Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Mil Mi-24/35 Hind

Published: November 19th, 2017     
Mil Mi-24/35 Hind
Author: Jakub Fojtik
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Jakub Fojtik attended the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, achieving his Bachelor degree in Management of Security Forces, Security, and Law Studies. He followed up with a Master Degree in Management of Security Forces and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law. To top it off he achieved a Doctorate (JUDr.) in Security studies at the Academy of the Slovak Police in Bratislava and a Ph.D. in Management of Security Forces from the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague. Jakub Fojtik is currently a University Lecturer at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, the Vice President of Military Sales for Aero Vodochody Aerospace a.s. (Aero L-39, L-159, etc.) and an independent aviation journalist who is regularly published in aviation related journals and aviation magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Defence Helicopter, Fly Past, Flying Revue, Hobby Historie, Letectvi a Kosmonautika, 4 Rotors, and many others.

British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950

Published: November 18th, 2017     
British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crécy Publishing Limited

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-sixth major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Canopy Mask

Published: November 18th, 2017     
MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Canopy Mask
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for Trumpeter's new MiG-29 Model 9.51 Fulcrum B trainer and provides masks for the main canopy, the windscreen, and the wheels/hubs. I started with the wheels, and as I prefer to paint the hubs first and then the tires, I did the opposite of what is shown on the instructions. I painted the hubs using an old tin of Xtracolor Russian hub green, then I peeled off the center disks from the masking set and used them to cover the hubs while I sprayed NATO Black on the tires. Eduard instructs you to spray the tires first and then use the masks and masking fluid to cover the tires while you paint the hubs. I like to avoid masking fluid on acrylic paints, so I just reverse the order of painting.

If you look at photographs of MiG-29s there is a very visible seal around the edges of the canopy. To replicate this, the set includes two sets of masks for the main canopy. The instructions state to apply the first set, paint the canopy the interior color, then remove the

U.S. Army AH-64D Block II "Late Version"

Published: November 18th, 2017     
U.S. Army AH-64D Block II "Late  Version"
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The AH-64 Apache helicopter has served the U.S. Army since 1986 as its primary attach helicopter. During it's time in service, the Apache has gone through a series of upgrades, and improvements to increase its combat effectiveness, as well as survivability. The Block II aircraft integrates the advanced radar targeting system, Longbow, allowing the helicopter to engage multiple targets while remaining behind cover. The APG-78 Longbow radar system is the large dome radar located above the aircraft's rotors. In addition to this improvement, the latest version of the Block II upgrades includes new exhaust ducts, which direct the engine exhausts vertically to improve protection from infra-red targeting.

BF-110F Heavy Fighter

Published: November 18th, 2017     
BF-110F Heavy Fighter
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released the latest in their great line of 1/48 scale Bf-110 kits. The Bf-110F night and heavy fighter. It follows in a long line of Bf-110 kits and is a welcome addition to the lineup.

Construction

Construction is broken down into two major subsections, one for the fuselage and one for the wings and rudders. The fuselage comes first, starting with the cockpit. Eduard's directions shine in that they show what parts are replaced or enhanced by the Photo Etch and what needs to be done to the part prior to PE application.