Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Albatros D.Va

Published: May 25th, 2016     
Albatros D.Va
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

One of the best looking aircraft of WWI, in my opinion, is the Albatros series of fighters. This streamlined plywood aircraft was widely used during the war. Flown by many of the great aces such as Manfred von Richtofen it proved itself a worthy warplane. Despite this, the Albatros had a fatal flaw, in that the lower wing would twist and occasionally fail.

The kit contains two sprues of light grey plastic. The plastic has fine engraved panel lines and raised access panels. It is beautifully detailed. There are two frets of photo etch. One is pre-painted, and the other is brass. There is also a set of masks to aid in painting the wheels, an oil cooler, and the red surround on the tail surfaces, should you decide to use that marking option. Decals are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are perfect. There are markings for four aircraft, plus lozenge decals for the wings, along with a sheet of stripes for the ribs.

I’ve built exactly two biplanes prior to this model, so I wanted to stretch my skills and learn how replicate the plywood. With that I was ready to start.

RF-84 Thunderflash

Published: May 25th, 2016     
RF-84 Thunderflash
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tanmodel

TanModels is a new company from Turkey and I believe this is their first model in 1/48 scale. They choose the RF-84 as the subject for their first boxing, an airplane often overlooked but that has a proud service history with several NATO air forces, which means many options for camouflage and decals.

Before opening the box you will find “Remove before construction” red stickers (keeping the box closed), which make for a fun experience. As soon as you open the box you find yourself looking at several sprues of very cleanly molded parts, with no flash anywhere to be found.

Let me be clear, this is not a “limited run” kit. This is a quality injection model kit. The clear parts are extremely clear and present virtually no distortion. They are individual bagged to prevent scratches during transportation. You also get a mouse pad that doubles as a hard-concrete runway to have a simple, yet effective, display base. The mouse pad includes the name of the model and manufacturer so basically you can only use it for this particular model.

From the Voisin to the Mirage, 100 years of French Aeronautic Presence in Peru

Published: May 25th, 2016     
From the Voisin to the Mirage, 100 years of French Aeronautic Presence in Peru
Author: Amaru Tincopa Gallegos
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This book is very unique in the sense that it covers one century of aviation history, but selected in a particular way: French airplanes in Peruvian Service. Let me be clear, from reading the book you learn -in great level of detail- not just about that topic in the title, but about the overall history of Peruvian Air Force (PAF), with a strong emphasis on French airplanes in the PAF.

The book is broken down in four main sections

  • Early Years (up to 1920s)
  • InterWar Years (1930’s)
  • The Deltas (1960s-Today)
  • Alouettes and Falcons (Today)

The first chapter covers mainly the history of aviation entrepreneurs and fledging military aviators in Peru. Well illustrated with period photos it helps to set the tone for the book. The second chapter covers the 1930’s years, after the Peruvian-Colombian war, a period of high tension and military readiness.

The third chapter jumps around 30 years (where probably there were no French airplanes in Peruvian services) to the mid-1960s and the entry of the Dassault Mirage in Peruvian service.

T-28B - D Metal Landing Gear

Published: May 24th, 2016     
T-28B - D Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Ross at SAC just keeps cranking  these thinks out… THANKS VERY MUCH for sending IPMS USA another of your expansive line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is the now-expected, much improved upgrade to the kit plastic.  Consisting of 15 metal parts directly replacing the kit items, they are an easy addition to improve the longevity of your kits as they sit on display…  

With the T-28, like their 1/48 counterparts, the nose gear is particularly vulnerable to damage; it is not a fork-mounted axle, but an offset arm, and this weakness usually results in strut sag/failure within a year on bigger models.  …

Not much to say on this one; I glued everything together and installed on the mostly-finished airframe in about 30 minutes.  The gear worked as advertised, and after adding some VERY tiny SAC details which were included for the set, it looked good and was very strong.

Loach-Low Level Scouts

Published: May 24th, 2016     
Loach-Low Level Scouts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:35
Company: AOA Decals

The Loach, tiny, maneuverable and deadly to the enemy. This litt