Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Lifelike Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.50

Lifelike Decals from Japan has released its 4th installment in a series of Ki-27 “Nate”. There are a total of 9 aircraft, with 7 of them being of the Japanese “Gray Green” color, which the instructions suggest to replacing with German RLM 02. The other two aircraft are painted in Japanese Dark Green over Gray-Green.

The decals provide squadron codes and fuselage art for all aircrafts. However, you don’t have enough national markings for all aircraft.  This is not a big problem as you can use the national markings and stencils from the decal sheet in the original Hasegawa kit. The set also provides templates -in regular paper- for masking of cowlings

Decals have been printed by Microscale and they have a well-earned reputation for thin decals and in-register sheets. These are no exception. Decals are glossy, look thin, and likely will adhere well to a gloss surface.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Lifelike Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.50

Lifelike Decals from Japan has released its 5th installment in a series of Ki-27 “Nate”. You get a total of 8 aircraft, with 6 of them being of the Japanese “Gray Green” color, which the instructions suggest replacing with German RLM 02.

One of the other two aircraft is painted in Japanese Dark Green over Gray-Green, while the last one is an attractive disruptive camouflage of dark green, green and brown over Grey-Green.

Decals are provided for squadron codes and fuselage art for all aircraft. However, there aren’t enough national markings for all aircraft.  This is not a big problem as the national markings and stencils from the decal sheet in the original boxing from the Hasegawa kit can be used.

Decals have been printed by Microscale and they have a well-earned reputation for thin and in-register decal sheets. These are no exception. Decals are glossy, they look thin, and likely will adhere well to a gloss surface.

Review Author
David Wrinkle
Published on
September 10, 2021
Company
Platz
Scale
1:144
MSRP
$18.00

It had to end eventually. After nearly a 40-year run in the Japanese Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) venerable Phantoms were finally retired in 2020. Several model companies re-released their RF-4 / F-4 kits to commemorate the myriad of markings worn by these Phinal Phantoms at the end of their JASDF careers. Platz was no exception and one such release included the RF-4E Recce Phantom with the forest camouflage. Markings for 3 different machines in the squadron were included in the kit.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
September 10, 2021
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$14.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions now has over thirty years of experience supplying resin and white metal parts to model builders, and their product listing continues to expand. This is the eleventh landing gear set from SAC that I have reviewed, and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear. This set is intended for the 1/48 scale MiG-15 released by Tamiya (I have kits 89535 (silver color plated) and 89573 (clear edition) in my stash while other releases include the original 61043, 61080 (clear edition re-release), and 89729 with GAZ-67B)). The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain the proper angles. Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

Book Author(s)
Arkadisuz Wrobel
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
September 10, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$27.95

Information from the Product Web Page

The Bf 109 F (Friedrich) is the successor of the E version with the same engine in the DB 601E version - produced from the turn of 1940/1941. However, the airframe changed the external appearance completely: a new propeller cap was used, the front part of the fuselage was completely changed using a more rounded engine cover and the shape of the wings was changed from rectangular to rounded. The maximum speed at a ceiling of 6,000 m was 635 km/h. It was armed with two MG 17s and one MG 151 cannon.

Review Author
Rob Booth
Published on
September 10, 2021
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$9.50

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of engine nozzles for any 1/72 scale F/A-18E/F Super Hornet kit. The parts should fit the F/A-18G Growler kits as well. Any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these exhausts in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed exhaust cans and afterburner rings with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts. The photo comparison is to the exhausts supplied in the 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18E kit. The Brengun exhausts have superior component detail to those supplied in the Hasegawa kit.

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Karnas & Teodor LIVIU Morosanu
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
September 9, 2021
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$11.99

This is volume thirty-two in the Single series. This is a thin book with no text other than photo captions. The book contains very nice 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings, B&W photos of various details and pages from the manuals showing different systems. There are also two color photos of cockpit details.

This book covers the jet version of the SAAB J 21A. Sweden took the piston powered J21A and modified it to take the De Havilland Goblin engine. The J21R was one of one two aircraft successfully converted from a piston engine to Jet power. Sixty-four were built and served with the Swedish AF. The biggest drawback was the limited range on internal tanks of 280 miles.

Book Author(s)
Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
September 8, 2021
Company
Crecy Publishing, Ltd.
MSRP
$64.95

With over 700 titles in print, Crécy Publishing has a growing reputation as a premier aviation, railway and transport publisher. The Crécy stable includes the highly respected Hikoki, Classic and Noodle book imprints, producing unique and highly illustrative bestselling books. Crécy books, with over 700 titles in print are available through a worldwide network of distributors and stocklists including museums, specialist retailers and high street bookshops.

Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years. A professional photographer, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has authored and co-authored more than 120 books on Soviet and Russian aviation.

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Karnas & Teodor Liviu Morosanu
Review Author
Paul Mahoney
Published on
September 8, 2021
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$11.99

This volume in MMP’s “Single” series covers the Avia S-199, and with the impending release of Eduard’s 1/48 kit (announced, but I have no idea of when), the timing of this publication is perfect. The idea behind this series of books (more like booklets) seems to be to get right to the point and show scale plan views, photos, profiles, etc.

Book Author(s)
Mark Proulx
Review Author
Paul Mahoney
Published on
September 8, 2021
Company
Eagle Editions Ltd.
MSRP
$19.95

This volume, #11, like all others in the series consists of pages and pages of clear photos, printed nicely on semi-gloss paper between laminated stiff covers. Eagle Editions consistently puts out first-rate publications.

Most photos in the Wings of the Black Cross series are previously unpublished, and this issue carries on that tradition. The entire booklet is chock full, starting with the cover (photos are identified on the inside of the cover). Also, in keeping with the tradition of ever-evolving information, errata regarding previous volumes are also printed on the inside cover.