Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless

Published: January 18th, 2020     
Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless
Author: Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

The Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless publication was released on Nov 15, 2019, so it's a new addition to the "Single" series published by MMP. This publication, by Dariusz Karnas and Artur Juszczak contains a series of excellent profile illustrations in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scales. Panel lines, access hatches, and other surface detail are clearly visible. For those who wish to add some internal detail to a model, or just wonder what might be inside the aircraft frame, pages 7 and 8 have some "cut-away" illustrations that reveal a considerable amount of detail.

The black & white photographs, pp 10-15, will be very helpful to those who are interested in markings placement, and the appearance of surface detail such as navigation lights, alerion actuators, and the like.

Pages 16 through 19 feature photographs of some cockpit detail and engine detail. Some fantastic profile illustrations complete the book.

F-14D Wheels

Published: January 18th, 2020     
F-14D Wheels
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun


You get four nicely molded resin wheels.  There are no instructions, as Brengun knows that you know what to do with the wheels. 


No real assembly required.  You have to paint the wheels.  I used Tamiya flat black and Testors flat white.  I painted them on the sprue, because it is such a pain to handle such small parts.  I am always afraid or losing small parts like these.  There's nothing quite as painful as hearing the tweezers go "PING" and knowing that you're going to have to wrestle the carpet monster for that part, if you can find it. 

Once the wheels were painted, I removed them from the pour block and used a medium sanding stick to clean them up on the bottoms.  Then I had to paint that part of the wheels black again, but not the hubs. 

Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943-Eighth Air Force’s Costly Early Daylight Bombing

Published: January 18th, 2020     
Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943-Eighth Air Force’s Costly Early Daylight Bombing
Author: Marshall L. Michel III
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is another book in the Osprey collection, this one covering the Eight Air Force's campaign against Germany in 1943.

The story of the Eight's campaign also covers accounts and the counter measures the Germans took to thwart the Eight's aircraft and tactics. Comparisons are made between the Eight's aircraft vs German counter parts and specific alterations to aircraft made by both sides to stop their enemy.

One aircraft developed by the Eight's engineers was the YB-40. Essentially being a B-17 upgraded with more machine guns and more ammo to act as a gunship escort for the bomber formations prior to long range fighter escorts.

Another section of the book follows the development of the droppable external fuel tanks to extend the range of a P-47 for bomber escort, and how they were initially banned from use by Eight's command.

Part 2 - Henschel Hs-129B-2/RIII Wings, Cowlings and Things!

Published: January 16th, 2020     
Part 2 - Henschel Hs-129B-2/RIII Wings, Cowlings and Things!
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

In Part 2 of my build of Zoukei-Mura's latest Release, the 1/32nd scale Henschel Hs-129 B-2/RIII, we'll get the wings and horizontal stabs on and get the kit ready for paint As a bit of background, the Hs-129 was a WWII version of the modern A-10 and was designed to and good at killing tanks. In Part 1, we built the engines cockpit and got the fuselage assembled. Let's finish the rest of the assembly.

To start, the wing spars were cut from the sprues. If you want the interior parts to show, you will need a little sanding to get rid of the seam lines. These slot brilliantly into the previously shown slot and provide a nice fit. This should also provide the needed dihedral for the wings. The four fuel tanks are built and added along with MG151 magazines and lastly, the wing guns themselves were added. The Mg 17mm magazines are also added at this time. This does a great job of showing how this plane was a flying weapon- lots of guns, cannons and ammunition.

L-19 Bird Dog

Published: January 15th, 2020     
L-19 Bird Dog
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Cessna L-19/O-1. The Bird Dog saw service with over 20 air forces so the choice of markings is very varied and this sheet does not disappoint.

This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model 5 of them (or all of them if you have some extra American markings). You have your choice of

  • O-1 Kansas Army National Guard, overall Olive Drab
  • L-19 Pakistan Army, overall weathered dark green
  • L-19 South Korean Navy, overall light grey
  • O-1 US Army Reserve, Olive Drab
  • L-19 US Army, Hawkeyes, weathered olive drab with Hawkeye profiles on the wings
  • L-19 Hoantai (predecessor of Japan's Self Defense Force), overall yellow with Hoentai insignia -pink cherry blossom- in the fuselage and Hinomarus on the wings.

They are an amazing selection of markings. I particularly liked the Hoantai markings, as they are very unique ones.