Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

KC-10 Extender

Published: April 21st, 2019     
KC-10 Extender
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models is one of the leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. The KC-10 is not a new subject, however it has been a long time since this subject has been available. With that being noted, older decals may not be reliable and the quality of printing is also in question.

Printed by Cartograph, the single sheet is printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Markings included from unit markings at March, Travis, Barksdale, McGuire and Seymour-Johnson. With these six different markings, there are three different color schemes with a clear guide on the time frame the color applies to. There are instructions consist of eight color sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. There is a note on a suggested FS blue color which is the one used on the decal sheet so those two will match.

Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death

Published: April 20th, 2019     
Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1:32
Company: Fundekals

Background

Originally conceived and developed as a carrier-based fighter for the United States Navy, the F4U Corsair was initially adopted by the US Marine Corps as a dependable and extremely lethal land-based fighter-bomber.  The Corsair's unique and innovative configuration incorporated engine oil coolers in the inboard wing sections, with the resulting airflow through them making an unmistakable whistling sound, audible over the sound of the engine and firing of its guns.   So predominant and unnerving was this sound to the Japanese forces on the receiving end of Corsair wrath that they dubbed the Corsair "Whistling Death."  Designed and manufactured by Chance Vought under the designation F4U and license built by Goodyear as FG-1, Corsairs became the staple of Marine Corps fighter units in the Pacific Theatre from 1942 until the end of World War II in 1945.  Rugged, fast, dependable, and robustly armed, Corsairs continued service as fighter-bombers into the jet age through the Korean War.

Tempest Mk. V

Published: April 19th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Hawker Tempest Mk V was a follow-on fighter from the Typhoon. It proved to be a superb mid to low level fighter and ground attack aeroplane.

This is Eduard's brand new mold of the Tempest and effectively puts their older (but still very acceptable) model, Cat 1169, out to pasture.

This is the ProfiPACK which includes color photo etch, masks for the canopy, wheels, lights and walkways, as well as a nice in register decal sheet and a high quality paper instruction book. The ProfiPACK provides the modeler with just about everything needed to build a very nice model out of the box. For this build review, I also used Eduard's resin wheels, exhaust pipes, "Look" instrument panel, steel seat belts and gun bays.

For whatever reason, several parts had separated from the sprue trees and some were separated or broken. I have other Eduard kits where everything was intact, so this damage may have occurred in transit somewhere with the extra mailing of the review kit. Everything was repairable.

Kagero Top Drawing 57 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol 1

Published: April 16th, 2019     
Kagero Top Drawing 57 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol 1
Author: Macief Noszczak
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishers

The book provides great detail drawings of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 which was a work horse for the German Luftwaffe.

I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and show many of the variants of this very versatile aircraft.

Along with the many outline drawings (both 1/48 & 1/72 scale) there are 10 very nice profile drawings. Also include in the book is a mask for the Eduard 1/72 BF 110 C/D/E kit.

There is also a pull out 1/48 scale plan drawing.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the BF 110 and a must for modellers.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Real Colors of WWII Aircraft, Limited Edition

Published: April 15th, 2019     
Real Colors of WWII Aircraft, Limited Edition
Author: Maciej Goralczyk, Gerald T, Hogl, Jurgen Kiroff, Nicholas Millman, Mikhail V. Orlov
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Company: AK Interactive

This massive tome landed in my mailbox courtesy of the fine folks at AK Interactive who have also provided us with multiple samples of paint, brushes, weathering media and the like. This is the icing on the cake for any modeler of American, Russian, Luftwaffe, or British aircraft of the WWII period. The book is divided into 4 sections accordingly, with sub-sections for the various branches (e.g. USN, USAAF and/or time periods such as pre-war, early and late war and again, where appropriate, operational theatres such as Tropical and Mediterranean areas).