Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Bf-109G-6 Photoetch (Zvezda)

Published: October 21st, 2017     
Bf-109G-6 Photoetch (Zvezda)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I found it unique that Eduard, who produces what can be argued as the best G-6 in 1/48th scale, would produce a set for its prime competitor the Zvezda Bf-109G-6. But not being slighted Eduard has done just that. An update set for the Zvezda kit.

The Zvezda kit features a completely exposed engine, should you choose to display it that way. Having built Zvezda's Bf-109Fs I can say that the fit or the G-6 is also incredible as is the detail. I elected to show mine off once I built it up with the Eduard parts.

This set features two frets of photoetch. One is pre-painted and the other is brass. The pre-painted one is designed primarily for the cockpit. The instrument panel is a thing of beauty. The dials can be read which is much better than I can paint.

The brass fret has parts for the engine area and the flaps. The Zvezda kit has the flaps molded closed, but the fret allows you to build the flaps in any configuration. This fret also has some detail for the engine and engine bearers. These additions look great.

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter STEEL Seatbelt

Published: October 20th, 2017     
WWII Luftwaffe Fighter STEEL Seatbelt
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The one thing that is a visual interest in a cockpit are the seatbelts and shoulder harnesses. Regardless of what type of aircraft the first thing you see when you look inside the cockpit are the seatbelts.

Eduard has been trying to perfect the use of photo etch seatbelts from the very beginning. Their latest efforts are really nice. This fret includes enough seatbelts for FOUR single engine Luftwaffe aircraft. The STEEL seatbelts are very thin and bendable. The fret is .002 thick and realistically pre-painted. The paint is shaded and looks very realistic. I was able to bend them without the paint coming off which can sometimes be an issue with thicker belts.

If there is a downside, it is that the belts are only painted on one side, but depending on how you bend them they won't be an issue.

The fret is a bargain with enough parts to do four aircraft. If you are going to buy one thing to add to your model, be it a Bf-109 or FW-190, then this would be that set. Another winner from Eduard. Highly recommended!

Syrian Sukois Decals

Published: October 20th, 2017     
 Syrian Sukois Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Two Bobs

The Russians design some very interesting aircraft. Two of these aircraft are the Su-34 Fullback and the Su-24 Fencer. The Su-34 is a side-by-side fighter/ground attack aircraft developed from the Su-27. There is nothing small about either one of these aircraft.

TwoBobs has a reputation for representing some very interesting paint schemes and these are no different.

The instructions are printed on two high quality pages with full color drawings on all sides. The first page covers the Su-34s. Full profiles are provided for the two paint schemes and then partial profiles where the changes exist. The backside shows the top and bottom views. This will prove invaluable with the complex paint scheme of the blues.

The second page of instructions focuses on the Su-24. Three color profiles are provided for the subjects with some minor history. The back side shows the two colors on the top and bottom. Paint callouts on both pages is from the Mr. Paint and AKAN lines of paint. No FS numbers are given as they are not known.

F-16C Alaskan Splinter Decals

Published: October 20th, 2017     
F-16C Alaskan Splinter Decals
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:32 1:4