Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels with Flash Hiders and Pitot Tube

Published: March 19th, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider - 20mm Cannon Barrels with Flash Hiders and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a Polish company. The owner is Piotr Czerkasow who is a mechanical engineer by trade. Piotr is also a scale modeler.

F-104 Pitot

Published: March 18th, 2017     
F-104 Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

This product is a single pitot tube for a 1/144 F-104. The instructions are quite simple. 10 Cut off the kit pitot. 2) Drill a hole for the brass part. 3) Install the brass part, using CA glue. 4) Paint the part.

This pitot was particularly welcome because the Revell F-104 I built a while back didn’t have a pitot. So I was able to skip step 1. That doesn’t mean I could completely pass it, as I had to use a sanding stick to flatten the point on the nose cone so the drill wouldn’t slip every time I tried to drill the hole. Also, a .3 mm hole is pretty big, considering the size of this part. I stepped down to a .15 mm drill, and it was actually a little large.

L-29 Delfin - Pitot Tubes

Published: March 18th, 2017     
L-29 Delfin - Pitot Tubes
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

This set from Quickboost provides replacement wingtip pitot tubes. The AMK kit molds the two pitot tubes integral with the wing upper surfaces. The picture of my completed review model shows the kit pitot tubes. They appear somewhat oversized and were fragile. I had to be very careful while masking and painting. I have read a couple of build reviews of the 1/48 scale L-29 from AMK and both of these replaced the pitot tubes with wire or stretched sprue.

The first of the two sprue photos shows how the pitot tubes were molded into the upper surface. The second sprue photo shows the replacement part from Quickboost compared to the original part. The Quickboost part is noticeably thinner and more detailed.

A-1 Skyraider 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 18th, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider 20mm Cannon Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

This Master Model set provides a quantum leap over the respective parts in the eighties era ESCI, Matchbox, Monogram, and even the nineties era Tamiya series of 1/48 kits. This set is specifically for 20mm cannon barrels without flash hiders. If you are looking for a set with flash hiders, Master, again, is to your rescue as they have released their set 48-128 that features the four 20mm cannon barrels with flash hiders. As it is, this set gives you two muzzle versions of the 20mm cannon barrels sported by the Douglas Skyraider. Kit list includes: ESCI AD-6 (4040) new tool released in 1979, ESCI A-1H (4045), ESCI A-1H (4075), Italeri A-1H (2628), Italeri AD-4 (2697), Matchbox AD-5 (PK-651) new tool released in 1980, Matchbox AD-5 (40651), Revell AD-5 (85-5327), Monogram A-1H (5419) new tool released in 1980, Monogram AD-6 (5429), Monogram A-1H (5454), Hasegawa A-1H (HM007), Monogram A-1H (74021), Revell A-1H (04584), Monogram AD-6 (15312), Hasegawa AD-6 (HM137), Monogram AD-6 (85-5312), and the Tamiya A-1H (61058) new tool released in 1998, Tamiya AD-4 (61058F), Tamiya A-1J (61073), and Tamiya A-1H (61505).

Ki-61 Part 1

Published: March 14th, 2017     
Ki-61 Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals out of Japan has issued a new sheet for the Ki-61 which states it’s for the Hasegawa kit. This also coincides with the release of Tamiya’s new Ki-61 kit also. Looking in the package, there are three color sheets. Once with the overall schemes, one with detailed information about the four included schemes and one for stencil placement. The decal sheet is very well printed and contains markings for two planes except for the wing walks. Also included is a small insert sheet to complete one of the planes. Decals are printed by Microscale.

The markings included represent the following planes: