Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Swedish National Insignia

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Swedish National Insignia
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Flying Colors Aerodecals

Flying Colors Aerodecals has updated their 1/72 Swedish National Insignia sheet for the recent explosion in Swedish aircraft from Tarangus (Saab Tunnan), Special Hobby (J 9, J 28, J J 21 and J 21R), and Airfix (J 8 Gladiator, J 26 Mustang, J 28 Vampire, and S 31 Spitfire). See the table, below for what it contains, but you can do anything from an Avro Lancaster to Hughes 300. The instructions provide a guide to insignia size for 62 different aircraft to cover your wings and fuselage. If you are in to ‘What If” or fantasy, the sky is the limit.

Mosquito B Mk.IV - Part 2

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Mosquito B Mk.IV - Part 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hong Kong Models

Thank you to Hong Kong Models for providing an innovative and exceptional kit representing a legendary Royal Air Force aircraft, the first kit in a “Mossie, The Wooden Wonder” series. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work behind the scenes, getting us kits to review and publishing our work.

This review is last of a two-part review. In this review you will find a brief build summary and conclusion, followed by detailed build log and reference list.

Build Summary

The most striking aspect of the kit is the stunning one-piece molding of the wing, horizontal tail fins, and both forward and aft fuselage components. I can summarize the importance of this molding approach by saying that I had very little seam filling to do, both because of the minimal number of seams present and the excellent fit in nearly all cases.

Swedish National Insignia, New Issue

Published: August 26th, 2015     
Swedish National Insignia, New Issue
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Flying Colors Aerodecals

Flying Colors Aerodecals has updated their 1/48 Swedish National Insignia sheet for the recent explosion in Swedish aircraft from Tarangus (Saab Lansen and Viggen), Special Hobby (He 115), and Pilot Replicas (Saab J-21). See the table below for what it contains, but you can do anything from an Avro Lancaster to Hughes 300. The instructions provide a guide to insignia size for 62 different aircraft to cover your wings and fuselage. If you are in to ‘What-If” or fantasy, the sky is the limit.

AH-1Z Vipers Den

Published: August 22nd, 2015     
AH-1Z Vipers Den
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Werners Wings

The Kitty Hawk AH-1Z was ready for decals. 

So, on to WW Decals 48-08.  One word of caution; decide which aircraft you want to model BEFORE you paint!  Floyd gives you eight different choices of aircraft, and there is something different about the color demarcation lines or non-skid paint or patches of other color paint on each aircraft.  I didn’t have that forethought, so the end result was there was one aircraft that I could depict, and that was NO. 41 of HMM-268 (REIN).  The sheet also contains two sets of common markings.

AH-1Z Viper

Published: August 22nd, 2015