Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

BL 755 Cluster Bombs

Published: November 11th, 2018     
BL 755 Cluster Bombs
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for use with many UK fighter aircraft. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit utlizing these unique cluster munitions. Consisting of four bomb bodies with fins cast in place (THANK YOU EDUARD), and four sets of fusing windmill vanes. I have only seen one or two sets of these bombs in plastic from modeling companies, and usually these wind vanes are molded as circles. Yep, circles. Kinetic's bombs have actual vanes, but they are subject to the limits of plastic injection; the resin on Eduard's set is far better! These vanes look the part and are delicate but take the minor sanding of the backside to remove the pour stub well (if you do it carefully). Also included are accurate decals.

More simple work! I primer painted the bomb body, then painted the aft section olive green; after the paint cured, I masked the aft section, and painted the forward bomb body in semi-gloss greenish Brown (a color from Krylon in their "Camo" paint range for the hunters among us to

AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod

Published: November 11th, 2018     
AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit needing this pod. Consisting of a resin main body, a resin seeker head, and two different tail vent plates in Photoetch, I had this one knocked out in a couple of hours. First is minor prep; removal of the seeker head was simple, and the same for the main pod body. Careful use of thin superglue ensured the end plate stayed in place, and the seeker head just snaps into place.

Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: CMK

History

The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

7 crisply molded resin parts (Rudder, ailerons and horizontal stabilizers) along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

Construction

Construction begins with some surgery to the kit. You will have to carefully remove the ailerons from the kit parts B10 & 11 and the rudder from A1. The rudder was simple and the easiest to do but the ailerons were a bit troublesome. The instructions have you making too deep of a cut and removing too much of the wing. Luckily, I saw this before cutting. Another thing I noticed about not only the ailerons, but the rudder also is that they are a bit undersized. The rudder was a little too thin as are the ailerons. The horizontal stabilizers went on without a hitch.

Conclusion

A very nice set but I would recommend only modelers who have experience with resin sets tackle this.

Heinkel He 111 Volume I

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Heinkel He 111 Volume I
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Jason Holt, IPMS# 40139
Company: Kagero Publishing

The Heinkel He-111 is one of the most iconic symbols of World War Two, as well as a major feature of the Battle of Britain. The aircraft was developed under the guise of a passenger airliner as most of Germany's other armaments at the time. During the late 1930's the aircraft and its German aircrews participated in the Spanish Civil War and the He-111 began its wartime career. During World War Two various modifications were made throughout the aircraft ranging from the cockpit layout, wing shape, engines, offensive and defensive capabilities and many more. The aircraft was the second most produced bomber aircraft of the Luftwaffe behind the Ju-88 and served in the Spanish Air Force until 1958. The are only 4 surviving aircraft remaining in various museums around Europe.

The Topdrawings paperback from Kagero is a 24 page book with a very brief history of the aircraft itself that is provided in both English and Polish. The subsequent pages are filled with numerous black and white line drawings of the aircraft itself represented in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. The drawings comprise of the various aircraft ranging from the A,B,C,D,E,F,G,J, and P variants.

Ki-61-1 Cockpit SET

Published: November 11th, 2018     
Ki-61-1 Cockpit SET
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: CMK

History

The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What You Get

17 crisply molded resin parts and a clear film of instrument faces are provided along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

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