Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

AH-64 Apache Wheels Set

Published: October 12th, 2019     
AH-64 Apache Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Reskit

This set is designed for any 1/48 AH-64 kit. Included in a self-sealing package with a card stock backing. There are no instructions included in the kit. Five dark grey resin pieces are on four pour blocks. They are blemish free. The set includes two main wheels, one tail wheel and two small parts that look to be a additional wheel retention nuts.

The detail is exquisite throughout. There is a flat spot on the bottom to represent the weight of the aircraft. It is easy to overdo but Reskit has got it down perfect. Actually the tail wheel could even be flatter. The circumference tread is nicely deep and perfectly formed. The brake assemblies are beautifully rendered as well.

These wheels are significantly better than the kit offerings. They are perfectly formed and beautifully done.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Reskit and IPMS/USA for the review. You can obtain your copy from them at www.resikit.com.ua or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige)

Published: October 6th, 2019     
USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: RB Productions

RB Productions makes an assortment of aftermarket seat belts, photoetch and other items to dress up a wide variety of models.

While building the 1/24 scale Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat these seat belts were offered for an IPMS review. The timing was perfect as I had completed the cockpit and kit supplied belts, and was about to close up the fuselage.

The small package was nicely presented with a cardboard cover folded and stapled over a plastic bag. Inside was a sheet of paper belts, a small paper sheet containing the lap pad and photo etch buckles, all protected by a black cardboard sheet. Behind this were the tiny fold out instructions.

MiG-21MF Fighter-Bomber Photoetch Set

Published: September 28th, 2019     
MiG-21MF Fighter-Bomber Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24805
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed to be used on Eduard's MiG-21MF "Fighter-Bomber" kit that was released by Eduard last fall. The set provides full color replacements for the cockpit walls, consoles, canopy rails, canopy and the instrument panel. It also includes a several pieces for the ejection seat harness, the "Odd Rods" IFF antennas and static dischargers.

Spitfire Mk. IXe/XVI Landing Gear

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
Spitfire Mk. IXe/XVI Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set includes two complete sets of landing gear for Eduard's recent Spitfire Mk. IXe and Mk. XVI kits. Each set is comprised of 5 pieces: two main struts, two scissor links, and a tailwheel with the strut. The parts are drop-in replacements for the kit parts.

As the struts are small and space around them on the casting tree is pretty tight, the first thing I did was to use a razor saw to separate the parts from the casting tree. To keep myself from getting confused, I removed one set only so that I could match the parts up with the ones left on the casting tree and keep left and right straight.

After the parts were removed, the next step is to remove the casting seams of each of the parts. I scraped off the seams with a Xacto blade and then used a small wire brush in my portable Dremel tool at low speed, to polish up the parts and remove the remainder of the seams. Next, I attached the scissor links, referencing the kit instructions to ensure proper orientation. Then I painted the main gear structs aluminum per the kit instructions with chrome silver for the oleo section.

MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber Cockpit

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber Cockpit
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Last summer Eduard released its much anticipated MiG-21MF kit in 1/72 scale. The initial release (the "Interceptor" version) represented aircraft manufactured at the Gorky factory. The second release was for MF's manufactured earlier at other factories (the "Fighter Bomber" version). As with the Interceptor kit, in conjunction with the release of Fighter Bomber kit, Eduard also released a separate resin cockpit set for the earlier model MiG-21MFs.

The set includes nine resin parts, a color photo-etch fret and an acetate sheet with 2 heads-up screens and is intended as a complete replacement for the kit cockpit and ejection seat. As you would expect with Eduard, the resin parts are beautifully cast with exquisite detail and the detail on the photo-etch set is crisp and sharp.