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Reviews of scale model detail sets.

M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)

Published: December 14th, 2019     
M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Every once in a great while you run into something in the modeling world that really makes you stand up and take notice. I think Master Models has finally hit about the limit of size feasibility in the scale business - 1/35th scale empty .30 caliber shells that are literally on the edge of visibility for an old coot like me.

This package comes with 25 pieces that are absolutely remarkable for their size and detail. Despite their minuteness, they're not just little pieces of brass rod, but actual shells with rims and a shell opening on one end. I honestly don't know how they are even capable of manufacturing something this small - they're smaller than grains of rice and are closer to the size of (hope this isn't too disturbing) head lice. As you can see, they're hard to photograph because they're so small. Absolutely amazing!

British Reflector Gunsights WW2

Published: December 14th, 2019     
British Reflector Gunsights WW2
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Brengun

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't used a lot of Brengun products over the years. This has nothing to do with their quality - more like modeling inertia. Often by the time I see a need for additional detail on an aircraft kit, I've reached the point of impatience where I simply want to get the thing done. This has not always worked in my favor.

An area where 1/32nd scale kits, especially older ones, often let the modeler down is in the area of the gun sight - one of the most visible aspects of any cockpit from the era. Due to the limitations of injection molding, these are often represented by little more than lumps of plastic with only the faintest resemblance to the real article. Brengun has done something to fix this problem.

Fly Rotachute Mk.IV

Published: December 14th, 2019     
Fly Rotachute Mk.IV
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fly Models

Fly Models has released a multimedia kit of a very obscure subject: The "Rotachute".

This aircraft was a combination of an autogiro and a parachute, intended to deliver airborne soldiers to the battlefield in an alternative way to the parachute. From what I read online, the main reason behind this aircraft was due to a shortage of silk during the war. You can find some other interesting stories about this contraption online, including pictures of the prototypes being towed by different trucks (diorama anyone?).

In a diminutive open-side box you get 14 injected plastic parts and 9 photoetch ones. There are no clear parts as the original aircraft had none. The decal sheet is miniscule. While the box calls this model "Rotachute Mk.IV", it might be possible to build the Marks III and V from this box.

The plastic parts are molded in tan. The parts have no flash, but there are some mold lines that would benefit of a pass with a fine sanding stick. Many parts are small and delicate. Removal from the sprues should be done with care. You might have an easier time with a few small parts  if replaced by very fine plastic rod or wire.

F6F-5 Hellcat Landing Gear (AX)

Published: December 12th, 2019     
F6F-5 Hellcat Landing Gear (AX)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that makes white metal landing gear for a vast number of model aircraft in all scales.

The idea behind the use of metal over the kit supplied plastic landing gear is strength. Over time plastic can give way under the weight of heavy aircraft models.

The metal parts are contained in a clear plastic tray with an attractive color backing showing product details.

Examining each item, it was apparent that masters of the original plastic parts were copied and molded into white metal. Corrections or improvements were also made, such as removing the brake lines molded over the oleo struts.

The general molding was quite clean, but seams would need to be cleaned up. Working with the white metal and cleaning up mold seam lines is detailed on SAC's comprehensive website.

While the metal parts showed similar molding quality to the plastic equivalent, the same could not be said about the mounting slots in the main legs for the retraction struts. These were quite rough and much filing and sanding was needed to get a decent fit.

SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late

Published: December 5th, 2019     
SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Videoaviation.com

Videoaviation.com has been producing superb aftermarket diorama accessories and munitions for a fair amount of time. One of its latest offerings is the SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late cluster bomb unit. The SUU-30 is the actual canister holding all the smaller cluster bomblets. This unit was used from post Viet War, late Cold War until 1991 Gulf War.

Inside the package, you will find parts to make six complete cluster bomb dispensers. The bomb units are broken down into front and back parts (six of each), a photoetch fret to add the fins at the rear of the bomb and a set of decals and instructions. Casting is superb with cream colored resin being used.

Preparation is simple. Cut the fin and nose sections from their casting blocks. Make sure to be as square as possible to insure a good join and minimal seam. Glue the front and back together. Once dry, I feathered the seam with glazing putty wiped with lacquer thinner. I added the fins to the tail which fit perfectly and selected a fuse.

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