Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

MHU-191/M Munition Transporter

Published: August 15th, 2012     
MHU-191/M Munition Transporter
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The MHU-191 is a welcomed addition to the 1/32nd scale community of accessories.  It is a very BASIC and easy to build resin kit.  The kit was contained in a sealed cellophane bag and consisted of 4 resin parts carriers and a decal sheet.  All parts were well protected and not damaged.

The total time it took me to unwrap, clean up, assemble, and paint the model was about 10 minutes.  The parts separated from their carrier with very little effort.  There was minimal flash and it only took a few passes with the back side of my razor knife to clean.  I prewashed all parts and used ACC glue to assemble.  The front wheels and draw bar are adjustable for different angles.

F4F Wildcat Aircraft Pictorial 4

Published: August 15th, 2012     
F4F Wildcat Aircraft Pictorial 4
Author: Dana Bell
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Classic Warships Publishing

Authored by the well-known and respected Dana Bell, and published by the equally well known “Classic Warships Publishing”, this publication is a “must have” for Wildcat fans, modelers, and historians. It is a recent release, having been published in March of 2012.

In 72 pages, this publication traces the general history of the Wildcat, through its development and use throughout World War II. The reader interested in the historical aspects of the Wildcat will find charts showing the serial numbers for airframes sorted by contract order, paint and camo schemes (shown in color drawings and including both US and British markings, and squadron markings for the aircraft stationed on ships of the Escort Carrier Force. These Squadron markings are, again, shown in color drawings. Additionally, a very thorough and detailed listing covers the Wildcat Units flying off carriers. The information includes the naval designation of the ship, the theatre of operation, the Squadrons involved and the month and year in which the squadron served on board that specific vessel.

RCAF Mosquitoes Decals; Canadians in Fighter Command

Published: August 15th, 2012     
RCAF Mosquitoes Decals; Canadians in Fighter Command
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology provides well researched decals on four RCAF 418 squadron Mosquitoes that covers the changing markings during the service careers of these aircraft. Each subject is complete with narratives on time period and painting suggestions. The instructions and diagrams are provided on four photo copied sheets, but an email request to Aviaeology will get you a promptly sent color PDF of the instructions which will prove helpful. The PDF can be printed or sent to your tablet for reference in your model workshop, you can magnify the profiles as recommended by Aviaeology to identify the subtle shades and the finishes of these Mosquitoes. You also get a tutorial of the bombs and the racks used with complete painting guides for them. Listed below is a breakdown of the subjects.

Ju-87B-2 Stuka Decals

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Ju-87B-2 Stuka Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions’ newest release in their EagleCals line covers 2 Junkers Ju-87B-2 Stukas.  1 decal sheet measuring approximately 5 ¼” x 7 ¾” is included, along with a 5 ½” x 8 ½” folded instruction sheet that opens out to 4 times its size.

One of the two subjects is the famous “snake” Stuka flown in North Africa by 5./St.G. 2 in 1941, while the other is of an interesting winter-camouflaged Stuka from an unknown unit in Russia that carries a face within its white camouflage.

Side profiles of both aircraft are included in the instructions – these are produced in full color, and the artwork is done by noted artist Thomas A. Tullis.  In fact, according to Eagle Editions’ web site, Tom creates the profiles as well as the decal artwork for all this company’s decal sheets.

Japanese Aircraft in Foreign Service, Volume 1

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Japanese Aircraft in Foreign Service, Volume 1
Author: Jacek Jackiewicz & Seweryn Fleischer
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Kecay

This is the first of a three-volume set being published by Kecam.  This first volume covers Japanese aircraft operated by Japan’s allies during World War 2, as well as those captured by opposing forces (other than the US, UK, and Commonwealth countries), and those pressed into service by various countries in the immediate post-war period.

The book is in a softcover format, with thick stock covers and pages finished in a high-quality satin finish.  Black and white photos, as well as extremely well-done color profiles, appear on almost every one of the 128 pages.  There are even a few rare color photos in some sections.

The authors dive right in to the topic, with the inside front cover having a table of all Japanese aircraft operated by the subject countries.  Aircraft purchased, seized, or otherwise obtained by various Chinese forces, Thailand, Kwangsi, Manchuria, Korea (North and South), Nanking, Indonesia, the Soviet Union, and France are all listed.

Lockheed Martin F-16A ADF

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Lockheed Martin F-16A ADF
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

The Aircraft

I worked for the Air Guard at Peoria, Illinois, from 1987 to 1996.  During that period (1992), the 182nd TASGp, with OA-37Bs, became the 182nd Fighter Group, equipped with the F-16A ADF.  In October 1995, the F-16s were replaced by C-130Es, and the outfit is now the 182nd Airlift Wing.  So when Steve announced the availability of Hasegawa’s F-16A ADF, I had to build it.  But being in the Air Support Operations Center, I didn’t know what to look for when telling the F-16A ADF from any of the other F-16s.  Fortunately, I was able to email Norris Graser, who sent me several beautiful photos of the ADF birds, as well as a cockpit photo of Steve Konie, who has been known to build a model or two in the last 30 years or so.

Bf-109F Landing Gear

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Bf-109F Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues to crank out metal landing gear for a lot of recent kits. One of their latest offerings is this set for the impressive 1/48 Zvezda Bf-109F kit. The SAC set contains both main gear with separate oleo scissors, and also a new tailwheel. The tailwheel appears to be slightly smaller in diameter than the kit part; otherwise, there doesn’t appear to be any difference.

Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 2

Published: August 15th, 2012     
Albatros D.III/V Decals Part 2
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

One of the newest decal sheets to be produced by the Japanese company Lifelike is #48-040, covering one Albatros D.III and three Albatros D.Vs in 1/48 scale.

Four aircraft are covered in this sheet:

Hurricane Rotol Propeller (with Rotol and Spitfire spinner) and tool

Published: August 14th, 2012     
Hurricane Rotol Propeller (with Rotol and Spitfire spinner) and tool
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

QB 48446 (Rotol Spinner) and QB 48447 (Spitfire Spinner), each $6.50

The Italeri Hurricane is getting a lot of attention from the aftermarket manufactures. Quickboost has released two resin Rotol propellers for it. One of the sets has the typical Rotol spinner (more pointed); the other set has a Spitfire spinner (more blunt). I’ve read that during the Battle of Britain there were some Hurricanes fitted with Spitfire spinners.

A nice feature of these aftermarket sets is the provision of a “tool” to ensure the proper pitch of all the propeller blades. After sanding off the back of the spinners, the tool provides you with a “seat” for the spinner, and then you only need to tack the propeller blade in place with a drop of superglue.

Hurricane Mk.I Cockpit Set

Published: August 14th, 2012     
Hurricane Mk.I Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The Italeri Hurricane has been molded with the option of having both the escape door and canopy open, allowing a great view of the cockpit. The original cockpit is fine but there is always space for enhancement and Aires is offering a nice resin and photoetch cockpit detail set for it.

Sadly, the review sample I got only had the Hurricane photoetch fret on it. The resin parts were for a different model, probably a “George,” as the cockpit layout and seat look a lot like a Japanese cockpit to me.

As such, I cannot comment on the fit of the parts or any other assembly issue (I just did not have all the right parts!).

Based on the parts breakdown, this detail set is intended to be a full replacement “drop-in” cockpit. Based on the picture from the Aires website, the details is very fine and it should be a nice improvement over the plastic parts. The detail on the photoetch fret is superb.

I would like to thank Aires and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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