Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

He-162 Vacu Canopy (Brengun kit)

Published: July 15th, 2017     
He-162 Vacu Canopy (Brengun kit)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Kit

This is a replacement or upgrade for the Brengun He-162 kits. There are two canopies on the Vac-Form plastic. I didn't look at this item until I was ready to install the canopy, and I now wish I had looked closer and sooner. One of the canopies is a direct replacement for the kit item. The other one is the AMS version. It's a little longer, and there's an area between the windscreen and canopy which can be cut out so you can build your He-162 with the canopy open.

Of course this will require quite a bit of interior detailing for the cockpit. The Brengun kit comes with a seat, a stick and a blank instrument panel. Obviously it would require seat belts, instruments, rudder pedals, a throttle, and the open canopy support rod. As I said, AMS version.

Assembly

I prepainted the canopy to match the Heinkel I was finishing. I paint the color on with a fine brush, making sure I get pretty good coverage.

I don't worry too much about staying inside the lines, just making sure I get all of the frames well painted. I then go back with the opti-visor and a toothpick and clean up the edges of the canopy frame.

Cross & Cockade International Summer 2017 Volume 48/2

Published: July 15th, 2017     
Cross & Cockade International Summer 2017 Volume 48/2
Author: Editor Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Summer 2017, features a photograph of a captured Albatros G'56 being run up. The inside and outside rear cover features seven color profiles by David Mechin of aircraft in the Early Aviation in the Rising Sun article by David Mechin. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year for an annual subscription of $35.35. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

IAI KFIR C2/C7

Published: July 15th, 2017     
IAI KFIR C2/C7
Reviewed by: Tom DeMichael, IPMS# 49640
Scale: 1/48
Company: Avantgarde Model Kits (AMK)

The Kfir entered service with the Israel Air Force in 1975, modeled after the Dassault Mirage 5. The Kfir is currently in service in Colombia, Ecuador, and Sri Lanka and was retired from the Israel Air Force in the 1990s.  A total of roughly 220 were built over that time frame.

Like most kits, you have the ability to build 2 different squadrons, one from the first fighters squadron Kfir C2 #874 that has a mostly gray scale paint scheme, and one from The Arava Guardians Squadron Kfir C7 #555.  Both options come with two different types of armament and the instructions are very easy to follow showing distinctions in the planes. The detail in the rest of the kit is extremely well done. The fuselage comes together very nicely and I only had to do some slight sanding on the top to get it to look like one piece. There were definitely a lot of decals to work with on this model, as I'll get into later.

A-1 Skyraider In Action

Published: July 14th, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider In Action
Author: Author: David Doyle, Color Art: Don Greer, Line Illustrations: Vincenzo Auletta
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Aircraft In Action number 60, a 50-pager on the Skyraider by Jim Sullivan that was published in 1983.

Crusader

Published: July 13th, 2017     
Crusader
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Extreme appreciation to Eduard for their having once again provided a sample copy of a long-awaited product, the F-8E Crusader, and the usual wave of thanks to the IPMS USA leadership for ensuring I received it!

Behind the box art with a Marine F-8E with a sword and shield in the background, sits Hasegawa's fast-selling 1/48 kit, with a perfect Cartograph decal sheet of six different markings, along with a resin ejection seat, and wheel set and masks to replace the kit items. Also included are the now-standard color and plain brass PE, a canopy mask set, and an excellent instruction sheet.