Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Junkers Ju-887 Stuka

Published: July 1st, 2016     
Junkers Ju-887 Stuka
Author: Matthew Willis & Robert Michulec Matthew Willis & Robert Michulec
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Models Publications

This publication is the 2nd Edition of the book which was originally released in March, 2008 and out of print since 2011. You can view the book at You Tube: https://youtu.be/EfjDDJZxeR0 (“R”-“zero”)

Authored by Matthew Willis and Robert Michulec, illustrated with color profiles by Simon Schatz, this edition covers all variants and versions of the Stuka from inception of the Stuka program through the last variant.

The Big Yellow Series, of which this book is the latest release, is known for high quality color illustrations that feature camouflage and markings, walk-around color photographs, and black & white archive images. The book is chock-full of 1/72nd scale profile drawings and also some exceptional color profile illustrations.

Su-33 exterior

Published: July 1st, 2016     
Su-33 exterior
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a great Photo Etch set for the Kinetic Su-33. This set adds a lot of extra parts and also replaces some of the Photo Etch included in the kit. This set adds a lot of addition detail to the exterior and make it look even better.

The photo etch parts are for the:

Landing gear details,

Various grilles,

Land gear bay details,

Access panels

In the Packet is;

  • 1 x large Photo Etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is great Photo etch set to bring a lot of additional details to this very good kit. The set includes part to replace some of the Photo Etch included with more detailed and robust parts

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

 

Su-33 – Kinetic, Interior Set

Published: June 30th, 2016     
Su-33 – Kinetic, Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1
Company: Eduard

This is a very nice photoetch set for the Kinetic Su-33 Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the interior of the kit, plus additional exterior parts as a bonus.

The photoetch parts are for the:

  • Cockpit side panels
  • Instrument panel, pedal and various control details
  • Seat belts, seat arms and placards
  • Canopy guides and mirrors
  • Access panels
  • HUD parts
  • Static discharge strips

In the packet is:

  • 1 Photoetch sheet
  • 1 Colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 Clear plastic printer sheet
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a great Photo etch set. It is a must for the Su-33 Kit as it makes it into even greater model with all additional interior and exterior details for this aircraft. The cockpit and seat parts are extremely detailed.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L32

Published: June 30th, 2016     
Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L32
Author: Ray Rimmell,, Illustrator: Ronny Bar, Drawings: Mick Davis, & Harry Woodman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Ray Rimell is releasing a limited edition volume (1,000 individually numbered and signed copies) of the ‘true story of the ‘Billericay Zeppelin’. A companion volume on ‘The Last Flight of the L31’ is being released simultaneously. The cover features a painting by Robert Karr depicting 2/Lt. Frederick Sowrey taking off from Suttons Farm in his RAF Be2c 4112 on the night of September 23, 1916. Ronny Bar contributes a color side profile of Sowrey’s RAF Be2c. I counted 55 photographs (including eight in colour) and a 1/48 scale drawings of a night fighting BE2c (RAF1a engine).

Bf-109G Cannon Pods

Published: June 28th, 2016     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The option to open up the gondolas frequently found under the wings of the Bf-109G is something that is up to the individual.  It does add a visual interest and looks great in diorama. 

In this set from Eduard, the parts are packaged in the typical plastic packaging with foam inserts, which protects the parts during shipping, you get 12 resin parts which are perfectly cast in light grey resin and a fret of photo etch.