Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

S-30M-2 Flanker Big Ed Photo Etch

Published: September 30th, 2015     
S-30M-2 Flanker Big Ed Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I won’t go into a long drawn out spill about the S-30M2 due to the fact that just about all of us know about the Su-27 Family of Soviet/Russian fighters or build one. So a brief history is as followed, the Su-30M2 is a long-range, high-endurance, heavy-class Air Dominance Fighter with multi mission capabilities. It is currently the most advanced version of Su-27 Flanker flying anywhere in the world. The Su-27, which was first produced in the Former Soviet Union starting 1982 is counted among the world's best fighter aircraft even without any upgrades; but some of the technology and capability that the Su-30MKI boasts has absolutely no parallels across the world's air forces. The Su-30M2 gives its operator a capability that will remain unmatched by all rivals for the foreseeable future. Eduard set consists of two previous photoetch sets and a mask. The photoetch sets deal with the interior and exterior plus the mask

Mk 103 Gun Muzzle

Published: September 29th, 2015     
Mk 103 Gun Muzzle
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Czech manufacturer Quickboost continues to expand its aftermarket line of simple details that enhance the look of your models.

This time the aftermarket piece is the very distinctive muzzle of the Mk 103 cannon, with its “organ pipe” look, a difficult piece to reproduce in injection molded parts.

The parts are finely molded, with all the pipes –and gun opening- being hollow. There are no bubbles nor are defects of kind and the attachment point to the pouring stub small and easy to remove.

The parts are a simple “drop in” replacement to the plastic parts. I only added a small piece of metal rod (copper) to strengthen the connection point to the nose of the Me-262.

This is a very easy and simple way to enhance your next model. Recommended.

I would like to thank Quickboost, AIRES and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

BV P178 Jet Bomber with BT700 Guided Missile Torpedo

Published: September 27th, 2015     
BV P178 Jet Bomber with BT700 Guided Missile Torpedo
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:72
Company: Bronco Models

Bronco Models has a full line of Luft ’46 aircraft and the Blohm and Voss P178 has been boxed in several different versions, mainly changing on the weapon being delivered. The BV P178 was an asymmetrical aircraft, with a single engine offset relative to the fuselage (something that Blohm and Voss was an expert at) and this particular machine had a Jumo 004 jet engine. I was not able to find any images of this particular aircraft, but I did find a few black and white images of the weapon BT700.

The model comes in a very sturdy box, with 5 sprues (1 clear) for the aircraft and 1 sprue for the weapon. The total part count is low, about 50 parts total. Parts are finely molded, with panel lines being crisp and well defined. There was no flash in my sample. You also get two decal sheets (including stencils) providing you with German, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian and Italian markings.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 7

Published: September 27th, 2015     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 7
Author: Gary Hatcher, Editor
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Scale Aircraft Modelling's September 2015 issue comes packed with great build articles of some unique planes as well as continuing its fine history and modelling articles with everything from new kits, scratchbuilds and older kits.  

Ken Duffey builds Trumpeters 1/72 J-15 which also includes a flight deck. Several of Mr. Duffeys pictures are also included showing the wing folding mechanisms. The finished models looks great with the plane poised for launch.

Revell of Germany’s 1/144 Airbus A330-330 gets built two ways- one in Delta Airline markings and a shot of the same plane in Thai Airways markings. While released almost a decade ago, the kit still produces beautiful looking airliners.

Tony O’Toole’s article on the Short Sterling A Mk. IV and its participation in Operation Market Garden offer a review of a historic plane and one of its efforts. The article is both well written and extremely well illustrated.