Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-18 Super Hornet Wheels

Published: December 15th, 2019     
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. This wheel set is cast with zero flash with prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is not visible however in this scale, reading the lettering should not be an issue to most modelers. The tread is not that deep but visible and realistic to 1/144 scale.

These wheels are for the "Super Hornets" which differ from the "legacy". The tread does match reference photos, although shallow, they are true to scale. Each tire has a slight expanded section for weight on wheels. Compared to Dragons EA-18G Growler injection molded wheels, you can see the advantage of the Brengun wheels.

Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers are clearly visible on the main wheels however the outboard features, holes and rim fasteners are a little blended and not that crisp compared to larger scales.

U-2A Dragon Lady Landing Gear (AFV)

Published: December 15th, 2019     
U-2A Dragon Lady Landing Gear (AFV)
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits 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 twelve parts, the two centerline main gear struts (front and rear), retract and bracing arms, landing light, and outrigger gear. All the main gear, various linkages, and outriggers are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up.

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.

M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)

Published: December 15th, 2019     
M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Every once in a great while you run into something in the modeling world that really makes you stand up and take notice. I think Master Models has finally hit about the limit of size feasibility in the scale business - 1/35th scale empty .30 caliber shells that are literally on the edge of visibility for an old coot like me.

This package comes with 25 pieces that are absolutely remarkable for their size and detail. Despite their minuteness, they're not just little pieces of brass rod, but actual shells with rims and a shell opening on one end. I honestly don't know how they are even capable of manufacturing something this small - they're smaller than grains of rice and are closer to the size of (hope this isn't too disturbing) head lice. As you can see, they're hard to photograph because they're so small. Absolutely amazing!

British Reflector Gunsights WW2

Published: December 14th, 2019     
British Reflector Gunsights WW2
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: Brengun

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't used a lot of Brengun products over the years. This has nothing to do with their quality - more like modeling inertia. Often by the time I see a need for additional detail on an aircraft kit, I've reached the point of impatience where I simply want to get the thing done. This has not always worked in my favor.

An area where 1/32nd scale kits, especially older ones, often let the modeler down is in the area of the gun sight - one of the most visible aspects of any cockpit from the era. Due to the limitations of injection molding, these are often represented by little more than lumps of plastic with only the faintest resemblance to the real article. Brengun has done something to fix this problem.

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.

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