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Aviation Aftermarket Resin Sets

CMK 4002
1/48 Heinkel He219 Engines
For the Tamiya Kit

Reviewed By Chris Banyai-Riepl

I reviewed this set together with two other CMK Owl detail sets back in December, and when I reviewed them, I thought they were incredibly well done and looked the part. Well, apparently I was wrong. They DIDN'T look the part, as the engine bearer arms were wrong. So what does CMK do? They come out with a revised set that features the correct engine bearer arms.

It took some looking at both sets side by side to see exactly what was changed, and it's both obvious and not obvious. The original set had standard bearer arms like you would see on a Bf109: coming off the rear firewall along either side of the engine. The revised ones replace these with a set of curved arms that fit above the engine and conform to the cowling. I searched through my library and could not find a clear picture showing exactly how all of this fits together, and without having the Tamiya kit in front of me I can only guess. I am sure that once this set is put to use it will all make sense, though.

I admire CMK for going the extra step and not only acknowledging that they made a mistake (that few would notice, I'll bet!) but also correcting it and clearly noting on the box which is the correct set. So if you are doing that He219 with the engines hanging out, you might want to go get this updated set.

CMK 4010
1/48 Beaufighter Mk. IIF Conversion Set
For the Tamiya Kit

Reviewed By Chris Banyai-Riepl

Well, here's a great conversion set to make an ugly Beaufighter. The Mk IIF Beaufighter boasts of twin Merlin engines, and while the Merlin engine looks good on the Mustang, it really destroys the lines of the Beaufighter, in my opinion. But this conversion set takes much of that pain away, and after looking at some of the Merlin engined Beaus, I could almost see doing this (especially the one with the Boulton Paul turret behind the cockpit!).

The box arrived HEAVY, as it includes both engines, the nacelle and wing section, both flat tailplanes, plugs for the wings, props, and various other small bits to finish this conversion up. All the parts are molded in polyurethane resin, which doesn't seem to be as brittle as other resins, and there were no air bubbles noticeable. The conversion requires you to do some cutting to the Tamiya kit, mainly in removing the nacelle from the wing and replacing it with the resin set. This is clearly shown in the instructions, and by cutting too little and filing down, you should get a perfect fit.

Decals are included as well, providing the fuselage codes and serial number. They are printed by Propagteam, and the dull red looks to be a very good representation. How they will look on a black painted model I don't know, but it is nice to have the option.

If you've built a couple Beaufighters and are looking for something a little different, check out this conversion set for an easy way to add something unique to your collection.

CMK 4018
1/48 A-1H Interior Set
For the Tamiya Kit

Reviewed By Chris Banyai-Riepl

The Tamiya Skyraider kit builds up great out of the box, but there is still room for improvement. This detail set adds a bit to the cockpit, and provides a bit of detail behind the engine that is visible by removing a panel.

The cockpit part is very well done, with a one-piece tub, separate seat, and both a resin and an etched brass panel for you to choose from. If painting dials is your thing, the resin panel will keep you entertained for hours. The brass panel will do the same if you're more of a brass modeler. The seat has some very well molded detail into it, including the seat belts, and with some careful painting the whole interior could be a kit in and of itself.

Knowing that the Tamiya kit has a decent cockpit to start with, CMK sweetened this detail set with a bit of exterior detail, this being a hatch behind the engine. After cutting this section out of the kit, this one-piece detail fits in place and has some super-thin resin panels to replace the plastic you cut. With a little bit of work, you could even make these panels fit in snugly in place, and only remove them when a bit of flair is needed.

All in all, this set is a good addition to the Tamiya kit.

CMK 4019
1/48 A-1H Landing Gear Set
For the Tamiya Kit

Reviewed By Chris Banyai-Riepl

One weak point of injection molding is the landing gear. It takes a truly great set of molds to make a perfectly round strut, and when you start adding detail to that strut, the difficulties increase. CMK has answered this problem with this great detail set for the Tamiya Skyraider, providing both main gears and the tailwheel.

The main gear feature a complete strut assembly, including all the retraction linkages, as well as the mainwheel wells and the landing gear doors. The resin is remarkably crisp and the doors capture the subtle curves very well. The mainwheel wells are an open-ended box, mating up with the wing spar in the Tamiya kit and providing sidewall detail on three sides, as well as the well floor. The tailwheel assembly builds on the kit part and provides the wheel and the attaching 'box' that then fits onto the kit strut.

This set is a great way to add some great landing gear to the Tamiya kit, and I highly recommend it.

Lone Star Models Resin
XF5F-1 Skyrocket Cockpit

Reviewed by Tom Cleaver

As stated elsewhere in this issue, the one area of the new Minicraft XF5F-1 Skyrocket that can be improved is the cockpit, which is quite bare. Admittedly this was a spartan cockpit but looking at the cockpit photos in Steve Gineter's book on theairplane shows there was more there than is found in the kit.

Many modelers are already aware of the high-quality resin update kits Mike West of Lone Star Models has made for other kits. His resin set for the Revell 1/32 Corsair is absolutely necessary to create an accurate model of the F4U-1A Corsair from this kit.

This 6-part resin set includes two sidewalls with accurate instrumentation boxes and throttle, the rear cockpit bulkhead, floor, seat wiht molded-in seat belts and instrument panel.

The kit will be available soon. Contact Lone Star Models at their website for further information. Highly recommended.

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Air Intelligence
1999 Modelers'
Reference Guides

1/32 Scale Guide $18.00
1/48 Scale Guide $25.00
1/72 Scale Guide $25.00
HH-43 Huskie Color
Reference Guide $15.00

Please add $3.20 Postage in the US.

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