Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I

Published: November 18th, 2012     
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Zvezda

THE KIT

This is another of the 1/144 aircraft for Zvezda’s “Art of Tactic” game system.  As such, it’s designed to be robust enough to stand up to handling and repeated abuse.  It also means that some of the delightful little details and add-ons you find on other 1/144 fighter kits aren’t there.  The kit is only 8 parts plus the stand, and it’s designed to be a snap-together kit. OK, but the horizontal stabs won’t take much handling, and I recommend glue.

ASSEMBLY

This was really easy.  The single-piece fuselage snaps onto the single-piece wing, the horizontal stabilizers snap into place and immediately fall out, the prop assembly presses onto the pin, the solid canopy presses onto a pin, and the landing gear press into place.  I did the painting before putting the prop, gear and canopy on.

PAINT AND MARKINGS

F-16C (Block 52 Advanced) Fighting Falcon “Zeus”

Published: November 18th, 2012     
F-16C (Block 52 Advanced) Fighting Falcon “Zeus”
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History – The Hellenic F-16 Demo Team was created in February, 2010, continuing the legacy of the former Aerobatic Teams of the Hellenic Air Force: “Carrè of Aces”, “Acro Team”, “Hellenic Flame”, “New Hellenic Flame”, and the T-6A Demo Team.

In November, 2010, the first official performance of the F-16 Demo Team of the Hellenic Air Force was made during the Open Days of the HAF at Tanagra Air Base. The aircraft used was the #534 and the pilot was Captain Karachalios.

The current team comprises personnel from the 340 and 343 Squadrons, both of which are based at Souda Air Base. The team consists of two display pilots, two safety observers, one narrator, one camera man and three crew chiefs. The team uses an F-16 Block 52+ configured with Conformal Fuel Tanks.

Team's call sign during the demo flights is “Zeus”, representing the father of the Olympian Gods of the Ancient Greek mythology.

Pre-War Spitfire Decals

Published: November 17th, 2012     
Pre-War Spitfire Decals
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design continues to add interesting decal sets to their line.  They have selected seven unique early Spitfires for their most recent 1/72 set #72009.  Any of the markings will make a 1/72 Mk.I (actually, Mk.1a) stand out among the usual fare.  Included on a single sheet are markings for:

P-38J Lightning “Yippee”

Published: November 17th, 2012     
P-38J Lightning “Yippee”
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

Every once in a while a kit comes along that you feel you must do, only to be disappointed. This is one of those kits.

I happen to love P-38 Lightnings and “Yippee” in particular. “Yippee” was the 5000th P-38 built, and Lockheed decided to make it special. They painted it bright orange (not red, as many thought). On the bottom of the wing they painted “Yippee” in large white letters. I thought I would love to make a model of this aircraft and when Minicraft released it in Sept. 2012, I just jumped at the chance to review it.

To begin with, it’s tiny. The kit is molded in soft, light grey plastic. Not many parts in this one. I noted that there was almost no detail scribing. Particularly disappointing was the canopy, which had no canopy framing indicated. As anyone can tell you, the P-38 had a distinct canopy with sides that rolled up and down like a car window, and the top flipped up to let the pilot out. None of this was on the kit canopy, which also was the wrong shape and didn’t fit. I had to resort to hand-painting the canopy frame, which was a real pain in 1/144.

E-2C Hawkeye - VAW 126 Seahawks

Published: November 17th, 2012     
E-2C Hawkeye - VAW 126 Seahawks
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Overview

Since its entry into Navy service in January of 1969, the Hawkeye has been the carrier-borne “eye in the sky” of the fleet. First flown October 21, 1969, the E-2 series has participated in every US combat action since Vietnam. After a rough start due to some teething problems with the electronics on board, the E-2 series is ready to serve into the foreseeable future in the form of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. This model represents the E-2C series serving with VAW 126, The Seahawks. The Seahawks began operations with the Hawkeye back in April, 1969. The squadron has served around the world aboard 8 different carriers. Sporting an upgraded electronics suite and the wicked looking scimitar propellers, the E-2C has a utilitarian look that matches its mission.

The Kit

Messerschmitt Bf-109F-2

Published: November 17th, 2012     
Messerschmitt Bf-109F-2
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/72
Company: Zvezda

History: The 109F variant was the 2nd major design change for this aircraft. It first appeared in 1940, the -2 in April of 1941. The -2 was similar to the -1 with the exception of a better cannon firing through the nose (mg 151/15).

The kit: A snap together kit!!! Now, that is my speed! This kit comes in an end-opening box. You are provided with two sprues of grey injected plastic, one clear single-piece canopy, one matte finish decal sheet with markings for two aircraft, and the instructions. The detail was crisp with fine panel lines and no flash.  No noticeable pin or sink marks, either.

Fokker Eindecker III Late – Part 1

Published: November 16th, 2012     
Fokker Eindecker III Late – Part 1
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Part 1 – History

The Fokker Eindecker is the classic prototype of the single-seat, purpose-built fighter aircraft. Probably everyone knows the basic story, which is simplified and almost mythical in content. The French aviator Roland Garros had deflector plates bolted to the back side of the prop on his Morane-Saulnier monoplane and began shooting up German observation craft in 1915. This drove the German High Command nuts and they were at a loss about how to deal with this. Or so the story goes. It appears that the bullets striking the deflector plates on Garros’ prop knocked it loose enough to kill the engine somehow and he had to put down behind German lines. The Germans asked Anthony Fokker to come up with an answer and he quickly whipped out a synchronizing mechanism, fitted it to a Parabellum LMG-14 machine gun on his Fokker A-II observation craft and, voilâ, the first fighter was born.

MS.406 Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: November 14th, 2012     
MS.406 Gun Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Hobbycraft’s Morane Saulnier 406 is not a new kit, but that doesn’t mean that Quickboost has ignored it.  The M.S.406 has a large pitot tube.  This would be hard to keep round when removing the mold lines.  Well, hard for me, anyhow.  The gun barrels are again something hard to keep round, let alone hollow out the end.  Quickboost does this perfectly in every example that I’ve had the pleasure to look at.

The three pieces are perfectly molded in light grey resin.  The gun barrels are hollowed out perfectly, as I said before.  The cross section on all the parts is perfectly round.  These parts will add to the look of your French fighter.  Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy.
 

F9F Panther Antennas

Published: November 14th, 2012     
F9F Panther Antennas
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has always offered up quick and easy upgrades at a good price.  The latest is designed for the Trumpeter F9F-2 Panther but could easily be used on the Monogram -5/-5P.  There are three beautifully rendered antennas which do not have mold lines and are perfectly formed and round.  The antennas are molded in light grey resin with very small pour blocks that will prove no problem even for a novice modeler dealing with his/her first resin pieces.

Because you don’t have to ensure the roundness of these parts, I find these antenna worth the price of admission.  Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy.
 

Bf-109E Propeller with Tool

Published: November 14th, 2012     
Bf-109E Propeller with Tool
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Having built the Eduard Bf-109E, I would have loved to have had the prop hub off my open-cowled model but I didn’t have the means to do it effectively.  Quickboost now provides you with a five-piece prop and hub, plus an alignment tool.

Molded perfectly in light grey resin, the props are suitably thin and of the correct cross section.  You will need to drill a hole for the prop shaft, but it is not a big deal.  The mounting pins for the prop blades will ensure correct alignment of the blades.  Then, all you have to do is leave off the prop hub and you can add a new dimension to your 109.  Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.
 

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