Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

RD-33 Exhaust Nozzle of MiG-29 Aircraft

Published: July 22nd, 2016     
RD-33 Exhaust Nozzle of MiG-29 Aircraft
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1:72
Company: Advanced Modeling

There is a new player in the Aircraft aftermarket world, and they hail from Russia: Advance Modeling. I had not heard of them till they appeared on the IPMS Reviewer list and I thought I would try out their resin exhaust nozzle set for the new Zvezda MiG-29 (9-13). The resin used is a light gray color, captures very fine details, and is easy to cut using a razor saw or equivalent. The package is simple but effective, with parts in clear bags held within a plastic shell that, when a single staple is removed, is hinged at the other end and opens up like an oyster. The instruction sheet is in English and Russian, and unfolds with easy to understand and follow graphics.

Each exhaust nozzle is comprised of four parts, with each piece needing to be removed from it's pouring sprue with a razor saw. After which, the cut area just needs a few swipes with a sanding stick to clear up the joint. Before assembling the parts I would recommend that now would be the time to paint the interior, as it's easy to access the interior on each component. Once the paint dried, I used some CA adhesive to bond the resin parts together. It's that simple.

Mk82 AIR bombs with BSU-49/B

Published: July 22nd, 2016     
Mk82 AIR bombs with BSU-49/B
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Videoaviation

The Mark 82 serMK82 AIR is a 500 pound bomb modified with a BSU-49/B high drag tail assembly. The "ballute" air bag which deploys from the tail provides a high speed, low altitude delivery capability by quickly slowing the bomb and allowing the aircraft to escape the blast pattern. The tail assembly consists of a low-drag canister unit containing a ballute (combination balloon and parachute), and a release lanyard assembly that opens the canister releasing the ballute. The ballute assembly is made from high strength low porosity nylon fabric. When the bomb is released from the aircraft a lanyard unlatches the back cover which opens, releasing part of the nylon bag/retarder. Air turbulence at the rear of the bomb acts on that portion of the retarder, pulling the remainder out of the housing. Ram air inflation is accomplished through four air inlet ports toward the aft end of the ballute. The weapon can be delivered in the low-drag mode (canister remains closed after release) or in the high drag mode. The pilot may select either a high drag or low drag configuration depending on mission requirements. ies has been around since the early 1960’s

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 9 Decals

Published: July 21st, 2016     
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 9 Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Likelike Decals from Japan just released a few new sheets, and this one covers the P-47D Thunderbolt. Having just reviewed the Mustang sheet released at the same time, you will find some similar comments in this review!

This is yet another example of Lifelike providing a comprehensive set of contents in a standard Ziploc decal bag. Along with a full color placement guide, there is one full page of decals, printed by Microscale, that contains most of the individual markings and a full set of stencils. There is an additional ½ page, also printed by Microscale, containing at least two sets of national insignia (including the oversized stars and bars common on the underside of both wings of some P-47s). Finally, there is a small third sheet, printed by Cartograph, that contains the personal insignia for each aircraft.

The 3 markings options are:

US Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions

Published: July 20th, 2016     
US Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions
Author: Erik Simonsen
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Over the past 30 years Californian Erik Simonsen has worked as a manager and