Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

F-16C/D Wheels

Published: June 16th, 2019     
F-16C/D Wheels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brungen produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. This wheelset is cast with zero flash and prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is visible however the wording cannot be read. In this scale, reading the tire should not be an issue to most modelers.

These wheels are for the heavyweight gear found on Block 40/42 and 50/52. Earlier Block 25 and 30/32 which have the lightweight landing gear use a narrower gear with different vents on the rim. The tires have the correct number of grooves (tread) in the tires and the depth is realistic as compared to reference photos. Each tire has a notable and nice expanded section for weight on wheels. Each wheel is a single part, unlike other resin sets that are multiple pieces which keeps it simple. Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers and tie sown ring is clearly visible the left and right wheel is easily noticeable with the tie down "clocked" correctly relative to the ground.

MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube

Published: June 13th, 2019     
MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

In southeastern Poland runs the beautiful, but powerful San River. The San winds its way through the steep mountain gorges on its way to the Vistula River. Before it gets there, the river widens and is used by a number of hamlets along its banks to power various watermills and all manner of machinery. Some of that machinery is diminutive lathes and the other assorted machines common to a tool and die maker. It is within this environment that we find ourselves in the company of a number of gnomes working diligently on various tasks. It is this skilled work force that Master Model of Poland utilizes to manufacture their ever-expanding line of small scale, after-market brass replacement parts.

One of Master Model's newer items is a set of gun barrels (three), antenna base, and pitot tube for a 1/144th scale MiG-15. While these items will work nicely for any small scale kit, the one kit that I immediately thought of is the lovely series of MiG-15 offerings from Eduard, for which this particular set of brass replacement parts seems to have been designed.

MiG-21 SM/ M/MF /BIS Fishbed J/L/N Pitot Tube

Published: June 10th, 2019     
MiG-21 SM/ M/MF /BIS Fishbed J/L/N Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland is becoming as prolific as Eduard when it comes to supplying modelers with after-market brass bits to enhance their latest projects. One of the latest offerings from Master Model is a brass replacement pitot tube for any 1/144thscale MiG-21. While this part will do nicely with any kit, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer example of a small scale (1/144) MiG-21 than those produced by Eduard.

This brass pitot tube is a straightforward replacement for the kit-supplied part. All you need do is snip off the forward section of the kit part, drill a hole in the mounting bracket to accept the new part, and attach the pitot tube (All of this, courtesy some well-drawn instructions). Exercise some caution because I managed to bend the thing just getting it out if the packaging. But don't fret too much as the brass pitot tube will need to be bent slightly (see instructions) to conform to the curve of the fuselage.

Tempest Mk. V cockpit

Published: June 9th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V cockpit
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a great Brassin Cockpit set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This Brassin set is full of Resin parts, a Photoetch sheet, and Decals.

In the box is:

  • Approx. 55 resin parts
  • 1 film sheet
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

Construction

First is the assembly of the side frames of the cockpit and the detail controls. I did find the removal of the side frames from the pour stub to be a bit hard and the frames are very thin and fragile. Apart from that, no issues were encountered during the stages on page 2 of the instructions.

Pitot Probe for Mirage III/V

Published: June 5th, 2019     
Pitot Probe for Mirage III/V
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

IPMS/USA again thanks Piotr for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with an extremely useful and well-thought out 1/144 Pitot tube probe for any of the 1/144 kits of the Mirage III.

1 part (ONE) is included, along with a detailed instruction sheet on what size hole to drill and where to insert the probe. I find these probes more useful than pins to address the issues of scale size, appearance, and flexibility without incurring personal injury. Steel pins are more durable, but tend to not "flex" or give, and the effect of driving a staple into one's eye or hand or whatever is not so traumatic if the brass probe deflects off to one side. Even Nurses wince with needles....

The base kit I used was a relatively new release from Mark 1 Models in the Czech Republic...they have an excellent range of kits, and the Mirage was no exception. Assembly was swift and it was ready for painting and pitot installation...

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