Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Zoom Photoetch for Revell 1/32 Fw 190A-8

Published: November 19th, 2019     
Zoom Photoetch for Revell 1/32 Fw 190A-8
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models has released a PE set to spruce up your Revell Fw-190A-8.

Typical of the Zoom line, this set consists of one fret, focused on the instrument panel and a few other cockpit details.

The instrument panel fret is pre-painted and would look very good with an open canopy. It will certainly enhance the looks of your Fw-190. The fret also includes all kind of switches, levers, oxygen regulator and rudder pedals.

Please note that this set does not include seatbelts. You can get them on the sets 33227 and 33179 (steel version, which are very nice to work with).

Given the small size of some of the parts, I will recommend this kit to modelers of all levels except the most novice. Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Eduard Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Shafrir 2

Published: November 18th, 2019     
Shafrir 2
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues to expand its Brassin line, this time with the release of the Shafrir 2 missile in 1/48 scale. These Israeli-built missiles have seen widespread service with the IDF, plus it has been exported to many countries in Latin America (I know of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and perhaps other countries as well).

I have to say that I like the new packaging of the Brassin detail sets. Now they are released in a clear plastic hard blister instead of a thin cardboard box. This new packaging protects delicate resin parts from being bent in transport.

This set provides you with two missile bodies, 8 fins, 2 pylon racks, clear resin for the IR sensor plus resin and photoetch parts for the sensor cover. Also a small decal sheet is provided.

Resin parts are beautifully casted and no seams or mold lines are to be found anywhere, as you expect nowadays from any Eduard release. All resin parts are connected to the casting blocks by very thin connectors that can be easily removed with the back of an X-11 knife blade.

Standard Nose F-5 Pitot

Published: November 18th, 2019     
Standard Nose F-5 Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

The Master products are very fine and well done brass parts to update or repair your kit. In this case, it was an F-5A which I built several years ago, and the pitot tube was badly bent. Also, the guns were barely visible.

This set consists of a brass pitot, two 20mm guns, and a fairing which can replace the left gun.

The upgrade is pretty simple. You get a .3mm drill. Remove the kit pitot and drill a hole there. The guns require a little more work, as there isn't a good place to start drilling. I began by using a #1 blade to dig the guns out, then drilled the .3 mm holes. Then I installed the pitot and the guns. I had to use a little filler under the guns to get them looking good.

I painted the area with the same gray I used to paint the model, then highlighted the guns. I used Testors "Burnt Metal" for these, as I find gun metal to be too dark.

And the project was done. Looks good.

Boeing 737-800, -8 MAX, -700 Landing Gear

Published: November 17th, 2019     
Boeing 737-800, -8 MAX, -700 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

Boeing's 737-700, -8MAX and -800 are medium sized "single aisle" jet airliners. They are easily identifiable by their single winglets, which first appeared on the -700. Later 737s have a double winglet.

I chose the 737-800 because it's the variant used by QANTAS, which I flew from Melbourne to Cairns Australia in the spring of 2019.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

You get two sets of gear parts in this set. This could be useful if you decide you also want to do a -800 or even a -8MAX. 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 white. Easy to paint. There are a couple of hydraulic shock absorbers which are silver. Also easy.

F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels

Published: November 17th, 2019     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

This was done in conjunction with the Platz 1/144 F-5E/N kit which I also reviewed.

This set consists of a brass pitot, two 20mm guns, and a fairing which can replace one of the guns.

The upgrade is pretty simple. You get a .3mm drill. Remove the kit pitot and drill a hole there. The guns require a little more work, as there isn't a good place to start drilling. I began by using a #1 blade to dig the guns out, then drilled the .3 mm holes. Then I installed the pitot and the guns. I had to use a little filler under the guns to get them looking good.

I painted the guns area with the same gray I used to paint the model, then highlighted the guns. I used Testors "Burnt Metal" for these, as I find gun metal to be too dark. The pitot was painted Neutral Grey along with the nose area. The Master pitot is about 1/3 the thickness of the kit pitot, so it's more to scale.

And the project was done. Looks good.