Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Air Battles: Bf-109T

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Air Battles: Bf-109T
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328

This book covers the navalized Bf-109 variant; the Bf-109T or "Toni" as it was called by her pilots. There are three main chapters which cover everything from design through its combat history. There are not many books covering the 109T (long out of print 'Sea Eagles' is the only one that comes to mind) so this is a most welcome addition.

The need for the Bf-109T was linked hand in hand with the building of Nazi Germany's only aircraft carrier; the "Graf Zeppelin"! This ship had many trials and tribulations during its build and these only further muddied the 109T's development.

Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E Seats without belts

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E Seats without belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter - IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Loon Models

Loon models (Roll Models brand) has added an aircraft seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E. Loon models doesn't specify a kit for this seat, but it will have to be a kit that has a cockpit in it and it can't be one that has a huge seat in it, like some of the older kits have. While I was looking through my stash for a kit that would be good for this review I compared the Loon seat with and an old Revell kit, an old Hasegawa kit, and an Academy kit. I picked the Academy kit of the Bf-109E because the seat was comparable to the size of the replacement. The older Hasegawa kit was out because the seat was molded to the floor, it would work but I didn't want to cut out the seat. The older Revell kit had an extra large seat that was reminiscent of an old BarcaLounger and had a piece of the back hull molded to it

Bf-109E Radio Equipment

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Bf-109E Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32

Aires radio equipment was designed for Eduard's Bf109-E in 1/32 scale. The way the kit is designed to fit into the fuselage should make it adaptable to fit any Bf-109 kit in this scale. Also if you like, each instrument could be cut out to fit anywhere in any model or even in a diorama setting, which makes this a very versatile kit. The detail is remarkable. With very careful painting, all the details can be picked out to show each button and dial on the instruments. Very light weathering also helps, but don't overdo it since the radios weren't exposed much to the elements.

One aspect of building this kit, just as in the real a/c, is cutting out an access panel to show the installed radio equipment. The photo etch parts are required for this step of the installation and result in a neat detailed way of keeping the panel open for show. Sadly, after the fuselage halves have been joined, not much of the radios can be seen unless a flashlight is used to light up the inside of the fuselage.

Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 26, No. 3 - May/June 2010

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 26, No. 3 - May/June 2010
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117

Every two months, Albatros Productions publishes Windsock Worldwide, a bi-monthly softcover, 8.25" x 11.75", 32 pages full-color publication that provides sustenance for the growing number of modelers interested in WW I aircraft. Each issue includes a featured subject (usually accompanied by accurate 3-view drawings), along with a variety of well-researched information on other aircraft. You'll also find news and reviews of the latest kits, aftermarket details, decals and publications. In the latest issue, Editor Ray Rimell continues to do what he has been doing for more than 26 years...provide WW I modelers with an almost endless wealth of detailed information about the flying machines of the Great War.

AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels

Published: October 13th, 2010     
AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The recent release by Monogram of the AC-47 'Spooky' Gunship was unexpected and a welcome addition for Vietnam era modelers. While essentially the same kit as released in the 70s there was an additional sprue for the armament and peculiar parts for the AC-47.

Quickboost has come up with two conversion sets for the AC-47. This one is for the minigun barrels and the other is the ammo boxes for the miniguns. There are four minigun barrels included in this set. They are remarkable in their detail. The six barrels are beautifully rendered in light grey blemish free resin. The one remarkable thing about these pieces is the end with hollowed out barrels. It is amazing that Quickboost was able to get them to be so visible. These parts are simply added in place of the kit ones. Unlike the kit ones these will require no cleanup and are perfectly round

One of the other great things about this set is that the 7.62 minigun can be used on a number of other subjects, including Hueys, Cobras and Loaches, as well as, some fixed wing aircraft like the Mohawk. This set is very versatile so don't limit yourself to just the AC-47.

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