Master Model is an aftermarket supplier that offers modelers the opportunity to add exceptional turned metal parts to their models. Generally, the sets are available for builders in 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scale. Therefore, the recent release of MiG-15 gun barrels and details for 1:72 and 1:48 scale kits suggested that a 1:32 scale version for Trumpeter and Hobbycraft kits might be inevitable. The expectation was realized with the release of set #MAS AM-32-068.
This set includes turned brass pieces that make up 37mm and 23mm gun barrels for a 1/32 scale MiG-15 and MiG-15bis and a turned aluminum antenna base and pitot tube to replace the kit parts. The photos below from Master Models’ website show the seven parts that make up these details and how the three-part barrel for the 37mm cannon goes together to make a faithful reproduction of the real thing.
As the photos illustrate, Master Model parts are much better detailed than kit parts and are more accurately sized. The gun barrels are very easy to install. Simply cut off the kit’s plastic barrels and drill holes that match the diameter of the Master Model brass parts, insert the parts that make up the barrels and attach everything. The other parts are even easier to add. Just drill a hole for the metal antenna base pin to fit into and use the pitot tube instead of the kit part. Note that superglue of epoxy cement will be required to attach the metal parts to the plastic kit components.
This set is highly recommended to model builders who have a pin vice with drill bits, a pair of tweezers, some superglue and the desire to greatly enhance the details of a 1:32 scale MiG-15.
My thanks to Master Model for providing the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.