Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-239 Buffalo 'Finnish Air Force Aces Combo Part 2'

Published: October 15th, 2017     
B-239 Buffalo 'Finnish Air Force Aces Combo Part 2'
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

The B-239 Finnish Brewster Buffalo was an export version of the F2A-1 U.S. Navy Buffalo that was de-navalized by removing the tailhook, life-raft containers, cockpit armor and not having self-sealing fuel tanks. They were then equipped with a lower horsepower engine. All of these changes made for a lot lighter and maneuverable aircraft.

This kit is a re-release of their earlier kit and is the 2nd set from the original Finnish Aces combo, designated as Part 2. This time it includes 2 kits like Part 1 and a new set of decals with 3 different paint schemes from Aces of the Finnish Air Force. There are 8 sprues of parts with 12 extra parts that would be used for different versions; these are perfect for adding to the spares box. The decal options in this kit are:

Export Vipers Decals

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Export Vipers Decals
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Speed Hunter Graphics

This sheet features markings for some of the more unique and colorful F-16s in use around the world. These decals are sized for the Tamiya series of F-16 kits. There are enough stencils to model two complete F-16s in 1/48. The package includes one 8 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. decal sheet, stencil guide, and walkway marking layout. The decal sheet is packed full of decals, some extremely small, but even the smallest are crisp and clear.

Paint & marking guides are provided for the following aircraft:

F-16C Falcon 'Desert Storm Vipers' 388TFW Al Minhad AB

Published: October 15th, 2017     
F-16C Falcon 'Desert Storm Vipers' 388TFW Al Minhad AB
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bullseye Model Aviation

These decals are intended for the Tamiya series of F-16 C Desert Storm Vipers of the 388th TFW, Al Minhad AFB. The Tamiya Aggressor kits are preferred as these are mostly early Block 40 jets. Modeling notes are included so the decals can also be used on the Hasegawa kits as well.

10 marking options are provided:

Aggressor Vipers F-16C/D Decals

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Aggressor Vipers F-16C/D Decals
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bullseye Model Aviation

These decals are intended for the Tamiya series of F-16 C/D Viper aircraft of the 64th AGRS and 414th CTS Squadrons from Nellis AFB. Modeling notes are included so the decals can also be used on the Hasegawa kits. The Tamiya Aggressor kits are preferred, however the ANG kits can be used as well. These are all block 25/32 jets.

18 marking options are provided:

Spotlight On: Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II

Published: October 15th, 2017