Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Fly Rotachute Mk.IV

Published: December 14th, 2019     
Fly Rotachute Mk.IV
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fly Models

Fly Models has released a multimedia kit of a very obscure subject: The "Rotachute".

This aircraft was a combination of an autogiro and a parachute, intended to deliver airborne soldiers to the battlefield in an alternative way to the parachute. From what I read online, the main reason behind this aircraft was due to a shortage of silk during the war. You can find some other interesting stories about this contraption online, including pictures of the prototypes being towed by different trucks (diorama anyone?).

In a diminutive open-side box you get 14 injected plastic parts and 9 photoetch ones. There are no clear parts as the original aircraft had none. The decal sheet is miniscule. While the box calls this model "Rotachute Mk.IV", it might be possible to build the Marks III and V from this box.

The plastic parts are molded in tan. The parts have no flash, but there are some mold lines that would benefit of a pass with a fine sanding stick. Many parts are small and delicate. Removal from the sprues should be done with care. You might have an easier time with a few small parts if replaced by very fine plastic rod or wire.

F6F-5 Hellcat Landing Gear (AX)

Published: December 13th, 2019     
F6F-5 Hellcat Landing Gear (AX)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that makes white metal landing gear for a vast number of model aircraft in all scales.

The idea behind the use of metal over the kit supplied plastic landing gear is strength. Over time plastic can give way under the weight of heavy aircraft models.

The metal parts are contained in a clear plastic tray with an attractive color backing showing product details.

Examining each item, it was apparent that masters of the original plastic parts were copied and molded into white metal. Corrections or improvements were also made, such as removing the brake lines molded over the oleo struts.

The general molding was quite clean, but seams would need to be cleaned up. Working with the white metal and cleaning up mold seam lines is detailed on SAC's comprehensive website.

While the metal parts showed similar molding quality to the plastic equivalent, the same could not be said about the mounting slots in the main legs for the retraction struts. These were quite rough and much filing and sanding was needed to get a decent fit.

SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late

Published: December 6th, 2019     
SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation

Videoaviation.com has been producing superb aftermarket diorama accessories and munitions for a fair amount of time. One of its latest offerings is the SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late cluster bomb unit. The SUU-30 is the actual canister holding all the smaller cluster bomblets. This unit was used from post Viet War, late Cold War until 1991 Gulf War.

Inside the package, you will find parts to make six complete cluster bomb dispensers. The bomb units are broken down into front and back parts (six of each), a photoetch fret to add the fins at the rear of the bomb and a set of decals and instructions. Casting is superb with cream colored resin being used.

Preparation is simple. Cut the fin and nose sections from their casting blocks. Make sure to be as square as possible to insure a good join and minimal seam. Glue the front and back together. Once dry, I feathered the seam with glazing putty wiped with lacquer thinner. I added the fins to the tail which fit perfectly and selected a fuse.

F-5 Cannon and Pitot Probe (Standard Nose Version)

Published: November 29th, 2019     
F-5 Cannon and Pitot Probe (Standard Nose Version)
Reviewed by: Damon Blair - IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

The F-5 series of aircraft comes armed with two 20mm, M-39 cannons, each with 280 rounds of ammunition. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy both used the F-5 in a training role, with different paint jobs and tactics to simulate enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat training.

Master Models has come up with brass replacement gun barrels and a turned brass pitot probe for the nose. Four parts are included, two gun barrels, one gun fairing, and a pitot probe. Each of the gun barrels has a realistic barrel shape, open at one end and faired closed at the other. The gun fairing is slightly larger than the two gun barrels and gives you the option of having just one gun in the nose.

Installation is straightforward and simple I painted both gun barrels gunmetal prior to installation, and the pitot probe silver and black after installation. Be careful during the installation, ensuring that the barrels are facing the right way. The parts are almost a one to one replacement of the kit parts, save for the pitot probe. The pitot probe will need some work done to the model to incorporate it perfectly.

Many thanks to Master Models for the review sample!

F-5 Cannon and Pitot Probe (Standard Nose Version)

Published: November 29th, 2019     
F-5 Cannon and Pitot Probe (Standard Nose Version)
Reviewed by: Damon Blair - IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The F-5 series of aircraft comes armed with two 20mm, M-39 cannons, each with 280 rounds of ammunition. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy both used the F-5 in a training role, with different paint jobs and tactics to simulate enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat training.

Master Models has come up with brass replacement gun barrels and a turned brass pitot probe for the nose. Four parts are included, two gun barrels, one gun fairing, and a pitot probe. Each of the gun barrels has a realistic barrel shape, open at one end and faired closed at the other. The gun fairing is slightly larger than the two gun barrels, and gives you the option of having just one gun in the nose.

Installation is straightforward and simple I painted both gun barrels gunmetal prior to installation, and the pitot probe silver and black after installation. Be careful during the installation, ensuring that the barrels are facing the right way. The parts are almost a one to one replacement of the kit parts, save for the pitot probe. The pitot probe will need some work done to the model to incorporate it perfectly.

Many thanks to Master Models for the review sample!