Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-17 E/F Exterior Set

Published: June 16th, 2017     
B-17 E/F Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch exterior set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F. This set consists of one photoetch sheet and adds detail to mainly the wings.

In the packet is

  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a nice simple set for adding additional detail to the wings mainly and some to the fuselage. The parts are very easy to install and add details not included in the kit.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

H-21C Shawnee Landing Gear (Ita)

Published: June 16th, 2017     
H-21C Shawnee Landing Gear (Ita)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced white metal replacement landing gear for the recently issued Italeri H-21 "Flying Banana" kit. I have reviewed several of these sets, and purchased a few more on my own, because in all cases they have been superior to the kit items. The white metal gear typically provides a much greater weight tolerance than kit-supplied plastic parts.

These white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kits' plastic parts. The set includes main gear and nose gear struts and supporting hardware. Detailing has been improved over the kit parts (mold lines removed, etc.). The supplied items also include all main and nose gear braces, the nose gear oleo scissor assembly, landing lights and a pitot replacement.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates identical or improved cast replacement parts that should provide a greater strength assembly, significantly improved weight capacity, and abuse tolerance. The kit parts are positioned below the SAC parts. I will be using the SAC gear in my build of the Italeri kit as a part of an arctic radar line support base diorama.

F-14A Weapons Set

Published: June 15th, 2017     
F-14A Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

If you prefer the added level of detail provided by aftermarket resin items, Eduard has recently released a set that you will love for arming your F-14A Tomcat. Consisting of the AIM-9G/H Sidewinder, AIM-7E Sparrow, and AIM-54A Phoenix, this Big Sin set provides four of each missile in glorious resin detail. I would highly recommend the set, and if you have some experience fitting resin parts, and working with fine decals, you should have no problem building and marking these missiles for your Tomcat.

The Phoenix has always been of interest to me as the missile was developed from the AIM-47 Falcon, which was being designed for use on the A-12 version of the SR-71 that never entered service, and the F-108 Rapier, which also never entered service. The start of the AIM-54 project was for the F-111B that oddly did not enter service either. The long-range missile had enough redeeming qualities to be the big stick carried by the Tomcat until both were retired. The AIM-54A saw production start in 1974, and by the time that it ended in 1981, nearly 2600 of the A and B models had been built, and at that time, the C version started rolling out.

Bf-109G-6 Erla

Published: June 13th, 2017     
Bf-109G-6 Erla
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The weekend edition of Eduard's Bf-109s are for those that don't want to spend a bunch on their kits. Eduard has started to include markings for two aircraft per weekend edition. This particular release covers the Bf-109G-6 manufactured by Erla. The two aircraft are flown by Hptm. Heinrich Ehrler or Hptm. Gerhard Barkhorn. Erla G-6 are unique in a few ways. The first is that they typically had the extra bulge on the right engine cowling, typical of the G-5 or G-14 variants. Another difference is the 'sawtooth' camouflage pattern on the wings.

The box is smaller than the normal box, but that is because you get less stuff. The Weekend Editions don't have the photo etch and masks that are included in the Profipack. This isn't an issue as they are available separately if you want to buy them. All the other Brassin aftermarket stuff will fit this kit as well. I elected not to do this as I wanted to do Barkhorn's aircraft and show it off. I did elect to purchase the Erla camoflge masks available from Eduard. It would be a good time to check how they work.