Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-86F Sabre Cockpit Set

Published: October 23rd, 2010     
F-86F Sabre Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The F-86 Sabre Jet happens to be one of my all time favorite aircraft so when John Noack put this kit up for review, I just had to jump on it.

The cockpit set is for the Kinetic 1/32 F-86F of which I have three. The kit cockpit is pretty nice but this Aires kit is the frosting on the cake. It consists of 11 very finely cast resin parts, two clear parts (actually the instruments are in clear and black), and 21 photo etched parts.

Brewster F2A Exhaust Stacks

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Brewster F2A Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

These accessories are produced by Quickboost, a resin-manufacturing firm that provides corrected components for discriminating modelers who want to get it right. Quickboost produces a large variety of corrected parts for aircraft kits in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale, and their website is very interesting to browse through. In this case, Hasegawa has taken a shortcut in their production process, not the first time this has happened. It reminds me of the old Lindberg kits many years ago that had standard propellers which were supposed to fit on many different kinds of airplanes. It didn't work then, and still doesn't today.

FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antennas were installed on Bf 110 and Ju 88 night fighters during World War. These radar antennas are the focal point of any night fighter kit. Model Master from Poland provides us with turned brass antenna struts and antenna dipoles to enhance the look of our next night fighter kit.

The turned brass parts mean that no mold line is present and that alone is enough of a reason to consider upgrading your kit. The other advantage is that antenna struts and dipoles actually have a circular cross-section.

Assembly is straightforward and simple. The instructions recommend soldering the parts together for assembly, but my soldering skills are not very good. I've used super glue instead. It worked OK, but I managed to knock off the dipoles in a few occasions during construction.

The modeler is expected to remove some parts from the antenna struts provided in the kit and to modify them to accept the turned brass parts, by drilling a single hole per strut.

Recommended for the intermediate experienced modeler, due to the small parts size.

I would like to thank Master Model for the review sample.

Bf-109G Gun Packs and 109G-10 Wing w/Small Bulges, Wheels & Tall Tailwheel

Published: October 20th, 2010     
Bf-109G Gun Packs and 109G-10 Wing w/Small Bulges, Wheels & Tall Tailwheel
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Loon Models

Roll Models has come out with their own brand of aftermarket resin parts, Loon Models and we'll review two sets in this review- a gun pack set and a set to modify G-10 wings and wheels.

The gunboat Messerschmitt Bf-109 contains some of the best looking markings for the 109. So what is unique about this set? Well for one the centerline gun pod. As far as I can recall this is the only way you can get the centerline gun pod without scratch building it. The packaging refers you to the AJ Press #17 for pictures of the actual pod and installation. This will be very helpful. This will make your 109 different from the rest.

The wing gun pods are nicely detailed, but they don't look much different from the kit offerings.

Everything is molded in blemish and bubble free light caramel resin you get six pieces, two wing pods, one centerline pod and three 20mm cannons. Each piece will require just a quick little cleanup and each pod will need the hole enlarged for the gun.

Ship Accessory Sets - Boat & Davit Set for Destroyers and Small Ships

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Ship Accessory Sets - Boat & Davit Set for Destroyers and Small Ships
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/350
Company: Fine Molds

Rumors have been circulating over the past several months that Fine Molds would enter the 1/350 ship model market with a new offering of a Fubuki class destroyer. These appear to be confirmed by the fact that several on-line retailers now offer pre-orders on the Fubuki class DD Ayanami. If potential buyers are curious as to what the quality of this new vessel will be like, they need only take a look at either of these new accessory sets now offered by Fine Molds.