Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

P-51D and Mustang Mk.VI Landing Gear

Published: August 30th, 2013     
P-51D and Mustang Mk.VI Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Sean Glaspell, IPMS# 40404
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Background

The recent new mold release by Airfix of the North American P-51D Mustang is a great addition of this iconic aircraft to the modeling community.  It is a fine model that that is equal in detail and features to any Pacific Rim company equivalent.  With that said, the level of detail is matched with the frailty of some of the parts, namely the landing gear, which poses the difficult situation of thick sprue gates with delicate kits parts for the modeler.

The Product

To the rescue comes mighty Scale Aircraft Conversions!   This release from SAC features white metal landing gear for the P-51D Mustang from the Airfix new mold kits.  Please note that this landing gear will work on the entire series of new mold Mustangs, both the P-51D/K and Mustang Mk.VI kits.

Assembly

These are simple drop-in parts that replace your kits parts.  The locating stubs for the wheels are replicated exactly where the kit parts are.  Since these parts are made of white metal, the modeler will need to use a cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA) super glue.  If building with minors, exercise caution.

P-51D/K and Mustang Mk. VI Exhausts

Published: August 30th, 2013     
P-51D/K and Mustang Mk. VI Exhausts
Reviewed by: Sean Glaspell, IPMS# 40404
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Background

The recent new release by Airfix of the North American P-51D Mustang is a great detail addition to the modeling community for this iconic aircraft.

The Product

This latest release from Quickboost features a complete set of resin Exhaust-Type II exhausts for the P-51D Mustang from the Airfix new mold series of P-51D/K and Mustang Mk.VI kits.  The quality of the resin casting is flawless and bubble-free.  The tips of the exhaust pipes are hollowed out.

Assembly

These are simple drop-in parts that replace your kits parts.  The locating stubs are replicated exactly where the kit’s parts are.  Since these parts are made of resin, the modeler will need to use a cyanoacrylate adhesives (CA) super glue.  If building with minors, exercise caution.

Nakajima B6N1 Tenzan (Jill) Type 11 “601st Flying Group”

Published: August 28th, 2013     
Nakajima B6N1 Tenzan (Jill) Type 11 “601st Flying Group”
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History Brief

The Nakajima B6N1 Type 11 attack/torpedo bomber Tenzan, Allied code name “Jill”, was introduced in 1943 as a replacement for the B5N Kate. It was a big improvement over the Kate and, although faster and more maneuverable, it was still no match for the U.S. Navy’s carrier-based fighters. The losses were so great that only one Jill is known to be in existence today.

There were two main production variants of the Jill – the earlier Type 11 and the later Type 12. The Type 11 had the more powerful Mamori Model 11 power plant, a 14-cylinder radial (rated 1870 hp at takeoff), but it proved to be unreliable. The Mamori engine was dropped in favor of the more dependable but considerably weaker Kasei powerplant in the Tenzan Type 12 design.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.3

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.3
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Albatros Productions publications, particularly their Winsdsock Worldwide and Datafiles, are indispensable reference materials for any serious modeler of World War One aircraft, and also for anyone with a deep interest in the history of aviation history.

The May/June 2013 (Vol.29, No.3) issue is their latest release of the Windsock Datafile line. The magazine consists of thirty-four pages (including covers) in medium thickness glossy paper. Other than the back cover and inside back cover, there is no advertising. The rest is all wonderful content. Production quality is excellent.

The cover shows pictures that hints towards the content inside; TVAL’s beautiful new Albatros D.II, a screen shot from the flight simulator Rise of Flight, an image of a 1/24 LVG C.VI, and a newly released resin figure.

Contents include:

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Fabric Seatbelts

Published: August 26th, 2013     
WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Fabric Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is the second product in Eduard’s FABRIC line of seatbelts I have had the pleasure of reviewing.  Earlier. I reviewed the 1/32 WWII USAAF fabric seatbelts at http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/wwii-usaaf-fabric-seatbelts

This set is very similar to the USAAF one, with additional detail to reflect the higher complexity of Luftwaffe belts.  As with the USAAF set, the belts themselves are made out of some sort of fine gauze-type material, and have only small attachment points keeping them on their fret.  The material is pre-colored, with the belts in a light tan, pads for under the buckles in a slightly darker color, and one leather tab in a brown color.  Very faint stitching lines and fabric weave details are evident as well.  There is even stenciling and data plate info printed onto the fabric. 

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 7

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 7
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of SAM follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a series of Compact Build Reviews. In this issue, the first Feature Article is by Marco Preto, who builds and reviews Meng’s Me-410B-2/U4 in 1/48th scale. This article is a must-read for anyone who is going to tackle the Meng kit, a kit that Mr. Preto highly recommends. Along with an outstanding set of images showing Marco’s kit in progress (and completed), he also provides a list of paints and weathering supplies that he used to the outstanding results one sees in the article.

The second Feature Article, on the Supermarine Attacker, was written by Assistant Editor Karl Robinson. Karl’s article highlights the paint selections he made to produce this tail dragger. Karl also indicates that the incredible results he obtained on the panel lines and seams were accomplished with MIG Productions Neutral Wash.

Ar-234C-3 with BT700 Anti-Shipping Torpedo

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Ar-234C-3 with BT700 Anti-Shipping Torpedo
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The usual sincere appreciation goes out to our friends at Hobbico (Hasegawa USA) for supplying IPMS USA yet another sample of their manufacturer’s prolific output.  I am constantly amazed at what they deliver!

I really like the Arado series of aircraft, so when the opportunity to build this one came up, I raised my hand.  Having built a few of these in the past, I must comment on the condition of the kit.  I did NOT notice any creeping mold-failures, excess flash, or other blemishes that identify what used to be known as an “old” model (anything over 10 years).  The kit looked as if it were a brand-new design.  Fit and construction confirmed the same.  The basic model from Hasegawa is now a decade old, and what is in the box hides its age well.  Engineering at its finest, ‘tis true.

The Super Wing Series He-219 Uhu, First Impressions

Published: August 25th, 2013     
The Super Wing Series He-219 Uhu, First Impressions
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Many, many thanks to Mr. Hideyuki Shigeta for honoring me with the privilege of building the Super Wing Series He-219 Uhu (Eagle Owl) model kit for public review as an IPMS Reviewer Corps representative.  I am deeply appreciative of the trust and confidence shown in me by both Mr. Shigeta and the IPMS Reviewer staff.

The Heinkel 219 Uhu was a highly effective but under-used Luftwaffe night fighter with a variety of innovations including obliquely firing guns and the first operational ejection seats.  An excellent summary of the Uhu’s history may be found on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s webpage, along with restoration photographs of the Uhu in the Museum’s collection.

Spitfire F.Mk.22 Exhaust

Published: August 25th, 2013     
Spitfire F.Mk.22 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The newly released Spitfire F.Mk.22 by Airfix in 1/72 scale is an excellent kit right out of the box. Of course, there is always room for improvement. Quickboost has already given us replacement cannons, correcting the only real deficiency in the kit. Here they offer resin, drop-in replacements for the exhaust stacks. What's the advantage of these? These resin exhausts closely mimic the shape of the kit parts, which look accurate to me. However, the Quickboost replacement parts have the holes already in them, saving the modeler the task of trying to place a dozen symmetrical holes in very small rods. The thickness of the exhaust stack walls appears to be in scale. Also, there are no seam lines to deal with in the resin parts, but they are present on the kit parts. Basically, the Quickboost exhaust will save you time and present a more realistic appearance than the kit parts. Moreover, these benefits come at a very reasonable price.

My thanks go to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for providing these excellent parts for review.

Spitfire F.Mk.22 Cannon Barrels

Published: August 25th, 2013     
Spitfire F.Mk.22 Cannon Barrels
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

One of the criticisms I've read about the 1/72 scale Airfix Spitfire Mk.22 is the cannons are not quite the right shape or length. Apart from this deficiency, the Airfix Spitfire is an excellent kit and a great value for your money.

If you want to improve this model's looks and accuracy, however, Quickboost has a remedy. Their replacement resin cannons are drop-ins for the original kit pieces. Based on photos I saw, they capture the shape and size of the real thing. The kit's outboard cannons are too short, both barrels seem too bulbous, and both have an out of scale extension on the tip.  Also, the resin replacements have no seam lines to eliminate – a definite plus, since the kit parts have large sprue gates. Smoothing out these sprue attachment points presents the possibility of deforming the circular barrels. Overall, the Quickboost cannon barrels look more refined and in scale. Check out the photos to see what I mean.

This is another excellent product from the Aires Quickboost line, reasonably priced and well worth your consideration. My thanks go to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for providing these excellent parts for review.