Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

OS2U Kingfisher Beaching Gear (KH)

Published: October 7th, 2017     
OS2U Kingfisher Beaching Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC once again provides a very nice set of cast metal gear to help your model stand out in public places. And this one is as simple as it gets. THANKS ROSS for providing this set to IPMS USA, and to Dick and Dave for sending it to me. Particularly Dick, who HAND DELIVERED the item (along with other cool things) to me at the Nationals.

This set is the usual SAC total replacement of the kit items, with improved assembly and ease of installation.

The other benefit in this case is the axle assemblies are metal verses plastic. No broken off axles after a hard landing (just bend the gear back into place). With the short wheelbase and narrow track of the Kingfisher, this one is a must have, because the stress will kill the plastic parts. Also, have you seen that itty-bitty tail wheel? The SAC tail gear strut, being metal, will take hits and bend and have ability to be bent back. Work hardening takes about 8-10 tries, and you REALLY have to bend it to do that, before it breaks. Worth every dime for what you paid for the Kittyhawk kit (which is a beauty, BTW).

Nakajima E8N1/E8N2 Type 95 Recon Seaplane (Dave) "Battleship Yamato" Limited Edition

Published: October 7th, 2017     
Nakajima E8N1/E8N2 Type 95 Recon Seaplane (Dave) "Battleship Yamato" Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History

From Wikipedia

The Nakajima E8N was a Japanese ship-borne, catapult-launched reconnaissance seaplane aircraft of the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was a single-engine, two-seat biplane with a central main-float and underwing outriggers. During the Pacific war it was known to the Allies by the reporting name "Dave".

Ordered into production and designated Navy Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane Model 1 in October 1935. A total of 755 E8Ns were built by Nakajima and Kawanishi, production continuing until 1940. It was subsequently shipped aboard all the capital ships then in service, 16 cruisers and five seaplane tenders.

It was used successfully in the Second Sino-Japanese War not only for reconnaissance, but also for dive-bombing and artillery spotting.

One E8N was purchased in early 1941 by the German Naval Attache to Japan, Vice-Admiral Wenneker, and dispatched on board KM MUNSTERLAND to rendezvous with the German auxiliary cruiser Orion at Maug Island in the Marianas. The meeting occurred on 1 FEB 1941, and Orion thus became the only German naval vessel of the Second World War to employ a Japanese float plane.

F-4 Phantom "Vietnam Aces"

Published: October 5th, 2017     
F-4 Phantom "Vietnam Aces"
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Background

Originally developed as the Navy's primary fleet defense interceptor in the 1950'ss, the F-4 Phantom II rapidly evolved into the mainstay multiple fighter for the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps by the mid '60's. During the Vietnam War air war, the Phantom became the exclusive mount of all 6 American "ace" (airmen scoring 5 or more air-to-air victories) emerging from that conflict.

In this release, Italeri presents 4 of the F-4's flown by Americas Vietnam aces. Markings and parts options are included for Navy F-4J "Showtime 100" flown by Randy Cunningham and Willy Driscoll, Air Force F-4C flown by Robin Olds, an F-4D flown by Jeff Feinstein, and an F-4D flown by Steve Ritchie and Chuck DeBellevue.

Camden was inspired to do this build by the kindness of Col. Chuck DeBellevue, USAF (ret), America's leading Vietnam Ace, who spent an hour with Camden one morning while visiting Dayton, OH. During their breakfast meeting, Col. DeBellevue shared some of his war stories and wisdom with the aspiring young aeronaut, further fueling Camden's imagination and passion for military aviation...and his love for modeling.

Black Bunny F-4J VX-4 Decals

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Black Bunny F-4J VX-4 Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you to Furball Aero-Design for providing excellent specific markings set for this very unique aircraft. I am certain that F-4 fans will be thrilled with this set! Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

The words that capture this decal set are "stunning detail." Furball chose the striking color scheme of Vandy 1, the gloss black test F-4J aircraft operated by VX-4, providing both t