Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube

Published: June 30th, 2019     
Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Gloster Meteor was one of the iconic, pioneering jet fighters to become available during the final year of World War Two.

Master Models is a Polish company that produces some of the finest aftermarket brass accessories to enhance just about any scale model. I have used their offerings before, and love the final look and relative ease of using them.

Airfix has released a couple of Meteor kits over the last few years, and I recently snapped one up from my local hobby shop.

The kit pitot is represented as a straight plastic tube with no relief whereas, I believe, it should taper in towards the end. I clumsily broke the plastic tube when removing it from the sprue and super glued it back together for the pictures here.

The finesse of the Master Model pitot tube is simply outstanding. It is fairly stiff and should withstand some handling. It slots into the wing recess perfectly and will be superglued in place at the end of the build. This will definitely add more realism to an already very nice model.

My sincere thanks to Master Models and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review another fantastic product.

Tempest Mk.V Upgrade Set

Published: June 29th, 2019     
Tempest Mk.V Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a photoetch upgrade set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This upgrade set is a single large Photo etch sheet.

In the box is:

  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction sheet

Construction

The first area of the upgrade is for is the engine intake, the set provides the mesh for all four surfaces of the Intake and make a big difference with the look once complete.

Next are parts for the two main landing gear bays, in four stages. The first stage is simple. On stage to you have to remove the location pins of part E68 and E69 from the original kit to allow then to fit. Also at stage two it refers to part E39 which should actually be part E32. I would also suggest that the parts 19, 20, 21 and 22 are installed before the kit parts E71 and E73. This will make it a lot easier to install them.

Then the main landing gear covers are replaced with Photo etch parts and this was easy and look great when complete.

Last is the engine inlet flap replacement, this too was a simple install.

Tempest Mk.V Engine

Published: June 28th, 2019     
Tempest Mk.V Engine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a great Brassin Engine set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This Brassin set is full of Resin parts and Photo etch sheet.

In the box is:

  • Approx. 77 resin parts
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

Construction

Stage A 1 - 4 is the assembly upper part of the engine, the only points to note here are that the location hole in R105 for part R100 is a little too small so needs to be opened out. Also the location hole for Parts 95 and 96 in part R105 is not the same shape so needs work. You will also need some wire to add in at points for various wires, I used very fine soldering wire which is very easy to form to the shapes needed.

Stage B 1 - 8 was very easy with no issues at all. Now when I came to stage B 9 I found that a part was missing R131. So due to time I decided to scratch build a replacement. So the part in the pictured build is one I made. The assembly here was difficult and that maybe due to my part not being 100% correct. Stage B 10 was also very easy.

WWII British Reflector Gunsight

Published: June 22nd, 2019     
WWII British Reflector Gunsight
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

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 BR48110 WWII British Reflector Gunsight item. There are three gunsight variants included, the RP1, RP2, and RP3 variants.

The RP1 gunsight is a little more complex in shape and configuration than the other two, having more detail on the sides of the gunsight. The support arms for the clear lens are single-arm brackets, tilting toward the pilot upon which the clear lens is attached. Note that the lenses, which are included in the Hauler package are printed on a small transparent piece of material with the lenses outlined with a black border. There are two lenses supplied for each gunsight, providing an "heir and a spare". The "C" film is to be attached to the RP1 gunsight. The "C" lens is rectangular in shape with rounded corners and is slightly wider than the "B" lens, which fits on the RP3 gunsight.

F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)

Published: June 16th, 2019     
F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has been providing replacement gear for a wide range of aircraft models for some time now, and the quality of their products is, by now, unquestioned. This new product for the Kitty Hawk Range of F-5E Tiger II models in 1/32nd scale is no exception.

Comprised of ten pieces in cleanly-molded white metal, this kit is designed to directly replace most of the major components of all three landing gear, including hydraulic rams and oleo scissors. Examining the pieces next to the kit-provided gear, they appear to be exacting replicas of the originals, although some of the finicky assembly work of the plastic items has already been done for you, as well as the filling in of a few rather awkward pin marks.