Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

WWII U. S. Navy Wheel Chocks in 1/32

Published: June 3rd, 2019     
WWII U. S. Navy Wheel Chocks in 1/32
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hauler Brengun

Many thanks to the Hauler Brengun Company and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review this unique diorama accessory! Hauler Brengun is a prolific contributor to the IPMS Reviewer system and I am very pleased to report on my experience with these excellent accessories, USN wheel chocks in 2 scales.

These chocks are great addition to any USN aircraft of the WW2 era. The chocks are virtually identical, other than scale. They are cleanly cast in gray resin that is not too brittle or soft. The chocks are excellent replicas of the style used during World War 2. They are very easily detached from the pour plugs and assembled. A little cleanup with a square file is required and the chocks are adjustable!

The only caution I have is to be very careful of the locking pins. Bregun anticipated this, and thoughtfully included extra pins. I drilled holes for the pins in the adjustable/sliding chocks, and trimmed the locking pin lengths so the chocks remained adjustable for different size tires.

WWII U. S. Navy Wheel Chocks in 1/48

Published: June 3rd, 2019     
WWII U. S. Navy Wheel Chocks in 1/48
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler Brengun

Many thanks to the Hauler Brengun Company and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review this unique diorama accessory! Hauler Brengun is a prolific contributor to the IPMS Reviewer system and I am very pleased to report on my experience with these excellent accessories, USN wheel chocks in 2 scales.

These chocks are great addition to any USN aircraft of the WW2 era. The chocks are virtually identical, other than scale. They are cleanly cast in gray resin that is not too brittle or soft. The chocks are excellent replicas of the style used during World War 2. They are very easily detached from the pour plugs and assembled. A little cleanup with a square file is required and the chocks are adjustable!

The only caution I have is to be very careful of the locking pins. Bregun anticipated this, and thoughtfully included extra pins. I drilled holes for the pins in the adjustable/sliding chocks, and trimmed the locking pin lengths so the chocks remained adjustable for different size tires.

F6F-3 Instrument Panel and Steel Seat Belts

Published: May 27th, 2019     
F6F-3 Instrument Panel and Steel Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I used this instrument panel and seat belt set in conjunction with a full build review of the latest release of Eduard's 1/48 scale F6F-3 Hellcat, Kit # 8227.

I applaud Eduard for their innovation and the thought of simplifying build cockpits. They are pre-painted and ready to install in your cockpit.

While the instrument panel is very nice, compared to their photo etch equivalents I find the pre-painted markings are a little thick, and make some instruments look like mostly white circles.

The steel seat belts are wonderful and bend easily around the seat edges to conform naturally like the real belts would.

Both the instrument pane and belts make a great addition to the Hellcat cockpit.

Thank you Eduard and IPMS for the opportunity to review this great product.

PE Instrument Panel for Revell FW-190A-8/R11

Published: May 22nd, 2019     
PE Instrument Panel for Revell FW-190A-8/R11
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks Eduard for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, in this case a new PE instrument panel for Revell's 1/32 FW-190A8/R11 NachtJager.

If you have never used these panels, I recommend you try them and become hooked like me. I cannot paint to this level of detail. The kit provides impressive instrument panel and bezel detail, and the lower cockpit side panels can be painted for a realistic look; but they will never have the fine details and legible numbers, placards, and detail work exhibited by Eduard PE sets.

In this scale the overall colors and additions add so much to the panel areas that it truly impresses even the jaded flashlight and mirror contest lovers out there.

Preparation work was minimal; use a micro chisel and flat sandpaper to remove the panel detail first. Then assemble and install the PE parts. A bit of minor folding is required for some of the boxes and levers, but only takes a few minutes. I had everything together in about an hour.

F-14 (A/B) "Tomcat" Resin Wheels

Published: May 20th, 2019     
F-14 (A/B) "Tomcat" Resin Wheels
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: RES-KIT

Reskit is a Ukranian manufacturer of resin accessories for 1/32nd, 1/35th, 1/48th, and 1/72nd scale modern aircraft. Products include wheels, weapons, electronics pods and exhausts for various modern aircraft from the United States, France, Great Britain, Japan, and Russia.

The web site is Ukrainian language but includes English translation. Select the scale and several product pages are shown.

Contents Description

This set includes five, individual castings: two main wheels with separate rear hubs and two nose gear wheels. The resin is a very dark, glossy grey color, and the detail is quite nice. All the tires have raised lettering on both sides. Each wheel must be removed from a small casting plug and the burr sanded smooth, while the main wheel rear hubs require a saw cutting on the hub rear side.

I plan to use these wheels on a Hasegawa F-14A and when I opened the kit's box to find the kit wheels for a comparison to the resin parts I found the kit had cast metal wheel hubs and no tires. In fact, the Hasegawa kit had two sets of hubs for the main gear: I guess that apparently makes up for the missing tires.

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