Reviews of scale model detail sets.

250 lb. AN-M57A1 Bomb

Published: February 17th, 2020     
250 lb. AN-M57A1 Bomb
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Hauler-Brengun is known as a supplier of high-quality detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Once assembled and painted the bomb provides a very nice addition to an aircraft model.

A-4E/F Skyhawk Landing Gear

Published: February 13th, 2020     
A-4E/F Skyhawk Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144

For those that be unfamiliar with Scale Aircraft Conversions this handy explanation from Scale Aircraft Conversions website should solve that problem: We (SAC) are currently producing a line of white metal landing gear for 1/24 to 1/72 scale aircraft. Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts. We have not sought to duplicate component parts where the factory plastic parts are reasonably accurate.

F-4J Phantom New Ware Exhaust Masks, Part 4

Published: February 12th, 2020     
F-4J Phantom New Ware Exhaust Masks, Part 4
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

The Kit

Refer to Part 1 for the base construction of this fine model kit.

Aftemarket Accessories Used

Several months ago I had the opportunity to review the New Ware exhaust mask set that I had originally planned to use on a Zoukei Mura F-4S Phantom sometime later. However with the opportunity to build and review the "J" version I decided now is the time to utilize this set. Since the Zoukei Mura Phantom have had their fair share of reviews I will focus my efforts on describing the use of the New Ware exhaust masks. See my earlier review here:

Exhaust Painting

The Zoukei Mura exhaust are finely molded with nice detail and therefore an aftermarket replacement would not be required. First I searched the Internet to find a color image of a Phanton exhaust to determine the effect I was after.

AL-21F Exhaust Nozzle for Su-24M

Published: February 9th, 2020     
AL-21F Exhaust Nozzle for Su-24M
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Amigo Models

This set is designed to be used on Trumpeter's Su-24 kits. The set consists of 10 resin parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for your Su-24 Fencer. Each nozzle set is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the rear nozzle assembly. The set also includes the rear engine bay bulkhead and the oddly shaped section between the two nozzles.

PAVE Way I Mk. 83 Slow Speed LGB, Thermally Protected Bombs

Published: February 8th, 2020     
PAVE Way I Mk. 83 Slow Speed LGB, Thermally Protected  Bombs
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Note: Before you begin, click the link to the Tulsa, Oklahoma group The Gap Band. Their hit, "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" is the perfect listening accompaniment for this topic. The DIAZO effects used in the video are kinda cool, too!

With apologies to Wikipedia... "PAVE Way is a series of laser-guide bombs (L.G.B.). PAVE, or pave, is sometimes used as an acronym for Precision Avionics Vectoring Equipment; literally, electronics for controlling the speed and direction of aircraft. Laser guidance is a form of PAVE.