Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

The Super Wing Series He 219 Uhu, Fuselage

Published: October 4th, 2013     
The Super Wing Series He 219 Uhu, Fuselage
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Again, 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.  I am delighted to report on the next stage of construction:  the fuselage.

Spitfire, Merlin Variant Walk Around

Published: October 3rd, 2013     
Spitfire, Merlin Variant Walk Around
Author: Ron Mackay
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

Squadron Signal Walk Around publications have a long history of high quality and accuracy in detail. This new addition to that line of books is no exception. This particular product focuses on the land-based Spitfires equipped with the Rolls Royce Merlin engine, including the Mark I, Vb, and IXc variants. Displayed in extensive detail are the external and internal workings of the aircraft that played a key role in Britain's defense.

This publication is a scale modeler’s delight. Included in the 80 pages within the book are scale drawings, b&w images from WWII, and many color images of museum aircraft. It is the latter than intrigued me as a modeler. As an example, please refer to the image labeled Sample picture 1 and check out the caption. I often articulate the rudder on the Spitfires that I build and I now know that the deflection angle should not exceed a specified number of degrees. That’s good to know!

Boeing P-26A Pea-Shooter

Published: October 3rd, 2013     
Boeing P-26A Pea-Shooter
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: AZ Model

History

The Boeing Model 248, which became the P-26 series, was designed in 1931 and first flew in 1932, and was one of the first monoplane fighters adopted by the U.S. Army Air Corps to replace such classic biplane fighters as the Curtiss Hawk and Boeing P-12.  Retaining some of the features of previous fighters (including an open cockpit, external wire bracing, fixed landing gear, and fixed pitch propeller), the P-26 set the standard for fighters at the time of its introduction.  More than anything else, it helped to establish the monoplane as the standard of excellence in design, and most designers throughout the world were at least somewhat influenced by this fighter.

A-6E TRAM Detail Set

Published: October 2nd, 2013     
A-6E TRAM Detail Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases from the photo etch masters at Eduard is a BIG ED set meant for use with the Kinetic release of the Grumman A-6E TRAM Intruder.  The set consists of seven different Eduard offerings that include the following:

  • A-6 electronic equipment (item 48730)
  • A-6 undercarriage (item 48731)
  • A-6 wing fold (item 48732)
  • A-6E TRAM exterior (item 48733)
  • Remove Before Flight tags (item 49009)
  • A-6E TRAM interior S.A. (item 49597)
  • A-6E 1/48 canopy masks (item EX351)

Purchased separately, the seven items would set the consumer back $161.65 according to the Eduard web site, so the BIG ED set saves the buyer an impressive $46.65.  Although not every part in every set can be used at the same time (for example, the wing flaps would not be separated if the wings were folded), the sets combines to dress up the Kinetic Intruder.  I will tell you up front that I would highly recommend this BIG ED set to anyone thinking of adding more than one or two of the individual sets contained in this release.

Jaguar A Electronic Bay

Published: October 2nd, 2013     
Jaguar A Electronic Bay
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This update set is typical Aires, coming in a sturdy plastic package with foam backing and instructions tucked between the cardboard back and plastic. First impression – how crisp the detail is on the electronics bay as well as the access doors. Mold release is non-existent; however, I still recommend washing the resin before use.

Compared to the Kitty Hawk kit parts, the Aires bay is much deeper than the kit bay, which is very shallow. The kit part features are very crude while the Aires set has far more detail and is very sharp. The kit’s access doors exteriors do not look much different from Aires’ except for the air inlet scoop. The inside of the doors is where the update really shines. There is no detail in the Kitty Hawk parts, while the Aires doors have very fine detail showing structural ribs and insulation blanket detail.

Jaguar A Pitot Tube

Published: October 2nd, 2013     
Jaguar A Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s replacement pitot for Kitty Hawk’s Jaguar A come packaged in a thin plastic sleeve,  protected by additional reinforcement ribs. You get three pitot tubes which should last you for a few kits unless you lose one of these little gems.

Compared to the Kitty Hawk kit parts, the Quickboost replacement has a slight improvement on detail, and there is not a seam or ejector pin marks that exists anywhere on the Kitty Hawk part. The most noticeable difference is the base of the tube where it flares into the radome. The Kitty Hawk part is oddly shaped, where the Quickboost part is more symmetrical and slightly longer.

Quickboost is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception.  I would like to thank both Quickboost and IPMS/USA for this review sample.

T-38A Landing Gear

Published: October 1st, 2013     
T-38A Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

First, the usual “THANK YOU!” to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  Said it before and will again, it’s companies like SAC supporting us that keep the hobby interesting and viable.  And thanks to the leadership at IPMS USA from me for allowing an old guy, once again, to babble on about a great product, which was graciously provided for my use… Steve, Dick, Paul, and the rest, you are doing a great job.

SAC metal gear – what can you say?  Perfection is a good starting point.  This set is intended to be a total, drop-in replacement for the kit plastic.  You get all three main gear, nose and wing mounted, and associated actuating cylinders.  The detail is as good as the real thing, and the strength of the new gear is truly appreciated.

Sopwith Camel F.1

Published: October 1st, 2013     
Sopwith Camel F.1
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/16
Company: Hasegawa

Our usual “THANK YOU!” goes out to our friends at Hasegawa USA, which provided IPMS USA with yet another of the prolific output from Hasegawa.  We sincerely appreciate and value your continuing support!

First off, this is a very unusual kit.  Back in the 1980’s, Hasegawa released a Wright flier, a Fokker DR-1, and a Sopwith camel in 1/8th scale.  These were wood and plastic kits, requiring a lot of building skill and time, and resulted in a large, functional model.  They currently sell for over $1000 U.S. on our local internet sales sites. This new Hasegawa Sopwith Camel, however, is not that kit.

Bf-109E-3 Paint Mask

Published: September 28th, 2013     
Bf-109E-3 Paint Mask
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard now offers a mask set for Cyber Hobby’s recently released Bf-109E-3 kit.  The set provides multiple pieces for masking the clear parts and wheels.  Like other Eduard mask sets, it is made of Kabuki tape (similar to Tamiya’s masking tape) and provides precut masks for the kit’s windscreen, canopy, and wheels.  The masks will adhere well to any flat or curved surface, so masking is easily accomplished and the masks can be removed after paining is completed.  A simple instruction sheet is included to guide the masking process. This set should make masking most parts and painting a reasonably quick process with little or no drama.

The masks for the wheel hubs fit nicely.  Those for the center section of the canopy also fit well, as do those for the windscreen (with a little trimming along an edge or two).  However, the mask pieces for the rear fixed portion of the canopy do not fit well (see photo below) and will require the modeler to either add pieces cut from the tape salvage or cut a new mask to mask the upper portion of that piece accurately.

On-Target Battle of Britain Special #9

Published: September 28th, 2013     
On-Target Battle of Britain Special #9
Author: Peter Scott and Gary Madgwick
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: The Aviation Workshop

The Aviation Workshop produces this special title on the Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Edition. I should say that the book is more like “Camouflage and Markings - Western Front 1940”, because the book also includes multiple details and color profiles regarding the Battle of France and the Low Countries, plus a few selected profiles from the Invasion of Norway.

These are the chapters in the book: