Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Outrider Mosquito F.II & FB.IVs - 333 Sqn

Published: December 7th, 2016     
Outrider Mosquito F.II & FB.IVs - 333 Sqn
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aviaeology Decals

Aviaeology describes themselves on their EBay store as producers of  well researched  books, decals, decals 'n docs sets, and docs primarily for scale aircraft model makers who work in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 scales. This is a great description of Aviaeology as they produce first rate decals with exhaustive research and all geared towards modelers.

This set covers 333 Squadron of Mosquito F.II’s and FB.VI’s from 1943-45 and specifically covers 8 different airframes. They are:

Fw 190 Landing Gear

Published: December 7th, 2016     
Fw 190 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Eduard 1/72 Fw-190 series of aircraft.

The white metal parts are outstanding and are a great replacement for the already well details kit parts. The parts include the main two struts and support struts plus the rear wheel assembly.

The parts are well cast. One part was slightly bent probably due to shipping and was easily bent back. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were a dream to assemble.

I highly recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Su-15 "Flagon" Pitot Tubes

Published: December 7th, 2016     
Su-15 "Flagon" Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This set provides a set of replacement pitot tubes for the Trumpeter Su-15 kits. The set includes the nose mounted pitot as well as the pitot mounted in the leading edge of the left wing. The set includes 5 brass parts and two resin parts. The brass parts provide the circular tubes of the pitots and the resin parts replicate the fine vanes and protrusions commonly seen on Soviet pitot tubes.

The packaging for the set is really well thought-out as the brass parts are in separate pockets of the plastic envelope from the resin parts and the resin parts are contained in a small foam square that is lined with good sticky tape on the back side to keep the resin parts from floating around, which is good as the resin parts are very delicate.

R-33E Long Range Air-to-Air Missile

Published: December 7th, 2016     
R-33E Long Range Air-to-Air Missile
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

The R-33E missile is a long range air-to-air missile similar to the US Navy’s AIM-54 Phoenix. It is one of the primary weapons of the MiG-31 Foxhound and is believed to have been intended originally for use against the SR-71 Blackbird, the B-1B Lancer and other high-flying targets, but is capable of attacking other targets at long range as well. The MiG-31 can carry 4 R-33’s and its weapon’s system allows it to attack 4 separate targets at once with the R-33s.

F-4 Phantom Canopy Details

Published: December 6th, 2016     
F-4 Phantom Canopy Details
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

Many thanks to Hypersonic Models and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review this excellent canopy detailing set for the iconic F-4 Phantom family. Hypersonic Models (HM) is a new contributor to the IPMS Reviewer system and is based in the UK, with a Facebook presence established 17 JUL 12. The operation is a one-man show, focused on well-researched products generated from quality CAD artwork and 3D- printed molds. HM has a specialty offering of modern-jet resin accessories, decals, canopy masks and reference drawings, with an X-15 emphasis.