Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-4J Phantom - Base Kit Construction, Part 1

Published: February 26th, 2020     
F-4J Phantom - Base Kit Construction, Part 1
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Brief History (Exerpts from Wikipedia)

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, twin engine, all-weather, long-range supersconic jet fighter-bomber and interceptor originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonald Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air arms.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles,air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was initially designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M16 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record and an absolute altitude record.

The F-4J was a variant for the United States Navy and Marines.

KC-130 J Harvest Hawk

Published: February 25th, 2020     
KC-130 J Harvest Hawk
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengen produces a wide range of unique resin, photo-etch (PE)accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144.  This conversion set was previously produced by Attack Squadron (Arma Hobby) and that product line was sold to Brungen which now offers the C-130 product line many are familiar with.

This resin set comes in a sturdy cardboard box containing a refueling pod (typical on KC-130's) but the remaining parts are unique to the Harvest Hawk (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit) platform. These parts include a AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight System that blends into one of the wing fuel tanks, AN/ALQ-144 IRCM in the left and right rear sponson and the "special package" AGM-114 Hellfire missiles with the respective wing pylon and launch rails. Decals and photo etch for the missiles are also included. A single sheet instruction set clearly gives the modeler a good guide on modifications required on the kit and placement of parts however cross check references to aircraft photos available online.

The Grumman A.6 Intruder Modeller’s Data File Scaled Down #11

Published: February 25th, 2020     
The Grumman A.6 Intruder Modeller’s Data File Scaled Down #11
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

As noted in the title, this book is a scaled down version of its bigger volume on the Grumman A-6 Intruder family. This volume includes descriptions and photographs of the attack versions of the A-6, as well the tanker (KA-6D) and both electronic warfare versions, the EA-6A and the EA-6B. The book is lavishly illustrated with both color and black and white photographs with informative captions.

Chapter 1 briefly discusses the design and development of the A-6. In late 1950's the Navy issue a request for the design of an all-weather attack aircraft with two crewmembers to replace the A-1 Skyraider. Grumman's proposal was selected by the Navy and first flew in April of 1960. Adopted by both the Navy and the Marines, the A-6 Intruder became a mainstay of Navy and Marine Corp combat operations in Vietnam. The chapter includes a brief description of the systems installed in the A-6 to give it it's all-weather capabilities.

Gatchman II New God Phoenix plus LED kit

Published: February 25th, 2020     
Gatchman II New God Phoenix plus LED kit
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: Academy Models

This is a brand-new model of the New God Phoenix from Tatsunoko Production's TV Anime [Science Ninja Gatchaman II] broadcasted from October 1978. (Also known as Battle of the Planets in North America).

This version includes the optional LED lighting kit.

MottleMaster Stencils

Published: February 25th, 2020     
MottleMaster Stencils
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

Mottling the paint scheme on a model by hand can be difficult and rather time consuming. Keeping the paint at a consistent density, avoiding a semblance of a "pattern" in the layout of the mottling, and paying attention to panel lines are all issue that need attention when applying a "mottled" finish.

Masterpiece has addressed these issues with an easy-to-use set of templates. The templates are sturdy pieces of a cardboard-type paper. Each template contains a multitude of holes and openings that are of a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the "knock-out" panels that make up the openings in the template are still in place. Removing them will bring about a diverse pattern each time you use the template. Also, reversing which side of the template you use (top or bottom) as the surface in contact with the model, will provide additional diversity.

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