Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Su-34 Landing Gear

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Su-34 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

UPDATED REVIEW

This release by SAC provides replacement white metal landing gear for the Kitty Hawk 1/48 Su-34 kit. While white metal is softer than cast brass, the main struts and nose struts are quite sturdy in this set and will hold up if a lot of weight is added to the model. This release by SAC is a replacement for the kit landing gear, both the main gear and the nose gear. These parts are not a copy of the kit parts it is engineered from build-ups of the kit parts and then cast. As a result, this set has fewer parts than if you built the landing gear out of the box. The gear is engineered to incorporate some plastic parts from the Kitty Hawk kit. Unlike past SAC sets I have reviewed in the past, these parts have been cleaned up and do not show any mold lines.

The replacement main gear comprises 6 parts and replaces kit parts as indicated:

RP-3 60lb Rockets for Tempest Mk. V

Published: July 25th, 2019     
RP-3 60lb Rockets for Tempest Mk. V
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As part Tempest release, Eduard Models has included different aftermarket sets. This one is for the RP-3 60 lb rockets, widely used by the Royal Air Force during WW2. The set in particular is recommended for the Eduard Tempest Mk V, as the rockets railings are meant to fit that model. I've believe the rockets could be used in other RAF models, if you can source your own railings.

A total of 8 resin rockets and railings plus a large PE fret arrive inside a box. To prevent the parts from rattling, there is some packing foam in the box. That is good, but in my particular boxing, the parts were packed so tight, that it might have led to some of the resin parts to bend. Actually 6 of the 8 rockets had some level of bending or twisting. Not a lot of bending but noticeable under close inspection. Probably by dipping the part in hot water and "re-bending" the part it might be possible to straighten them. The railings were straight as arrows.

Mig-29 (9-13) Exhaust

Published: July 24th, 2019     
Mig-29 (9-13) Exhaust
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Amigo Models

IPMS/USA continues to welcomes the return of the Advanced Modeling/Amigo team for sending us this new-technology set; their lineup continues to grow! And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

Advanced Modeling/AMIGO (Hereafter referred to as AM for simplicity) is a Russian company specializing in modern Soviet and Russian aircraft accessories; their first items released a few years ago were weapons, and they have recently branched out into other items, in this case an upgrade to Zvezda's Mig-29 9-13 kit exhaust, augmentor tubes, and afterburner nozzles.

Once again, AM's accessory shows the extent 3-D printing has improved the appearance of our available aftermarket... included are 8 resin parts: Exhaust augmentor tubes with excellent cooling liner details, along with the turbine/flameholder, and the dual-layer Exhaust augmentor petals, a hallmark of the Mig 29. These fit together like they should, and are astoundingly detailed.

Metal Landing Gear for SU-30MKK Flanker G

Published: July 23rd, 2019     
Metal Landing Gear for SU-30MKK Flanker G
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Consisting of 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well.

This SAC set adds the usual structural strength to the weakest part of most models: The landing gear. Cast tough yet malleable white metal, it addresses any concern for splayed and failed landing gear for Hobbyboss' SU-30MKK.

P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set

Published: July 21st, 2019     
P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The new Airfix P-40B is an excellent example of the iconic fighter made famous by the Flying Tigers. The kit is nice but there are some things in the cockpit that need to be 'fixed'. Aires has released this new cockpit set for the kit.

Inside the typical Aires blister pack are 21 pieces molded in light grey resin. My example was flawless despite damage to the blister package. The set also has a small fret of photoetch that includes the instrument panel and seatbelts. A film of acetate is also provided for the instruments.

This set will require some thinning of the sidewalls to get it to fit properly. But once you get past that, the set fits together simply and easily. The parts breakdown is very similar to the kit breakdown. The pour stubs are easy enough to remove.

This set only includes the rounded back seat common on American versions of this fighter. If you are going to do the flat back RAF type of seat, you'll have to get the seat from another source or use the kit part.