Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

DOGS OF WAR Part 2 US Army/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War

Published: April 16th, 2017     
DOGS OF WAR  Part 2 US Army/USMC/VNAF O-1 Bird Dogs in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals specializes in Navy and Marine Corps subjects from the Vietnam era. They have branched out slightly with the first sheet for Roden's lovely O-1 Bird Dog by adding Army/ USAF planes. Part 2 continues and goes back to the USMC and adds markings in for additional Army and VNAF planes also. Let's take a dive into Part 2.

Part 2 of the 1/32nd Bird Dog coverage includes thirteen marking options for various O-1 A/G/E Bird Dogs from the Vietnam War:

F-4 Seatbelts (grey) STEEL

Published: April 15th, 2017     
F-4 Seatbelts (grey) STEEL
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is the second set of steel seat belts and harnesses for the Martin-Baker MK. H-7 ejection seat as installed in the F-4 Phantom II. The set includes four complete sets of seatbelts and harnesses, allowing you to detail four seats, or two kits worth. The other set #73050 provides 4 sets of green belts and harnesses, while this set provides 4 sets of light grey belts and harnesses. As many of the older F-4 kits have a very generic ejection seat that does not even resemble the actual seat, these sets are intended for new kits. I used a seat from a Hasegawa F-4S kit as it has the correct configuration with the upper parachute container that is missing on many earlier kits. I assume that the new Academy kit seats are the correct shape as well, but I have not actually seen them yet. Before you decide which set to purchase, be sure to look at the aircraft that you will be installing the seats in, and check your references to determine which set is appropriate for your model.

F-4 Seatbelts (green) STEEL

Published: April 15th, 2017     
F-4 Seatbelts (green) STEEL
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The F-4 Phantom II needs no introduction. With over 5,000 Phantoms built, it is one of the most popular Western fighters since the Korean War. It served with the US Navy, the US Air Force and the US Marines, as well as 14 other air forces across the globe from Japan to Egypt to England. A number of them are still flying today in a variety of roles.

L-29 Delfin Antennas

Published: April 13th, 2017     
L-29 Delfin Antennas
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

This set from Quickboost provides replacement Antennas. The AMK kit provides a small "T" shaped antenna for under the left wing and a reasonable swept antenna for the top of the fuselage. The picture of my completed review model shows the kit upper fuselage antenna after painting.

An inspection of the actual aircraft shows that the under-wing antenna is very thin and consists of two separate tubes going up into the wing. I am attaching a photo showing the comparison between the kit part and the Quickboost part. Note, I have not cleaned up the parts but they do show a day and night difference. The fineness of the Quickboost part will make it very fragile. Quickboost have kindly provided two of the under-wing antennas in case one gets damaged during removal from the casting block or during subsequent assembly or display.

MiG-21MF 'Soviet Air Force and Export'

Published: April 13th, 2017     
MiG-21MF 'Soviet Air Force and Export'
Reviewed by: James Corley, IPMS# 12311
Scale: 1/48
Company: Academy

The MiG-21 was the first Soviet production aircraft designed to operate above Mach 2. The MiG-21 featured a modified deltawing platform with the addition of traditional elevators. The first MiG-21 to enter production was MiG-21F Fishbed C and was shortly followed with the MiG-21F-13 Fishbed E. The MiG-21F-13 was the first example to be examined by the West, following the defection of an Iraqi pilot to Israel in 1966. This individual plane proved vital to the Israeli victory in 1967 and subsequent American aerial superiority in Vietnam.

This kit includes the MiG-21SM/MF Fishbed J with an intercept radar in the nose shock cone, an internal GSh-23 23mm gun, and four underwing pylons. The J model was powered by the R-13-300 engine. The MiG-21MF has seen combat in the Middle East, Persian Gulf and other parts of the world. The successes were based upon the skills of the pilot and his adversary. Often superior pilots in inferior aircraft could bring down their adversary, and the MiG-21MF was no exception in either side of this conflict pairing.