Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Westland Scout & Wasp

Published: March 25th, 2017     
Westland Scout & Wasp
Author: Adrian M. Balch
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Warpaint Books, Ltd.

Warpaint’s latest is their standard A4 format softbound publication in 52 pages (including covers) on the Westland Scout and Wasp helicopters. The book is split into two, with the first half dedicated to the Westland Scout and the second to the Westland Wasp. I counted 122 color photographs and 19 black and white pictures, along with 32 of Richard J. Caruana’s color profiles. Richard J. Caruana also contributes the four 1/48 line drawings.

Bf 109G-2 (ProfiPack)

Published: March 23rd, 2017     
Bf 109G-2 (ProfiPack)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a new mold of the Bf-109G-2, with markings for versions including in the kit.

In the box is:

  • 5 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 2 x decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

While you get 5 sprues, you also get plenty of unused (spare) parts, like 3 different propellers, different wheels, some weapons, different rudders, air intakes, oil coolers and even extra canopies, so you should be able to get some “extras” for other 109s in your collection.

All the sprues are extremely well molded with very little flash and great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft in 5 different versions.

Construction

First is the construction of the cockpit which is well detailed and the Photo Etch helps a lot to make this a very impressive cockpit when complete.

A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Models out of Poland has issued several sets of parts for the many Skyraider kits and in all scales. This set includes replacement pitot tube and multiple option gun barrels without flash hiders for the family of 1/32 Skyraider’s. In this case, I will be giving it a test run on my Zoukei Mura kit.

Inside the package, you will find one excellent pitot tube for the tail and twelve beautiful machined brass parts for the guns which include 4 main barrels and two different sets of muzzles which will allow you to replicate the guns you need. All muzzles have hollow ends to replicate the gun openings.

The pictures below show the increased detail of the pitot tube. It is much finer and stronger that the kit part with no seam. The installation will be simple, just glue in place of the kit part.

The installation of the guns is also simple. Cut off the kit barrels where it is shown in the instructions. Center and drill a hole for the main barrel. Glue in place and pick which muzzle design you need and glue that in place. Prime and paint as needed.

Vietnamese SPADS (1) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War

Published: March 22nd, 2017     
Vietnamese SPADS (1) VNAF AD-6/A-1H Skyraiders in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Been around about a year, and now we know they are focusing on Vietnam War subjects … We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for a review! (…and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way...)

This sheet is could easily be used on several models if you have a garage or basement totally dedicated to 1/32 models AND are independently wealthy to purchase several A-1’s in this scale…

A few airframe stencils in included for one model, along with national insignia. This sheet focuses on the main markings for the aircraft, particularly since several of these SPADS were repainted with camo and as such did not receive replacement stencil markings.

Notable options include several early 1960’s A-1’s with colorful tail bands; I believe these markings would sell the sheet more than anything, as they certainly have some different markings.

Sheet decal Options included for 32-019 (from AoA’s Website):

F-14A Seatbelts STEEL

Published: March 22nd, 2017