Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Interior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1

Published: March 25th, 2020     
Interior 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 interior kit for the ICM DO 217N-1 contains one full-color photo etched tree containing 50 numbered parts. An additional unpainted tree containing around 45 individual parts is included. The double-sided instruction sheet is generally easy to follow, but there are several points of confusion discussed below. Several kit parts will require cutting; these are indicated in red as is standard fashion for Eduard instructions.

Reviewer's Comments

Assembly begins with the pedals. The builder is required to cut off the kit pedals and replace them with PE versions. The builder will be well-served to have a PE bending tool, fine needle nose tweezers and other tools of the trade to assemble these PE parts well. Forming the pedals is tricky. There are some 90-degree folds as well as curves to be formed, and they are quite delicate. Although the PE pedals look very authentic, they are not entirely necessary. When completed, they are recessed under the cockpit far enough that once the plane is completed and the canopy put on, they are virtually out of sight.

DO 217N-1 Seatbelts for ICM

Published: March 23rd, 2020     
DO 217N-1 Seatbelts for ICM
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kit

The 1/48 Eduard photo etch seatbelt kit contains one full-color photo etch tree containing five numbered parts with a total of 16 parts. The single-page instruction guide is easy to follow. Each of the three seats is clearly depicted with line drawings. Assembly of the seatbelts is nearly foolproof.  The right side for each seat is labeled A while the left side is labeled B. This consistency makes assembly of the seatbelts go quickly.

Reviewer's Comments

Filling a void for the ICM DO 217N-1 kit for which no seatbelts or seatbelt decals are provided, Eduard has stepped up to provide an excellent photo etch set. Whether you are a builder who likes to add just that little bit extra or a detail hawk, this full-color photo etch is a real asset to this ICM kit.

MH-60L Black Hawk Landing Gear (KH)

Published: March 5th, 2020     
MH-60L Black Hawk Landing Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35

This landing gear set by Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is for the Kitty Hawk MH-60L Black Hawk kit, although it can be used on the Kitty Hawk HH-60G Pave Hawk as well. For this review I used the gear on the Pave Hawk version kit.

Kit Contents

The landing gear comes in SAC's typical blister pack with some of the parts loose and some attached to a metal casting sprue. The kit includes 10 parts, six for the front and rear landing gear, and four for the weapons sponson supports that mount above the main gear on the Black Hawk. I did not use the supports for the Pave Hawk version.

Parts

The parts are cast in soft white metal that leaves mold seems on most of the parts. The mold seems can be easily cleaned up with an X-Acto blade, sanding sticks, or small files. Light sanding will smooth the texture of the white metal. Detail on the parts is very crisp and some of the parts appear to have even sharper detail than the kit parts. SAC uses the kit parts to make their molds but will frequently clean up the kit part prior to molding.

C-130 J Sponson Set

Published: March 1st, 2020     
C-130 J Sponson Set
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengen produces a wide range of unique resin, photo-etch (PE) accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144. These nacelles were previously produced by Attack Squadron (Arma Hobby) and that product line was sold to Brengen which now offers the C-130 product line many are familiar with.

This resin set comes in a sturdy cardboard box containing a left and right forward section of the landing gear sponson. Each of the two castings with crisp mold lines along with substantial cast block attached which are easily removed. The cut location was a little hard to determine at first but after cutting right at the thick of the cast block, it was obvious that it needed to be trimmed to the first cast line.

KC-130 J Harvest Hawk

Published: February 26th, 2020     
KC-130 J Harvest Hawk
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengen produces a wide range of unique resin, photo-etch (PE)accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144.  This conversion set was previously produced by Attack Squadron (Arma Hobby) and that product line was sold to Brungen which now offers the C-130 product line many are familiar with.

This resin set comes in a sturdy cardboard box containing a refueling pod (typical on KC-130's) but the remaining parts are unique to the Harvest Hawk (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit) platform. These parts include a AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight System that blends into one of the wing fuel tanks, AN/ALQ-144 IRCM in the left and right rear sponson and the "special package" AGM-114 Hellfire missiles with the respective wing pylon and launch rails. Decals and photo etch for the missiles are also included. A single sheet instruction set clearly gives the modeler a good guide on modifications required on the kit and placement of parts however cross check references to aircraft photos available online.

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