Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack

Published: January 27th, 2019     
Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

The first prototype of the Fw 190 took to the air on June 1st, 1939 but due to some minor faults (Ok, so there were enough problems that the RLM halted development) it was not accepted into the Luftwaffe until 1941. June 1941 saw the Luftwaffe accept the first 100 Fw 190A-1s that were armed with four 7.9mm MG 17s. November of 41 saw the next version, 190A-2, introduced with two MG 17s and two MG 151s of 20mm caliber in the wings. Part of this series received an additional pair of 20mm MG FFs. The A-2 was powered by the modified BMW 801 C-2 engine and problems with the engine rear bank of cylinders overheating were finally solved by the simple introduction of a ventilation slot on the two sides of the engine cowling as in the A-1 version.

EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"

Published: January 13th, 2019     
EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"
Reviewed by: Camden Koukol, edited by Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

Background

The Electronic Aircraft (EA) EA-18G Growler is a modified version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet that is used in a naval strike package to jam enemy radar to make the strike package virtually invisible. The EA-18G Growler had its first test flight in August 2006, the later entered service in the U.S. Navy in September 2009. Our Australian allies later adopted the Growler in March of 2015. This aircraft is also able to provide self-defense with AIM-120 medium range air to air missiles, along with the Super Hornet's speed and maneuverability. With this advanced technology, the Growler blinds the radar and the strike package is able to deliver its weapons with pinpoint accuracy with little or no resistance.

Pe-2 Peshka

Published: January 12th, 2019     
Pe-2 Peshka
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As a little background, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was a Soviet light bomber used during World War II. Pe-2s were manufactured in greater numbers (11,427 built) during the war than any other twin-engined combat aircraft except for the German Junkers Ju-88 and British Vickers Wellington.

Eduard continues their tradition of taking great kits and adding the "Eduard" touch with new decals, resin and photoetch upgrade parts. In this case, the 1/48th scale Pe-2 plastic is from Zvezda and resin tires (main and rear), propeller blades and spinners and an alternate glass radio operator window. There is also a large decal sheet which was designed by Begemot and includes markings for five planes:

I.A.R. 81 BoPi "Dive Bomber"

Published: January 8th, 2019     
I.A.R. 81 BoPi "Dive Bomber"
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Special Hobby

The IAR-80 is the best-known production fighter to come out of the Romanian plant during WW2 and has always had a certain fascination for me. Developed in the 1930s as the Rumanian Air Force was working valiantly to get into the arms race then taking place in Europe, the IAR-80 featured a license-built Gnome-Rhone 14K engine and some various bits and pieces purchased from other countries, including the machine gun armament. Despite the comparative lack of experience in such design work, the IAR-80 proved to be a relatively modern and well-thought-out design, although some fixes needed to be included during its design life, including external bracing for the rear fuselage, which had a tendency to twist during high-speed turns.

F-104G Starfighter, Special Colors

Published: January 8th, 2019     
F-104G Starfighter, Special Colors
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Short History

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft which later became widely used as an attack aircraft. It was originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF), but was later produced by several other nations, seeing widespread service outside the United States. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. Its design team was led by Kelly Johnson, who contributed to the development of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Lockheed U-2, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and other Lockheed aircraft.