Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

SH-3 A/D Sea King

Published: October 13th, 2018     
SH-3 A/D Sea King
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/144
Company: AFV Club

AFV Club is a Taiwan-based venture, founded by a hobby shop owner in the late 1980's. With a growing catalogue of kits in various scales and genres (armor, aircraft, ships, figures and accessories), AFV have made a name for themselves as a niche supplier of subjects. This little gem is no exception.

The Sea King, entering service in 1961, was Sikorsky's first truly amphibious helo and one of the first to use twin turboshaft engines. Originally intended as an ASW bird, the type has had a long and illustrious history doing SAR, transport, medevac and AEW duty. The USMC has operated Sea Kings under HMX-1 as presidential transports that serve as "Marine One" when the President is onboard. As recently as 2009, some 600 Sea Kings remained in service with multiple military and private operators.

AFV's offering (which consists of two complete kits in this case) is meticulously engineered, with petite engraved detail and multiple configurations and display options (for example, rotor and tail folded and stowed for carrier duty). The two kits and the colorful decal sheet permit you to build any two of these four options:

Eduard FW-190A Tface Masks

Published: October 12th, 2018     
Eduard FW-190A Tface Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

For as long as I can remember I've always painted the outside of my canopy framing the interior color first and then painted the exterior color overtop of that. This ensured that the interior color showed through the canopy. But there was always one thing that bothered me a little bit, the color was always glossy. Well Eduard has finally fixed that with their new line of TFace Masking sets.

This particular set is designed for the FW-190A series of Eduard models, including the A-8/R2 Rammjaeger. The masks are made of the infamous Kabuki tape so they are flexible and very easy to use. There are instructions to show you which masks to use where, including which is the inside masks and which are the outside ones.

Placing the masks is fairly easy but care has to be exercised when adding them to the interior as there are no panel lines to follow. I recommend that you add the interior masks first and then the exterior ones. Placing the exterior ones is easy enough.

Eduard FW-190A-5 ZOOM

Published: October 12th, 2018     
Eduard FW-190A-5 ZOOM
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

So you bought the Weekend or the Overtree FW-190A-5 but you don't really want to paint the instrument panel and you'd like to have some seatbelts. What do you do? Well Eduard has the answer. They provide you with the pre-painted photo etch brass fret that comes in the Profipack kit.

Personally I think that the ZOOM sets are what really makes it a Weekend or Overtree kit. This fret is typically released when the Overtree kit is released. I think that they are a bargain. You get one pre-painted photo etch with all the parts you need for the cockpit and a few other places. The key is you get the seatbelts and the instrument panel. Those two things alone are worth the price of admission. Also included are the side panels and some various other photo etch pieces for the outside of the model, but this set is primarily concerned with sprucing up the cockpit.

You get the single fret of nickel plated brass pre-painted photo etch. There are no instructions so you'll have to look up how to use it with the Profipack instructions. Most of it is self-explanatory. The printing on the instrument panel is flawless and looks perfect.

Eduard FW-190A-5 OVERTREE

Published: October 12th, 2018     
Eduard FW-190A-5 OVERTREE
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

So you want to model the Eduard FW-190A-5 but you don't want to spend a lot of money to do it or maybe you don't like to work with photo etch. Maybe you have a huge selection of decals and you just need a canvas to use them on. Whatever the reason, maybe Eduard's Overtrees are the answer for you.

I've said it before I love the way Eduard markets their kits. For those that want the whole hog and then some there are the Royal Class kits. Then comes the great value, the Profipack Editions. This is followed up with the less extravagant Weekend Edition, which is just the kit and decals for two airplanes. Then there is the bargain basement, the Overtree Editions. Traditionally these are very inexpensive but just provide you with the plastic parts, no photo etch, no masks, no decals and no instructions. The Profipack instructions can be downloaded online though. You can purchase the masks and the photo-etch separately, which is still relatively cheaper than the Profipack. You can get just what you want. Don't want photo etch, don't buy it. You want the masks, then buy just that. It is a win-win for the modeler and Eduard.

Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Models

Master Models has released another great set, this I a barrel and muzzle set for the German Mk. 103 30mm cannon used in WWII. It was used primarily for "tank-busting" but could be used in air to air situation also.

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