Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

MiG-21MF Interceptor Cockpit

Published: February 2nd, 2019     
MiG-21MF Interceptor Cockpit
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Last summer Eduard released its much anticipated MiG-21MF kit in 1/72 scale. The initial release represents aircraft manufactured at the Gorky factory. In conjunction with the release of this kit, Eduard also released a separate resin cockpit set for these late model MiG-21MFs.

The set includes nine resin parts, a color photo-etch fret and an acetate sheet with 2 heads-up screens and is intended as a complete replacement for the kit cockpit and ejection seat. As you would expect with Eduard, the resin parts are beautifully cast with exquisite detail and the detail on the photo-etch set is crisp and sharp.

Saab SK 37E Stör-Viggen

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Saab SK 37E Stör-Viggen
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Special Hobby

The Saab 37 Viggen was an aircraft ahead of its time. Its designers used an unorthodox construction which enabled the plane to meet all requirements which had been laid on it and in some parameters even surpass them. The Swedish Air Force ordered several various versions of the Viggen jet fighter, its basic design formed a universal platform which, using specialized equipment, enabled the plane to be used for different roles. The first prototype machine took off for its maiden flight on 8 February 1967 with E. Dalstrom at the controls. The aircraft was powered by a Volvo RM8 turbofan, a license-built variant of the Pratt & Whitney JT8D with an afterburner and thrust reverser which, in addition to the double-delta wing design, enhanced the plane's performance the takeoffs and landings on short airstrips. The avionics of the Viggen was state-of-the-art at the time, the Viggen was the first type to be equipped with a computer with integrated circuits.

Spitfires Part 1

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Spitfires Part 1
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: Multiple
Company: Fundekals

If you're as big a fan of Spitfires as I am, you're going to REALLY love this product by Fundekals. Labeled "Spitfire Part 1" this product is actually two and a half sheets of decals, packed with markings. Frankly, I've never encountered a more useful decal sheet for Spitfires than this one.

Twelve different sets are included in this package (as well as numerous extras) covering everything from Spitfire Mk. 1s from the Battle of Britain to late-war Mk. XVIes. Not only British Spitfires are offered in the mix, but American Eagle Squadron aircraft are included as well. It does NOT, however, include walkways and stenciling, although it does include the gun patches associated with each aircraft.

The details have been meticulously researched, and the 27-page instruction booklet (found online only) includes historical pictures of each aircraft depicted, along with notes and information on how schemes were worked out or analyzed by the Fundekals team. Each aircraft is depicted with 4 views so there's no question about the camouflage scheme or other details that might be missed otherwise.

LVG C.VI Landing Gear (WW)

Published: February 1st, 2019     
LVG C.VI Landing Gear (WW)
Reviewed by: Eric Syverson, IPMS# 50324
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Wingnut Wings 1/32 LVG C.VI kit. If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address strength concerns but there are two other major advantages to using their white metal landing gear: First, it is possible to very slightly bend the strut pieces and attached wheels into perfect alignment once installed - to fine tune your alignment after gluing. With plastic, "once glued you're screwed" so to speak. A second advantage of SAC landing gear is that oleos in white metal (although not applicable for this set) can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish - so no fiddling with bare metal foil or painting is necessary for SAC oleos.

Observations

These LVG C.VI landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds. Cleanup is minimal.

I-16 Type 24/28 Landing Gear (ICM/Rev/Has)

Published: February 1st, 2019     
I-16 Type 24/28 Landing Gear (ICM/Rev/Has)
Reviewed by: Eric Syverson, IPMS# 50324
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the 1/32 I-16 type 24/28 (ICM/Rev/Has) kits. If you have built in 1/32 scale you may have wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight. These SAC items are primarily intended to address strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear: You can very slightly bend the main strut into perfect alignment once installed, and oleos (if applicable) can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish - no need for applying bare metal foil or painting oleos if you're working with white metal.

Observations

These I-16 landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds. Clean up is minimal.