Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction

Published: July 16th, 2018     
F-14D Tomcat, Part 2 - Airframe and Weapon Construction
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

In Part 1, we reviewed the changes that Tamiya did to the kit, built and assembled the cockpit/wheel wells, the wings were attached to the fuselage and the front of the fuselage was assembled. In this part, we'll button up the fuselage and attach the nose, get the intakes installed and prepare the kit for primer/paint.

The top and bottom rear fuselage parts are glued together and fit well. A little putty was required at the two sides probably due to me rushing through. I then built the intakes and trunking. The trunking is two parts and like all jets, it took some sanding to get smooth. I sprayed the interior white Tamiya acrylics as well as the front of the intakes and set aside. Tamiya provides tape masks to get the correct look. You do have to cut them out which with a sharp knife took maybe 3 minutes. I added the bottom mask first and the front goes against the line marked at the front of the intakes. The two sides were added next. A comment here- the intake ramps and masks are "handed", left and right so watch which part goes where. I then sprayed the intakes Light Ghost Gray.

Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tomcat

Published: July 15th, 2018     
Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Author: Author & Illustrator: Marcelo Riberiro
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Marcelo Riberiro's biography is displayed on the rear cover below. He is a 41 year old Brazilian journalist who specializes in digital and content marketing. Marcelo began creating aircraft profiles as a hobby in 2003 and has continued to this day where it is now his 'second' job. His favorite subjects are Cold War era aircraft from the Vietnam War to Desert Storm.

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft that first flew on December 21, 1970. The Tomcat requirement came after the collapse of the General Dynamics F-111B for the United States Navy. Designed to incorporate the air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War, 712 F-14s were produced with the primary users being the US Navy and the Iran Air Force. The US Navy retired the F-14 on 09/22/06 while the Tomcat remains in service in the Iranian Air Force.

Riders in the Sky 1944

Published: July 14th, 2018     
Riders in the Sky 1944
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard's extensive new "Riders in the Sky 1944' B-24 coastal command Liberator Special Edition comes packed to the gills with extras. Besides the two new sprues, photoetch, and standard Hasegawa B-24D kit. you get a book full of photos and information, though the wording in mine was in Czech(There is an English translation available in PDF format). You get an Eduard print of the cover image on the box that it all comes in.


The main kit here is the venerable B-24D by Hasegawa. IPMS/USA has reviewed the standard kit.

I'll be reviewing the add-ons and modifications that Eduard has provided for this special edition. Unpacking the box, you will see the Hasegawa kit and then two new sprues, one in Eduard's dark gray, and a new clear sprue for the multitude of rear turret options for the British Liberators. The gray sprue has most of the internals for the turrets, the rocket pods, rocket rails and rockets, and propellers for certain marking choices.

Fieseler Fi-156 Storch Cockpit Accessories (Academy Kit)

Published: July 12th, 2018     
Fieseler Fi-156 Storch Cockpit Accessories  (Academy Kit)
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun


The Fieseler Fi-156 "Storch" was one of the first STOL aircraft developed for military use. Appearing first in 1935, it went into Luftwaffe service in 1937, and served throughout World War II, both in the Luftwaffe, and in the armed forces of Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Rumania, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition, they were also manufactured in Czechoslovakia and France, where production continued after the war. Many postwar models had different engines, and some wartime models are still flying. Some Fi-156's were captured by the Allies, and were used by the Americans, British, and French.

The main advantage of the Storch was its STOL capability, being able to take off and land in 200 ft. or less, depending upon wind. It could get in and out of some pretty small places, and one was used to rescue the Italian Dictator Mussolini when he was being held by Italian rebels after his regime was overthrown in 1943. The model represents the airplane used by Otto Skorzney for this event.

ADF F-CK-ID Ching-Kuo IDF - Indigenous Defense Fighter

Published: July 10th, 2018     
ADF F-CK-ID Ching-Kuo IDF - Indigenous Defense Fighter
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: AFV Club

Brief History

The AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, commonly known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), is a multi-role combat aicraft named after Chiang Ching-kuo, the late President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The aircraft made its first flight in 1989. It was delivered to Republic of China Air Force in January 1994 and entered service in 1997. All 130 production aircraft had been manufactured by 1999.

The IDF program was initiated when the United States refused to sell F-20 Tigershark and F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to Taiwan following diplomatic pressure from China. Taiwan therefore decided to develop an advanced indigenous jet fighter. The IDF jet fighter project was designed and built by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) based in Taichung, Taiwan.

The ROCAF's initial order for 256 aircraft was cut to 130 in 1991, following deals for the purchase of 150 F-16 Block 20 A/B and 60 Mirage 2000-5Ei/Di with the US and France. The last IDF A/B rolled off the production line in 1999. Mid-life updates to the aircraft were initiated in 2011.

The Kit

(from the manufacturer's website)