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  1. PT-579/588 Boat Life Raft (N72039 for Revell) 1:72 CMK Maritime Line by Special Hobby Fast Torpedo boats were a useful weapon in WWII, with Britain, American, Germany and Italy all fielding various types. The Revell kit of the American Patrol Torpedo Boat in 1:72 has recently been re-released, and CMK have patterned a replacement resin lift raft for the kit, which will improve the detail markedly, as well as adding a pair of oars. The set arrives in their usual blister package, but with blue themed printing as befits the Maritime Line brand. Inside are three resin parts. The boat itself is cast as a single part with a thin base that will be sanded away, while the two oars are both cast on the same block, and will need cutting free and they should be removed from the protective flash that surrounds them, keeping the narrow handle safe during shipping and handling. The boat is just better all around, with higher definition to the slatted floor, the strengthening ribs around the edge, and the tie-down loops on the sides. It also doesn’t have the chunky mouldings that attach it to the deck, so you can lash it to the deck using your own materials, and place the oars inside the boat once painted. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Razor Saw Profil Set (H1020 & Spare Blades) CMK by Special Hobby Modellers have a penchant for acquiring tools to add to their arsenal, and this modeller picked up a CMK razor saw many, many years back, which was the first iteration with an olde worlde wooden handle and double-sided razor blade-style blades. Time marches on, and the tool became more streamlined with a longer plastic handle and a more modern-looking machined shaft with twin screws and profiled mounting plate that has countersunk holes for the screws. The Profil set (H1020) arrives in a resealable clear foil package, with a paper backing that includes information about their other modelling products such as sanding sticks, scale resin bolts and their own brand of pigments. Inside the package is the handle, which has two threaded holes on the shaft, and is tapered toward the tip. Also in the pack is the mounting plate, which also has two corresponding holes and the aforementioned countersinking, plus the two screws that have a straight slot, which is my only minor niggle. I prefer cross-headed PH or PZ screws, as my flat-bladed screwdriver is a little prone to slipping out of the slot. That’s my take on it however, and you may have either a better screwdriver (mine is a little small), or more skill with it. There are two blades included in the pack, one rectangular with diagonal slots in the centre, the other is an equilateral triangle, and both of them have two different pitched saw-tooth edges for using in different circumstances. If you’re familiar with the older blades, they are equivalent to fine and medium that should be useful in most circumstances. In use they’re excellent, and less brittle than the older version, which should see me going through fewer of them going forward, and that’s always a good thing. Speaking of which, you’re bound to break a blade eventually, and they’re available separately as replacements for a couple of quid (GBPs) each. The rectangular blade is called ‘Multi-Shift’ because the blade can be fitted at any point along the groove's length, allowing a deeper cut of almost 15mm with either side, depending on which end of the slot you choose. If you’ve got a reliable way of measuring it so that you can ensure the blade is exactly square in the holder, you can also use the position of the blade to stop you from cutting too deeply if the need arises. The triangular blade has two circular holes down its centreline, and although you are only shown with it pointy-end forward, you can also place it wide end first if it helps accomplish difficult tasks. Conclusion An excellent tool that should come in handy if you’re having to remove resin pour stubs, sections of kits such as flying surfaces, and even to remove the occasional broad sprue gate on delicate edges, which I did only yesterday, as by happy coincidence I happened to have a model in hand that required it. There are very few modellers out there that won’t get some use out of this handy tool. Very highly recommended. Razor Saw Profil Set (H1020) Multi-Shift Blade x 1 (H1019) Triangle Blade x 1 (H1018) Review sample courtesy of
  3. Mosquito B Mk.XVI Wheels & Exhausts 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby for Airfix Kit Mosquito B Mk.XVI Wheels (7494) Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are three resin wheels on one casting block, and the main wheels hubs on another block. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. The hubs need to be removed and added to each side of the main wheels. There is a stronger rasin leg for the rear wheel. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Mosquito B Mk.XVI Exhausts (7495) Kit exhaust are another part which due to moulding limitations of styrene injection technology are not as exact as resin parts. That's where replacement resin replacements come in , with their superior detail making a compelling argument for replacement. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are four sets of exhaust (two for each engine). Each side cuts off and fits as one part, which just drop into the kit. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Canadair Sabre Mk.4 Cockpit & Airbrakes (4445 & 4448 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Airfix’s new(ish) Sabre has been around now for a while, and some folks have complained about a bit of soft detail in places, especially the rear deck behind the pilot’s head. CMK have created a number of resin sets to improve on the base kit, of which we have two sets in for review. Both sets arrive in their standard yellow blister packs with a card header, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves. Both sets have Photo-Etch (PE) that are separated from the resin parts by a sheet of thick acetate, to avoid damage during shipping. Cockpit Set (4445) This set contains twenty-one resin parts, a fret of PE and a small printed piece of acetate sheet. It replaces the kit cockpit completely with a new resin tub, into which the replacement resin seat and PE seatbelts are fitted, along with the three-layered resin/acetate/PE instrument panel, which has additional PE controls added after has been laminated, and before it is inserted into the front of the tub with the control column. The pilot’s headrest is glued to the armoured upstand and spaced out with another resin part, then the replacement rear deck is joined to the rear of the tub. The fuselage internal sidewalls are sanded/scraped down to accommodate the new resin inserts, and the front coaming is improved by the addition of two small resin parts on the aft corners plus the gunsight, and the while there aren’t any shapes printed on the acetate sheet for the glazing, a little bit of research should allow you to make the parts from the off-cuts around the instrument panel. The kit canopy is last to be augmented, having a well-detailed resin insert to replace the simplistic internal structure, although it does reuse the clear ADF-loop cover from the kit sprues. The final part is the addition of a PE rear-view in the top of the roll-over hoop, which will need some chrome paint adding to simulate the silvered glass. Air Brakes (4448) Containing eight resin parts and a small sheet of PE, this set replaces the simplified inserts that make up the air-brake bays, relegating the kit parts to the spares bin, then replaces the brakes themselves with resin parts that are overlaid on the interior with a pair of PE skins on each one, after adding the triangular resin edges to the main brake. They are then added to the fuselage after the build, with new resin actuator pistons supplied with the set holding them at the correct angle. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Spitfire Mk.Vc Resin Update Sets (for Airfix) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby These new sets from Special Hobby’s CMK line are intended for the Airfix kit to upgrade the details beyond what is possible with injection moulded styrene, giving your model much better detail, and hopefully enhancing the finished product’s realism. Each set arrives in CMK’s usual blister pack, backed by a card header, and with the instructions trapped between. Where Photo-Etch (PE) is included, a clear sheet of acetate separates the resin from the more delicate and easily bent PE, whilst allowing everything to be seen by the casual observer. Each set is separate and available in isolation, so pick and choose what you want to focus on, or what your budget allows. Cockpit Set (7485) This set requires the removal of the cockpit sidewall detail from the kit fuselage, plus the drop-down access door, after which you build up the instrument panel from four layers, two of PE, two of clear acetate with dials printed upon them. This is glued onto the panel’s frame with the footwell below. The seat frame is next, adding the supports, armour and the resin seat, with four-point seatbelts from the PE sheet. The main floor has the seat frame inserted, a pair of PE rudder pedals, resin control column and the instrument panel set in place, bracketed by the detailed cockpit sidewalls. The painted assembly can then be put in place between the fuselage halves, and later on the resin crew door is glued in place. Wing Guns – 2 Cannons (7486) Consisting of ten resin parts, this set includes the two gun bays, cannons and removable access panels for the wing armament. To begin with the upper wing is cut to remove the panels along their lines, while the lower wing has the skin thinned as much as you dare, and the cannon barrels nipped off the leading edges. The resin bays are inserted within the wing halves, the new long cannon barrels are glued into the leading edge of the wing with the kit stubs next to them, and the two panels per wing cast aside by the armourers. The short cannon barrels are for the spares box. Control Surfaces (7487) Containing sixteen resin parts and two PE parts on a small fret (not pictured), this set replaces all the flying surfaces of your Spitfire except for the rudder, and will require a little kit surgery before you can install the flaps and ailerons. The upper wings have their ailerons removed and chamfered to suit the new parts, and the flap bays thinned from the inside, while the lower wing has the small inner flap sections removed. The small resin parts are used to box in the inner flap sections, and the bays are glued into the underside of the upper wing, then once the wings are together the flaps and ailerons can be glued in place with super glue. The elevators are replaced completely with two parts per side, allowing you to deflect them to give your model a more candid look. The final parts are the small PE indicators on the upper wing that are installed perpendicular to the surface. Wing Guns – 4 Cannons (7493) Consisting of ten resin parts, this set ostensibly looks identical to the two gun set, but includes different gun bays with two cannon breeches per bay instead of one, four cannon barrels and removable access panels for the wing armament. To begin with the upper wing is cut to remove the panels along their lines, while the lower wing has the skin thinned as much as you dare, and the kit cannon barrels nipped off the leading edges. The resin bays are inserted within the wing halves, the new long and short cannon barrels are glued into the leading edge of the wing, and the two panels per wing cast aside by the armourers, which of course means you can nibble away at the kit panels, as they will no longer be needed. Conclusion A great group of sets that details up your Spitfire, along with making it heavier. Superb detail, relatively easy assembly that could be accomplished by everyone but the novice modeller. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. To borrow from a previous Phantom build, I have a confession to make: I hate all-grey schemes on jets. Really. But I like pointy planes that go fast. What to do? Find colourful prototype, retirement or anniversary schemes and just say no to low viz! Besides, it's my favourite subject in my favourite scale and my favourite sheme. Of course it's a Phantom and of course its Raspberry Ripple. Yee-ha! The build process is detailed in the WIP thread here. Project: McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom II Kit: Fujimi Kit No. 34001 Royal Collection Scale: 1:72 (as revealed in scripture) Decals: Xtradecal X72296 (kit decals were "unusable due to age", an expression I hear often from wifey) Resin: CMK cockpit set no. 7441; Aires exhaust no. 7179; ResKit wheel set no. RS72-0067 Photoetch: From the kit for canopy details and gear door actuators; from the CMK cockpit set for HUD, instrument panels, and cockpit details Canopy Masks: Made by hand! With a pencil and a pair of scissors! Paint: MRP 183 Oxford Blue, 184 Signal Red, 125 Super Clear Semigloss, 048 Super Clear Gloss; Gunze H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H20 Flat Clear, H77 Tire Black, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H317 FS36231 Dark Gull Gray; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad ALC101 Aluminum, ALC103 Dark Aluminum, ALC111 Magnesium Weathering: I hate weathering. Improvements/Corrections Scratchbuilt intake FOD covers decorated with decals printed on inkjet at home Replaced kit cockpit and ejection seats with CMK resin set Instrument panels, rudder pedals and HUD detailed with CMK photoetch Cockpit sidewalls, canopies, mirrors, and canopy sills detailed with kit photoetch Replaced vertical fin pitot probes with hypo needles With a great deal of effort, replaced kit exhausts with resin set from Aires Replaced kit tyres with ResKit resin wheel set How about some photos? Here is what the cockpit looks like (hard to get a good picture after assembly): This CMK cockpit set is designed for the new tool Airfix kit, but works well in the old Fujimi kit with minor modifications to the kit plastic. Good to know, because... ...I have another Fujimi kit in my stash - and the Xtradecal sheet for Alcock & Brown. Should it be a future project? Vote early and vote often! Cheers, Bill
  7. Tempest Bomb Racks with 500lb & 1000lb Bombs (4442 & 4443 for Eduard/Special Hobby) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The WWII Hawker Tempest was a capable fighter with power to spare, so that it could become a fighter bomber by the addition of a pair of stubby pylons, one under each wing to which the bombs were lashed, with sway-braces keeping the bombs steady during flight. It was able to carry either two 500lb or 1000lb bombs, which is the aim of this pair of sets from CMK. Arriving in their usual blister pack with instructions and card header keeping the parts inside, each set contains resin parts for two bombs, plus a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) separated from the resin by a sheet of clear acetate. Both sets are broadly similar to build, with one exception. The larger bombs have separate fuses in their nose. Otherwise, it’s a case of removing all the parts from their casting blocks, adding the sway braces to the pylons, which are handed with L & R next to each other on the block, then adding the four PE stabilising vanes, spinner on the rear, and surrounding the PE vanes with the tubular outer fin. A scrap diagram shows the correct location for the pylons, and as mentioned the larger bombs have a short fuse inserted into a depression in the nose. Bomb Racks & 500lb Bombs (4442) Bomb Racks & 1000lb Bombs (4443) Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. P-39 Airacobra Wheels (4441 for Hasegawa or Eduard) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally moulded in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set arrives in Special Hobby’s yellow themed blister pack, with a header card and the instructions forming the slot-in back to the package, and holding the resin in place within the blister, using a sheet of clear acetate to separate the Photo-Etch (PE) parts to the rear. Inside are two main wheels and a choice of two types of nose wheels, plus two front hubs for the main wheels, with all but the hubs on separate casting blocks. The PE parts are caps for the narrow-tyred nose wheel, covering up all that nice detail. All the wheels are attached to their casting blocks at their flat-spots where the tyre is slightly deformed to give the impression of the weight of the aircraft on its undercarriage, so clean-up will be simple, and after a wash in warm soapy water, they’re drop-in replacements for the kit parts. The interior of the main wheels and the outer hubs should be painted first, then the hubs can be glued in place after a little bit of weathering to bring out the details that will be seen through the spokes, which should have the flash removed with a sharp blade or awl before use. The balloon tyre equipped tyre is simply dropped in between the two arms of the yoke, while the shallow tyre just needs the PE covers adding with a dab of super glue (CA). Conclusion Once painted, they will give a much better impression of realism than any kit wheels, raising the level of detail for a comparatively small outlay in time and beer tokens. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. DH Chipmunk T.10 Main Wheels (Q48397 for Airfix) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK’s Quick & Easy line is exactly that, and arrives in a flat-pack plastic bag with header card and instructions stapled to it, holding the two replacement resin wheels on one casting block. Detail is exceptional, and includes the raised manufacturer name and tyre stats on the sidewalls, a circumferential tread on the contact patch, and hub detail in the centre, including brakes on the inner side. The tyres have a slight sag to imply the weight of the aircraft on them, and they are joined to the casting block there, so clean-up is simple and you don’t risk damaging the detail. Once liberated from their block, they are a drop-in replacement. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. A-36/P-51/P-51A Control Surfaces Set (4434) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby For Acadmey / Acc Miniatures Kit This set allows all the wing control surfaces and the rudders to be positioned as the modeller wants. . All of the kit control surfaces will need to be cut off to use these. This set arrives in CMKs normal plastic/card box. The parts require minimal clean up from the casting blocks all on the edges that attach to the airframe, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your kit Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Beaufighter Mk.VI/X/21 Main Wheels Late Wheel Disk/Smooth Tyre(7484) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are two resin parts on tow casting blocks, consisting of two wheels.. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. A-26 Invader Wing Intakes & Gunner’s Position (Q48398 & 4432 for ICM) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby ICM brought out a much-needed new tooling in 1:48 of the A-26 Invader, a fast and light bomber that saw limited service at the end of WWII, but was so good that it continued flying in combat missions until Vietnam and beyond. We’ve seen plenty of upgrade sets for the kit already, but these two are interesting for a number of reasons. Arriving in the usual CMK clamshell boxes with green and yellow header cards and instructions within, they provide some excellent detail upgrades to your model. Wing Air Intakes (Q48398) This is one of their Quick & Easy sets, and contains just four parts in resin, namely two leading edge wing intakes, and two “buckets” to extend the radiator exhaust trunking beyond the small depression that is moulded into the underside of the kit wing. There is a little cutting of plastic of course, with the kit intakes removed at the nearest panel line to make way for the new resin parts. This is best done after the wing is joined to get the best fit and finish. That means that the exhaust trunking should be fitted into the lower wing earlier. The kit’s short prism-shaped trunks can be ground off from inside, so that it is flush with the inner wing surface, then the new part is glued over it after painting, and if you have studied the picture carefully, you will see that there is a depiction of the back of the radiator bath at the front of the trunk section. You can probably afford to paint that in a garish shiny silver to overcome the darkness in there, and together they will give your model extra visual interest, detail, and perceived depth within the wing that is well-worth the effort. Gunner’s Position (4432) This set is more complex and requires only a small amount of preparation within the fuselage halves to make space for the new resin parts to fit. There are twenty-three resin parts in total, the largest of which are additional detail skins for the fuselage interior, forward and aft bulkheads, and floor section with the remote-operation gun sight for the unmanned turrets that the Invader carried. The vertical control system is made from three parts and has a small seat placed in front of it on the floor, with a control panel behind it within reach of the gunner, including plenty of detail that is added before it is mated with the floor. The floor is slid in from the side between the two bulkheads before the fuselage is closed up, and can be seen later from the windows in the roof and on one side. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  13. Panhard 178/AMD-35 Update set & Wheels 1:35 CMK by Special Hobby (For ICM/Revell/Tamiya kits) Armament & Ammunition Update Set (3147) This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains details for the weapons systems of the Armoured Car. There is ammunition stowage for the machine gun round magazines, and for the individual rounds for the main gun, Rounds are supplied for this. There are also empty racks for attaching inside if you dont want to fit the Ammunition drums. The last item in the set is a new front part for the kit machine gun. Wheels (3146) Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set arrives in CMK’s usual yellow-themed clamshell box, and contains 4 wheels each on its own casting block. Here CMK have been clever with the casting block being on the inside sidewall to avoid having to clean up marks on the tread. The wheels have a slight bulge on the bottom which actually looks realistic not the large sag you sometimes see. Review samples courtesy of
  14. P-39 Aircobra Wheels (5143) 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby for Revell /Special Hobby / Kitty Hawk Kit Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for their own kit, or the kits from Revell & Kitty Hawk, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are six resin parts on five casting blocks, consisting of two main wheels, two different nose wheels, plus main wheel hubs. There is also a small set of PE hubs for the nose wheel depending on the version being modelled. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Junkers Ju 88A/C Wheels - Late type (7479) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby for Revell Kit Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Revell kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are three resin parts on three casting blocks, consisting of two main wheels, and a tail wheel. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. SF-260 Italian Pilots (F72375) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby Quite often its great to have a figure, or couple of figures to add to a finished model on a base to bring it more to life. This set from CMK is for their new SF-360 kits, though it can be used for a variety of aircraft. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are the two figures. The casting is up to the usual high standards from CMK/Special Hobby with minimal clean up being needed. One of figures is wearing a parachute and the other holding a helmet. Conclusion Detail is excellent, and will add a great touch to any suitable model. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Beaufighter Mk.I/VI Main wheels Early/Smooth (7480) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are two resin parts on tow casting blocks, consisting of two wheels.. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Beaufighter Mk.I/VI Mainwheels Early/Smooth (4436) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Revell kits in 1:48, but would probably work equally as well for the older Tamiya kit. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are six resin parts on four casting blocks, consisting of two wheels and four hub parts for each side of the wheels. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. The hubs are all cast flat against their blocks, so will need to be sawn or sanded off, taking the usual precautions when handling resin. When liberated from their blocks, they slip into the sockets locating on a small nub within. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. IA-58A Pucará Wheels (4435 for Kinetic) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set is patterned for the Kinetic kit in 1:48, and arrives in CMK’s familiar clear clamshell box with card header and a small instruction sheet within. There are five wheels and ten hubs on ten casting blocks, and on the face of it all the wheels look the same, but one is for the nose wheel and has a very thin flashed over centre and no vertical mark on the pour block, but if you look carefully, you can see a ‘4x’ written on the blocks in a transparent gloss pen. Construction is simple, and the nose wheel should have its flash removed before assembly to allow the two hub parts to meet in the centre, whilst aligning with their location pips. The main wheels are different, having brake details moulded into the axle end, inserting into the shallower side of the wheel and locating by two pips with the box shape at the bottom. The other side accepts the outer hub with its lightening holes all around, and you should take care to centralise them before the glue cures by inserting the axle side with a cocktail stick in the hole, or a pair of tweezers. There are two wheels per each main strut, while the nose wheel is alone on its leg, and all five offer excellent detail. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. F-4B Phantom Correction/Update sets (For Tamiya) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The new Tamiya F-4B kit was a welcome addition to their line of new tool aircraft. CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their usual high standards. Early Fin Tip (4431) This set brings us the early style F-4B fin tip not offered in the Tamiya kit. The set also provides a separate pose able rudder, again not available in the kit; PE hinges are included for the rudder.. Boarding ladder (4430) This set provides the drop down boarding ladder for the aircraft. A small recess will need to be cut in the kit to accept this. As it is cast flat a great deal of care will be needed to remove this part. In Flight Re-fuelling Probe (4429) If you want to open up some panels on your F-4B at the front this set offers the modeller the chance to put in the extendable in flight refueling probe. Obviously a hole will need to be cut in the kit to accept this. Review samples courtesy of
  21. F-16MLU Fighting Falcon Correction/Update sets (For Revell) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby The Revell 1.72 F-16 kits are the best out there. Now CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their usual high standards. Gun Bay (7472) Despite the name this does not bring us the main gun bay, but the bay behind where the ammunition drum is housed. As well as the bay, and the drum the outer cover panel is provided. The kit will have to be cut in this asrea. Wheel Bays (7471) This set brings us shockingly enough the main, and front wheel bays. These are direct replacements for the kit parts, just with more detail, the main bay will need to be built up before adding in. Review samples courtesy of
  22. F-18E/F Hornet Control Surfaces Set (7477 for Academy Kit) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby This set allows all the wing control surfaces and the rudders to be positioned as the modeller wants. These jets are often seen on carrier decks with everything extended. All of the kit control surfaces will need to be cut off to use these. This set arrives in CMKs normal plastic/card box. The parts require minimal clean up from the casting blocks all on the edges that attach to the airframe, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your kit Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. P-40K/M/N Warhawk Late fishtail Exhausts (Q72396 for Special Hobby Kits) 1:72 CMK Quick & Easy by Special Hobby Exhausts are one of the things which look a great deal better in resin than injected plastic. Here the exhaust stubs are in pairs and must be added to their manifolds, a little fiddly in this scale but well worth the effort. The parts are very well cast. This set arrives in CMK’s Quick and Easy green backed envelope. it requires minimal clean up from the small casting blocks. This will add something extra to your Warhawk. Review sample courtesy of
  24. DH.82 Tiger Moth Correction/Update sets (For ICM) 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby The new ICM Tiger Moth kit was a welcome addition to their 1/32 line of new tool aircraft. CMK now bring us some update sets for this kit. All are cast to their ususal high standards. Main Wheels & Tailskid (5139) This set brings us the main wheels with sag in the tyres (perhaps a bit too much?) there are also two different sets of inner wheel hubs, and three different sets of outer wheel hubs including a pair with the DH logo, There is in addition a new tail skid from a harder resin material. Instrument Panels with Compasses and Coaming (5140) This set replaces both cockpits instrument panels and coamings. There are new compasses included with OE mounting brackets. A sheet of decals provides individual instruments for both panels. Luggage Box (5137) If you want tot open up some panels on your Tiger Moth then this set allows you to open up the luggage area behind the rear cockpit. As well as all the structure for the area an item of luggage is also provided to fill the bay. Correction Propeller (5138) This is a new drop in replacement propeller with separate front and rear hubs. Review samples courtesy of
  25. Bf 109E Engine Set (7455 for Special Hobby & Eduard Kits) 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby As nice as the new Special Hobby 109s are the engine in the kits is a more basic plastic one. Here in their CMK line they now bring us a resin engine and a pair of cowls for the kit. Some modification of the kit parts will be needed, but this is only minor. As well as the engine and cowl you get a new engine firewall (to which the kit instrument panel fits), new engine bearers and exhausts. Once in the aircraft there are also a pair of machine guns which are prominent on top of the engine when the cowl is removed. There are also a couple of smaller engine parts including a tropical filter. This set arrives in a sturdy box with some foam peanuts inside to protect the contents. The parts require minimal clean up from the small casting blocks, and all look to be top quality. This will add something extra to your 1/72 109. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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