Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

German Rocket V-2 /A4

Published: June 25th, 2018     
German Rocket V-2 /A4
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

The Missile

The V-2 was the first operational ballistic missile. It didn't use an aiming system as such but was launched in the exact direction of the target. The engine was cut off when the missile was at the correct speed and altitude to allow it to coast to the target. The 2150-pound warhead could do a large amount of damage, and, unlike the V-1 there was no way to intercept a V-2. A V-2 was also the first vehicle to go into outer space, reaching an altitude of 100 km. (62 miles).

The V-2 was a "vengeance" weapon, to answer the Allied bombing of German cities. The main targets were London, Antwerp and Liege. Over 3000 V-2s were launched against these cities.

The Kit

This kit is mostly resin, with some PE details for the launch stand.

Construction

The Rocket

Building the rocket is fairly finicky but not difficult. The rocket body is removed from the pour block, the fins are cut off the sprue, and the fins are attached to the rocket.

Gloster Gladiator Cockpit Door

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gloster Gladiator Cockpit Door
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

If you have a Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator kit then Quickboost has come through with another nice item to add a little more detail to it. The Quickboost doors are molded well and the detail is a lot crisper than the kit doors. If you are going to detail the cockpit you will want to have the doors posed open so you can see that detail and these will make it look even nicer. I highly recommend these.

I would like to thank Aires/Quickboost for supplying this and IPMS for the letting me review this item.

Gloster Gladiator Wheels & Paint Masks

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gloster Gladiator Wheels & Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

If you have the Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator, Aires has come through with this very nice item to add a little crisper detail to it. The wheels are nicely molded and, with the masks that are provided, easy to paint. I highly recommend these to anyone with this kit.

I would like to thank Aires for providing this fine detail set and to the IPMS for allowing me to review them.

FAC & BS BOMBER OSCAR DEUCES USAF/VNAF O-2A/O-2B Skymasters in the Vietnam War

Published: June 20th, 2018     
FAC & BS BOMBER OSCAR DEUCES USAF/VNAF O-2A/O-2B Skymasters in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Continuing their focus on Vietnam War subjects. We sincerely appreciate AoA sending IPMS/USA their latest release for review (and thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending this sheet my way).

This decal set includes stenciling for two aircraft, so you can get two, maybe three marking options out of your investment if you are careful. The modeler is up front provided options to build at least two of 14 different O-2 aircraft.

First offerings are painted the plain "vanilla" gray with white top wings, (to help them stand out from the jungle and clouds). There are 8 subjects with different tail, zap, and other markings, including one South Vietnamese marked aircraft. Three more options are painted overall black for night interdiction on "the Ho Chi Minh Trail", or 'The trail" if you prefer, where they operated with AC-130 and other gunships in tearing up the supply chain. Also included on the sheet are markings for three separate Vietnam camo, tan/green x 2 over light gray birds, which are PSYOP "BS Bombers".

Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle

Published: June 19th, 2018     
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, and is well known for his Secret Projects series of hardbound books with Crecy Publishing. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.