Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

The RAF: 1918 - 2018

Published: February 4th, 2018     
The RAF: 1918 - 2018
Author: Julian Hale
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Shire Books (Bloomsbury Publishing)

This small volume is a primer in every sense of the word. Nevertheless, author Julian Hale has managed to admirably condense the 100 year history of the Royal Air Force down to sixty-four short pages. The value of this volume lies in introducing the reader, who may be familiar enough with the RAF's participation in the Second World War or the RFC's struggles through WWI, with some of the lesser known highlights of the "World's Oldest Air Force".

The books main chapters include:

Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter

Published: February 3rd, 2018     
Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter
Author: Jared A. Zichek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Retro Mechanix Publications

Jared A. Zichek is a freelance writer and illustrator specializing in aviation and automotive history. He lives in La Jolla, California. You can find him at his blog and website: http://retromechanix.com/; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/retromechanix, and on Twitter @retromechanix. RetroMechanix.com is devoted to innovative and unusual flying machines from earlier decades, with special emphasis on U.S. prototype and project aircraft from the 1930's through the 1950's. Featuring hundreds of previously unpublished high resolution photographs, drawings and artist's impressions, along with original primary documents scanned directly from the U.S. National Archives, RetroMechanix.com is the definitive resource for yesterday's wings of tomorrow.

Bristol Beaufighter Porcupine Exhausts

Published: January 31st, 2018     
Bristol Beaufighter Porcupine Exhausts
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The porcupine exhaust on the Beaufighter are distinctive and not the easiest thing to injection mold in a kit. So Quickboost has made some resin replacements for the new Airfix kits and they are beauties.

The kit exhaust is made up of two parts where the Quickboost item is just one part. My only concern is the replacement is noticeably bigger than the kit parts. But when compared to the 72nd drawings that I have the replacement part looks dead on.

So, another quick replacement that really will add to your next Beaufighter build.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Bristol Beaufighter Air Intakes and Fuel Drain (A)

Published: January 31st, 2018     
Bristol Beaufighter Air Intakes and Fuel Drain (A)
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Beaufighter had two different types of air intakes on top of the engines, a short one and a long one. This set from Quickboost covers the short version. The resin parts are cast perfectly and should be easy to remove from the block. The short intakes in the new Airfix kits are made up of two halves so there will be a seam to take care of. The resin replacements are single parts with very thin edges and will be that much easier to use.

The other parts in the set are direct replacements for the kit parts and add a lot of detail with the thinness of the castings.

One thing I noticed is out of the 4 versions offered between the TF.X and the TF.10 kits, only one in the later kit uses the short intakes. That said, there are numerous aftermarket decal sets that will need these shorter ones.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Beaufighter 3 inch Rockets

Published: January 29th, 2018     
Beaufighter 3 inch Rockets
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Plusmodel

In Plusmodel's Aero Line is this nice set of rockets for the Beaufighter. Included are 8 resin 3-inch rockets, 8 launch rails and 2 launcher mounting plates. All are beautifully cast with no flaws.

The rockets have extremely thin tail fins and this caused me all kinds of trouble. In fact, it took three tries before I could get a rocket off the sprue without breaking at least one fin off. Those of you with more resin experience than myself should have no trouble but be warned.

Once you have them cut off they are truly great looking with very nice detail and a direct replacement for the Airfix items.

Thanks to Plusmodel and IPMS/USA for the review kit.