Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka

Published: August 10th, 2016     
Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

The word Stuka raised much terror at the beginning of WWII, not the least because they had a siren in the landing gear that added a scream to their very accurate dive bombing. However, when they faced determined air defense during the Battle of Britain their days were numbered. They did manage to serve on other fronts throughout the war but were never quite the terror weapon again.

As with a lot of early German warplanes, the Stuka was tested with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. While the early A models were mostly associated with this conflict there were several of the B-1 models as depicted in Airfix’s new kit that also saw action.

MBD3-U6-68 Multiple Bomb Racks

Published: August 4th, 2016     
MBD3-U6-68 Multiple Bomb Racks
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modeling

Спасибо! THANKS VERY MUCH Mikhail and Victory models for importing and distributing these sets, and also sending IPMS USA another of your growing line of resin accessories for Russian/Soviet aircraft. Much thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on to me to review….

A word about customer service; Mikhail, the Proprietor of Advanced Modeling, provided Dave Morrissette with reference pictures of the actual MER installed on three aircraft; it looks like Sukhois and one TU-22m; Dave then forwarded to me. THAT saved me a lot of time on correct colors. Most excellent service Mihail!

This Multiple Bomb Rack (MER) set is a simple, extremely well-done example of resin casting with the end result of vastly improving the current injected molded kit weapons carriages on the available 1/48 Russian aircraft kits. The MBD3-U6-68 Multiple bomb rack is the current standard for what we Americans call a Multiple Ejector Rack; Russians call them Multiple Bomb Racks. These are visually utilitarian and interesting; these are simple engineering solutions to complex problems! Up to six weapons can be carried on these racks.

Mig 21MF Overtrees

Published: August 1st, 2016     
Mig 21MF Overtrees
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard re-released the very nice Mig-21MF kit in an awesome dual combo box of the MF in Czech and Czechoslovak service (39 marking options!) and with it they also released the overtrees of the kit and the Photo Etch (P/E) set (for an additional $14.95 - price above is only for the kit). If you have the Dual kit or even the older Profipack kit the overtrees are a nice and inexpensive way to add another kit. You get all of the plastic that comes with the kit but no instructions (No problem as Eduard has them on their web site) or decals (Again no problem as the Profipack and dual kit have many extras). As far as the interior goes, no problem, you can still get Eduard P/E for the early or late variants.

The plastic is grey in color, molded well with little to no flash and no noticeable sink marks. The clear parts are also very nice and extremely clear. The P/E set for this boxing deals mainly with the cockpit but there are a few other items also (For the landing gear, antennas, air boom, static dischargers, etc, etc.)

PBK-500U 500Kg Unified Gliding Cluster Bomb

Published: July 31st, 2016     
PBK-500U 500Kg Unified Gliding Cluster Bomb
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

The PBK-500U glide cluster bomb dispenser (the Russian acronym translates to glide bomb cassette, 500-kg) is a single-use weapon that houses either a single warhead or multiple elements. Unlike the previous generation, the PBK-500U can deploy at longer distances to enable standoff attack capability for tactical aircraft acting against targets with pinpoint anti-aircraft defenses.

KAB-1500Kr 1500 kg TV-guided Bombs

Published: July 31st, 2016