Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-84G Thunderjet Landing Gear

Published: January 6th, 2018     
F-84G Thunderjet Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues issuing white metal landing gear for not only new kits but older ones also. In this case, set 48430 is made for the Tamiya 1/48th scale F-84G series. This set is four parts - the two main legs while the front gear is two parts itself. Parts are made from white metal and are duplicates of the Tamiya kit parts but made of stronger white metal.

Looking at the nose landing gear, there are two parts in the kit and the SAC set. The SAC gear will require some straightening and is as nicely detailed as the Tamiya part. The layout of either will result in some work sanding around the linkages. The main gear legs are direct drop in replacements.

 Testing the fit of both gear into their appropriate positions, the gear fits very well with no needed modifications. Clean up should be simple with a slight molding line appearing in a few small areas.

UH-1D Cargo Interior

Published: January 6th, 2018     
UH-1D Cargo Interior
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released some great sets for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. This is another one of them. This big fret contains a brand new interior flooring and the anti-skid surface for the exterior roof.

The cargo floor is simply gorgeous. It has the diamond pattern, tiedown rings and the seat rails. It also has the seatbelt hold downs for the front seats. They are available in the seatbelt set just in case you didn't get that set. It is hard to convey how beautiful this flooring is. It is a big piece and it fits over the entire floor from the front to the back.

The roof is a nice addition. It will have to be faired in with some putty but that should be pretty easy to deal with.

Another super set for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. The level of detail on these two big parts is simply beautiful. It will set your kit apart and are really impressive details. It is a little expensive but the level of detail and the size of the photo etch is quite impressive. Another winning set from Eduard.

Highly recommended

UH-1D Masks

Published: January 6th, 2018     
UH-1D Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The thing about helicopters besides all those fiddly parts is that there is typically lots of clear parts. The Huey is a perfect example. I really dislike masking windows and canopy. This latest set from Eduard makes this a simple matter.

Printed on Kabuki tape, which takes curves really well, this set has masks for the interior windows on the door and the rest of the exterior windows and canopies. You will have to supply some liquid masking fluid.

These masks will save you lots of time and frustration. They will fit flawlessly like every other one I've ever used. Its nice that the interior windows on the cargo doors are addressed as well.

I try not to build a kit without canopy masks and these Eduard canopy masks are just the ticket to make it simple and easy. Thank you Eduard for these great masks.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review items. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or you local hobby shop or online retailer.

P5M-2G Marlin "Coast Guard"

Published: January 6th, 2018     
P5M-2G Marlin "Coast Guard"
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I am very appreciative of Hasegawa USA and Hobbico for provided a review example of a limited edition, reissued kit of one of the last flying boats used by the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard. I also wish to extend a very deep appreciation to the IPMS/USA Reviewer Corps for choosing me to review the P5M-2G variant of the Martin Marlin.

Overall Summary

I recommend this kit for a collection of flying boat and amphibious aircraft. I completed an earlier version of this kit in 1985, and was surprised to see the very same instruction format as back then, with eight pages of black-and-white instructions, predominantly in Japanese. A short black-and-white instruction insert with new and replacement part descriptions, decal placement, and a painting color guide supplement these vintage instructions. A decal sheet allows one of two United States Coast Guard versions is included. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references.

Sukhoi Su-22 M3/M4 Fitter F

Published: January 5th, 2018     
Sukhoi Su-22 M3/M4 Fitter F
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48