Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

P-51B/C/D Mustang Propeller w/Tool

Published: December 11th, 2016     
P-51B/C/D Mustang Propeller w/Tool
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Aires/Quickboost for this excellent improvement set for the Tamiya P-51 series! And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making the set available to me to review.

This set takes the kit components and improves them in a major way. If you follow the Tamiya P-51 kit instructions, the kit prop blades are cemented to the spinner back half, then you cement the front half of the spinner to the back, trapping a poly-grommet in the spinner so you can press everything onto the front of the model at the end. It works, but there is a seam at the front of the spinner, and how to paint the whole thing comes into play. I have assembled the spinner and painted it and the props separately in the past; it worked, but the propellers are difficult to set at the proper angle using this method.

Here is where the Quickboost set comes into play! Included in this six-part set are a one-piece spinner, four propellers, and a prop jig for assembly. The spinner has no seam, and the prop jig solves the assembly problem!

A-20G Havoc Cowlings

Published: December 10th, 2016     
A-20G Havoc Cowlings
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Aires/Quickboost ("QB") for this excellent improvement set for the re-release by Italeri of the old AMT/ERTL A-20! And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making them available to me to review!

This set takes the kit components and improves them by saving the modeler the trouble and frustration of trying to drill out all the radial exhausts on the A-20G series. The exhaust stubs on the kit parts are separate triangles of plastic as we would normally find from a mid-1990's kit, remove and place on lightly-marked locating lines. Hmmm... and in each case, the exhausts are not drilled out. A great way to slash your fingers and test your patience.

Moving into the new century: 20 years later, the Italeria kit is the only game in town for a 1/48 A-20. QB not only provides hollowed-out exhausts, but have installed them for you so it's a true drop-fit swap with vastly improved detail. Need I go further? (I must)

Outrider Mosquito F.II & FB.IVs - 333 Sqn

Published: December 7th, 2016     
Outrider Mosquito F.II & FB.IVs - 333 Sqn
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology describes themselves on their EBay store as producers of  well researched  books, decals, decals 'n docs sets, and docs primarily for scale aircraft model makers who work in 1/24, 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 scales. This is a great description of Aviaeology as they produce first rate decals with exhaustive research and all geared towards modelers.

This set covers 333 Squadron of Mosquito F.II's and FB.VI's from 1943-45 and specifically covers 8 different airframes. They are:

Fw 190 Landing Gear

Published: December 7th, 2016     
Fw 190 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Eduard 1/72 Fw-190 series of aircraft.

The white metal parts are outstanding and are a great replacement for the already well-detailed kit parts. The parts include the main two struts and support struts plus the rear wheel assembly.

The parts are well cast. One part was slightly bent, probably due to shipping and was easily bent back. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were a dream to assemble.

I highly recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Su-15 "Flagon" Pitot Tubes

Published: December 7th, 2016