Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors

Published: January 21st, 2018     
F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Two Bobs

The Air Force's 64th Aggressor Squadron uses specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces.  Over the years its F-5s and F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents.  Last year, the Squadron painted several of its F-16s in the "Shark" and "Splinter" schemes recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50.  Two Bobs has now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict both schemes.

Sheet 72-104 provides markings for two aircraft in the "Splinter" scheme and one in the "Shark" scheme.  Two of the aircraft (one in each scheme) are Block 32 jets while the third is a block 25 jet.  As I had an old Hasegawa model of an early block F-16, I decided to use it for this project.  I am not an F-16 expert, so it is possible that the kit actually represents a different block number, so I apologize in advance if I did get it wrong!

SAC Metal gear for 1/144 Roden C-5

Published: January 21st, 2018     
SAC Metal gear for 1/144 Roden C-5
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.  New crew is on point and clearing well...

 

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the new release 1/144 C-5.  I shall refrain from calling the C-5 "Fred" in public because my old boss might find out.  Old Generals show up at the most inopportune moments... and we were told not to call it that.  BUFF is for the B-52.  We'll just call it "the Screamer" and leave it there. 

 

Metal gear for P-51D

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Metal gear for P-51D
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with another great landing gear addition for the modeling community.  

SAC Metal gear for 1/32 Hasegawa or Eduard P-47D

Published: January 20th, 2018     
SAC Metal gear for 1/32 Hasegawa or Eduard P-47D
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

 

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the Hasegawa or Eduard Re-release of the Hasegawa P-47D.  This set replaces SAC's previous release of a set #32015 for the same base kit.

 

Another simple strengthening opportunity for a heavy kit, with my usual admonition to use metal gear for larger models.  Larger models put more stress on plastic than metal.  

MiG-21 SMT ProfiPack

Published: January 18th, 2018