Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

ADF F-CK-ID Ching-Kuo IDF - Indigenous Defense Fighter

Published: July 10th, 2018     
ADF F-CK-ID Ching-Kuo IDF - Indigenous Defense Fighter
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: AFV Club

Brief History

The AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, commonly known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), is a multi-role combat aicraft named after Chiang Ching-kuo, the late President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The aircraft made its first flight in 1989. It was delivered to Republic of China Air Force in January 1994 and entered service in 1997. All 130 production aircraft had been manufactured by 1999.

The IDF program was initiated when the United States refused to sell F-20 Tigershark and F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to Taiwan following diplomatic pressure from China. Taiwan therefore decided to develop an advanced indigenous jet fighter. The IDF jet fighter project was designed and built by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) based in Taichung, Taiwan.

The ROCAF's initial order for 256 aircraft was cut to 130 in 1991, following deals for the purchase of 150 F-16 Block 20 A/B and 60 Mirage 2000-5Ei/Di with the US and France. The last IDF A/B rolled off the production line in 1999. Mid-life updates to the aircraft were initiated in 2011.

The Kit

(from the manufacturer's website)

Chelomey 16KhA Flying Target

Published: July 10th, 2018     
Chelomey 16KhA Flying Target
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

First look at this kit and you can see a very close resemblance to the V-1 flying bomb. So a quick check of the Internet and Wikipedia found this- "Reports of the German V-1 flying bomb attacks on London prompted Stalin to initiate a program to develop a Soviet equivalent, commencing in June 1944. Vladimir Chelomey, who had been working on pulse jet engines, was assigned to the project in October 1944 and given control of OKB-52. The program was assisted by the partial recovery of a V-1 by Soviet forces at the Blizna test range in Poland. The initial V-1 copy was called 10Kh and later Izdeliye 10 ("Article 10"). Serial production was scheduled to commence in March 1945 with 100 per month, increasing to 450 per month later that year."

The subject of this model in 1/48thscale is model 16KhA which is the duel pulse jet version two Chelomey D-3 engines mounted side by side on V-configured pylons on the aft fuselage and extended tail planes with rectangular fins and rudders at the tail plane tips.

Me-163B "War Prizes" w/ Me-163B Komet Photoetch Detail Set

Published: July 7th, 2018     
Me-163B "War Prizes" w/ Me-163B Komet Photoetch Detail Set
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun has released the Me-163B 1/144th scale kit before but this new boxing has markings for some "War Prizes" or captured aircraft. The kit parts are molded in gray plastic and comprise only ten parts per airplane. Did I mention that there are two complete models in each box? If not, let me tell you now that there are two complete models in each box.

The box also contains markings for three separate War Prizes: one British, a Russian, and a Me-163B still in German markings that was taken to the United States for evaluation. Fun Fact: The War Prize that was flown to the U.S. was flight tested by Major Gustav Lundquist. Major Lundquist, was later a Brigadier General and commanding officer at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, the U.S. Air Forces flight test facility.

F-14D Tomcat, Part 1 - Kit Review, Cockpit, and Fuselage

Published: July 6th, 2018     
F-14D Tomcat, Part 1 - Kit Review, Cockpit, and Fuselage
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

When Tamiya released its 1/48 scale F-14A, it was made the new standard in F-14 kits and from the layout, it seemed like the F-14D would be coming and now, it has arrived. First, it's gorgeous as far as plastic, general engraving, etc. and that should not surprise anyone. Most of the parts for the F-14A are still in the box and won't be used. The kit comes with four marking options:

  • VF-02 "Bounty Hunters", CAG Plane, May 2003, USS Constellation
  • VF-213 "Black Lions", CAG plane, March 2006, USS Theodore Roosevelt
  • VF-11 "Red Rippers", CAG Plane, 1995, USS Carl Vinson
  • VF-101 "Grim Reapers", September 2004

Some great markings and plenty of aftermarket decals options also. I went through the instructions and compared them to the F-14A instructions and here's a list of changes/upgrades:

T-45 Goshawk Landing Gear

Published: July 6th, 2018     
T-45 Goshawk Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1:72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal replacement parts for kits in a variety of scales. Some of their landing gear sets are for a variety of kits and some sets are designed for a specific model. The sets are designed to support the weight of a specific model without warping that can sometimes be seen with kit styrene landing gear supporting a model's nose weight.

This landing gear set is for either the Wolfpack, Italeri and Testors 1/72 scale model T-45 Goshawk. I had to add a good amount of weight in the nose to get the model to rest on its nose gear and the gear supported the weight without any problems. The aircraft with all the weight in the nose is quite steady sitting on the SAC gear set.

The parts were well cast and had no flash or other areas that needed to be sanded. The gear set had a good amount of detail molded into them. The kit comes with front strut, two main landing gear struts and two support bars for the main gear set.

When gluing the landing gear to the aircraft I used CA and the parts fit perfectly without any modifications to the join area.