Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F4U Late Ribbed Thread Wheels Set

Published: December 27th, 2019     
F4U Late Ribbed Thread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of tires for 1/48th F4U Corsairs. This set of tires is labeled as "Late Ribbed Thread (Late 50s) Wheels Set". If your Corsair is modeled after an aircraft in use in the late 1950's then these wheels are for you!

The product package will be very familiar to Brengun fans. The envelope consists of a clear material which allows for an excellent view of the two tires within. The familiar red Brengun data card and a piece of thick black cardstock keeps the wheels safe from harm.

Each of the two resin tires is molded as a single piece. There are no seams and therefore, there is no mold ridge to file down along the circumference of the tires. There is a portion of each tire that is "flattened", so be sure to put that flat surface into contact with the "ground".

F4U F6F Diamond Tread Wheels Set

Published: December 27th, 2019     
F4U F6F Diamond Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

As with most Brengun wheel sets, this set arrives in a clear plastic "sleeve". Within are the two sprues with the tires and rim covers for those tires. A small paper serves as the instruction sheet. A thicker rectangle of black paper gives the plastic "sleeve" more rigidity, protecting the 4 resin parts.

The instructions are very useful, showing the angle of the landing gear struts to the "ground", giving the modeler an "assist" in getting the flat surface of the tires and the gear legs in the proper position.

The tires are cast as a single piece, avoiding any seam along the circumference of the tire where it to be molded in halves. It will be necessary to clean up portions of the tire tread where it is attached to the sprue. A quick scraping with an Xacto blade will effectively remove any flash.

Some care will be required when working on the rim covers. These two parts are extremely thin, and it will be necessary to clean some flash out a few of the "pie" shaped openings in the rim.

T-6 Texan/Harvard Gear

Published: December 26th, 2019     
T-6 Texan/Harvard Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks once again for another great set from SAC, and thanks to John and Phil for sending it out for review.

Recommended Kits:

  • Heller 1/72 T-6 Texan and any other companies that have released the kit under license such as Encore

The review item is the typical high standard and normal from SAC; a direct replacement for the kit items except these are cast metal. Consisting of sets of two main gear and one tail gear, there is not much to describe except to remove the parts from the pour runners with side nippers, use flat 220 wet/dry to prepare the cut stub, then install the gear on the model.

No instructions are provided, nor are any required. The gear themselves are excellent castings, and rarely require much preparation for installation. Some people gently polish the gear beforehand, to provide a realistic sheen only capable in this medium. Be aware, however, that all metals will corrode so some extent, so a light clear coat or primer painting before installation are warranted.

AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser

Published: December 24th, 2019     
AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
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 item covers a unique subject that will assist outfitting a wide variety of aircraft. There are resin chaff/flare dispensers produced for a specific subject complete with their entire mounting. This accessory will allow the modeler to add it to kits where fidelity is poor or completely missing, as well as add it on aircraft kits where a version specific resin update is not available.

Packaged is a cardboard backed bag, there are three identical sets containing ten dispensers each. Of the ten dispensers, there are eight different configurations. Seven 30 shot dispensers with two fully "spent" flares, two unused flares and three in various used/unused configurations. The remaining three are the 15-shot style with one each in unused, fully used, and partially used dispenser. There is a very slight texture that can be seen in the photos but that will vanish after any sanding or after paint is applied.

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter

Published: December 24th, 2019     
Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

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.

This gear set is designed to be used on the Trumpeter Fairey Firefly kit. The SAC product includes seven parts.

  • Port and starboard main gear struts
  • Port and starboard gear arms
  • Port and starboard gear braces
  • Tail wheel. The tail wheel and tail wheel gear "arm" are molded as a single piece.

The SAC parts are very clean, but I did find a small amount of "flash" on the tail wheel at the point at which it would rest on the ground. Working with SAC gear prior to this review set I found that a "swipe" or two along a mold seam with a #11 X-acto blade, or a "wipe" or two with medium grit sandpaper easily removes any residue.