Reviews of scale model detail sets.
Review Author
Andrew Manriquez
Published on
May 24, 2022
Company
Value Gear
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$15.00

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever looked at a kit and said, “That looks easy. I’ll just whip that together in the next day or two.” That’s pretty much what came to mind when I looked at the Value Gear Sherman Engine Deck Set. After all, how hard can it be to paint up some stowage and slap it on a tank? You can guess where that idea went.

This particular set, Engine Deck Set #13, contains the following eight individual resin pieces specifically designed for the Sherman:

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
May 22, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.95

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for Hobby Boss’ 1/72 A-4F Skyhawk kit. As with most of SAC’s landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts. The set consists of the nose gear strut, port and starboard main gear struts and retraction/extension arms for all three of these.

Like the kit part, the nose wheel is cast with the nose strut. SAC has also cast the nosewheel steering (part C21) as part of the strut, however as the arms on this part are very thin, they are easily bent, so take care around them. The set also includes the retraction/extension actuator for the nose strut, however, as the actuator is very skinny, it is easily deformed and when I first looked at it, I thought it was a brake line as the one in my set was pretty curvy.

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
May 18, 2022
Company
Tiger Werke
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$15.50

Ammo bunkers were used in Vietnam at Fire Support Bases-FSB (artillery emplacements) for the storage of ammo, powder, and fuses. Built with any available material including 105mm wooden ammo crates, metal culverts, PSP, or wooden planks these ammunition bunkers were everywhere a FSB was located. Some of these structures were also used as personnel shelters.

Tiger Werke has done the modeling community a service by providing not one but three different style of ammo bunkers that are suitable for any 1/35 scale Vietnam-era fire base diorama or vignette This particular review revolves around TW-35217, the Type III Ammo Bunker. This style shows a section of culvert stacked with sandbags protecting a small bunker that was constructed from empty, wooden ammunition crates.

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
May 18, 2022
Company
Tiger Werke
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$10.50

During the Vietnam War the U.S. Army established fire bases in various locales to support the far flung forward operating /patrol bases set up to...well...patrol the country side. The fire bases were locations where emplaced artillery, either towed or self-propelled, could rain artillery fire down on unsuspecting enemy combatants and the occasional, errant water buffalo.

These fire bases were more often than not semi-permanent operating bases. With the passing of time the personnel at these areas would embellish and improve their living and work environments. Improving that work environment often took the form of some creative DIY projects. One such improvement was the stowage of ammunition for the 'Tube'. [ Technical Note: 'Tube' is cool artillery talk for the actual artillery piece.]

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
May 18, 2022
Company
Tiger Werke
Scale
1:35
MSRP
$15.50

Tiger Werke is adding to its line of resin diorama accessories with a U.S. Vietnam Ammo Bunker. The company has two other types of ammo bunkers available but this missive is only concerned only with the Type II version.

These ammo bunkers were ubiquitous in Vietnam during the U.S. participation in that war. Used at fire support bases (semi-permanent artillery emplacements) as a means of protecting ammunition for the artillery pieces. They were somewhat of a DIY project as most of these structures were constructed using the empty wooden ammo crates and loads of sandbag reinforcement for the roof. Often the ammo bunkers would be incorporated into the sandbag or earthen parapet surrounding each gun emplacement. These ammo bunkers were also used as personnel shelters (in the event of a mortar attack) or for other storage.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 4, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Modelling
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$15.95

This set from SAC is a drop-in replacement for the relatively new Airfix Sabre kit. You get two main gear legs and a nose gear strut with a separate retraction arm. Casting quality is excellent and these parts won't require any more effort than kit parts to install. Recommended for those who want added strength and ability to polish real metal for those shiny oleos.

Thank you to SAC for the sample package and IPMS for sending them to me.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 4, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$11.95

Everything about the Avanti defies conventional logic in aircraft design. The main wing is set far back on the fuselage and a canard is mounted on the nose. The twin turboprop engines are mounted on the rear of the wings and drive the propellers in a pusher configuration. It's easy to recognize in the air long before you see it due to the distinctive sound of its engine/ propeller combination. Like everything else on this aircraft, the main landing gear is a complex group of parts that accommodate its retraction into the fuselage.

SAC has reproduced the kit parts in white metal. For the main gear, which is made up of three parts, you will need references beyond the kit instructions to figure out how these parts relate to each other. The nose gear is a single strut. The main benefit of the set is added strength as these parts are very small relative to the airframe. This set is a useful addition to a very unique aircraft.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$6.75

The Extra 300L in this scale has a large canopy covering a tandem seat cockpit. If you want it closed, this is the only option you have a chance of doing that since the kits injected part doesn’t fit closed. Even if you elect to open it, when the inside and outside are painted, it creates a nice scale thickness canopy. The material used is about .55 mm thick so it's stiff enough to hold it shape. That also makes it easy to cut and sand to size. I’ve used a lot of vacuform canopies over the years and this is one of nicest I've worked with. Brengun also makes a masking set for this (item BRL48157). This is a good addition to the Brengun kit and I highly recommend it if you want the canopy closed. Thanks to Brengun for sending this sample and as always, to IPMS for allowing me to tell you about it.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$14.50

  This is a companion detail set for the Brengun Extra 330L kit#BRP48007. A full review of that kit is posted elsewhere on this site. The base kit will build up into a nice model but I can't imagine building it without this set.

There are so many details included such as seat belts, instrument panels, aileron assist paddles and aerobatic sight frames that the model doesn’t look complete without them.

In addition to the PE parts, there is a small acetate sheet that includes instruments that get trapped behind the PE parts and an inspection window that goes over a cutout under the horizontal stabilizer. Simply put, if you want to build this model, order this set at the same time.

Thank you to Brengun for the sample of another unique subject and to IPMS for sending it my way.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$5.00

This masking set is useful for either the kits injected canopy or the optional vacuform part (item #BRL48157). It consists of four sections that go on easily and fit as expected. A simple, cheap time saver. Thank you Brengun for this sample and IPMS for sending it to me.