Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Airfield Display Base #15

Published: July 21st, 2018     
Airfield Display Base #15
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

From Coastal Kits website: Founded in 2011, Coastal Kits is a family run business based in Blackpool, Lancashire UK and originally retailed plastic model kits and associated hobby supplies.

During the latter end of 2012/early 2013 we introduced our own range of display bases, encouraged by a successful launch at Scale Model World Telford where they were well received. Because of the success and popularity of the product we decided to concentrate solely on the manufacture and supply of our display bases.

Continually developed, and after listening closely to our customers, the range covers a variety of popular scales and subjects with a choice of over 220. Custom bases are also provided to customer requirements when requested.

The display bases are constructed from durable, hard wearing 3mm Foamex( a PVC product) board, a rigid, weatherproof plastic, printed with the latest odorless latex ink onto laminated, matt vinyl for near photographic quality, giving a permanent and waterproof finish which unlike paper products will not fade, lift or bubble.

Brassin MiG-21MF Exhaust Nozzle

Published: July 21st, 2018     
Brassin MiG-21MF Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The first kits of Eduard's long awaited line of 1/72 MiG-21's have now been released and along with them a whole slew of photo-etched and resin accessories. This set provides resin and photo-etch replacement parts for the kit's exhaust. The set consists of 3 resin parts and 3 photo-etch parts. The resin parts replace the aft turbine blades, the exhaust tube and the exhaust nozzle while the photo-etch parts make up the afterburner assembly. The exhaust tube depicts the corrugated interior of the tube adjacent to the afterburner assembly and the smooth tube leading to the nozzle.

Separating the exhaust tube and the nozzle from their pour stubs was easily accomplished as the cut points are very clear and the resin is fairly thin. Removing the aft turbine blade part from its pour stub was more time consuming as the plug is pretty substantial. You also want to keep the cut straight and clean as this part is supposed to slide in between the raised ridges inside the after part of the kit. More about this later.

AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM pod

Published: July 21st, 2018     
AN/ALQ-184 (short) ECM pod
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-184 electronic countermeasures pod is used by the US Air Force and the Air National Guard on tactical aircraft including the F-16 and the A-10. The pod is a self-protection jammer and is available in either two or three band versions.

This set depicts the shorter version of the ALQ-184, so presumably it is the two band version and it is often seen on the centerline pylon of USAF F-16s or an outer wing pylon of the A-10. The set is very straightforward consisting of simply of resin cast pod. The casting is outstanding and includes several small antennas on the nose of the pod. I used a sharp razor saw to remove the pod itself from the pour stub as well and then cleaned up the stub attachment points with a fine sanding stick.

Me 262 B-1a/U1

Published: July 21st, 2018     
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eagle Editions

New (to me) from Eagle Editions' "EagleCal" line is this 1/48 scale sheet of decals for the Me 262 B-1a/U1 night fighter. There is a copyright of 2016 on the instructions, but this is my first exposure to this sheet.

As with any other EagleCal product, my first impressions are that this is another high-quality product. Opening the ziplock bag, one finds a single, full-color instruction sheet wrapped around a decal sheet (with a protective slip of tissue paper). Three subjects are covered: two operational Luftwaffe night fighters and one a/c that was captured by the US.

Aircraft markings in this sheet are:

Cross & Cockade International Summer 2018 Volume 49/2

Published: July 21st, 2018     
Cross & Cockade International Summer 2018 Volume 49/2
Author: Cross & Cockade International
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Summer 2018, features a front cover photograph of a 2F1 Camel taking off from the Firth of Forth. The inside and outside rear cover features a series of four photographs depicting the launching of a 2F1 Camel from a turret platform (Probably the HMS Barham). If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.