Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 Barrels

Published: October 14th, 2010     
P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 Barrels
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther - IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland has come out with brass barrels in 1/72 scale for the P-47 Thunderbolt. This is the second issue in the Air Master 72 series and a handy one it is! These brass barrels are small at only .0315" in diameter and .4055" in length, yet each front end is drilled out to a depth of .020". One simply has to cut off the original plastic barrel, drill a hole using a #67 drill (.0320") and insert the brass barrel and use cyanoacrylate adhesive to bond it in. The instruction sheet provides a drawing to help in getting the length of the protruding barrel correct. I took out my Tamiya P-47 Thunderbolt kit and tried these barrels out on one set of wing guns. Drilled out and inserted one barrel at a time and I had no problems (see photos).

I can highly recommend this P-47 brass barrel set for anyone who is looking for the most realistic appearance for their model. I want to thank IPMS/USA and Master Model for the opportunity to review this product.

Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Chris Durden - IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces some finely turned brass barrels for aircraft and ships in a variety of scales. One of their latest offerings is a barrel set for the Spitfire 'e' wing. There are a total of 6 parts - 2 cannon barrels, 2 fairings and 2 .50 caliber barrels. The .50 cal barrels are designed to fit snugly in their fairings, which they do exactly.

The barrels are perfectly turned, the details are very fine and will avoid the issues associated with eliminating molding seams , such as ending up with an oval shaped cannon fairing (been there, done that). I pulled out the kit barrels from the latest Tamiya Mk. VIII as well as the wing and barrels from the Pacific Coast Models Mk. IX for comparison's sake. The Tamiya cannon are very finely detailed themselves down to the drilled out barrel, but clean up will still be a chore. The PCM kit part has much softer detail and needs drilling out and careful clean up as well. The Master-Models product is ready as is with no clean up needed.

Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
Reviewed by: Keith Pruitt - IPMS# 44770
Company: MMP Books

This book is the most recent in MMPs Orange Series, chronicling the history and development of one of Germany's most unique fighter aircraft of World War II. From the beginning, with Alexander Lippisch's "flying wing" glider designs, through the development of the Me-163B operational rocket fighter, on through the experimental Me-163C, Me-163D, and the Me-263/Junkers Ju 248, this book covers an incredible amount of history and detail.

B-26 Marauder Decals

Published: October 14th, 2010     
B-26 Marauder Decals
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay - IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

I have a few Airfix and Hasegawa Marauders is my stash. I am always looking for eye-catching decal options in addition to the supplied kit options. Superscale have issued decal sheets featuring the B-26 in the past, many of which are no longer in available. Even with these decal sheets the Marauder has not been served well in 1/72 scale and the schemes are sometimes boring. Iliad design usually produce decals sheets for more exotic types in 1/48 scale, but recently they have been tapping into 1/72 scale market and one in their new range is a sheet featuring the B-26. Five options are included in the new decal sheet. They are:

Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

This kit provides aircraft and markings for two Tornado F.3s, in markings for 111 Squadron's 90th anniversary, 1917 - 2007.

THE AIRCRAFT

The Tornado F.3 is called the ADV by the other operators of the type: Italy and the Royal Saudi AF. It has 80% parts commonality with the attack/recce versions of the Tornado. For the RAF the mission is long endurance combat air patrol.

111 Squadron has flown Bristol Scouts, F.2Bs, S.E.5s, Nieuport 17s, 23s and 24s, Snipes, Siskins, Bulldogs Gauntlets, Hurricanes, Spitfires 1, 2, 5, and 9, Meteors, Hunters, Lightings, Phantoms, and Tornados. They are scheduled to transition to the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2010.