Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-17 E/F Interior Set

Published: May 21st, 2017     
B-17 E/F Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F. This set with three photoetch sheets, two are colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit and other areas. They really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 2 x colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details to this massive kit. The cockpit parts really add great additional and replacement details to this kit. I did find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. The set includes lots of additional instrument panels and details. The only advice will give is that there are some additional raised details that need to be removed to allow the install of the parts. The other item of note is that the straps are provided for the Parts J7, J8, J31, and J32, of which there is a total of 16 but only parts for 12 sets are provided. The straps could also have been longer in some locations. The seat cushion parts look at little stiff and could do with being thinner so they could be shaped better to look more like cushions.

MiG-31B/BS Foxhound

Published: May 21st, 2017     
MiG-31B/BS Foxhound
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: AvantGarde Model Kits (AMK)

The Kit

The AMK 88008 Mig-31 follows on their earlier MiG-31 BM/BSM (88003) Foxhound kit and comes in a large, solid, top-opening box that is packed solid. Similar to Wingnut Wings kits, it will take extreme care to repack the sprue packaging back into the box if you are not starting cutting sprues right away. Sprues are individually packaged in re-sealable packaging, with some parts (missiles, forward fuselage, and main upper fuselage) packed in their own boxes. Parts are molded in a medium gray styrene that is fairly hard and comparable to Tamiya sprues. Panel lines may be considered by some to be a little heavy, but I found no issues. The transparencies come molded in both clear and a transparent-smoke color and include separate open and closed options. The IRST lens, landing light lenses, the forward refueling probe cover, and the gunsight are also included in clear and smoke transparencies. A small fret of photo-etch (radar dish and seatbelts) is included.

World’s Fastest Single-Engine Jet Fighter

Published: May 20th, 2017     
World’s Fastest Single-Engine Jet Fighter
Author: Col. Doug Barbier, USAF (Ret)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Specialty Press' biography : "Col. Doug Barbier grew up to the sound of F-106s flying out of Selfridge AFB, MI, where a visit on Armed Forces Day 1962 began a lifelong interest in the jet. A U.S. Air Force Command Pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours, he flew the Lockheed T-33, the supersonic Northrop T-38, and logged more than 1,000 hours in the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. Barbier finished his military career flying the F-16, spending many hours sitting Air Defense alert, and making three intercepts of Soviet Tu-95 Bears along the way. After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for a major airline for twenty years. Barbier has had over 200 photographs published worldwide, and this is his first full-length feature book." You can find additional information on the F-106 at http://www.f-106deltadart.com/ along with several Facebook groups, including Convair F-106 Delta Dart, Convair F-102 & F-106...Deadly Deltas, and Convair F-106 Delta Dart - Ultimate Interceptor.

LRF 4 Rocket Launchers with Pylons

Published: May 19th, 2017     
LRF 4 Rocket Launchers with Pylons