Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade

Published: September 21st, 2019     
F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

From the Website

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products

This is an upgrade set for Zoukei Mura Phantoms. With the kit, the stabilators can only be mounted in one position (neutral). With this set, you can set the stabilators in any one of three possible positions of your choice and improve the detail on the stabilator pivot cover plates as well. Also included are the reinforcement "fish" plates found on Air Force Phantom stabilators (not found in the ZM kits). Photos show how a "pitch up" and "pich down" position looks like before the PE cover plates are installed. Note this set does not make the stabilators movable, after all we modelers don't build "toys".. After the position is selected, everything has to be glued in place.

Browning .50 and .30 Caliber Shells and Cartridges

Published: September 15th, 2019     
Browning .50 and .30 Caliber Shells and Cartridges
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1:16
Company: Master-Model

Total number of parts: 25 each package.

As I'm scratch building a 1/16 scale PT boat, when I saw these neat little shells and cartridges I was curious. What arrived was 4 small packages which included 25 shells or cartridges each in both .50 caliber and .30 caliber. For a large scale I was surprised at how small they were. I was able to compare the .50 caliber ones with a real .50 caliber cartridge and shells, and there is a gigantic difference in size.

These detailing parts are made from brass, have the right dimensions for their scale, and the shell cases even have a hollowed-out end on them. I have photographed them with a real shell just to show the relative size of them. Overall they are very consistent and I'll bet they will look awesome on any 1/16 scale vehicle, boat, or tank. Their Master-Model website calls them the Ground Master Series.

I want to thank Master-Model and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review these accessories.

F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits

Published: September 7th, 2019     
F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

About HM (from the website)

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products.

Nose Gear Door and Actuator Piston for A-4B/C

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
Nose Gear Door and Actuator Piston for A-4B/C
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hypersonic

IPMS/USA welcomes Jeffrey Kubiak of Hypersonic to the list of producers of useful bits and bobs for those of us with Advanced Modelers Syndrome (AMS). And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Jeffrey began Hypersonic models in the UK, and has recently moved to Japan... a major change of scenery. Originally he started up with resin and detail upgrades for the Special Hobby X-15 kits... and now he's expanding... making up for lost time, so visit his site for not only this item, but several upgrades aimed at improving the Academy F-4 kits, and, most recently, the Zoukei Mura Phantoms as well.

Consisting of 2 perfectly-cast resin parts, this nose gear door is a total replacement for the kit item. It addresses the "busy" factor missing on the venerable Hasegawa early A-4 kit. Early A-4's had essentially an outer skin section of the nose with structural stringer, bulkheads, and sidewalls visible for the door. In this case the kit landing gear door is non-descript as the later version doors were enclosed for strength and durability. New A-4s are not as interesting as the early Scooters IMO, but I'm an old guy...

B43-1 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
B43-1 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Serving in the U.S. Navy in the late 1980's, these were the weapons that I could "neither confirm nor deny" were present on my aircraft carriers. The B43 was in service between 1959 and 1991, and could have been carried in a nuclear conflict aboard any U.S. aircraft certified for bomb loads (a rather lengthy list). This new release from Eduard will allow for a unique loading of any aircraft that served during the Cold War in nearly any branch of the service as well as by some NATO allies. Construction of the bombs is clear and anyone with limited experience with resin and brass will be able to put these to use.

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