Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-16C Blk 50 - 50 Yrs YGBSM

Published: July 6th, 2016     
F-16C Blk 50 - 50 Yrs YGBSM
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Developed in the 1970’s and first fielded in the early 1980’s as the US Air Force’s lightweight multi-role fighter-bomber to replace the F-4 Phantom and A-7D Corsair II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon established itself as one of the most capable, reliable, and cost-effective aircraft in US Air Force history. One of the specialized roles the F-16C inherited from the F-4 was that of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) - in Air Force parlance known as “Wild Weasel.” F-16C Block 50 and 52 aircraft equipped as Wild Weasels began production in 1991, and still serve as USAF’s primary SEAD platform. Since the inception of the Weasel mission in 1965, the unofficial motto of Weasel crews has been “You Gotta Be S(poofin’) Me” (the polite version), or just “YGBSM.”

F-16C USAF Multirole Fighter

Published: July 6th, 2016     
F-16C USAF Multirole Fighter
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

Background

Developed in the 1970’s and first fielded in the early 1980’s as the US Air Force’s lightweight multirole fighter-bomber to replace the F-4 Phantom and A-7D Corsair II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon established itself as one of the most capable, reliable, and cost-effective aircraft in US Air Force history. One of the specialized roles the F-16C inherited from the F-4 was that of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), in Air Force parlance known as “Wild Weasel.” F-16C Block 50 and 52 aircraft equipped as Wild Weasels began production in 1991, and still serve as USAF’s primary SEAD platform.

Bf 109G-5 Cockpit

Published: July 6th, 2016     
Bf 109G-5 Cockpit
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS USA is grateful to Eduard for kindly providing yet another magnificent example of one of their new items to review, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me.

This add-on release is designed for the new and vastly improved 1/48 ME-109 series. This set is to be used on the ME-109G-5. The kit parts provide all that is required to add a properly outfitted -5 to your display, but this cockpit upgrade greatly improves the kit item. Read on…

In the box are parts sufficient to upgrade the kit G-5 cockpit set. The fantastic color instrument panel PE set, along with other items, dresses-up the resin side panels and floorboard. Beginning with the floor, you are provided breech cover options for the 20MM or 30MM “through the driveshaft” cannon; also included are detailed brake cylinders, and PE rudder/brake pedals along with foot-retention straps.

Fw-190 Wheels - Early

Published: July 5th, 2016     
Fw-190 Wheels - Early
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set in designed as a replacement for the kit wheels and hubs of Eduard’s new 1/72 FW 190A series of kits. The set includes two resin wheels with the hubs integrally cast and a mask set for the wheels.

When the wheels are removed from the casting block, Eduard’s careful planning comes to light as it turns out the attachment point is also a flattened area of the tire, establishing a realistic sit of the aircraft on the ground. While the tires are not bulged like some other replacement sets are, they really should not be in 1/72 scale as the tires are so small.

I painted the tires Tamiya NATO black with flat black hubs to create some contrast between the two shades of black. The enclosed mask set includes masks for the tires, but instead I painted the hubs first and then used the central circle of the mask to mask the hubs, followed by airbrushing the tires. I like this method as I tend to distort or tear the tire masks as they are very narrow.

A-4KU (AF-1) Skyhawk 'Brazilian Navy VF-1 15th Anniversary'

Published: July 3rd, 2016     
A-4KU (AF-1) Skyhawk 'Brazilian Navy VF-1 15th Anniversary'
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The Hasegawa A-4 Skyhawk kits have been around for many years, and many models of this remarkable aircraft have been covered at one point or another. The Brazilian Navy is still operating these Skyhawk’s.

As I have built a Hasegawa A-4L before, I was armed with knowledge of certain areas that need a bit of care. As well as those where it is a joy to assemble.

The instruction sheet is the typical fold out sheet. The pictorial information and directions are clear and easy to understand.

The cockpit was first, and no problems there. The instrument panel and side consoles have beautiful raised detail that you can paint or apply the decals over. I chose to use the decals, and they overlaid the details perfectly. It was necessary to trim the carrier film in some areas the help the fit. The seat back cushion sides needed some trimming to fit the seat frame, but the molded on seat belts were quite nice. I had a spare resin seat that I painted up to compare with the kit seat. The cockpit features quilting on the side walls. I don’t think this cockpit needs any aftermarket at all!