Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F4U Corsair Ribbed Tread Wheels Set

Published: January 24th, 2021     
F4U Corsair Ribbed Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photoetch, turned brass, and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with ribbed tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts.

Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA ("super-glue") sparingly, to assemble and attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with resin parts. Painting of the of the wheels and tires will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.

F-4E Phantom Early

Published: January 24th, 2021     
F-4E Phantom Early
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei-Mura started there 1/48th scale F-4 Phantom series with the F-4J in 2016 and since then they have issued an F-4S, F-4C, F-4D, F-4J Marines, another F-4J and this latest release, an F-4E Early...we finally have a gunned version and it is magnificent. If you are interested in seeing reviews of all Zoukei-Mura's kit, you can look here on the IPMS/USA web site.

Let's look in the box (and it is packed). There are well over 400 part in the box with lots of options and parts not in use. These are on 14 perfect gray sprues with one clear sprue included for canopy parts, etc. There is one set of marking included for F-4E-35-MC, 67-0308, 469 TFS/388 TFW, Ubon RTAFB, 'Betty Lou' which has two full color sheets. Most of these is taken up with the 400 stencils that go onto the plane- more on that when we get to it. There are a lot of optional position items to chose from when you build also including:

The Yugoslav Air Force In The Battles For Slovenia, Croatia And Bosnia And Herzegovina,1991-1992 Volume 1

Published: January 24th, 2021     
The Yugoslav Air Force In The Battles For Slovenia, Croatia And Bosnia And Herzegovina,1991-1992 Volume 1
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Aleksandar Radic is a Serbian military analyst and author. His primary focus is on the security topics of the West Balkans, the history of the armed forces, the military technology in that region in the 20th Century, and the conflicts that have followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the period 1991-2001. He has authored a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles published in the specialized press. Recently, Radic has frequently appeared as a military commentator for major TV stations in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Northern Macedonia. This is his second book for Helion's @War series.

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 fifth book in the Europe @ War series is a square back soft cover includes 96 gloss paper pages. This has become a popular series and more books in the Europe @ War series are planned for 2021.

F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle - Varied Position

Published: January 22nd, 2021     
F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle - Varied Position
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to be used on Academy's new F-14A Tomcat kit. The set consists of 6 resin parts and 2 photo-etched parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for the kit. Each nozzle assembly is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the exhaust nozzle. As noted in the title, the nozzles are varied, one is fully opened and one is fully closed, shore-based Tomcats normally appear in this configuration.

F-10G Starfighter (Two Seat) Landing Gear

Published: January 22nd, 2021     
F-10G Starfighter (Two Seat) Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/32

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for Italeri's 1/32 two-seat F-104 kits. As with most of SAC's landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts. The centerpiece of the set is a new single piece main gear section including both left and right main gear struts with attached retraction arms and gear door actuators. The set also provides white metal replacements for the hydraulic lines on the main gear struts.

There are four parts to the nose gear - the strut, two retraction arms and what I assume is the nose gear steering unit.