Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AN/ALQ-71(V)-2 ECM Pod

Published: March 29th, 2020     
AN/ALQ-71(V)-2 ECM Pod
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-71 "COMPASS ROBIN" is an electronic countermeasure pod that was developed from QRC-160-1 in the mid 1960's. Carried by a variety of military aircraft during the Vietnam, it was commonly seen on the RF-101C, F-105F, A-7, F-4 and the B-52. The ECM pod function is to blind the enemy radars guiding surface-to-air missiles, early warning radars, and ground-control intercept radars. The AN/ALQ-71 was phased out of service in the early 1970's and replaced by the AN/ALQ-119.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AN/ALQ-71(V)-2 is part of their "Brassin" line which is a multi-media product that includes resin, photo etch and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away. The resin gives you five different antennas, two forward sections and three aft sections for a wide variety of pod version. There a single photo etch fret that has two styles of generator fan blades. The decals are very nice with fine details easily seen.

Fokker 100 Airliner Landing Gear

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Fokker 100 Airliner Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144

The Aircraft

The Fokker 100 is a 100 passenger medium range airliner built by Fokker AG in the Netherlands. When it was introduced in 1987, sales were brisk, and it was a financial success. But by 1995 there were several competitors introduced, and sales were low. Fokker had to declare bankruptcy. They were bought by Deutsche Aerospace AG, but they also had financial problems, and production was ended in 1996. Most have been retired, but there are still a number flying in Australia and Iran.

The Revell kit was introduced in 1996, and has been re-released in 1996 and 2005 with new decals. There are also several aftermarket decal sets available for this kit.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

You get two sets of gear parts in this set. This is very handy, because I have another Fokker 100 in my stash. The parts are all white metal, and they fit nicely in place of the kit parts.

Painting

In this case, all of the gear legs were the same gray as the underside of the Swissair plane. Easy to paint.

AN/ALQ-87 ECM Pod

Published: March 28th, 2020     
AN/ALQ-87 ECM Pod
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-87 is an electronic countermeasure pod (originally the QRC-160-8) was first used in 1967. Carried by a variety of military aircraft during the Vietnam, it was commonly seen on the F-100, F-101, F-105, F-111, F-4 and the AC-130. The ECM pod function is to jam the enemy radars guiding surface-to-air missiles, and ground-control intercept radars handling multiple jamming functions. The AN/ALQ-87 was phased out of service in the early 1970's and replaced by the AN/ALQ-119.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AN/ALQ-87

Is part of their "Brassin" line which is a multi-media product that includes resin, photo etch and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away. The resin gives you six different antennas, two forward sections and two aft sections for a wide variety of pod version. There a single photo etch fret that has generator fan blades and two choices of blade antennas. The decals are very nice, multi color with fine details easily seen.

Helicopter Crew Vietnam

Published: March 28th, 2020     
Helicopter Crew Vietnam
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

Figures in 1/48th scale, in particular helicopter figures, are like hen's teeth. So when a new set comes out I am all over it. The latest of these releases is from PJ Production out of Belgium.

Packaged in a small end opening box, with a ziplock baggie inside of that, are three pour blocks of light grey resin and a tiny M-60 machine gun. The small M-60 is loose in the baggie so be careful you don't lose it when opening the bag. There are no painting instructions inside, but the cover photo of the finished figures is adequate for the job.

The three resin figures represent two pilots and one door gunner. This would seem to indicate that it for a Loach since they sometimes flew with a crew of three and Hueys flew with a crew of four. All the figures have chicken plate body armor and SPH-4 type helmets, but in this scale they could easily be APH-5 helmets. The one thing that stands out is that the heads have microphones molded on. Great job.

DFW C.V Landing Gear (WW)

Published: March 28th, 2020     
DFW C.V Landing Gear (WW)
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow - IPMS# 48487
Scale: 1/32

The DFW C.V Landing Gear for the 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings kit is one of the many accessories offered by Scale Aircraft Conversions. This is the second of three of these aftermarket kits for which I am providing an out-of-box review. As with their other products, these are made of white metal.

For the packaging for this conversion kit, we have a blister pack with a clear plastic bubble. My only complaint with this is that you cannot reseal it once you open it. However, it likely keeps the cost of the kit down.

The kit consist of what appears to be 4 parts, two of which are connected together with a larger piece of metal sprue. Similar large metal sprues are connected to the other two other parts. I have to say that I am very impressed with the casting of the parts. After looking at them very closely, I did not see anything that would require any significant attention other than cutting them off of the large metal sprues.