Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

McDonnell Douglas, F-4e/EJ/F/G/RF-4E Phantom II Striking Colour Schemes

Published: April 19th, 2017     
McDonnell Douglas, F-4e/EJ/F/G/RF-4E Phantom II Striking Colour Schemes
Author: JP Vieira
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is a thin book with only 44 pages, but they are very high quality, and full of profile pictures of many striking color schemes used on various air force Phantoms.

The detailed color profiles are a joy to look at and present very unusual F-4E Phantom II camouflage and markings for 15 different aircraft.

I found this book fascinating and will be building at least five of the featured aircraft. This will be a fantastic reference for me to use.

I recommend this book to everyone who likes and or builds Phantom's

Thanks go to MMP Books for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

SAC Yak-28 Firebar Landing Gear

Published: April 19th, 2017     
SAC Yak-28 Firebar Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the new YAK-28 Firebar from a new manufacturer, Bobcat models, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending the SAC bits to me to review.

Another of SAC's expansive line of white metal upgrades to basic kit plastic! The set consists of 15 parts: front and rear main gear, and replacements for the wing tip gear.

Firebar was an oddball aircraft designed during the rapid development era after World War II in the 1950's, with an unconventional landing gear setup similar to the B-47. The main gear was centered on the aircraft datum line as a bicycle, with stabilizing gear on the wing tips. It worked, but in crosswinds the aircraft could easily be in trouble on landing or takeoff. The B-52 rarely has had a problem as the gear has such wide track and has crosswind-crab capability, but on an aircraft like this pilot skill was tested on every flight. And God help the crew that lost an engine on takeoff.

The Modern SLUF Guide - The A-7 Corsair II Exposed

Published: April 19th, 2017     
The Modern SLUF Guide - The A-7 Corsair II Exposed
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Reid Air Publications

For those of you who love aircraft and their details, Reid Air Publications is the gold standard for reference. This series of books is a glorious full color run through some of the greatest planes in the US armory. The latest book reviewed here covers the A-7 II Corsair, commonly called the SLUF (short little ugly fella or some derivative!). This is an in-depth photo journal of the plane from top to bottom and front to back. It covers variants including A-7 D-H, TA-7C, TA-7H, A-7K as well as all the needed under wing ordnance. Looking at the general chapter headings will give you a good start to the depth this book has:

BAC Lightning Pitot Tube

Published: April 16th, 2017     
BAC Lightning Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Here's another of those handy little add-ons to save a model from the "shelf of not quite right models". In this case, it's a replacement for that pitot tube which got broken off (or was never there) on a current project or a long-finished model.

In this case, I asked for the Master Model pitot for my Revell Lightning F.6, which I finished a few years ago. When I looked on the shelf, I found it didn't have a pitot tube.

Master's instruction says to take the pitot assembly and remove the plastic pitot tube from the mount. Well, the mount was gone too, since it's all one part on the Revell kit. So I scratch built a new mount. This is not a huge project. It's very, very tiny, in fact. I started out by stretching a piece of sprue. As the stretch cooled, I bent one end to get a sort of L shape, only not a sharp angle. Almost a j.

Then began the fun part. I cut the sprue at the angle and cut the part down until it looked like it might fit on the Lightning nose. I then sanded one side with a sanding stick to get the angle right. Then I drilled the tiny hole in the end and was ready to insert the replacement pitot tube.

Saab 29 'Flygande Tunnan'

Published: April 16th, 2017