Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

More Steel Seatbelts

Published: September 8th, 2016     
More Steel Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a series of WWII-era seatbelts in the "steel" series. I think that Eduard Models call this product line "Steelbelts".

This review covers the following items:

The IJN fret (catalog 49099) gives you 4 seatbelts sets for Mitsubishi aircraft (with option of early and late war styles), 6 seatbelt sets for Nakajima aircrafts and 4 seats for Kawanishi aircrafts. Some of the set include shoulder harness and others not, based on the seatbelt style for each factory.

F-15C Digital Remix

Published: September 8th, 2016     
F-15C Digital Remix
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

The Aggressors are used to simulate potential enemy aircraft. The 65th Aggressor Squadron painted up their aircraft to visually look like the enemy aircraft. In this case they took on the look of the Su-27.

The decals and instructions are included in a zip lock bag. The instructions are included on a double-sided 8.5 x 11 high quality paper. Both sides of the four aircraft are shown. On the front of the instructions are the left and right side with the individual aircraft peculiarity. As is typical of the level of research that Two Bobs does the instructions give you the FS numbers of the paint scheme and the modifications necessary to make your kit accurate. The back of the instructions gives the color cross-reference for Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylic.

AIM-9B Sidewinder

Published: September 8th, 2016     
AIM-9B Sidewinder
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Sincere appreciation to Eduard for providing IPMS USA yet another review item, and to the IPMS reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me!

This set is part of Eduard's expanding range of aftermarket accessories to use on various aircraft. In this case, you receive four missile bodies with aft fins already cast in place, a set of forward fins (16 total), and four clear resin seeker heads. Also included is a set of resin ground-protective end caps which can be placed over the seeker heads, and a decal sheet to handle all four missiles. There is also a brass etched set of missile nozzles.

A word on the detail: FANTASTIC! These are the first AIM-9's I've noted that have all three rail mounts in place between the fins; the rollerons are extremely well done, and the rest of the missile looks the part.

This set is simple to use. I used my razor saw to carefully removed the aft pour stub, leaving the missiles intact. I then drilled a hole in the nozzle end of each missile to use a wire or, in my case, a cocktail stick mounted to a dry-cleaning pant tube, to hold the missiles for painting.

Skyhawk Airframe Stencils (High Viz)

Published: September 7th, 2016     
Skyhawk Airframe Stencils (High Viz)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

Contained inside a ziplock baggie is a sheet of high quality, high viz, full color stencils for the A-4 Skyhawk. With the Hasegawa and Hobbycraft kits on the market the need for quality decals cannot be overstated.

These decals from AOA Decals are perfectly in register. Even though the one star and bars looks deformed it is perfectly correct. It is designed to fit over the inflight refueling boom. That is the attention to detail that you get with AOA Decals.

The decals themselves are printed by Cartograf so you know they are the best in the world. They are thin and in perfect register with good color saturation. There are plenty of variations for some of the common stencils. So you'll have to check your references. The sheet is about 5.5 x 9 inches and contains markings to do a single Skyhawk.

The decals are applicable to the early A-4A, B, C/L and E. They also cover the A-4F and M.

AOA decals keeps getting better and better. These decals are absolutely perfect for the diminutive Skyhawk. Printed by Cartograf and researched by AOA you can't get much better.

High recommended

F-104 Starfighter Landing Gear (Ita)

Published: September 7th, 2016     
F-104 Starfighter Landing Gear (Ita)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for yet another outstanding metal gear set. IPMS USA continues to appreci