Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

KAB-500L 500 KG Laser-Guided Bombs

Published: January 19th, 2017     
KAB-500L 500 KG Laser-Guided Bombs
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modeling

To those who model Soviet era and modern Russian aircraft there has been a welcome proliferation of weapons which have emerged on the market, so we have something to hang on aircraft models other than rocket launchers and dumb bombs. Unlike the west, the Soviet, and now Russian military is not known for the use of smart ordnance, and rare were the pictures of them fitted. But a wide range of weapons exist for specialized missions and the pictures coming from Syria show smart weapons being hung.

A new manufacturer from Russia has come on the scene to offer perhaps the widest range of munitions than we have seen so far on the market – Advanced Modeling (AM). Multi-media kits with cleanly cast in gray, durable resin; the detail is superb.

Betab-500ShP Concrete Piercing Bomb

Published: January 18th, 2017     
Betab-500ShP Concrete Piercing Bomb
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modelling

To those who model Soviet era and modern Russian aircraft there has been a welcome proliferation of weapons which have emerged on the market, so we have something to hang on aircraft models other than rocket launchers and dumb bombs. Unlike the west, the Soviet and now Russian military is not known for the use of smart ordnance, and rare were the pictures of them fitted. But a wide range of weapons exist for specialized missions and the pictures coming from Syria show smart weapons being hung.

A new manufacturer from Russia has come on the scene to offer perhaps the widest range of munitions than we have seen so far on the market – Advanced Modeling (AM). Multi-media kits with cleanly cast in gray, durable resin; the detail is superb. The casting are so well done that I could see faintly detect lathe marks when the masters were turned.

PBK­500U SPBE 500 kg Cluster Bomb

Published: January 17th, 2017     
PBK­500U SPBE 500 kg Cluster Bomb
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modeling

To those who model Soviet era and modern Russian aircraft there has been a welcome proliferation of weapons which have emerged on the market, so we have something to hang on aircraft models other than rocket launchers and dumb bombs. Unlike the west, the Soviet and now Russian military is not known for the use of smart ordnance, and rare were the pictures of them fitted. But a wide range of weapons exist for specialized missions and the pictures coming from Syria show smart weapons being hung.

A new manufacturer from Russia has come on the scene to offer perhaps the widest range of munitions than we have seen so far on the market – Advanced Modeling (AM). Multi-media kits with cleanly cast in gray, durable resin and the detail is superb.

Spoiler and Flap Mask Set for Tamiya F-14

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Spoiler and Flap Mask Set for Tamiya F-14
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball; a dogfighters’ term for a fighter-themed modeling company. We sincerely appreciate Furball Aero-Design’s support of IPMS USA and their providing one more of their great products for review. And thanks to the reviewer corps leaders for sending this set to me to review!

Everyone who loves to mask flaps and slats on white-belly marked F-14’s, raise your hands. (Not you, Scott, I know you hate Navy stuff and won’t touch them). Long story there...

Anyway, for the other hundreds who didn’t raise your hands and laboriously mask off the white slats and flaps on your Tomcats with bits of masking tape and swearing profusely, Furball has a simple solution: This very fine vinyl mask set!

To use: assemble Tamiya’s F-14 wings, and do all your prep work (seams, etc). Stick the wings on a holding fixture (I found the kit runners had some candidates), then primer with white.

A note here: let the paint fully cure HARD. Because the adhe