Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Curtiss P-40 B/C - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube Detail Set

Published: January 22nd, 2018     
Curtiss P-40 B/C - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube Detail Set
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

Airfix's new 1/48 early P-40 models have been very popular with modelers of late. Despite these being very good kits, there is always need for some improvement. Master Model's recent product address some of those needs.

Master has come out with aftermarket sets that replace Airfix's gun barrels and pitot tubes, as well as furnishing ring and bead sights that are missing from the original kit. There are separate Master packages for the American and British boxings, with appropriate changes in the pitot tubes and gun barrels.

IPMS and Master were kind enough to allow me to review the 'US version' of this set. It is comprised of the following brass pieces: four 0.30 cal gun barrels, two blast tubes for the nose guns, a 2-piece pitot tube (brass + resin), a bead sight, and a photoetch brass fret of ring sights.

Metal Landing Gear for C-5

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for  C-5
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. New crew is on point and clearing well...

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the new release 1/144 C-5. I shall refrain from calling the C-5 "Fred" in public because my old boss might find out. Old Generals show up at the most inopportune moments... and we were told not to call it that. BUFF is for the B-52. We'll just call it "the Screamer" and leave it there.

Metal Landing Gear for P-47D

Published: January 20th, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for  P-47D
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the Hasegawa or Eduard Re-release of the Hasegawa P-47D. This set replaces SAC's previous release of a set #32015 for the same base kit.

Another simple strengthening opportunity for a heavy kit, with my usual admonition to use metal gear for larger models. Larger models put more stress on plastic than metal.

This kit is still, in my opinion, the best P-47 on the market in this scale. When done it looks like the real bird. SAC's gear consists of 10 metal direct replacement parts for the kit item. The main gear are sturdy and clean with no flash or pitting. Same for all the other parts; the oleo scissiors fit tightly into their mounting sockets, and the shrink rod at the back of the gear is well done and cleans up easily when cut off the mold sprue.

Su-35 Flanker E Landing Gear

Published: January 15th, 2018     
Su-35 Flanker E Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Short History

While we are all familiar with the Su-27 family of aircraft this beast is in a league all in its own. Sukhoi's Su-35 Super Flanker (NATO designation "Flanker E") took the world market by storm when it proved able to challenge and defeat any aircraft in the East (and West) except for absolute top-of-the-line fighters such as the EF2000 and F-22. The direct derivative of the Super Flanker, aptly designated the Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator, was only intended as a technology demonstrator but is one of the most maneuverable aircraft ever built.

What's in the Box?

The box comes with a total of 17 white metal pieces to replicate the kit parts very accurately and adding some needed strength to support the aircraft especially with larger 48th scale Russian aircraft as they tend to be bigger than typical similar scale aircraft and the swaying and shifting could cause the plastic gear to snap and shear off. The Landing gear comes packaged in the typical SAC cardboard and bubble blister packaging we are all accustomed to seeing.

Messerschmitt Me-262 Landing Gear

Published: January 14th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Me-262 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed to fit Revell's series of 1/72 Me 262 kits. The kit was originally released back in 1997 and has been re-released periodically since th