Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Miles M-65 Gemini

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Miles M-65 Gemini
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

Yet another beautiful kit from Leonid Shilin and Konstantin Nikolaychuk aka, Croco models. This is the third kit I've reviewed from these gentlemen and they continue to produce subjects the big companies never will. This time around we get a fantastic replica of the Miles M-65 Gemini, a light twin with some novel design features I'll get into later. The Miles aircraft company started in the early 1930s and consisted of Fredrick George Miles, his wife Maxine and his brother George. Known for some interesting designs of both light civilian and several specialized military aircraft that were used for training and target tugs for gunnery practice. Examples of the later include the familar Martinet, Magister and Messenger. The Gemini included some of the elements Miles had used in other designs including trailing beam landing gear, fixed slats inboard of the engine nacelles and separate flaps that simplified the wing structure while increasing the wing area. Combining these features with the smooth structure constructed primarily of wood resulted in respectable cruise speeds while also allowing excellent short and soft field operations.

Mirage 2000

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Mirage 2000
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Kitty Hawk

IPMS/USA says "thanks kindly" to Glenn and the Kittyhawk team for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with yet one more of their "nobody else did it" releases

So, on to the next Kitty Hawk "new" kit...

This kit is one of Kitty Hawk's better releases. The plastic is strong yet easy to work with, and receptive to standard cements. The parts have a clean appearance on the runners, and when assembled were accurate in dimensions and fit. External tanks that are round and require a minimum of seam cleanup made me happy.

Building the Revell 1/32nd Scale Bell AH-1G in a Vietnam Vignette

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Building the Revell 1/32nd Scale Bell AH-1G in a Vietnam Vignette
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Richard Marmo

This is my first time reviewing a PDF book. The author, Richard Marmo, is a long time IPMS member. His IPMS/USA number is #2 so that means he has been modeling for years. So he may know a thing or two about modeling and being an author.

Richard has taken this 52-year old kit and enhanced it with some Cobra Company (now Lonestar Models) upgrades and placed it into a neat vignette. He describes how to build the model and the entire vignette, including a cover for it. As a former Cobra pilot, I couldn't wait to see what he had to say.

Utilizing the 1967 release of the Revell Bell AH-1G, Richard puts a unique camoflage scheme on the model, but first he tells you how to build it. There are plenty of pictures of how to build it included. There are 47 photos interspersed throughout the 49 page 'book'. Because it is in PDF format you can enhance and blow up the photos to see them on your computer and print them out should you want or need to.

Bulgarian Fighter Colours 1919-1948 Volume 2

Published: May 22nd, 2020     
Bulgarian Fighter Colours 1919-1948 Volume 2
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

The Bulgarian Air Force might have been modest in size compared with other Air Forces during World War 2, but certainly saw its share of combat. While located near the Eastern Front, it was not involved in combat against Russia, but against the Western Allies, when in late 1944 with the Soviet Army amassing on its borders, Bulgaria switched sides and fought its former allies, the Germans.

During the early part of World War 2, Bulgaria had a "symbolic war" against the Western Allies. After the 1943 Ploesti raid that changed rapidly. Germany provided Bulgaria with more modern airplanes plus allowed the purchase of more obsolete types from other occupied countries. This book is the second of the series and covers, in extensive detail the following airframes

T-38C Heritage Talons Decals

Published: May 22nd, 2020     
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48

Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering the Heritage Schemes for the 50th Anniversary of the T-38 in USAF service. You get a total of 5 camouflage schemes, covering an overall grey, a South-East Asia scheme, an Aggressor/Air superiority scheme, a two-grey with a blue fin, and an overall white scheme.

The instruction sheet (printed in full color) it is truly huge at 11"x17" and it includes color callouts in FS standard, plus Testors, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Xtracrylics, and Mr.Paint making finding the right paint color a breeze.

The decal sheet is printed by Cartograf and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too.

From an inspection to the decal sheet, I think it is possible to actually finish all the airframes in the sheet. I think the hardest thing will be to choose which camouflage to finish it on. But why choose? You can make them all. Kudos to Two Bobs for allowing that!

Highly recommended. You will have an astonishing T-38C in your display area.

I would like to thank Two Bobs decals and IPMS/USA for the review sample.