Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Fw 190A-4 Fuselage Guns

Published: June 10th, 2018     
Fw 190A-4 Fuselage Guns
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for the new Eduard FW-190 series. And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of perfectly cast resin parts for the back of the engine, guns, cowl bits, plus a few bits of PE including parts for the armored windscreen and cowl latches. MUCH easier than scratchbuilding!

This upper fuselage gun bay set is a simplified version of the advanced set with the engine abbreviated, i.e. just the gun bay parts and engine mount war part of the set, not the whole engine; the accessory section the intake distributor tube are also provided Since I had built the entire "bigger" set earlier, I knew what to expect.

The gun bay was simpler, particularly with more lighting and my magnifier to hand. The next one of these will be perfect, I swear...

Lighting T. Mk 4/5 Landing Gear

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Lighting T. Mk 4/5 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Sword 1/48 English Electric Lighting T. Mk4/5 aircraft.

The white metal parts are good are have better defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the main two gear struts components that replaces part numbers 78, 79, 27, 57, 56, 60 and 61. The front strut parts which replaces part numbers 7, 84 and 59.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Parabellum LMG 14/17 WWI Aircraft Machine Gun

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Parabellum LMG 14/17 WWI Aircraft Machine Gun
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost has released two Parabellum WWI aircraft gun resin details sets, 48 813 (LMG-14) and 48 814 (LMG-14/17). The Parabellum 7.9mm caliber LMG 14/17 was an upgrade of the LMG-14, which itself was a redesign of the MG 08 (The MG 08 was an adaptation of the Maxim machine gun). The LMG 14 was used primarily in German bombers (i.e.: Gotha G.IV), reconnaissance aircraft (i.e.: Halberstadt CL.II), and zeppelins, although it did see some limited use early on with the Fokker Eindecker E.I prototypes. The LMG-14/17 featured a thinner air-cooling jacket, redesigned controls, and an added mounting rail for a telescopic sight. I have included a photograph comparison below of the LMG 14 vs the LMG 14/17 out of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Junkers J.I kit for reference.

The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card. There are no instructions. You get three resin parts: These parts are do not specify a kit, but the LMG 14/17 was used on many late war German bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. I used the Mirage 1/48 Halberstadt CL.II LMG 14/17 for comparison purposes.

Vought SB2U Vindicator

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Vought SB2U Vindicator
Author: Steve Ginter and Joe Weathers, Jr.
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ginter Books

Author Steve Ginter is a noted military historian who publishes the Naval Fighter series that was founded in 1980. After graduating from California State University-Northridge, Ginter became a US Navy pilot, serving from 1966 to 1972. Upon leaving the US Navy, Ginter held a series of management positions within the Thrifty Drug chain for the next twenty-one years. In 1996 he became the CEO of Sentai Distributors where he directed company operations until 2011. The Air Force Legends series was initiated in 1998 with the publication of 'The Martin XB-51'.

Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien - (Tony)

Published: June 6th, 2018     
Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien - (Tony)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/72
Company: Tamiya

History

The Hien was notable not just as the sole Japanese fighter in the Pacific War with a liquid-cooled engine, it also fought numerous battles against incoming B-29's in defense of the Japanese home islands. In December 1940 Kawasaki Aerospace Company produced a prototype 1,175hp engine, Ha-40, a licensed version of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 engine. This liquid-cooled engine was more powerful and had less aerodynamic impact than comparably-sized air-cooled engines. Engine production could not keep up with airframe production so eventually a radial engine was fitted to the airframe and the aircraft designated the Ki-100.

In the Box

Instructions

The instruction booklet is divided into five 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 12 separate steps to complete the model. Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for two paint schemes of the aircraft.