Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AIM-9X Sidewinder

Published: December 7th, 2018     
AIM-9X Sidewinder
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Entering service in 2003, the AIM-9X is the latest version of the "Sidewinder" family of heat seeking missiles. Some of the advancements over previous versions is 90 degrees off boresight capability that is compatible with helmet mounted displays. The missile also incorporates thrust vectoring control improving turning capability. The AIM-9X also internal cooling which removes the need for launch rail nitrogen bottles. The AIM-9X is typically air launched but can be fired from land and sea platforms.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AIM-9X is part of their "Brassin" line includes resin 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.

Browning .50 Caliber Shells and Cartridges

Published: December 6th, 2018     
Browning .50 Caliber Shells and Cartridges
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

For those wanting to do dioramas and figures, there is a lot of guns involved and Master Model has come to the aid of modelers everywhere with two sets. They both represent .50 caliber machine gun rounds with an options of spent shell casings or full cartridges. Each set contains 25 pieces of magnificent metal work.

IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets

Published: December 5th, 2018     
IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master-Model

Bottom Line: Brass barrels in 1/700 scale for all WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) warships mounting 14cm (5.5in)/50cal guns, for mountings without (-058) or with (-059) blast bags.

 

What You Get

A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.

 

F-14D Cockpit Photoetch

Published: December 5th, 2018     
F-14D Cockpit Photoetch
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya 1/48th scale model of the F-14D recently introduced is a fantastic kit following the earlier release of the -A version. The parts are crisply molded and loaded with detail typical of Tamiya kits. However. some of us are never quite satisfied and wish to raise the detail bar a little higher, while some of us have difficulty staying within the lines when painting fine kit detail such as found in cockpits and instrument panels.

Contents Description

This small pre-painted fret includes parts to replace the front and rear instrument panels, the side consols, and various sidewall instrument panels. The set includes two pages of instructions that show the kit raised surface detail that must be removed and the placement of the photo-etched parts. It sounds simple and it is, but the careful removal of the surface detail is time-consuming, and one might be inclined to shed a tear or two while removing that fantastic kit detail. Once the raised detail is removed the kit parts are painted in the appropriate color and when the paint has cured the PE may be fixed in place.

Kittyhawk I, Ia, II, IIa, III Seat with Harness

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Kittyhawk I, Ia, II, IIa, III Seat with Harness
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed resin replacement seat with molded on harnesses for the 1/72 Special Hobby Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include nicely detailed harnesses and seat belt restraints. Although made for the Special Hobby Kittyhawk kits, the seat should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk kits currently on the market. I dry-fitted to my Airfix Kittyhawk example (see photos).

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.