Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Blackburn Shark (Orange Series)

Published: January 15th, 2021     
Blackburn Shark (Orange Series)
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Company: MMP Books

MMP Books has a series called the Orange Series. This prolific publishing company has a number of series and this one is relatively new and the Blackburn Shark is one of three imprints in this series. In a sense it is a profile publication that highlights one model of aircraft. As with many publications of this genre, it is well illustrated with pictures contemporary to the aircraft's service (very well produced), drawings, and color profiles.

DH. 98 Mosquito Wheels

Published: January 15th, 2021     
DH. 98 Mosquito Wheels
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

This set provides replacement two main gear tires, 2 variations of tire rims and a new tailwheel. The main wheel tires have radial tread with raised markings. There is a flat spot, with slightly bulged sidewalls on each main gear tire to simulate a loaded aircraft. The tailwheel appears to be a solid style tailwheel, so there is no flat spot anywhere on it. Oddly, the set does not include the tail wheel strut but instead instructs you to remove the molded tire from parts "A6" or "A7", so a little surgery will be necessary to install the replacement tailwheel.

The set includes two options for the left rim for each main gear, one with a spoke type pattern and the other a more standard looking rim. To avoid confusion later, I installed the same rim on both sides of each tire.

There are no painting instructions included, so I pulled out a Hasegawa Mosquito from my stash and painted the main gear tires NATO Black with flat aluminum rims, while the tailwheel is overall black. I rubbed a white colored pencil across the raised lettering on the tires to highlight the tire logos.

F-14A "VF-143 Pukin Dogs"

Published: January 15th, 2021     
F-14A "VF-143 Pukin Dogs"
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy Models

In December of 2019, Academy released a newly tooled 1/72 scale F-14A Tomcat kit. Like many of Tomcat kits of recent years, the kit is clearly designed to maximize the use of the molds to enable the company to issue not only the "A" version of the Tomcat, but also the F-14A+/B and the ultimate Tomcat, the F-14D.

F-100 Super Sabre in Detail and Scale (Apple iBooks Digital edition)

Published: January 1st, 2021     
F-100 Super Sabre in Detail and Scale (Apple iBooks Digital edition)
Reviewed by: Robert Head - IPMS# 48922

Company Intro

For those of us who have been in the game a while, Bert and Rock need no introduction. Detail & Scale has been pumping out great references and books longer than I have been alive (I'm 35 btw). I have a few physical copies of their publications, but this was the first foray in the digital content they provide.

This book was already reviewed in its physical form so I will keep it short, sweet and to the point not stealing anyone else's thunder or sound repetitive

The book is broken down in the following sequence:

F-4EJ KAI Phantom II Phantom Forever 2020

Published: December 31st, 2020     
F-4EJ KAI Phantom II Phantom Forever 2020
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

The F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, twin engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet fighter. The airframe was originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonald Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the Navy and was later adapted for use as a land-based aircraft. In 1968 the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), elected to replace the F-86F with a modified version of the F-4E. This new designation became the F-4EJ and became the main fighter of the JASDF until it was replaced with the F-15J. The last squadron to fly the F-4EJ Kai was the 7th Air Wing based in Ibaraki Prefecture. This new special edition kit from Zoukei-Mura depicts an aircraft in the commemorative markings for "Phantom Forever 2020", this squadron's final flight of this venerable aircraft.

This kit is a special edition available for pre-order at the link above. My sample is a pre-production version of the kit and some minor things may be subject to change prior to release. Primarily, I have not seen a final version of the box and the instructions with my version are the pre-production version.