Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

America’s Round-Engine Airliners: Airframes & Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation

Published: May 29th, 2019     
America’s Round-Engine Airliners:  Airframes & Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation
Author: Craig Kodera & William Pearce
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Specialty Press

History

This book is an account of the development of the American airliner powered by reciprocating engines, up to their replacement by jet powered aircraft in the 1960's. The authors are well qualified to trace the advances in both airframes and powerplants. Craig Kodera has a completely aeronautical background, having experience as both an airline and Air Force pilot, and as an excellent aviation artist. William Pearce's background is in aviation powerplants, and between them, they are able to trace the technical developments and the developmental histories of each major aircraft and powerplant.

F6F-3 Hellcat

Published: May 29th, 2019     
F6F-3 Hellcat
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat was a US carrier based fighter that served with distinction throughout the Pacific War.

This kit has been issued several times with different markings. It is packaged like other Eduard kits in a strong top opening box with the parts contained in a plastic bag with the photoetch, decals, and instruction manual protected in the bottom of the box. Resin wheels are a nice addition.

Curiously there were two fuselage sprues, although there is no reference to one of them. The part numbers were different as was the sprue number. I put it aside and continued on.

Construction starts with the cockpit. It appears a bit simplistic at first, but with the supplied photo etch, decals, and painting, the cockpit came out looking quite good. I used Eduard's Look instrument panel and steel seat belts, which saved time.

P-51 Mustang Volume 1: North American's Mk. I, A, B, and C Models in World War II

Published: May 28th, 2019     
P-51 Mustang Volume 1: North American's Mk. I, A, B, and C Models in World War II
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Schiffer Publishing

David Doyle's book on the P-51 Mustang is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books were are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). The Legends of Warfare series has expanded rapidly since its 2017 debut in the market with now over 50 titles released. This hard cover series covers a wide variety of monographs at a good price point.

Supermarine Walrus MK1

Published: May 27th, 2019     
Supermarine Walrus MK1
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

History

The Supermarine Walrus (originally known as the Supermarine Seagull V) was a British single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft designed by R.J. Mitchell and first flown in 1933. Designed for use as a fleet spotter to be catapult launched from cruisers or battleships, the Walrus was later employed in other roles, notably as a rescue aircraft for aircrew in the sea.

F6F-3 Instrument Panel and Steel Seat Belts

Published: May 27th, 2019     
F6F-3 Instrument Panel and Steel Seat Belts
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I used this instrument panel and seat belt set in conjunction with a full build review of the latest release of Eduard's 1/48 scale F6F-3 Hellcat, Kit # 8227.

I applaud Eduard for their innovation and the thought of simplifying build cockpits. They are pre-painted and ready to install in your cockpit.

While the instrument panel is very nice, compared to their photo etch equivalents I find the pre-painted markings are a little thick, and make some instruments look like mostly white circles.

The steel seat belts are wonderful and bend easily around the seat edges to conform naturally like the real belts would.

Both the instrument pane and belts make a great addition to the Hellcat cockpit.

Thank you Eduard and IPMS for the opportunity to review this great product.