Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura

Published: December 23rd, 2019     
F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: New Ware

Company Background

New Ware is a company in the Czech Republic that is well know to spacecraft modelers. They were new to me. I looked into their website and the text is a mix of English and Czech, and it is noted that Russian, German and Italian are also spoken. They offer kabuki-type masks for many of the popular scales from 1/24 down to the diminuative 1/144, plus eggplanes.

Their on-line catalog is broken down by scale, with a further breakdown for model kit manufacturer. Each mask description for the kit noted with details for the contents such as all clear parts, interior (when offered), other clear parts and wheels.

F-18C/D Wheels

Published: December 23rd, 2019     
F-18C/D Wheels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
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 wheel set is cast with zero flash with prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is not visible however in this scale, reading the lettering should not be an issue to most modelers. The tread is not that deep but visible and realistic to 1/144 scale.

These wheels are for the "legacy" hornets which differ from the "Super Hornets". Each tire has a slight expanded section for weight on wheels. Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers are clearly visible on the main wheels however the outboard features, holes and rim fasteners are a little blended and not that crisp compared to larger scales.

RF-5A/E/S T-38 Talon, F-5B

Published: December 15th, 2019     
RF-5A/E/S T-38 Talon, F-5B
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Models

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with three parts, two gun barrels, and one pitot tube. Compared to the Academy parts, the Master parts are very fine and detail is the finest I have ever seen and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. As for the pitot tube, I wish I had a 1/32 scale T-38 to compare to but the crisp and consistent shape that is spot on to reference photos. The pitot tube is plenty long for any kit with adjustments to each kit a simple procedure.

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. I am hopeful there will be an injected molded 1/32 scale T-38 released so I can use the pitot tube. I would like to thank Master Models for this review sample.

F-18 Super Hornet Wheels

Published: December 15th, 2019     
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
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 wheel set is cast with zero flash with prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is not visible however in this scale, reading the lettering should not be an issue to most modelers. The tread is not that deep but visible and realistic to 1/144 scale.

These wheels are for the "Super Hornets" which differ from the "legacy". The tread does match reference photos, although shallow, they are true to scale. Each tire has a slight expanded section for weight on wheels. Compared to Dragons EA-18G Growler injection molded wheels, you can see the advantage of the Brengun wheels.

Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers are clearly visible on the main wheels however the outboard features, holes and rim fasteners are a little blended and not that crisp compared to larger scales.

U-2A Dragon Lady Landing Gear (AFV)

Published: December 14th, 2019     
U-2A Dragon Lady Landing Gear (AFV)
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape.

This set includes twelve parts, the two centerline main gear struts (front and rear), retract and bracing arms, landing light, and outrigger gear. All the main gear, various linkages, and outriggers are exact copies of the kit parts with most of the mold lined cleaned up.

SAC gear does require some clean-up for the rare cases there are still seam lines. You many also sand and prime the struts to remove some of the rough texture that appears in some areas. Installing the new gear requires CA glue or non-traditional modeling adhesives. SAC recommends that the gear is for experienced modelers that are used to working with metal gear.