Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set

Published: July 4th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!

When I received the box , I knew what I was getting. The review will be four separate tomes to cover the Over tree kit, the wheel set, and the over tree stencil decal set.

Tempest Mk. V Wheels Early

Published: July 4th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V Wheels Early
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!, and Phil and John in the specialized shipping to reviewers business.

This review is for the resin wheel and tire assembly (plus masks) designed for the early version of the Tempest V. Superb detail, Manufacturer info on the tire wall, inflation stem peeking out from one of the cooling vents, and detail on the brake cover plate on the back. Follow my instructions for success: (BTW, I cleaned off the wheels with Blech white to remove any mold release, and used Duplicolor(r) brand flat black primer in a large spray can; this ensured I had NO problem with paint adhesion over resin).

US Navy Aircraft Wheel Chocks

Published: July 4th, 2019     
US Navy Aircraft Wheel Chocks
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

This is one of those little "add-ons" that make your carrier deck look real. The US Navy has always been very careful about parking their airplanes on the deck, and keeping them there. It's considered "not good" when the deck pitches and a plane slides into the plane next to it, or even "more not good" if it slides off the deck into the water. Tying the plane down works, but the chocks certainly help, especially when you're moving the plane.

The Kit

The package contains 4 chocks, each on its own pour sprue. There are two parts to each chock. One of the parts has a rod attached to the chock block. The other part has a hole the rod goes through to allow the chock to be adjusted to fit the wheel.

You get two sets of two chocks in the package.

Preparation

The chock part with the rod comes off the sprue fairly easily. The chock is fine, but the rod is pretty fragile. I broke two of the 4 during this part of the build. I could see that if I just glued the rod together, probably with CA, it would have a spot which the other chock part (the one with the hole) wouldn't slide past it.

Metal Landing Gear for B-52D/G/H Stratofortress

Published: July 3rd, 2019     
Metal Landing Gear for B-52D/G/H Stratofortress
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many timely releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to John and Phil for sending it to me to be reviewed.

This is one of SAC's more complex gear... That should be expected, because the B-52 gear is appropriately labeled in the "Steampunkt" realm. Working in the wheel well reminds one of movies on the Thames River in the UK where closeup of bridges and other ironwork would be right at home in the B-52 caves.

Consisting of 30 well-cast white metal bits, a careful application of gel superglue and care in assembly can result in almost perfect seams and alignment. The actual aircraft has a bunch of cables and the like, so the majority of the kit items takes up this upper section to a new height of modeling frenzy. Just replace the kit gear parts with the SAC parts, use glue sparingly, and you will be rewarded with four separate landing gear, strut supports, trunnions, etc.

Mino "Fido" Torpedo

Published: June 30th, 2019     
Mino "Fido" Torpedo
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. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums.

Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BR48107 Mark 24 Mine "Fido" Torpedo. The name is a little confusing. Is it a mine or a torpedo? A little history is appropriate at this point.

Googling Mk.24 Mine "Fido" Torpedo received a number of hits. I chose the Wikipedia site and the explanation for the name, as well as a description of the "Fido" and its operational history. The following paraphrases the introductory paragraph found on the Wiki site.

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