Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

The title of this recent issue in Osprey’s Combat Aircraft series is a bit misleading. While it is called He 177 Units of World War 2, this book is much more comprehensive than that. The entire concept, development and deployment of this interesting aircraft are thoroughly covered.

Perhaps the very first paragraph of the book sums up the history of the He 177 best of all: “In the history of aviation, many aircraft, civil and military, have been the cause or subject of tortuous development, heated debate, disagreement, uncertainty, confusion, and often danger.” That pretty much says it all for Heinkel’s heavy bomber!

Starting with the developmental background, including the politics of German military aircraft design in the 1930s, the author paints a clear description of how the He 177 came to be. The rarely-used concept of mating two engines to one propeller drive shaft (making the bomber a 4-engine, but 2-propeller airframe) is covered, along with the reasons why this occurred in this aircraft. A lot of the “why on earth did they do that?” questions I have had about the He 177 we cleared up by the first few chapters of this book.

USN & USMC WW2 Carrier-Based Aircraft, Digital-Print

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
USN & USMC WW2 Carrier-Based Aircraft, Digital-Print
Author: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format and now in print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of USN and USMC carrier aircraft of WW2, and comparing it to a more traditional format. The official title is U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier Based Aircraft of World War 2.

This review of the e-book and the nearly-mirror equivalent paperback will be in three parts;

Bf-109G-14 Profipack

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Bf-109G-14 Profipack
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G-14 was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to standardize fighter production of the G-5/G-6. It failed to do that but the G-14 was a good aircraft and served from 1943 until the end of the war.

This is a natural progression for Eduard and its much respected Bf-109 series of models. Like the real thing, it is essentially a G-6 with just as many options for equipment and markings. This ProfiPack follows the other releases which contains four light grey plastics sprues and one clear styrene sprue. My example did have minimal flash and my wings were slightly misaligned in the mold but it was all easily taken care of with a knife and sanding sticks. As a ProfiPack it also has a pre-painted photo etch fret and a set of masks. Decals are printed by Eduard and includes markings for five aircraft, as well as, stencils for one aircraft. The markings are colorful and the problem will be to decide which one to do. I was really looking forward to the G-14 release as it allowed the modeler to use late war colors.

Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door

Published: August 30th, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Cockpit Door
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost spitfire pilot entry door replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team…

This set consists of one detailed entry door and a crowbar. The door is detailed enough you can leave the crowbar out (which I understand was a frequent option) if you so desire. The door contains frame and latch details, the torque tube with detailed U-drive section, and stringer detail.

Simplicity is the byword… leave on the pour stub, spray with your favorite lacquer primer, then paint with interior green and carefully weather and wash. Remove from the pour stub CAREFULLY, as the crowbar mounts and door latch is delicate but still strong. Install on your model, and touch up paint. DONE!

Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust - Oval Openings

Published: August 30th, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Exhaust - Oval Openings
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

IPMS/USA thanks the Aires team once again for sending us this simple, excellent item for use on a kit, in this case, a Quickboost engine exhaust replacement for the new-mold Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team…

This set consists of two exhaust banks. This set is the oval/round openings version, and is perfectly designed to install in the Revell new mold 1/32 Spitfire Mk V through IX series.

Why buy? The kit items come in halves, split down the middle, and therefore have an almost impossible to fill seam which destroys the detail. Uhg.

Enter Quickboost...

The castings are perfectly formed, and have excellent weld detail along with deep exhaust throats. All you have to do is Primer, Paint on the pour stub, then remove with a knife or razor saw for assembly/installation preparation. These are designed to be installed after the model is assembled… I used Tamiya spray primer gray, painted afterwards with Vallejo steel, then weathered with steel and red-brown mixture, and a black wash with light dust for engine Lead exhaust staining.