Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Spitfire Mk.IX Fishtail Exhaust

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.IX Fishtail Exhaust
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

These fishtail exhausts from Quickboost are designed and recommended for the Hasegawa Spitfire Mk.IX kit. In their kit, Hasegawa offers two kinds of exhaust shrouds, the oval type and the fishtail type. The kits fishtail exhausts are done fairly well but the Quickboost exhausts offer a bit more accuracy in the shape and detail. Quickboost has made these exhausts with the weld seam on them, so don't sand them off, and are drilled out to a scaled thickness. The affordable price is well worth the extra detail and truly enhances the look of the aircraft.

I would highly recommend these exhausts, especially at this price (Roll Models price - $7.25). 

I would like to express my thanks to Quickboost for allowing us to review this sample and to IPMS for the opportunity.

Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Hasegawa Stuka kits are really nice.  They could use some help when it comes to the night bomber variants.  That is where Quickboost comes in.  They offer three different variants of the night bomber exhausts.  This particular exhaust, Type C, is shaped at an angle with beautiful detail inside the front and rear parts.  Molded in bubble free light grey plastic with exquisite detail, these exhausts will add to the unique look of your Stuka.

Simply just cut the parts from the pour stub and paint.  Easy and effective.  Of course you'll have to check your references to determine which exhaust is right for your aircraft. 

P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 Barrels

Published: October 14th, 2010     
P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 Barrels
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland has come out with brass barrels in 1/72 scale for the P-47 Thunderbolt.  This is the second issue in the Air Master 72 series and a handy one it is! These brass barrels are small at only .0315" in diameter and .4055" in length, yet each front end is drilled out to a depth of .020".   One simply has to cut off the original plastic barrel, drill a hole using a #67 drill (.0320") and insert the brass barrel and use cyanoacrylate adhesive to bond it in.  The instruction sheet provides a drawing to help in getting the length of the protruding barrel correct.  I took out my Tamiya P-47 Thunderbolt kit and tried these barrels out on one set of wing guns.  Drilled out and inserted one barrel at a time and I had no problems (see photos).

I can highly recommend this P-47 brass barrel set for anyone who is looking for the most realistic appearance for their model.  I want to thank IPMS/USA and Master Model for the opportunity to review this product.

Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces some finely turned brass barrels for aircraft and ships in a variety of scales.  One of their latest offerings is a barrel set for the Spitfire 'e' wing.  There are a total of 6 parts - 2 cannon barrels, 2 fairings and 2 .50 caliber barrels.  The .50 cal barrels are designed to fit snugly in their fairings, which they do exactly.

The barrels are perfectly turned, the details are very fine and will avoid the issues associated with eliminating molding seams , such as ending up with an oval shaped cannon fairing (been there, done that).  I pulled out the kit barrels from the latest Tamiya Mk. VIII as well as the wing and barrels from the Pacific Coast Models Mk. IX for comparison's sake.  The Tamiya cannon are very finely detailed themselves down to the drilled out barrel, but clean up will still be a chore.  The PCM kit part has much softer detail and needs drilling out and careful clean up as well.  The Master-Models product is ready as is with no clean up needed.

Ship Accessory Set Type 93 13mm Machine Guns

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Ship Accessory Set Type 93 13mm Machine Guns
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/700
Company: Fine Molds

Fine Molds continues their series of finely detailed ship accessories with this weapons set of small caliber anti-aircraft guns. The 13mm gun, which was based on a Hotchkiss design and originally imported from France, was one of the two primary light automatic AA guns used on IJN warships (the other being the 25mm Type 96).

This boxing includes two each of two different sets of weapons. Fret A contains two twin 13mm guns and two pedestals for them, along with one each single mounted Vickers machine gun and one single mounted Lewis machine gun. Fret B contains one single quad 13mm unit and one mount, plus four single mount 13mm guns. In total, the box includes two quad mount 13mm, four twin 13s, eight single 13s and two each of the Vickers and Lewis guns. All of the parts are exceptionally well molded with extremely fine detail. There's practically no flash on any of these tiny parts.

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