Reviews of scale model detail sets.
Review Author
David Horn
Published on
November 15, 2020
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for a kit’s plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes four parts; main gear, nose gear, oleo strut for nose gear, and nose gear bay. SAC gear does require some clean-up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are used to working with metal gear.

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
November 11, 2020
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$11.00

Brengun is known as a prolific manufacturer of accessories and aftermarket items. Over the years I have purchased or reviewed some 15 to 20 after-market items like this product being reviewed and I have yet to find any deficiencies in any of those products. The Mk. XVII Depth Charge set lives up to the standards that I have come to expect from Brengun.

This version of the Mk XVII Depth Charge is designed to be delivered by an aircraft and can be used to enhance any number of aircraft that the modeler currently has on their workbench, both serving in the military branches for the United States and its allies. As prepared by Brengun, there are components for two Mk. XVII’s included in this package. Also included are the “bomb” racks which connect the depth charge to the aircraft.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
November 11, 2020
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$18.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions now has thirty years of experience supplying resin and white metal parts to model builders, and their product listing continues to expand. This is the tenth landing gear set from SAC that I have reviewed, and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear. This set is intended for the 1/48 scale F-14D Tomcat that was recently released by AMK (kit 88007). The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary, to obtain the proper angles. Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
November 11, 2020
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.25

For one of their latest releases, Brengun has issued a pair of AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles in 1/48 scale for arming your latest modern aircraft in this scale. This is a relatively easy upgrade for modelers that have some experience with resin and photoetched parts. Assembly is straightforward, which adds to the ease of using these replacement missiles.

The AIM-9X is the latest development of the venerable Sidewinder missile, and manufactured by Raytheon, it is currently in use by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and more than two dozen NATO countries and U.S. allies. The missile uses infra-red tracking and actually maintains the rocket motor, warhead, and fuse of the predecessor AIM-9M. The big change with the X is the use of thrust vectoring to allow the missile to quickly change direction during flight. The AIM-9X was first tested in 1999 and was in full operation in 2004.

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
November 10, 2020
Company
Aerobonus
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$7.00

In keeping with other figures that are offered by AeroBonus, the figure consists of a head, two arms, and a body. This “kit” consists of four parts, all attached to a resin runner. Looking at the accompanying images there are two rectangular “partitions” also attached on either end of the runner. These are not parts to be added to the figure. They serve as “safety” barriers to prevent damage to the four body parts. Removal of these two barriers with a razor saw will make it much easier to cut the kit parts away from the runner. The arms and head are quite small, and it is wise to exercise some caution when removing them from the runner “lest ye old Carpet Monster” attempts to abscond with them. Do not ask me how I know.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
November 8, 2020
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$6.00

By now many of us have delved into the Airfix new tool 1/48 P-51 Mustang series. In spite of what are awesome kits out of the box, Quickboost has found an area the kit could use an upgrade. This consists of a drop-in replacement for the kit exhaust parts. The Mustang came with two variations of the exhaust pipes. This detail set provides the unshrouded type that were visible back inside the cowling. A comparison of the Quickboost parts with the kits reveals a number of improvements including a better overall sharpness of casting, hollowed ends and mounting bolts at the ends that go inside the cowling. Removal of the casting blocks is as easy as a pass with a sharp knife.

These are recommended if you want to easily enhance a very visible part of your finished Mustang.

Thanks to Quickboost for the sample and to IPMS for sharing it with me to review.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
November 4, 2020
Company
Brengun
MSRP
$9.75

The Mark XIII torpedo was the primary air-dropped torpedo of U.S. Navy in World War II. While it originally entered service in 1938, due to a series of design flaws, its performance during the first years of World War II was dismal, often running erratically, failing to maintain the correct depth and arming prematurely. However, continued improvements to the Mark XIII during the war eventually made it a powerful and effective weapon. Later in the war, Mark XIII’s were used on American PT boats on roll-off racks, replacing the bulky torpedo tube launchers originally mounted (United States Naval Undersea Museum).

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
October 28, 2020
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48

Quickboost, a Czech Republic manufacture of after-market resin bits, has added to their offerings to enhance the ICM Holdings series of 1/48th scale A-26/B-26 aeroplane model kits.

Product/Stock#:

  • Invader Propellers - QB 48-936
  • Gun Barrels - QB 48-949
  • Reduction Casing - QB 48-953
  • Gun Turret - QB 48-950

MSRP:

  • Invader Propellers - $11.00
  • Wing Gun Barrels - $8.00
  • Propeller Reduction Casings - $11.00
  • Invader Gun Turret - $9.00

Quickboost, a Czech Republic manufacture of after-market resin bits, has added to their offerings to enhance the ICM Holdings series of 1/48th scale A-26/B-26 aeroplane model kits. Among the items designed specifically for the ICM kit(s) are :

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
October 27, 2020
Company
Aerobonus
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$9.00

Aires Aero-Bonus has done an excellent job with this kit. The figure consists of a head, two arms, and a body. The figure is easy to remove from the resin runner. A small saw will make that task fair easy. Some small amount of sanding will be necessary in order to attach the arms to the body. Figure painters have taught me to drill a hole in the heel of a boot and to insert a wire in order to hold the figure steady while painting. In this case, I was unable to place the hole in a boot heel. Instead I drilled the hole downward through the point at which the head will be attached to the body. With some careful sanding, the lower arms fit nicely onto the upper arm, which is molded onto the body. It is a simple chore to remove the small seams, if any appear at all, and with the arms in place the figure is ready to paint.

Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
October 22, 2020
Company
Aires Hobby Models
MSRP
$32.00

Contents Description

The resin/photo etch upgrade set comes packaged in the typical Aires blister pack fixed to a heavy stock paper backer, with industrial strength staples holding everything in place. The set includes the cockpit tub with side consoles and integral rear bulkheads for the pilot and back seater positions, two ejection seats, side walls for both positions, front combing with integral instrument panel, rear seat instrument panel, and separate pilot's control column and some smaller parts. Also included is a small PE fret with seat belts, instrument panel faces, rear view mirrors, rudder pedals and other small details. In addition, a small film is provided that includes the various instrument dial faces. This film is part of a sandwich requiring cutting to shape, with placement between the resin and PE panel faces. All of the individual resin parts require the removal from casting blocks before the parts can be fitted in the model.