Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

MiG-21MF Fighter-Bomber Photoetch Set

Published: September 28th, 2019     
MiG-21MF Fighter-Bomber Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24805
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed to be used on Eduard's MiG-21MF "Fighter-Bomber" kit that was released by Eduard last fall. The set provides full color replacements for the cockpit walls, consoles, canopy rails, canopy and the instrument panel. It also includes a several pieces for the ejection seat harness, the "Odd Rods" IFF antennas and static dischargers.

Spitfire Mk. IXe/XVI Landing Gear

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
Spitfire Mk. IXe/XVI Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set includes two complete sets of landing gear for Eduard's recent Spitfire Mk. IXe and Mk. XVI kits. Each set is comprised of 5 pieces: two main struts, two scissor links, and a tailwheel with the strut. The parts are drop-in replacements for the kit parts.

As the struts are small and space around them on the casting tree is pretty tight, the first thing I did was to use a razor saw to separate the parts from the casting tree. To keep myself from getting confused, I removed one set only so that I could match the parts up with the ones left on the casting tree and keep left and right straight.

After the parts were removed, the next step is to remove the casting seams of each of the parts. I scraped off the seams with a Xacto blade and then used a small wire brush in my portable Dremel tool at low speed, to polish up the parts and remove the remainder of the seams. Next, I attached the scissor links, referencing the kit instructions to ensure proper orientation. Then I painted the main gear structs aluminum per the kit instructions with chrome silver for the oleo section.

MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber Cockpit

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
MiG-21MF Fighter Bomber Cockpit
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Last summer Eduard released its much anticipated MiG-21MF kit in 1/72 scale. The initial release (the "Interceptor" version) represented aircraft manufactured at the Gorky factory. The second release was for MF's manufactured earlier at other factories (the "Fighter Bomber" version). As with the Interceptor kit, in conjunction with the release of Fighter Bomber kit, Eduard also released a separate resin cockpit set for the earlier model MiG-21MFs.

The set includes nine resin parts, a color photo-etch fret and an acetate sheet with 2 heads-up screens and is intended as a complete replacement for the kit cockpit and ejection seat. As you would expect with Eduard, the resin parts are beautifully cast with exquisite detail and the detail on the photo-etch set is crisp and sharp.

F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade

Published: September 21st, 2019     
F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

From the Website

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products

This is an upgrade set for Zoukei Mura Phantoms. With the kit, the stabilators can only be mounted in one position (neutral). With this set, you can set the stabilators in any one of three possible positions of your choice and improve the detail on the stabilator pivot cover plates as well. Also included are the reinforcement "fish" plates found on Air Force Phantom stabilators (not found in the ZM kits). Photos show how a "pitch up" and "pich down" position looks like before the PE cover plates are installed. Note this set does not make the stabilators movable, after all we modelers don't build "toys".. After the position is selected, everything has to be glued in place.

Browning .50 and .30 Caliber Shells and Cartridges

Published: September 15th, 2019     
Browning .50 and .30 Caliber Shells and Cartridges
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1:16
Company: Master-Model

Total number of parts: 25 each package.

As I'm scratch building a 1/16 scale PT boat, when I saw these neat little shells and cartridges I was curious. What arrived was 4 small packages which included 25 shells or cartridges each in both .50 caliber and .30 caliber. For a large scale I was surprised at how small they were. I was able to compare the .50 caliber ones with a real .50 caliber cartridge and shells, and there is a gigantic difference in size.

These detailing parts are made from brass, have the right dimensions for their scale, and the shell cases even have a hollowed-out end on them. I have photographed them with a real shell just to show the relative size of them. Overall they are very consistent and I'll bet they will look awesome on any 1/16 scale vehicle, boat, or tank. Their Master-Model website calls them the Ground Master Series.

I want to thank Master-Model and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review these accessories.