Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mk.IV Male (Emhar kit)

Published: April 19th, 2021     
Mk.IV Male (Emhar kit)
Reviewed by: Ron Bell - IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler

This set consists of one photoetch fret with parts to detail and/or replace kit parts on Emhar's 1/72 British Mark IV Male tank. Mainly they are replacement parts for the kit's un-ditching beam rails, some detail parts for that beam, replacement sponson doors, pistol port covers and parts to enable the modeler to open up the driver's and commander's vision ports. There's also a piece to replace the roof top storage bin.

The modeler would benefit from some PE folding experience, especially where the new un-ditching beam rails are concerned, as the folds are long and the pieces quite thin. The instructions for the sponson door parts leave out that you need to cut off the lower part of the kit part and glue it in place as it represents the part of the sponson below the door and the replacement parts do not take this into account. If you follow the instructions, there will be a large opening below the door. The benefit of these parts is that you can pose the sponson doors open as an interior part is supplied for the door. However, as the kit has no interior to speak of, the modeler will need to add something to the inside of the sponsons themselves.

Turret for Panzer IV, Ausf. H

Published: April 8th, 2021     
Turret for Panzer IV, Ausf. H
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov produces resin kits and accessories. The kits are 1/700 submarines and 1/72 armor. The accessories are for 1/35 and 1/72 armor. I've built a couple of the kits, and some of the resin upgrade pieces, and they provide incredible detail.

This kit is an upgrade turret for any 1/72 Panzer IV kit, and I doubt you'll find a better 1/72nd turret out there. The kit comes packed in a tiny box, but don't let its size fool you, inside it packed with 36 highly detailed resin and photo-etch metal parts, as well as a metal barrel. There are 14 resin parts, and 22 metal pieces and each one is finely detailed.

While the kit parts are highly details, the one page instructions are less so. The instructions show 7 different drawings of the completed model with lines drawn showing where the resin and photo-etch part are to be assembled, but the drawings weren't always clear to me about where the piece went and there was a considerable amount of looking at the drawing, then comparing it to photos in books, and on the internet, hoping to see how the part went on a particular location. In the end, I think I got the majority of parts in the right places.

F-104G/J, CF-104 Landing Gear

Published: April 8th, 2021     
F-104G/J, CF-104 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Scale: 1:72

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that has been marketing resin and white metal parts for scale model aircraft for over 20 years. They endeavor to be accurate in their moldings, claiming to correct inaccuracies if found. I have bought about a half dozen of their metal landing gear sets in the past, all of which have turned out to be excellent replacements for the plastic kit parts.

SAC's two-piece landing gear set #72180 is labeled for the '60s vintage 1/72-scale Hasegawa F-104G/J, CF-104 kit but I find that the set matches the more recent 1990-issued F-104G/S landing gear as well. A comparison photo of the metal SAC main gear with the F-104G/S gear is shown herewith.

A-26B Invader Landing Gear Set

Published: April 6th, 2021     
A-26B Invader Landing Gear Set
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32

The SAC replacement gear seems to be an exact replica of the parts from the Hobby Boss A-26 Invader kit. The metal is soft but easy to clean and file. The set consists of main gear, nose gear, and nose wheel well. I decided to use the nose gear and its well to help balance the model since I have never tolerated tail sitters.

The nose gear well needs a little filing to fit. Even after adding more weight, the airplane barely stood on its nose, so I am glad I used it. I don't believe you could get enough weight in the nose without it. The SAC set claims it weighs 42 grams and the kit recommends 150 grams, so the builder has to make up the 108 gram difference.

After finishing the model, because of its weight I might've been better off using the metal main gear also.

I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this accessory.

SAAB Viggen Landing Gear (Tarangus/Special Hobby)

Published: April 5th, 2021     
SAAB Viggen Landing Gear (Tarangus/Special Hobby)
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for the landing gear on the Tarangus/Special Hobby SAAB Viggen kits. The set includes replacement parts for the nose gear and both main gear assemblies and 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 nose strut assembly includes the gear strut, the scissor link and the retraction/extension actuator. The parts in my set were very well cast and after just a little clean-up of the casting seam where the casting plugs attach, the parts will be ready to go.