Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Harrier GR Mk.7/9 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: September 28th, 2016     
Harrier GR Mk.7/9 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard for providing IPMS USA another of your huge line of resin aftermarket kit improvements, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is a simple upgrade to the kit plastic that makes a HUGE difference in the blood pressure of the builder. The Hasegaga GR7 and 9 kits’ Harrier hot and cool air exhaust duct nozzles are molded in halves, with an almost-impossible-to-fill centerline assembly seam.

These Brassin nozzles come complete as single-cast, seamless ducts with all the appropriate depth and detail we have come to expect from Brassin. The nozzle vanes themselves are EXTREMELY thin and look like the real thing.

I mounted the nozzles’ by their pour stubs to a stick with superglue to my paint stick, which facilitated spray can painting while attached to the pour stub on the central mounting pip on the back. I had carefully removed the pour webs that provided additional casting surface; these are behind the jet’s fairings and would not be visible.

Fw-200 Condor Control Surfaces

Published: September 28th, 2016     
Fw-200 Condor Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Fw-200 was an all-metal four-engine airplane that was originally designed as an airliner. As war broke out, it was modified for use for long-range maritime patrol, reconnaissance and as an anti-shipping patrol bomber in addition to a transport. Revell has modeled this airplane twice in 1/72 scale but recently Trumpeter has added the airplane to their line-up. The Trumpeter kit is a great improvement on the Revell kits in both detail and accuracy, but as always Aires/Quickboost has found some areas to improve the kit.

This set consists of new control surfaces; ailerons, elevators and the rudder. The kit parts for the ailerons and the rudder each consist of two parts that must be glued together. The replacement parts are single items eliminating the glue step. More importantly, the kit parts feature severe surface detailing showing construction details. The replacement parts feature a more subtle version of the construction.

F-104 Starfighter Special Camouflages

Published: September 28th, 2016     
F-104 Starfighter Special Camouflages
Author: Lieuwe De Vries
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The latest title in the “Spot On” series published by Mushroom Model Publications focuses on a variety of special camouflage schemes featured on F-104 Starfighters from around the world. The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was a single-engine, supersonic jet interceptor developed for the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. The plane was remarkable for its speed and set a number of word records; however, it was more notable for its controversial safety record and the Lockheed bribery scandal. Despite these misgivings, the F-104 family of planes was flown by U.S. pilots into the mid-70s, and with more than a dozen countries around the world until 2004, when Italy retired the last of their F-104S planes.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2016 Volume 47/3

Published: September 27th, 2016     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2016 Volume 47/3
Author: Editor Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2016, features a photograph of a captured Sopwith Baby 8153 on the cover. The rear cover features colorful 3-D artwork by Dragan Saler of Serbian aeroplanes in the Balkan Wars with additional detail of the Serbian officers’ cap badges and the flag of the Kingdom of Serbia. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Sniper ATP for Harrier GR.9

Published: September 26th, 2016     
Sniper ATP for Harrier GR.9
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard for sending IPMS USA another of your huge line of resin aftermarket kit improvements, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

This is a specialized iteration of the Sniper targeting pod as carried by the Harrier Mk 9. Included in the set are the pod body, forward sensor section, three clear resin parts ( three protective glass fairing covers), and a photoetch set with four brackets and two different end plates. Also included are two separate resin sets of delicate but strong sway braces, and a separate block resin bracket for a different lot number of pod.

There is also a decal sheet to finish off!

Detail is fantastic; the avionics cooling scoop is hollow, and the pod fore/aft section mounting bolt recesses are very well done. Eduard have listened and included excellent instructions on all their most recent releases with color and assembly details.

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