Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Sikorsky HO35-1, R-5/S-51, Westland WS-51, Hr.2/3 Landing Gear & Rotor Parts

Published: October 14th, 2019     
Sikorsky HO35-1, R-5/S-51, Westland WS-51, Hr.2/3 Landing Gear & Rotor Parts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for those who build.  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

This set has eight parts:  two nose gear halves, two shock struts for the main gear, a main rotorhead three-point blade swashplate, a cyclic main rotor mount plate with four points, a main rotor brace, and a tail rotor pitch link assembly.    Rotor heads are the main focal point and the failure point of most rotary wing aircraft... and metal is the perfect solution for the fragile bits.

British Avro Lancaster Browning 303 Gun Barrels

Published: October 13th, 2019     
British Avro Lancaster Browning 303 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model out of Poland, well-known for producing high-quality, precision after-market products, has recently released a set of .303 CAL Browning machine gun barrels for the recently released 1/32nd scale Avro Lancaster by HK Models. Each barrel comes in three pieces of turned brass; a shaft with hollowed out flash suppressor, a perforated sleeve that slips over the shaft, and a base ring that slips over the other end and into a (slightly drilled out) female receptacle in the plastic gun from the kit.

Assembly

Assembly of the brass barrel is a snap.  The cone slips tightly over the shaft and the base ring only requires a dot of super-glue to keep everything together, and cemented into the receptacle of the HKM gun mount, which is just slightly smaller than the new barrel.  This design allows the modeler the freedom to open up the mounting holes just slightly to insure a nice, tight fit.

Croco 1/72 Iomax Archangel with Archangel Weapons Set

Published: October 13th, 2019     
Croco 1/72 Iomax Archangel with Archangel Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Tom Choy, IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

Based in Latvia, Croco is a small resin operation specializing in highly esoteric WW2 and post-war armor and aircraft subjects, though they are branching out into other subjects such as hovercraft

The Iomax Archangel is designed to be a low-cost combat aircraft based on a highly modified Thrush 510P cropduster. Upgraded with additional fuel, the aircraft has a demonstrated loiter time of up to 10 hours, The Archangel has been marketed as a platform for counterinsurgency, counterrorism, counterdrug, counterpiracy, and even border patrol. Interestingly enough, the predecessor to the Archangel, the Iomax Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), was originally based on a modified AirTractor AT-802i cropduster, was exported to the United Arab Emirates, where it saw action in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Using lessons learned from the BPA experience, Iomax debuted the newer Archangel, where a further 24 airframes were sold to the UAE.

MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53

Published: October 13th, 2019     
MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver served with the US Navy in Vietnam and has spent thirty years in Hollywood as a screen writer for television and the movie industry.  Horror fans will know him as the author for the 1989 cult classic by producer Roger Corman of "The Terror Within" starring George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreeff, and Terri Treas.  Thomas McKelvey Cleaver has also been a published writer for forty years and is known for Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15, The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Group, Aces of the 78th Fighter Group (Aircraft of the Aces 115), F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-2 (Aircraft of the Aces 125), and an ebook, Air Combat Annals.

 

Ladder for MiG-29

Published: October 13th, 2019     
Ladder for MiG-29
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: plusmodel

Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.

 

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