Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Su-25K Frogfoot Landing Light

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Su-25K Frogfoot Landing Light
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

The Su-25 is the Soviet equivalent of the A-10 first utilized in Afghanistan. This mud mover is pretty well represented in 1/48th scale by KP/Smer. As always there are ways to improve what comes in the box.

Quickboost has taken to updating the Frogfoot to a whole different level. This particular set is designed to upgrade the lights. Packaged in a typical Quickboost resealable package with card stock backing has two resin sprues. The first is light grey resin which holds the two reflectors. The second resin part is molded in clear resin. It has the bulbs and two new clear resin lens.

To use the set you simply have to drill out the landing light hole in the wing. Then you paint the reflector, add the bulb, and use the clear resin lens. Done. Simple, easy and effective.

This light set will replace the kit parts which are not very accurate looking. The Quickboost set is very realistic, easy to use, and inexpensive.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting them at http://www.aires.cz/en/

Convair F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Convair F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor
Reviewed by: J.R. Sharp, IPMS# 48773
Scale: 1:72
Company: Meng Models

Initial Impressions

With the popularity of the MENG F-102 kit, it was a given that a 106 would be coming down the pike soon. When it was announced, there was a lot of fanfare and anticipation in the new offering. Being a fan of the century series, it was also natural that I would pick one up to see what it offered. The 102 was far from a “perfect” build for me and I was hoping that MENG learned their lessons from the past and integrated improvements into the “six”.

Upon inspecting the sprues I found a lot of improvements over the previous 102 offering. Cockpits had a much greater detail (molded in seatbelts, etc.) as well as parts to build both types of panel and ejection seats. A PE fret was added with some detail items, and a crew ladder. The radome was now an option, as the radar and front maintenance panels could be displayed open, providing a great static display. These items were well-cast with little flash.

Fokker Dr. 1 Engine

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Fokker Dr. 1 Engine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

One of the latest releases in the rapidly expanding line of Brassin products is a beautiful representation of the Fokker Dr.1 nine-cylinder Oberursel engine. Consisting of three resin parts and a single photo-etched part, the engine builds up quickly, and will make a great addition to your 1/72 scale triplane!

As mentioned, there are three resin parts in the set, which consist of the engine itself, firewall mounting plate, and a single part that has the intake shaft, magneto, oil pump case, and spark distributor, all molded on. The ignition wires are contained on a single photoetched fret.

I found the construction of the engine relatively easy, but on my sample, the opening in the firewall mounting plate and attachment area for the intake shaft and other components did not match the corresponding raised key on the back of the engine, as they had a lot of slop from side to side. As there is a circle with a small square alignment key, it was still relatively easy to line everything up. I also recommend caution when removing the engine pour plug and flash as I nearly removed the reach rods, not realizing that they were present in the molding.

IJAAF WWII seatbelts

Published: March 6th, 2017     
IJAAF WWII seatbelts
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues its recent trend of providing realistic seat belts for a wide variety of aircraft. This set is advertised as providing seat belts for Imperial Japanese Army Air Force aircraft from World War II and boy does it!

The set provides two types of seat belts for Nakajima aircraft, one leather and the other cloth, and a different type for Kawaski aircraft. There enough sets to make 9 sets of Kawaski belts, 9 sets of leather Nakajima belts and 13 sets of cloth Nakajima belts! The belts are in full color and assembly is easy as all you have to do is glue the part representing the leather back pad behind the buckle on the left belt and then you are ready to install the belts.

Messerschmitt Me 262B-1 STEEL Seatbelts

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Messerschmitt Me 262B-1 STEEL Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard’s STEEL Belt line for the new 1/32 Revell Me262B-1 kit. I waited and waited for the new 1/32 Revell Me262B-1 to be released in the States and that day has not come yet so I bought one from Germany. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the sealed flap on the back of package to allow for easy access to parts.

Upon removal of the photoetch from the package you will notice the great level of detail on the pre-painted belts which include a little bit of weathering. These belts are only 0.04 mm thick and are very easy to position on the seat and they hold their shape well.

You can apply these to the seats using a spot of superglue and you will have a great representation of the Me262 belts and harnesses.

The Steel belts are a great addition to the kit since Revell decided to only supply decals for belts. The Eduard belts bring a more realistic feel to your seats when you are done.