Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Jet Fighters of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Part 2: Mach 1 and Beyond

Published: January 18th, 2021     
Jet Fighters of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Part 2: Mach 1 and Beyond
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

Released in time to be added to Christmas wish lists, this latest offering from Detail and Scale covers every jet fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from the F-8 Crusader to the new F-35 Lightning II. This book contains 208 photographs (188 in color) and 10 full color aircraft profiles, and picks up where Part 1 left off. I would highly recommend this book to all fans of modern Naval/Marine Aviation, whether a modeler or not.

IPMS members are likely familiar with Bert Kinzey, and have probably seen him in person when attending the Nationals, or some regional events. In his latest book, he covers what most would consider modern aircraft, starting with Vietnam-era planes and including everything up to the newest planes being flown today. Thirteen different airframes are discussed including the F-8; F-11F-1F; F5D; F-4; XF8U-3; F-111B; F-14; F-5E, F-5F, and F-5N; F-21A; F-16N, F-16A, and F-16B; F/A-18A, F/A-18B, F/A-18C, and F/A-18D; F/A-18E and F/A-18F; and F-35B and F-35C.

Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1919-1941 – Vol 1

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1919-1941 – Vol 1
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books

MMP Books continues its series of  "Colours of..." Eastern European Air Forces. This time the Yugoslav Air Force in the 1919-1941 period is covered. The first volume covers the period immediate to the end of World War I up to a few years before World War II.

In particular this book covers the following airframes

  • Nieuport 24 & 27
  • Spad S.7
  • Albatross D.III
  • Phonix D.I & D.II
  • Aviatik D.I
  • Ansaldo SVA 5
  • Bristol F.2b
  • Dewoitine D.1
  • Dewoitine D.9
  • Dewoitine D.27
  • Avia BH-33E
  • Potez 25 A2

The book has chapters for each aircraft type in detail, including an introduction of how the airframe entered service. It finishes each section with a sub-chapter devoted to the camouflage colors, patterns and gorgeous color profiles (sometime even 3-view) of different aircrafts, next to a historical picture of the airplane.

Swedish Bomber Colours – 1924-1958

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Swedish Bomber Colours – 1924-1958
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

MMP Books continues its series of  "Colours of..." Smaller European Air Forces. This time, the Bombers of the Swedish Air Force in the 1924-1058 period are covered. This period cover the critical years of World War II when these aircraft performed a critical job of protecting Swedish neutrality.

Don't let the word "Colours... " in the title fool you. This book is not just about color profiles and camouflages - a topic which is certainly covered extensively.

This book also has plenty of historical facts, operational details, plus some stories like when a Ca.313 was being tested as a dive-bomber by the Swedish pilots and an Italian engineer came up crawling to the pilot to say: "Please, signor - I have a wife and ten children to provide for!"

In particular this book covers the following airframes

Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48

Czech manufacturer Aires released a resin drop-in set for the Kinetic Sea Harrier in 1/48 scale.

Parts are cast in a cream-colored resin, with good surface detail (including rivets and panel lines) and no part lines. The parts are free of any surface defects or bubbles.

Attachment points of the pouring blocks are thin and easy to remove. More importantly, they are located in an area that will be hidden away when fully assembled, making any minor clean up error invisible in the final model.

Parts are designed to be drop-in replacements to their plastic counterparts, so no concern about fit or modification of the receiving plastic.

Please note that while the exhausts nozzles do look very similar, there are two that go in the front and to that go in the back. There are some small 'ribs' on top of the exhaust that would help you tell them apart.

If you want to try out a resin upgrade for the first time, this is an excellent set as it requires no modification of the original parts and the attachment points of the pouring stabs are hidden away once the parts are installed in the model.

Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Wheel Bay

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48

Czech Manufacturer Aires Hobby Models has released an aftermarket set to replace the Sea Harrier FRS.1/FA.2 wheel bays. The Sea Harrier has two main wheel bays (nose and ventral) and this kit provides you parts for both. As an 'extra' you even get the interior part of the SHAR air intake -the area just behind the cockpit area- molded in resin.

All parts are molded in cream-colored resin. The parts are free of surface defects and/or part lines.

All parts are superbly molded, with a level of detail that plastic simply cannot replicate, including superbly detailed air compressed tanks, hydraulic fluid tanks and valves. You even get individual electrical wires molded into the resin. Detail painting will pay off.

Pouring stabs are of moderate size and removal of them might take a bit of effort. Likely plastic parts modification would be needed, mainly on the ventral bay.

The set also includes wheel bay covers. Sadly, my review sample had the attachment points of the covers snapped, probably due to rattling of the parts inside the plastic blister.

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