Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Rolling Thunder 1965-68 - Johnson’s Air War Over Vietnam

Published: February 11th, 2018     
Rolling Thunder 1965-68 - Johnson’s Air War Over Vietnam
Author: Richard P. Hallion
Reviewed by: Fram Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Richard Paul Hallion was born in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1948. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970 with a B.A. and followed up with his Ph.D. in 1975, again from the University of Maryland. He was a curator of science and technology at the Smithsonian from 1974 to 1980. He has worked with the Air Force Flight Test (Edwards AFB), the Aeronautical Systems Division (Wright-Patterson AFB), the Army War College, and many other aeronautical institutions. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians who has flown as a mission observer in a wide range of military aircraft, including the Vietnam-era AH-1, Canberra, C-1, C-130, C-141, C-5, F-104, F-105, F-4, F-111, O-2, P-3, CH-46, SH-3, and UH-1. He has authored many articles and books, with his first book being published in 1972 by Macmillan: Supersonic Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond.

AH-64D Longbow Apache

Published: February 11th, 2018     
AH-64D Longbow Apache
Reviewed by: Ken Prager, IPMS# 48811
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

The Boeing AH-64-D Longbow is a twin-turbo shaft attack helicopter with a nose mounted target acquisition and night vision systems which makes it incredibly destructive. Longbow-equipped Apaches can locate up to 256 targets simultaneously within 50 km; the fire control radar is able to crush the enemy beyond sight range.

Upon opening the box, I found there to be 4 sprue's - 3 grey and 1 clear. Also included were the instructions for five different markings and stencils plus a decal sheet. The first thing I always do is to remove the clear sprue and pour future over them. This will stop a lot of problems later. Inspecting the rest of the grey sprue's I found no sink holes on the outside of the parts, but there were a few on the inside that were not going to be seen at final display.

GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Published: February 10th, 2018     
GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE
Reviewed by: Chris Smith
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

History

Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set.

P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller

Published: February 10th, 2018     
P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Hamilton Standard Propeller for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

The set contains:

  • Grey resin components (7 pieces)
  • Etched brass part (1plus spares)
  • A resin assembly jig

Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the inside of both the spinner front and back-plate boasting some great touches. The blades are great and the shape on these are perfect. The set also comes with a jig to help with location of the blades and is also nice to help hold the assembly if you want to drill a hole in the center for the prop to spin,

RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels

Published: February 7th, 2018     
RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: MMP Books

The book is a part of MMP books "Inside" series and is an illustrated guide to some of the RAF WWII most famous fighters.

The book contains so fantastic illustrations which give any modeler a great reference guide for completing cockpit instruments.

This book is a very good reference guide and idea for all modelers.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the aircraft and modeling them.

Thanks go to Mushroom Model Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them