Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-14D Canopy Mask

Published: November 29th, 2018     
F-14D Canopy Mask
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya 1/48th scale model of the F-14D recently introduced is a fantastic kit following the earlier release of the -A version. The parts are chrisply molded and loaded with detail typial of Tamiya kits. This kit includes a printed sheet of masking material that must be individually cut out by the builder for the canopy clear areas.

Also included in the Tamiya masking sheet are masks for the engine inlet throats that are not included with the Eduard masks. If the Eduard masks are used for the canopy, portions of the Tamiya mask still has a place in the build.

Contents Description

The Eduard set of masks is provided in two small sheets and includes wheel masks, plus masks for the interior and exterior of the canopy. An interior mask for the windscreen is also included. A small instruction sheet is also provided showing placement of each mask. The canopy masking is provided for the perimeter of the clear areas and the builder is required to provide supplemental masking either by tape or a masking fluid to protect the remaining areas. The windscreen masks cover the entire irregular shaped areas.

Yak-130 Aircraft Flaps and Slats Detail Set

Published: November 29th, 2018     
Yak-130 Aircraft Flaps and Slats Detail Set
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1:72
Company: Amigo Models

Amigo Models has expanded their product line with a set of leading edge slats and trailing edge slotted flaps for the new 1/72 scale Zvezda Yak-130 (No.7307). The kit itself does not have the option of showing the slats and flaps in the down position. Amigo's new resin addition allows the modeler to accomplish this.

The set includes six beautifully molded pieces, three for each wing: full span leading edge slats, and two flap sections to form the double slotted flap system used on the Yak-130. While there are substantial mold bases, I was able to remove the slat and main flap easily with a JLC razor saw. The smaller secondary slotted flap was more difficult because of its delicacy. It is in scale and is consequently extremely thin, so use caution when removing it for its base and when handling it. The trailing edge of the main flap is also thin and in scale.

Kagero Rogožarski IK-3

Published: November 29th, 2018     
Kagero Rogožarski IK-3
Author: Nenad Miklušev and Djordje Nikolić
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kagero

Kagero's latest in their Monographs Special Edition in 3D series is the Rogozarski IK-3. This edition is in their standard 8.5" x 11.875" format hardbound publication that is 184 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts with 72 pages of historical text followed by 28 pages of black and white line drawings in 1/72 and 1/48. Up next are 72 pages of color 3D illustrations describing every part of the aircraft, from cockpit to engine. There is also a double sided insert sheet full of line drawings (~16.4" x 23.0") that starts with profiles at 1/32 scale and includes scrap details. I counted 89 color 3D illustrations, 22 color profiles, along with 21 tables. There are 125 period black and white photographs dedicated to the 80th anniversary of this obscure fighter's first flight.

This is Nenad Miklusev's second book on the IK-3 with the predecessor being a 45-page paperback published in Dutch. This book is Djordje Nikolic's second contribution to the Kagero Monographs Special Edition in 3D with his previous effort published in 2017 on the Dornier Do 22 (Volume 96010).

ROCAF S-2A/E/G Tracker

Published: November 28th, 2018     
ROCAF S-2A/E/G Tracker
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

History

The S-2 Tracker carried an internal torpedo bay capable of carrying tow lightweight torpedoes or one nuclear depth charge. There were six underwing hard points for rocket pods and conventional depth charges or up to four additional torpedoes. A ventrally-mounted retractable radome for AN/APS-38 radar and Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) AN/ASQ-8 mounted on an extendable rear mounted boom were also fitted.

In the Box

Instructions

The instruction booklet was divided into eight pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 49 separate steps to complete the model. Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft.

Sprues

A total of ten sprues are included in the Kit with 9 being molded in gray and one for clear parts. Two sprues were for a short fuselage (A version) and engine nacelles.

Clear plastic

Canopy, searchlight lens cover and position lights make up the clear parts

Pe-2 Exhausts

Published: November 28th, 2018     
Pe-2 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is part of Aires and is aptly named in that it gives a "quick boost" to your models with drop in replacements. The parts in this set represent the exhaust shrouds on the sides of both engines. The set is as usual, simple to use. Remove from the pour stubs and clean as needed.

Comparing the kit parts and the Quickboost set shows where the resin replacements shine. The exhaust shrouds are meant to be hollow tubes. Quickboost nicely represents this with excellent hollowed-out ends and the kit does not. There are several pictures showing this and the effect is noticeable once installed. And installation could not be easier- they have the notch built in to make sure they are installed correctly, and they drop into place.

Highly recommended to all fans of the Pe-2. They make the kit look better, are simple to install, and are very reasonably priced.

My thanks to Aires/Quickboost for the set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it