Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

T-6 Texan/Harvard Gear

Published: December 26th, 2019     
T-6 Texan/Harvard Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72

Thanks once again for another great set from SAC, and thanks to John and Phil for sending it out for review.

Recommended Kits:

  • Heller 1/72 T-6 Texan and any other companies that have released the kit under license such as Encore

The review item is the typical high standard and normal from SAC; a direct replacement for the kit items except these are cast metal. Consisting of sets of two main gear and one tail gear, there is not much to describe except to remove the parts from the pour runners with side nippers, use flat 220 wet/dry to prepare the cut stub, then install the gear on the model.

No instructions are provided, nor are any required. The gear themselves are excellent castings, and rarely require much preparation for installation. Some people gently polish the gear beforehand, to provide a realistic sheen only capable in this medium. Be aware, however, that all metals will corrode so some extent, so a light clear coat or primer painting before installation are warranted.

AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser

Published: December 24th, 2019     
AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72, as well as 1/144.

This item covers a unique subject that will assist outfitting a wide variety of aircraft. There are resin chaff/flare dispensers produced for a specific subject complete with their entire mounting. This accessory will allow the modeler to add it to kits where fidelity is poor or completely missing, as well as add it on aircraft kits where a version specific resin update is not available.

Packaged is a cardboard backed bag, there are three identical sets containing ten dispensers each. Of the ten dispensers, there are eight different configurations. Seven 30 shot dispensers with two fully "spent" flares, two unused flares and three in various used/unused configurations. The remaining three are the 15-shot style with one each in unused, fully used, and partially used dispenser. There is a very slight texture that can be seen in the photos but that will vanish after any sanding or after paint is applied.

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter

Published: December 24th, 2019     
Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.

This gear set is designed to be used on the Trumpeter Fairey Firefly kit. The SAC product includes seven parts.

  • Port and starboard main gear struts
  • Port and starboard gear arms
  • Port and starboard gear braces
  • Tail wheel. The tail wheel and tail wheel gear "arm" are molded as a single piece.

The SAC parts are very clean, but I did find a small amount of "flash" on the tail wheel at the point at which it would rest on the ground. Working with SAC gear prior to this review set I found that a "swipe" or two along a mold seam with a #11 X-acto blade, or a "wipe" or two with medium grit sandpaper easily removes any residue.

F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura

Published: December 23rd, 2019     
F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: New Ware

Company Background

New Ware is a company in the Czech Republic that is well know to spacecraft modelers. They were new to me. I looked into their website and the text is a mix of English and Czech, and it is noted that Russian, German and Italian are also spoken. They offer kabuki-type masks for many of the popular scales from 1/24 down to the diminuative 1/144, plus eggplanes.

Their on-line catalog is broken down by scale, with a further breakdown for model kit manufacturer. Each mask description for the kit noted with details for the contents such as all clear parts, interior (when offered), other clear parts and wheels.

F-18C/D Wheels

Published: December 23rd, 2019     
F-18C/D Wheels
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

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

These wheels are for the "legacy" hornets which differ from the "Super Hornets". Each tire has a slight expanded section for weight on wheels. 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 are clearly visible on the main wheels however the outboard features, holes and rim fasteners are a little blended and not that crisp compared to larger scales.

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