Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

A-4 Skyhawk Ladder

Published: March 26th, 2020     
A-4 Skyhawk Ladder
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Company: Brengun

The Kit

This item comes as a single small PE Fret. It's the boarding ladder for a 1/144 Skyhawk, the base kit by Platz, and it's been reboxed by Eduard.

Assembly and Installation

I cut the base part from the fret. I formed the ladder legs to 90 degrees from the steps. Then I cut the brace that goes on under the platform, then added the platform. The steps were next, and then the two braces that run from the step support to under the platform.

I painted the ladder assembly bright yellow. I also painted the steps and top of the platform flat black, as anti-slip coatings. The wheels were then painted flat black and added to the bottom of the ladder.

German WWII License Plates

Published: March 26th, 2020     
German WWII License Plates
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

For those who prefer the smaller footprint of 1/72 scale WWII German subjects, Hauler has released this set of license plates, which look great for their size. While I typically start my reviews with a little history on the item that I am reviewing, when it comes to license plates, there is just not much to write. What I can tell you is that on a single photoetched fret, Hauler provides 58 plates of the three styles used most during the war. 27 of the plates are etched with a raised outer edge, while the remaining 31 are flat plates.

These plates will be an easy item to add to any kit to either replace the plastic equivalent or can be added if the kit neglected to add the plate(s). While no instructions are provided, none are needed as you can replace the kit plate(s) following those instructions for location or using reference photos to install them in the correct location.

F7U-3 Cutlass Ladder

Published: March 26th, 2020     
F7U-3 Cutlass Ladder
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro - IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

I asked for this review product as motivation to finish a 30 year old project. On my "shelf of doom" sat a partially completed Fujimi Cutlass which I purchased from the Squadron Shop near Silver Spring, MD circa 1987. Remember when Squadron had "brick and mortar" stores?

While waiting for the package to arrive, I dusted off the Fujimi box and was surprised to discover it was not as far along as I thought. More on this, later.

Canopy Masks for ICM DO 217N-1

Published: March 25th, 2020     
Canopy Masks for ICM DO 217N-1
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kit

The 1/48 Eduard canopy masks kit for the ICM DO 217N-1 contains one sheet of thin die-cut masking tape. There are 31 window masks and additional masks for the wheels. The single-page instruction guide is easy to follow. Each clear kit piece is identified (F1, F2 , F5 & F7) and left- and right-sided masks are mapped to their corresponding position on the diagram for that part. Note: clear kit parts which are not indicated on the masking diagram are not intended to be painted. Masks for the wheels are also clearly identified (D20, D21 and D4).

Reviewer's Comments

The ICM Dornier 217N-1 kit has a lot of canopy. Luckily, Eduard has produced an excellent mask set to assist the model builder with achieving nicely painted glass and an impressive look for your plane.

The die cuts are extremely precise. Each panel lifted off cleanly with no tears, no tugging and no tape strands. Each mask fit exactly and there was no need for any additional trimming.

Exterior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1

Published: March 25th, 2020     
Exterior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kit

The 1/48 Eduard photo etch exterior kit contains one unpainted photo etch tree containing approximately 40 individual parts. The double-sided instruction sheet is generally easy to follow. Several kit parts will require cutting; these are indicated in red as is standard fashion for Eduard instructions.  

Reviewer's Comments

Your use of this exterior PE kit will depend on how you wish to build your plane. Therefore, I recommend the builder take the following into consideration when making a decision about this PE kit: decide in advance whether you want to have an open or closed bomb bay, if you want to have open or closed cowling vents, and consider your tolerance for fragility.

Assembly begins with forming PE for the internal bomb bay components. The review model was completed with a closed Bomb bay due to a misguided construction step in the ICM kit instructions (which is discussed in the separate kit review). However, the PE pieces for the bomb bay are very nicely detailed and will certainly make the kit bombay look more authentic.

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