Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Hawker Hurricane Undercarriage Covers

Published: February 1st, 2021     
Hawker Hurricane Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Background from Wikipedia

The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s-40s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was overshadowed in the public consciousness by the Supermarine Spitfire's role during the Battle of Britain in 1940, but the Hurricane inflicted 60 per cent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe in the engagement, and fought in all the major theatres of the Second World War.

The Hurricane was developed through several versions, into bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers, and ground support aircraft as well as fighters. Versions designed for the Royal Navy known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications enabling operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts. By the end of production in July 1944, 14,487 Hurricanes had been completed in Britain, Canada, Belgium and Yugoslavia.

Henschel Hs 126B-1

Published: February 1st, 2021     
Henschel Hs 126B-1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney - IPMS# 8943

Upon opening the narrow, softcover book, one is immediately presented with several pages of scale plans (in 1/72 and 1/48). No introductory history or anything like that, just right into the plans. This is followed by about 15 pages of photos, interspersed with snippets from the original aircraft manual. While there is no body of text, each photo has a generous caption. The wartime photos show several aircraft on different fronts, and not only show some great details, but give a sense of the conditions in which these aircraft operated. There are also several pages of drawings from the technical manual (augmented by photos) showing many of the cockpit details. The last several pages consist of color photos of the Hs 126's engine (from a museum), a color rendition of the instrument panel, and some nicely-done color profiles. These profiles are all the same aircraft, a winter-whitewashed aircraft operating in Russa, ca 1941/42. Many aircraft technical details, as well as marking commentary are within the captions. There are individual profiles of the left, right, top and bottom of this aircraft.

Fighting In the Sky

Published: February 1st, 2021     
Fighting In the Sky
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Company: Pen & Sword

Jacket Information

Barely a decade passed from the Wright Brothers' first powered flight to aircraft becoming lethal instruments of war. The Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service took off in the very early days of The Great War and captured the public's imagination and admiration.

Sydney and Richard Carline happened to be both pilots and artists as was Frenchman Henri Farre. Their works inspired celebrated painters like Sir John Lavery who took to the skies in an airship in the First World War. Feeding on the demand for works depicting this new dimension of warfighting, a new genre of art was born which has remained popular ever since.

During the Second World War, the paintings of Paul Nash stood out as did Eric Ravilions who, ironically, died in an air crash. War artist Albert Richards dropped with British paratroopers on D-Day. Post-war, paintings by leading British and international artists graphically illustrate conflicts such as the Falklands, Bosnia, and the Gulf War.

P-51 Mustang

Published: January 27th, 2021     
P-51 Mustang
Reviewed by: James Kelley - IPMS# 42106

Robert Jackson is the author of over eighty books on military, aviation, naval and scientific subjects. He was defense and science correspondent for a major British newspaper publishing group. Among the other books he has compiled for Pen & Sword are Bf-109 in the FlightCraft series and for TankCraft he has written extensively on the T-34, the Panzer I and II, the Centurion and Chieftain Main Battle Tanks as well as the Russian T54/55. 200 color and b/w illustrations

Silver Birds over the Estuary - The MiG-21 in Yugoslav and Serbian Air Force service, 1962-2019

Published: January 26th, 2021     
Silver Birds over the Estuary - The MiG-21 in Yugoslav and Serbian Air Force service, 1962-2019
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Helion is a UK based company that produces books on many aspects of Military History from the Late Medieval period through to the present day. Helion was established in 1996, and since then they have published almost 1,200 books, with 100 or more new titles coming out every year, for readers around the world. Helion's sixth book in the Europe @ War series is a square back soft cover includes 80 gloss paper pages. This has become a popular series and more books in the Europe @ War series are planned for 2021.

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