Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Bf-109E Radio Equipment

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Bf-109E Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32

Aires radio equipment was designed for Eduard's Bf109-E in 1/32 scale. The way the kit is designed to fit into the fuselage should make it adaptable to fit any Bf-109 kit in this scale. Also if you like, each instrument could be cut out to fit anywhere in any model or even in a diorama setting, which makes this a very versatile kit. The detail is remarkable. With very careful painting, all the details can be picked out to show each button and dial on the instruments. Very light weathering also helps, but don't overdo it since the radios weren't exposed much to the elements.

One aspect of building this kit, just as in the real a/c, is cutting out an access panel to show the installed radio equipment. The photo etch parts are required for this step of the installation and result in a neat detailed way of keeping the panel open for show. Sadly, after the fuselage halves have been joined, not much of the radios can be seen unless a flashlight is used to light up the inside of the fuselage.

AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels

Published: October 13th, 2010     
AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The recent release by Monogram of the AC-47 'Spooky' Gunship was unexpected and a welcome addition for Vietnam era modelers. While essentially the same kit as released in the 70s there was an additional sprue for the armament and peculiar parts for the AC-47.

Quickboost has come up with two conversion sets for the AC-47. This one is for the minigun barrels and the other is the ammo boxes for the miniguns. There are four minigun barrels included in this set. They are remarkable in their detail. The six barrels are beautifully rendered in light grey blemish free resin. The one remarkable thing about these pieces is the end with hollowed out barrels. It is amazing that Quickboost was able to get them to be so visible. These parts are simply added in place of the kit ones. Unlike the kit ones these will require no cleanup and are perfectly round

One of the other great things about this set is that the 7.62 minigun can be used on a number of other subjects, including Hueys, Cobras and Loaches, as well as, some fixed wing aircraft like the Mohawk. This set is very versatile so don't limit yourself to just the AC-47.

Arado Ar-196 Exhaust

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Arado Ar-196 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Designed for the Italeri Ar-196, these new exhausts are molded in light grey resin and are absolutely beautiful. There are two exhausts that have thinned hollow ends which would be difficult to obtain on your own. Well at least difficult for me. Removal from the pour stub is simple enough and then it is just a matter of painting and installing. The exhausts will add to the look of your model.

While designed for the Italeri kit, I'm sure that with very little work you could use this on the MPM kit as well.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net. Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

P-47 Thunderbolt Intercooler Exhaust

Published: October 13th, 2010     
P-47 Thunderbolt Intercooler Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Tamiya P-47D, whether the Razorback or Bubbletop, is a great kit, but the intercoolers are non-existent and are see through. Quickboost fixes this in an easy and inexpensive way.

Molded in light grey resin, these two exhausts are just inserted into the model and this will prevent the "see-through" effect, offering a more accurate look to your model. The inexpensive price tag will make this a requirement for this great kit.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net. Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

English Electric Lightning Ejection seat, Exhausts, and Wheel Wells

Published: October 13th, 2010     
English Electric Lightning Ejection seat, Exhausts, and Wheel Wells
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32

The first thing: Thanks once again to AIRES for providing IPMS/USA with these remarkable detail items! Your support is most welcome... we truly appreciate it!

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