Ammo’s line of Moss products is intended to help modelers simulate natural textures such as moss and lichen on their miniatures. The Moss products are a very finely shredded material that can be glued to surfaces to add the color and texture of tiny plants. Moss is available in ten colors that include a variety of greens and browns. The Moss comes in 35ml plastic jars. For this review I tried Ochre Moss, Bracken Green, and Sea Moss.
My modeling experience detailing aircraft cockpits includes:
- Laboring over kit-supplied embossed instrument panels that need to be painted by hand and/or dry brushed;
- Giving in to using instrument decals, either the kit-supplied panels or individual gauge decals; or
- Using photo-etched panels backed by film pieces with gauge faces that need to be back painted white and sandwiched behind the metal fronts.
While the latter is the most realistic of the aforementioned methods, none provide the realism of the 3D printed panels that are now coming to market.
Being unfamiliar with these aftermarket products, I was anxious to get a close look at one. The one I was fortunate enough to evaluate is produced by Red Fox Studios, a company in Hungary, for the new Hasegawa 1/48-scale F-22 Raptor kit. (See Photo 1).
The panels are composed of acrylic plastic with both raised and recessed details and are printed in color.
This set provides upgrades to the Porsche 935 K2 78 LM kit # BX24025 from Beemax. It includes a steel fret of metal parts including screens, wing and air deflectors, window straps and clips, seat belt hardware, brake rotor faces, fuel and oil flaps, windshield wiper and panel hold down pins. A strip of fabric for seat harnesses and turned metal ferules for jack connector and antenna, complete with antenna wire, round out the package.
The 1/32nd scale modeling world was happily surprised when Infinity Models came out with two versions of the SB2C Helldiver. It is a huge model and there are resin after market sets for the bomb bay, wing folds, weapons plus photoetch. The kit can get very heavy, very quickly. The kit landing gear are simple albeit beefy plastic parts. What to do so your Helldiver isn't sitting on the ground?
Scale Aircraft Conversions to the rescue with a full white metal landing gear set. The set is 19 metal parts and will need some cleaning but is a direct replacement for the main gear AND that fragile rear leg too. The set could also be used to rescue you from a lost or missing part but with the weight of the kit, this is really needed
Highly recommended to pretty much required. My thanks to SAC for the opportunity to review it.
When Eduard followed up with a 1/32nd scale version of their wonderful 1/48th scale Bf-108, modelers were excited to get a larger version of this plane and several versions have been issued. Looking at the kit, one thing noted is the scale thinness of the main landing gear legs. There is also the potential added weight of some photoetch and resin.
Scale Aircraft Conversions can give you an alternative to the kit parts with replacement parts in white metal for the main gear legs and the tail also. The parts are direct replacement after a little clean up and can either replace the kit parts for added strength or, as I have had happen, save the kit when you break a part and need a replacement.
Another great set from Scale Aircraft Conversions. Definitely recommended.
My thanks to SAC for the chance to review it and IPMS USA to get more information to modelers everywhere.
The OV-10 Bronco is a very popular subject for modelers in all variants. The aircraft first flew in 1965 and performed it role very well up into retirement. With these aircrafts unique capabilities, the aircraft has been getting the attention of the US military and a second career may happen. For modelers, there are only a few options available in 1/72 scale and detail can be very vintage or lacking all together. Quick boost comes to the rescue for the OV-10D with a very nice outboard weapons pylon set.
The TER-9R is a triple ejector rack that has aerodynamic features designed for high-speed flight. This pylon is commonly carried on the F-16 however this pylon may be seen on other aircraft like the A-10.
Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. Packaged in a resealable bag, this pylon set is cast with zero flash with prominent pour block on the mating surface to the stores pylon. Hasegawa and Kinetic kits include this TER-9R however I have not seen this pylon in Tamiya boxings.
Using Hasegawa’s TER for comparison, this set has superior details than what the kit offers. The number of additional details and engraved panel lines is remarkable compared to what is offered from injection molded parts can offer.
Loren Perry’s recent retirement and subsequent closing down of the Gold Medal Models photo etch line produced many long faces in the modeling world, particularly in the model shipbuilding community. For many of us, Gold Medal photo etch was, and is, the “gold standard” for ship detailing sets. When Squadron Hobbies purchased Gold Medal Models remaining stock, and announced resumed production of Gold Medal sets, there was, as they say, much rejoicing.
About the Subject (from Wikipedia)
“The Ferdinand was intended to supplant previous light panzerjägers, such as the Marder II and Marder III, in the offensive role. A similar gun was used in the lightly armored Hornisse (later known as Nashorn) tank destroyer, built at the same time.
About the Subject (from Wikipedia)
“A German World War II super-heavy tank completed in late 1944. It is the heaviest fully enclosed armored fighting vehicle ever built. Five were ordered, but only two hulls and one turret were completed, the turret being attached before the testing grounds were captured by advancing Soviet military forces.
he principal problem in the design of the Maus was developing an engine and drivetrain which was powerful enough to adequately propel the tank, yet small enough to fit inside it. The Maus was too heavy to cross bridges. As a result, an alternative system was developed, where the Maus would instead ford the rivers it needed to cross.