Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I Accessories

Published: August 1st, 2015     
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I Accessories
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

The Products

This set provides the following:

  • CX414 - Die Cut Flexible Mask for Airfix Defiant Mk. I kit.
  • 73525 - Self and Non-Adhesive Photo Etch Detail Set for Airfix Defiant Mk. I
  • 72600 - Defiant Mk. I Landing Flaps

Flexible Masks Set (CX414)

This small yellow sheet of masking paper is die cut to provide masks for the window areas on the canopy and turret of the Airfix Defiant Mk. 1. This is worth getting on its own, as it is totally accurate and really cuts down on the tedious job of masking the clear areas on the model. Very clear instructions are given, so there’s no way of messing these up unless you really are a Neanderthal, and in that case, you should probably take up crocheting. I merely removed the little shapes with my pointy tweezers, and transferred them to their proper locations. Highly recommended.

Boulton Paul Defiant MK. 1

Published: August 1st, 2015     
Boulton Paul Defiant  MK. 1
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

History

The “turret fighter” concept dates back to the early thirties, and contrary to some histories, the first Turret Fighter used by the Royal Air Force was actually the Hawker Turret Demon biplane, which was tested and operated by No. 23 Squadron from 1934. A hydraulically operated power turret was fitted to a standard Demon fighter, itself a development of the Hawker Hart light bomber, and a considerable number was produced by Hawker and Boulton Paul. The turret itself was a Frazer-Nash creation, and all of the Boulton-Paul produced Demons had them, and some were retrofitted to the Hawker produced models. By 1938, the Turret Demon was being operated by No. 23 and No.64 Squadrons, but the type was out of first line service by 1939, being replaced by Blenheim Mk. 1F’s.

Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB, Part 2

Published: July 31st, 2015     
Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB, Part 2
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

Welcome back! Last time we had just completed the internal framework, engine, lower front end and cockpit of the big 1/24th Scale Airfix Mk.Ib Typhoon. This second installment will bring the wings, fuselage, nose and wheel-wells together, leaving the final assembly and finish for the last segment of this three-part review. To recall: I chose to expose only the starboard wing’s gun bay and starboard engine detail, and to cover up the lower front end encompassing the oil cooler/air intake.

Work is going along very smoothly, with a single exception being the front end of the aircraft. Whether the problems I encountered were self-inflicted or due to some flaw in the kit remains to be determined. More on that later – for now, let’s get back to work!

USS Akron or Macon LTA Aircraft Carrier

Published: July 31st, 2015     
USS Akron or Macon LTA Aircraft Carrier
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/520
Company: AMT

Background

The USS Akron and Macon were lighter than air (LTA) aircraft carriers built for the US Navy in the 1930’s. Filled with Helium, ach rigid airship was designed to carry five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawks for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1 biplanes for training. A gondola was also designed to be lowered through the cloud layer for aerial surveillance. Both