Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-16 Static Dischargers

Published: January 24th, 2016     
F-16 Static Dischargers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Thanks to Piotr at Master models for providing these incredible static dischargers to improve our models, and thanks to IPMS Reviewer Corps leaders for sending it to me…

What is in the packet: an instruction sheet, and 14 very-tiny, jewelry-quality Static dischargers used on most F-16’s.

Static dischargers are frequently molded on our models. And we modelers, being who we are, frequently break them off during construction. I personally remove them and install replacements or the kit items at the end of the build. Sometimes I won’t even bother; they are just fragile or are just way out of scale. Here is where Master’s turned metal items shine…

As on my recently-reviewed Sukhoi 1/48 dischargers, these little 1/32 jewels for the F-16 are great. They have the proper 3-diameter steps machined for you. Again, Piotr, this is excellent machine work!

The master instructions have you install the dischargers on the control surface, after cutting a recess in the surface. The Tamiya kit has proper discharger mounts which fit into the kit parts, with a hole in the end it to insert a wire section (Provided in the kit).

Su-9 Fishpot Air Scoops

Published: January 24th, 2016     
Su-9 Fishpot Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides Su-9 air scoops consisting of eight parts. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses making the parts easy to review and then stuff securely back into the package. The supplied instructions address the replacement of the corresponding Trumpeter parts.

Quickboost has molded the air scoops perfectly in tan resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost air scoops provide no mold seams to sand off on these tiny parts along with the superior detail.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Bf 108B Control Surfaces

Published: January 24th, 2016     
Bf 108B Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has come out with a nice upgrade for the Eduard Bf 108 series of kits with their horizontal control surfaces set. There are four parts in all, cast in a durable resin material. The Aires parts allow you to alter the position of the elevators and provide improved stabilizer to elevator detail. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Aires replacements. I’ve included photos of both the Eduard and the Aires horizontal surfaces inserted in the Eduard fuselage.

Aires has molded the stabilizer and elevator perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Aires stabilizer and elevator are supplied on a single resin sprue with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Gladiator Upgrade Set

Published: January 24th, 2016     
Gladiator Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715