Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Vought F-8 Crusader

Published: September 13th, 2017     
Vought F-8 Crusader
Author: Bill Spidle
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Specialty Press Publishers and Wholesalers

Thank you to Andrea Lindell of Specialty Press for providing a review copy of their new release, Vought F-8 Crusader, Development of the Navy's First Supersonic Jet Fighter, by William D. Spidle. Specialty Press has sweetened the debut of this new book by providing an author-signed limited-edition of the book directly on their website or by calling 1-800-895-4385. As always, I appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling products with the world.

Beechcraft 17 Decals

Published: September 13th, 2017     
Beechcraft 17 Decals
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1:48
Company: Iliad Design

The Beechcraft 17 Staggerwing and later D17 was a versatile family of aircraft that ended up serving in for more roles than originally envisioned by Beech. Renowned for its attractive lines and good performance, it was designed to be an executive aircraft. But it soon found a role as a racer, liaison, and a utility aircraft in both military and civilian livery. In the US Army Air Force it was the UC-43, in the US Navy the GB-1 and 2. In addition, it flew with 15 other air f orces.

Roden answered the call of many modelers to release a nice kit of the Staggerwing, finally supplanting the old AMT kit which is still available through Round 2. The AMT kit was a specific post war variant however, and required modification to backdate it. The Roden kit represents the most common D17S variant and while Roden provides different liveries/markings in its multiple releases, there were many more schemes not covered; plus Roden decals can be a challenge.

Thankfully Iliad Design has stepped up and released a set of decals for Beechcraft enthusiasts. This set covers 6 different schemes:

P-40 E–N Details

Published: September 11th, 2017     
P-40 E–N Details
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:32
Company: Master Model

Yet again Master Model has hit a home run with this with this very affordable upgrade to your existing 1/32 P-40 E through N aircraft kits. Master Model has released a detail set that addresses the Browning 50 caliber blast tubes, iron gun sights, and the pitot tubes. Included in the set are six beautiful brass blast tubes, a photo etch sight ring (and spare), one iron sight post and a brass pitot tube with two pitot probe variants. Available kits in the P-40 (E - N) range included Hasegawa (Eduard), Revell and Trumpeter. For earlier P-40 (B - C) models, Master Model produces details sets AM-032-097 and AM-032-098

Hunter F.6/FGA.9 Aerobatic Teams

Published: September 11th, 2017     
Hunter F.6/FGA.9 Aerobatic Teams
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hobbico

Extreme gratitude from IPMS USA and this reviewer to Hobbico for providing us this kit... it's been a while off the radar and we're pleased it's back!

This kit was originally released around 1997 or so, if I remember correctly. At the time it was (and still is) the best of the 1/48 kits of this famous British fighter, and was considered to be the "UK Sabre" of its day with maneuverability, speed, and overall "it looks right" appearance.

This kit continues Italeri's current trend of releasing warfighting aircraft with specialized color schemes. In the box you get the Hunter F.6 and FGA.9, with two different lower nose cannon covers, and the different size/shape exhaust area required for each version based on the engine installation. The F-6 was designed as an air-to- air fighter, whereas the FGA.9 incorporated ground attack capabilities with rockets and bomb delivery capability.

Liberator Mk III/V "Coastal Command"

Published: September 11th, 2017     
Liberator Mk III/V "Coastal Command"
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hasegawa USA (Hobbico)

Extreme gratitude from IPMS USA and this reviewer to Hobbico for providing us this kit... it's been a while off the radar and we're pleased it's back!

This kit was originally released as a B-24D back in around 1999, if I remember correctly. At the time it was (and still is) the best of the 1/72 kits of this multi-use aircraft, and in Hasegawa's normal practice, this time is released in the guise of an RAF Coastal Command aircraft.

The short history is the British needed a long-range coastal heavy bomber capable of flying out to assist the beleaguered convoys shipping war materials to Britain from the U.S., in the form of anti-submarine reconnaissance and general over watch of the ships. In these roles the aircraft proved more than capable.

The kit contains an additional sprue in this case catering to the turret and quad-Browning .303 machine guns, along with the thimble-shaped lower ball turret replacement radome used on the Mark V for locating surface ships and submarines. The earlier Mark III did not have the radome but a standard B-24D with no lower turret assembly.