Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks

Published: October 11th, 2010     
WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

I was intrigued by the title of this PE set when I was notified by John Noack of its availability and was very excited when it arrived. You would think that a set titled "WWII USN Accommodation Ladders and Gangplanks" would not stir the imagination, after all accommodation ladders are available in other sets. But I have never seen gangplanks offered anywhere. It is a subject often neglected by PE manufacturers - "how do you get on and off a ship." Well, this PE set is the answer.

There is a lot of detail and options packed into this small set:

A6M5 Exhausts

Published: October 11th, 2010     
A6M5 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The latest release from Quick Boost is a complete set of resin exhaust tubes for the 1/32 scale A6M5 Tamiya kit. Once again the quality of the molding is flawless, no bubbles, or pin holes and the only flash is between pipes where there are more than one. I strongly suspect this is intentional for added strength while being shipped and handled. The resin is the light blond color we have become accustomed to. And of course the ends of the pipes are hollow.

As can be seen in the photos of the packaging, each pipe is numbered and each number is referenced to the Tamiya part number that the part replaces.

If you have or anticipate getting a Tamiya 1/32 A6M5, you will want these exhausts to enhance the detail of the kit engine.

I can highly recommend this set.

Spitfire Mk. IX Exhaust

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk. IX Exhaust
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

I have acquired a few Airfix Spitfire Mk IX's recently and found the Quickboost product to be a sound rendition. The Airfix Spitfire provided the common standard issue flared or fishtail exhaust. Now with the new Quickboost round exhaust for the Spitfire Mk IX it is now possible to make other variants. Many post war variants used the simpler round exhaust such as Belgium and Dutch machines. Also many Mk IX e used these exhaust also. It would be a simple matter to relocate the wing gun blisters and re-position the cannons to the outboard. This will enable you to make make post war Mk IX e in Czech, and the above mentioned liveries using the round exhausts.

The Quickboost exhaust fit perfectly to the Airfix cowl and can be used as direct replacements for the kit exhaust. Also I was pleasantly surprised that with a little trimming these exhaust also fit the Hasegawa Spitfire Mk IX c as well. I recommend this latest Quickboost update for the Airfix Spitfire Mk. IX without reservation.

Thanks to Quickboost and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

Siemens-Schuckert D III - Standard & Early "No Cut" Conversion

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Siemens-Schuckert D III - Standard & Early "No Cut" Conversion
Reviewed by: Bill Hollis, IPMS# 42250
Scale: 1/32
Company: Roll Models, Inc.

Loon Models bills this set as a "No Cut" conversion.  It comprises a small number of tan resin pieces of moderate quality to directly replace styrene counterparts in Roden's 1/32 scale Siemens-Schuckert D-III kit.

 Included are two cowls, one a replacement for the "standard" number supplied in the kit and the second a later "cut back" version.  Along with these are a "non vented" propeller hub, a separate engine frame assembly and a horizontal stabilizer/elevator assembly with the shorter span,  narrow chord control surface of the earlier production D-III's.

The parts come packaged in a zip lock bag inside a thermoform plastic box.  There is a single sheet of written instructions with no pictures or diagrams, construction sequences, in-progress illustrations or references.  

Spitfire Mk. IX Late Interior S.A.

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk. IX Late Interior S.A.
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard is right on par with this Photo Etch Set for Tamiya's Mk. IX Spitfire. The Tamiya kit is just about the best Spitfire kit out there in any scale and they have already done a superb job with the cockpit. So how does Eduard come back with a product that adds a little more detail to this well thought out cockpit? They've done it buy adding just a little extra to Tamiya's parts by pushing up the detail a few notches. The instrument panel is as superb as always and is done in the usual Eduard manor. But parts, such as the gun sight mounting bracket, are exchanged for Eduard's more realistic holding bracket. This detail adds a realistic subtleness that wouldn't be noticed until both parts are compared. The throttle boxes are made more realistic just by the fact that less is more. Instead of a clump of plastic formed to have the general outline, it's made to look like the throttles can actually be moved back and forth. Even small placards are added to show the position of the throttles. The compressed air bottles have a small mounting band in the place of the molded one which adds a bit more realism to this piece.