1 mm wide. I had to use my heavy duty magnifiers to even see the parts, and holding them with tweezers while putting them on the sides of the pitot were delicate procedures.

Once the pitot and vortex generators were installed, I painted them using Tamiya Silver. Done.