Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

BF-110F Heavy Fighter

Published: November 18th, 2017     
BF-110F Heavy Fighter
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released the latest in their great line of 1/48 scale Bf-110 kits. The Bf-110F night and heavy fighter. It follows in a long line of Bf-110 kits and is a welcome addition to the lineup.

Construction

Construction is broken down into two major subsections, one for the fuselage and one for the wings and rudders. The fuselage comes first, starting with the cockpit. Eduard's directions shine in that they show what parts are replaced or enhanced by the Photo Etch and what needs to be done to the part prior to PE application.

B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45

Published: November 17th, 2017     
B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45
Author: Donald Nijboer
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book details combat between the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Nakjima Ki-44 "Tojo" in the war against Japan. The B-29s rained destruction down upon Japan daily and the Japanese were desperate to combat the large number of bombers the Americans sent at the home islands.  One of Japan's most formidable weapons was the Ki-44, Japan's most heavily armed single seat fighter.

The book is broken down into 11 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the lead up to both designs and provides a chronology from inception until the end of the war.

Next the design and development of both types are covered. The B-29 is covered first then the Ki-44.

Chapter Three has the technical specifications of each model. B-29 coverage is on everything from the XB-29 through the Silverplate models this includes the F-13 and SB-29 variants as well as the cancelled B-29C.  The same treatment is given to the Ki-44, covered from original prototype to the production models and the lone Ki-44-III.

Curtiss P-40 E-N Detail Set

Published: November 15th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 E-N Detail Set
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master-Model produces precision brass/resin parts that will elevate your model when used as directed This time Master-Model has produced a detail set for the 1/72 P-40 E thru N models that includes brass gun barrels, external backup gun sights and pitot tube. The packaging is very good to separate and contain the tiny parts provided. The package contains a tightly folded instruction sheet on one side, on the other is a plastic bag with the parts. Each type of parts are sealed separated from the others to keep any lost to a minimum. The only fault one might find is that the dimensions for drilling the holes are in the metric system and not the English system that we use, but one can convert these to the English system without too much of a bother.

Hawker Tempest Mk.II/V/VI and Hawker Fury/Sea Fury - Hispano Mk.V Cannon Barrel Tips and Pitot Tube

Published: November 15th, 2017     
Hawker Tempest Mk.II/V/VI and Hawker Fury/Sea Fury - Hispano Mk.V Cannon Barrel Tips and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a Polish company that makes aftermarket brass gun and cannon barrels, pitot tubes and other replacement parts for scale model aircraft, ships and armor. The finesse and detail of these parts are nothing short of spectacular.

For this review, I have used Eduard's 1/48 Hawker Tempest that was issued several years ago. It is the perfect candidate for these parts as no cannon barrels are included, just holes in the wing leading edge. The pitot tube will be used on my Hobby Craft kit of a later model Royal Australian Navy Sea Fury (or the forth coming Airfix version). The Eduard Tempest is a late WWII aircraft that makes use of the under wing "L" shaped pitot.

The parts come nicely packed in a small zip-lock bag with a cardboard label stapled over the top. The parts are then packed in their own smaller bag backed in front of another piece of cardboard that hel