Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Metal Landing Gear for SU-30MKK Flanker G

Published: July 23rd, 2019     
Metal Landing Gear for SU-30MKK Flanker G
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Consisting of 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well.

This SAC set adds the usual structural strength to the weakest part of most models: The landing gear. Cast tough yet malleable white metal, it addresses any concern for splayed and failed landing gear for Hobbyboss' SU-30MKK.

P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set

Published: July 21st, 2019     
P-40B Warhawk Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The new Airfix P-40B is an excellent example of the iconic fighter made famous by the Flying Tigers. The kit is nice but there are some things in the cockpit that need to be 'fixed'. Aires has released this new cockpit set for the kit.

Inside the typical Aires blister pack are 21 pieces molded in light grey resin. My example was flawless despite damage to the blister package. The set also has a small fret of photoetch that includes the instrument panel and seatbelts. A film of acetate is also provided for the instruments.

This set will require some thinning of the sidewalls to get it to fit properly. But once you get past that, the set fits together simply and easily. The parts breakdown is very similar to the kit breakdown. The pour stubs are easy enough to remove.

This set only includes the rounded back seat common on American versions of this fighter. If you are going to do the flat back RAF type of seat, you'll have to get the seat from another source or use the kit part.

New Ware B-2 Masking sets

Published: July 21st, 2019     
New Ware B-2 Masking sets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: New Ware

NWAM0360:  Windows, Wheels, and Landing Lights:  $6.03  (140 Czech Koruna as of 16 Aug 2019)

NWAM0361:  RAM panels:  $17.21  (400 Czech Koruna as of 16 Aug 2019)

Every once in a while this reviewer makes a serious mistake...due to whatever reason.   In this case I fell into the trap of writing a review for a company product (New Ware, in this case) and crediting a different company ( DN Models, who I have been using frequently on other projects). 

No excuse for this and my sincere apologies for both companies. 

IPMS/USA thanks a new supplier, New Ware, for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of their prolific releases.  I have only recently been selectively purchasing masking sets, and am finding them almost exclusively a must-use item. 

USA WWII Landing Vehicle Set

Published: July 7th, 2019     
USA WWII Landing Vehicle Set
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Hobby Fan Trading Co., Ltd.

In conjunction with their release of the U.S. LST-1 Class of ships, AFV Club has also release a box of 1/350 WWII military vehicles to populate the deck and well deck of the ship. Injection molded, the set includes two sprues, one the duplicate of the other allowing the modeler to build 7 different vehicles and 2 artillery pieces from each sprue for a total of 18 pieces in a box. Also included is a set of decals, which curiously does not match the number of vehicles. The instructions are isometric and printed on the box. There is no locating guide for the decals, just side view color drawings of the vehicles, so the modeler must rely on research for marking placement on the tops of the vehicles. Plus, the color call outs are poor. But aren't all WWII vehicles olive drab?

AIM-4D Falcon

Published: July 7th, 2019     
AIM-4D Falcon
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The AIM-4D was the first operational guided missile in the USAF and entered service in 1956. Its limited maneuverability and non-proximity fuse made it ineffective against fast turning fighters and it saw limited duty due to those shortcomings. Eduard has released an excellent multimedia kit of these missiles in their Brassin line in 1/32nd scale. Inside the package, there are parts for four complete missiles. There are four well cast missiles bodies, four seeker head covers, four clear lenses and a small fret of PE for detailing the engine section. There is also a nice set of markings for the one-color scheme.

homepagelink