Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Ladder for MiG-29

Published: October 13th, 2019     
Ladder for MiG-29
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.

The MiG-29 ladder, in 48th scale, is packaged in a sturdy cardstock box measuring 5 inches by 3.5 inches. The box top shows a MiG-29, with the canopy open, and with the ladder in place, awaiting the pilot. The backside of the box serves as the "instruction sheet". The illustration shows that there are 5 parts included in the box. The ladder is a single part with two curved "hooks" that fit into the cockpit and hold the ladder in place. Two other parts are "arms" that hold the ladder away from the fuselage while providing some stability and support.

Ki-45 Kai Tei Toryu (Nick) Landing Gear

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Ki-45 Kai Tei Toryu (Nick) Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues their 1/32 scale line of white metal replacement gear with set 32146 for the Zoukei Mura 1/32 Ki-45 Toryu. The set includes 8 well made pieces of white metal that allow replacement of the two main landing gear struts along with a replacement of the tail wheel also.

Inside the package, there are two main gear struts that are not interchangeable so make sure you know which side is left and right. The main gear also includes retraction struts and oleo's for both sides. The tail wheel includes a nice sturdy strut and separate oleo.

Fortunately, I was building the Zoukei Mura kit and these popped up on the list so I was able to incorporate them into the build. The cleanup was simple. They clean up like plastic gear and removal of a few seam lines was all the was required. They were direct replacements for the kit parts and the metal is stronger.

Ladder for F-106

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Ladder for F-106
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Plusmodel

Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.

The ladder, in 48th scale, is packaged in a sturdy cardstock box measuring 5 inches by 3.5 inches. The box top shows an F-106, with the canopy open, and with the ladder in place, awaiting the pilot. The backside of the box serves as the "instruction sheet". The illustration shows that there are 14 parts included in the box.

AH-64 Apache Wheels Set

Published: October 12th, 2019     
AH-64 Apache Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Reskit

This set is designed for any 1/48 AH-64 kit. Included in a self-sealing package with a card stock backing. There are no instructions included in the kit. Five dark grey resin pieces are on four pour blocks. They are blemish free. The set includes two main wheels, one tail wheel and two small parts that look to be a additional wheel retention nuts.

The detail is exquisite throughout. There is a flat spot on the bottom to represent the weight of the aircraft. It is easy to overdo but Reskit has got it down perfect. Actually the tail wheel could even be flatter. The circumference tread is nicely deep and perfectly formed. The brake assemblies are beautifully rendered as well.

These wheels are significantly better than the kit offerings. They are perfectly formed and beautifully done.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Reskit and IPMS/USA for the review. You can obtain your copy from them at www.resikit.com.ua or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige)

Published: October 6th, 2019     
USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: RB Productions

RB Productions makes an assortment of aftermarket seat belts, photoetch and other items to dress up a wide variety of models.

While building the 1/24 scale Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat these seat belts were offered for an IPMS review. The timing was perfect as I had completed the cockpit and kit supplied belts, and was about to close up the fuselage.

The small package was nicely presented with a cardboard cover folded and stapled over a plastic bag. Inside was a sheet of paper belts, a small paper sheet containing the lap pad and photo etch buckles, all protected by a black cardboard sheet. Behind this were the tiny fold out instructions.