Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Single No 23 NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Single No 23 NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Company: MMP Books

Like many of us modelers, I simply never get tired of anything related to the iconic P-51 Mustang. In this volume of the MMP "Single" series, the authors focus on the Bravo model of the Mustang. 

Having never seen an example of this book series, I was a bit surprised at first glance. Unlike other publications that cover the development of the type, this book launches right into the content modelers like to see. The book opens with four-view scale drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Several pages of B&W wartime photos show the type in various roles. Next, are a series of drawings and photos taken from technical and pilot manuals showing the details of things we modelers like to see including engine, landing gear wells, gun bays, and cockpit. This volume closes with color plates of the instrument panel and three view renderings of "Sonava Buggar, a P-51B of the 355th Fighter Squadron. 

Messerschmitt Bf 109-F-4 Propellor

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Messerschmitt Bf 109-F-4 Propellor
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32nd Scale
Company: Quickboost

I can't count the number of times I've read of someone complaining about the props or spinner on a later 1/32nd scale Messerschmitt.  Apparently, these specific parts are particularly hard to reproduce in styrene accurately (or so I've been led to believe). 

Enter Quickboost to the rescue with a beautifully cast spinner and props for the F-4 version of this classic aircraft.  This one comfortably fits either the Revell or the Hasegawa rendition of this aircraft and may even prove a good fit for the Twentieth Century Toys replica.

Bf-108 Wheels and Paint Masks - Early

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Bf-108 Wheels and Paint Masks - Early
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32nd Scale

Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their Bf-108 wheel and mask set, intended for the Eduard kit.  This set includes replacement parts for all three wheels, which are cast in a grey resin which captures the fine detail extraordinarily well.  In addition, masks are included to aid in painting the wheels, along with detailed illustrated instructions in their use.

The casting is flawless and displays details right down to the molded lettering on the tires.  There is literally nothing I can fault with this set, and they should add to the Eduard kit immensely.  This is aftermarket quality at its finest.

I really don't think you can go wrong with this detail set - it will simply enhance your work and add that "little something" we're all looking for.  Highly recommended.

My thanks to Aires Hobby Models for the sample and to IPMS/USA for a chance to add this to my own build.  

Spitfire Mk. IX Wheels (4-spoke) & Paint Masks

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Spitfire Mk. IX Wheels (4-spoke) & Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32nd Scale

Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their 4-spoke Spitfire main wheels and masks, intended for the Tamiya kit.  Cast in a medium gray styrene, they capture the most minute details, from the Dunlop letters to the exceptionally fine ribbing along the rims of the tires to the air valves.

As always seems to be the case with this manufacturer, the casting is absolutely flawless.  A set of vinyl masks with clear, detailed instructions in their use are also included to permit you to make the best use of these detail parts.

There is simply no way to go wrong with these detail parts.  They are straight "drop-in" replacements for the original kit tires and definitely add something to the final build. Frankly, they just cannot be beat.

My thanks to Aires Hobby Models for the sample and to IPMS/USA for a chance to add these to my own build of this iconic aircraft.  

F4U Corsair Ribbed Tread Wheels Set

Published: January 24th, 2021     
F4U Corsair Ribbed Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic.  Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photoetch, turned brass, and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.  

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with ribbed tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair.  There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts.  A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts.  

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