Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle

Published: October 17th, 2010     
BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328

This book is not so much a "what-if", but more of a "what might have been" story. Everything is based on surviving tech orders, ads, and other papers that show what the RAF wanted to use the TSR.2 for, as well as the schemes it would have worn and weapons that would have been carried. Like its Canadian cousin the Avro Arrow, it has become the stuff of myth and legend.

The book is profusely illustrated with artwork, showing various markings and paint jobs that will give the modeler looking for something other than the prototype's white paint scheme a lot to ponder. Like wise, the various weapons load outs will spark the modeler's imagination.

I found this to be a well-researched and laid out book. The author has done his best to cover all possibilities of the what, where, and how of aircraft assignments. Also included are operations had the TSR.2 entered service.

F-5E Nellis Gomers

Published: October 17th, 2010     
F-5E Nellis Gomers
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48

Background

Twobob's latest releases showcase markings for US Air Force "Aggressor" F-5E Tiger II's seeing service from the early-1970's through the late 1980's. This review showcases markings from Nellis-based "Gomers" assigned to the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons.

The squadrons deployed throughout US and overseas to teach adversarial tactics and provide dissimilar air combat training to US Air Force flying units from October 1972 to June 1990. The units currently operate F-16C and F-15C aircraft in similar roles, as part of the regular Red Flag cadre at Nellis AFB, NV.

US Air Force F-5E's saw "Gomer" duty from 1975 until 1990 as noted at Nellis, and also with the 527th Aggressor Squadron at Alconbury RAF in the UK and the 26th Aggressor Squadron at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Upon USAF upgrading its Aggressor units to F-16's in 1989, some of the USAF F-5E's found their way to the US Marine Corps to replace their F-21s. The U.S. Navy used the F-5E extensively at the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and with other active and reserve squadrons providing for Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT).

AU-23A detail items

Published: October 16th, 2010     
AU-23A detail items
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
  • QB48 333 AU-23A Nose $3.49
  • QB48 334 AU-23A Propeller with tool $6.29
  • QB48 335 AU-23A Exhaust $4.61

Roden's AU-23A kit was a welcome addition for those who like Counterinsurgency (COIN) aircraft, and Roden has established itself with a fine line of kits. However, being a short run kit, there are areas that can be improved with the addition of resin details. Quickboost comes to the rescue, with a series of items to help overcome some of the minor shortcomings of the Roden AU-23A kit.

Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

It is refreshing to see a quality publication dealing with an airplane that is little known and rarely publicized. This certainly applies to the Parnall Panther, an airplane with as obscure a service history as any I've heard of. Conceived during the latter stages of World War I, the Panther was produced in some numbers at the end of the war, approximately 150 being constructed by several manufacturers. In addition, the U.S. Navy procured two for flight testing, the Japanese obtained a dozen, and one was briefly on the British Civil register, flying in the 1922 Royal Aero Club's Easter meeting.

Weighted Wheels and Tires

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Weighted Wheels and Tires
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32

These represent a fairly new product from Aires, long time producer of quality resin aftermarket aircraft accessories and they are absolutely GORGEOUS !!!

As image shows, all tires and hubs are cast flawlessly as separate pieces which makes making painting a breeze. The tires have raised "Goodyear" and tire info in raised letters that take a light dry brushing extremely well. Images show the difference between kit and resin parts. There is also included a length of copper wire to be used as a brake line. I truly believe that these will sell very well when the work spreads as to the quality found here. See the "Wheeliant" line on Aires website at https://www.aires.cz/en/. Many thanks to Aires for the review sample.

Please note that cost is an estimate.

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