Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Twin Store Carrier with BD3-USK

Published: April 7th, 2020     
Twin Store Carrier with BD3-USK
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to be used on Su-34s and Su-35s and should fit either Trumpeter Hasegawa's kits. The set consists of 18 resin parts which allows you to assemble a pair of the twin store carriers and provides the parts for either configuring the rails for either bombs or rocket launchers.

The parts are cast in grey resin which is of medium hardness which is easily cut with a razor saw or a sharp Xacto blade and sands easily. After washing the parts to remove any casting residue, I used a fine razor saw to separate the parts from the casting blocks. The instructions clearly show where to cut the parts off of the casting block and the resin spacers that between the side rail mounts and the center part of the upper pylons. I then used a 400-grit sanding stick to clean up the edges.

Gear for WNW RE.8

Published: April 7th, 2020     
Gear for WNW RE.8
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:32

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.

As mentioned in other reviews, I tend to be a rather heavy-handed modeler and I have a long history of "critical parts" failure with WWI models which is self-made and not a reflection on the quality of the original kit. I've snapped wing struts in half, broken off tail skids, and caused catastrophic damage to undercarriage support structures. Knowing that I've "got a problem".

I now take it for granted that when I select a WWI aircraft model as my next project one of my first actions is to visit the SAC website and  search for any SAC products that can replace kit parts such as wing struts and landing gear components. I have found that SAC gear replacement parts are a positive addition to my modeling effort.

L-265M10 Electronic Warfare Pod for Su-35

Published: April 7th, 2020     
L-265M10 Electronic Warfare Pod for Su-35
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72

This set is designed to be used on any 1/72 scale Su-35 and as the pods are wingtip mounted, they should fit either Trumpeter or Hasegawa kit. The set consists of 6 grey resin parts for two pods and 2 each of the red and green position lights that mount out the outboard sides of the pods. This will allow you to outfit one model.

The parts are cast in a light grey resin which is of medium hardness, so it is easily cut with a razor saw or a sharp Xacto blade and sands easily. After washing the parts to remove any casting residue, I used a fine razor saw to separate the parts from the casting blocks. Each pod is cast in two parts consisting of the main body of the pod and a separate tail cap. The instructions clearly show where to cut the parts off of the casting block and if you are careful, the two sections of each pod should match up pretty well. I did not do so well on my cuts, so I ended up using Mr. Surfacer to fill the gaps.

Gear Replacement Set for Fe.2b

Published: April 7th, 2020     
Gear Replacement Set for Fe.2b
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:32

Scale Aircraft Conversions offers a very large number of gear replacement sets for a wide variety of aircraft kits. This gear set is designed to replace the gear, and other parts, on the Wingnut Wings Fe.2b Late. Parts included in the SAC gear set are the axle, axle brackets, tail skid, and two control cable bars.

The SAC parts are packaged in a sturdy clear container with cardboard backing. Each part is made of white metal and matches its WNW counterpart with great precision and attention to detail. Wingnut Wings is known for its superior quality and attention to detail so what would be the reason to seek replacement parts? The answer is simple. The SAC parts, made of white metal, provide a strength and stability that will add to the durability of the model while maintaining the high level of detail of the WNW product. The parts in this review sample are free of flash or mold separation lines and, while they might bend, they will not break.

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.

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