Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Gear for Kinetic M-346

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Gear for Kinetic M-346
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48

This SAC product provides parts to replace the kit-supplied landing gear in the Kinetic kit of the M-346. The SAC parts in this review sample are without any noticeable flash or mold seam lines.

Of significance is the fact that the SAC gear strut locating pins are of the same shape and size as the locating pins on the Kinetic kit. This is, of course, important so that proper fit and alignment can be easily achieved when using the SAC gear.

An advantage that SAC gear possess over kit parts is that they will not "break". Trust me, I'm an expert when it comes to breaking landing gear and I've performed a large number of "root canals" on those broken bits, using a length of wire glued into holes drilled in the broken parts, to align those parts properly when gluing them back together. Even when handled with tender loving care, travel damage will make a mess of landing gear. With SAC parts, that travel damage is significantly reduced because the SAC gear parts are made of white metal.

The gear set is highly recommended for their durability, ease of use, and excellent appearance when in place. Thanks to SAC for providing this review sample to IPMS.

F4U F6F Ribbed Diamond Thread Wheels Set

Published: January 14th, 2020     
F4U F6F Ribbed Diamond Thread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun, Hauler

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of tires for 1/48th F4U Corsairs and F6F Hellcats. In fact, Brengun has released six different sets of tires for F4U Corsairs. These six sets can be found at http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-48-accessories-22.

The product package will be very familiar to Brengun fans. The envelope consists of a clear material which allows for an excellent view of the two tires and two replacement rims within. The familiar red Brengun data card and a piece of thick black cardstock keeps the wheels and rims safe from harm.

Each of the two resin tires is molded as a single piece and are attached to the same parts runner. There are no seams and therefore, there is no mold ridge to file down along the circumference of the tires. There is a portion of each tire that is "flattened", so be sure to put that flat surface into contact with the "ground".

JGF Sd Type 16 Wheels

Published: December 27th, 2019     
JGF Sd Type 16 Wheels
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Hauler is offering a set of replacement wheels for the Tamiya Sd Type 16 in 48th scale.

The Hauler wheels are boxed in a study cardboard box and stored in a small zip lock bag within. There are eight wheels contained in the box, two wheels marked as "A", two as "B", two as "C", and two as "D".

There are no "instructions" contained in the box, nor is there a need for an instruction sheet.

The wheels are each attached to an individual block of resin with the alpha I.D. for that wheel molded on the resin block. The wheel can be quickly removed from the resin block with a razor saw without any damage being done to the tread on the tires.

The Hauler website has an insignificant error on it, which identifies the resin wheels as "photo-etched". The wheels are, indeed, resin.

The detailed tread on the tires speaks to the excellent quality of the product.

This product is highly recommended for its ease of use, fine detail on all surfaces of the tires, quality of the molding, and sturdy packaging. Thanks to Hauler for providing this item to IPMS for review.

F4U Late Ribbed Thread Wheels Set

Published: December 27th, 2019     
F4U Late Ribbed Thread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will look at a set of tires for 1/48th F4U Corsairs. This set of tires is labeled as "Late Ribbed Thread (Late 50s) Wheels Set". If your Corsair is modeled after an aircraft in use in the late 1950's then these wheels are for you!

The product package will be very familiar to Brengun fans. The envelope consists of a clear material which allows for an excellent view of the two tires within. The familiar red Brengun data card and a piece of thick black cardstock keeps the wheels safe from harm.

Each of the two resin tires is molded as a single piece. There are no seams and therefore, there is no mold ridge to file down along the circumference of the tires. There is a portion of each tire that is "flattened", so be sure to put that flat surface into contact with the "ground".

F4U F6F Diamond Tread Wheels Set

Published: December 27th, 2019     
F4U F6F Diamond Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

As with most Brengun wheel sets, this set arrives in a clear plastic "sleeve". Within are the two sprues with the tires and rim covers for those tires. A small paper serves as the instruction sheet. A thicker rectangle of black paper gives the plastic "sleeve" more rigidity, protecting the 4 resin parts.

The instructions are very useful, showing the angle of the landing gear struts to the "ground", giving the modeler an "assist" in getting the flat surface of the tires and the gear legs in the proper position.

The tires are cast as a single piece, avoiding any seam along the circumference of the tire where it to be molded in halves. It will be necessary to clean up portions of the tire tread where it is attached to the sprue. A quick scraping with an Xacto blade will effectively remove any flash.

Some care will be required when working on the rim covers. These two parts are extremely thin, and it will be necessary to clean some flash out a few of the "pie" shaped openings in the rim.