Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Mitsubishi A5M Decals - Part 1 and Part 3

Published: April 22nd, 2018     
Mitsubishi A5M Decals - Part 1 and Part 3
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Links to Specific Decals

Part 1- 48-053

http://www.lifelikedecals.sakura.ne.jp/48053.htm

Part 3- 48-055

http://www.lifelikedecals.sakura.ne.jp/480553.htm

 

Last year we modelers were pleasantly surprised (at least I was) to get not one, but two companies offering new-mold 1/48 scale A5M Claudes (in multiple variants no less).  With the models from Fine Molds and Wingsy Kits both receiving admirable reviews, it is great to see that Lifelike Decals has issued 3 decal sheets that work with either kit.  This is a review of 2 of the three, #48-053 (Part 1) and #48-055 (Part 3)

Once again, Lifelike has come up with an extremely high-quality product.  Each package has full-color placement guides, and multiple sheets of decals (2 in Part 1, and 3 in Part 3).  All are printed by Microscale and are to their typically high standard.  Glossy finish, minimal carrier, and thin.  Between these two sheets, the modeler has no less than 25 schemes to choose from!  And Part 2 offers another 13 schemes!

F-8E Upgrade Set

Published: April 19th, 2018     
F-8E Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 48925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard Models

Eduard Models has released a nifty photoetch set to upgrade the - already very nice - Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. This fret is of the no pre-painted style and that is good, because you want to paint the detailed parts and the PE parts at the same time.

The fret includes replacement engine exhaust "feathers" and actuators. Installing this part requires removing existing plastic from the original part, and you will need to bend a metal part to a circular shape. You might want to consider getting a piece of pipe or rod to be a template to shape the part to a circular form.

Other parts in the fret are meant to detail the landing gear struts and the landing gear well. Either by adding brake lines to the struts, or just general detail to the landing gear well and landing gear well covers.

Finally, a horseshoe shaped part is provided for the armored windscreen. It would suggest attaching that part using Future -rather than superglue- as to avoid fogging the clear part.

Bf-109G JG 27

Published: April 19th, 2018     
Bf-109G JG 27
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Academy Models

Academy Models has re-released a well-known Bf-109G2/G6. I said well-known because it has been released in the past, at least, under the HobbyCraft brand. They might have been other boxings too.

When you open the box, you find 3 main sprues plus two small sprues with the clear parts. You get about 85 parts. Many of the parts are unused or optional meaning this is a simple build and you get lots of extra parts for the spares box. Not a bad thing at all.

I believe the molds date to the mid-1990s and they do hold well. No flash anywhere to be found and the recessed panel lines are small and crisp. The overall surface detail is adequate for the vintage of the molds.

A highlight of this boxing is the decal sheet (printed by Cartograph) and it includes a total of 8 markings, covering only Luftwaffe airplanes while deployed in Greece, Italy, North Africa, Russia and in Defense of the Reich duties.

E-2C Hawkeye 2000 "VAW-115 Sayonara" Limited Edition

Published: April 17th, 2018     
E-2C Hawkeye 2000 "VAW-115 Sayonara" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Max Welliver, IPMS# 50498
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has recently released a limited edition E-2C Hawkeye "Sayonara Atsugi" featuring two marking options:

  1. US Navy ACCLOGWING VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. June 1, 2017
  2. US Navy USS Ronald Reagan VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. May 2017

The marking options are of the same plane, just a few changes in terms of paint over a period of time.

The E-2C Hawkeye 2000 is the fifth generation production E-2C Hawkeye and incorporates significant enhancements in data management, system throughput, operator interfaces, connectivity, and situational awareness to support the Navy's evolving Theater Air and Missile Defense mission. With its massive rotodome, it can see for hundreds of miles and is truly the "eye in the sky."

F-4 Phantom II Warpaint Series No. 114

Published: April 16th, 2018     
F-4 Phantom II  Warpaint Series No. 114
Author: Charles Stafrace
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Guideline Publications

This is another excellent addition to the War Paint Series written by Charles Stafrace, a well-known and repeat contributor to the War Paint series. Theillustrations by Richard J. Caruana support the text and story line, and in and of themselves, are an excellent collection of Aviation Art. This book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most well-known aircraft, especially for those who came to maturity during the Vietnam conflict. The historian will find that the book covers the development and service of the Phantom II in detail, and the modeler will find the book to be an excellent source of information, detailing the aircraft with photographs and outstanding artwork.

As a modeler, I found this book to be rich in detail with a thorough coverage of the markings that are very helpful. The photographs, especially those in the "Walk-Around" section of the book, provide a great source for "detail", as well as colors and weathering, if one is into weathering models. In short, this book is a gold mine for the modeler.