Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

X Planes Dornier Do 335

Published: November 24th, 2018     
X Planes Dornier Do 335
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

Ask any WWII aficionado what was one of the most interesting designs and you will undoubtedly get many that would answer the Do-335. This large push/pull configured fighter has long fueled the imagination.

Dornier had originally ceded further development of its unique design to Junkers due to their many production commitments, but Dornier reclaimed the work as the Junkers facility moved too slowly with the D0-335's development.

Ju-88A/C Junkers

Published: November 22nd, 2018     
Ju-88A/C Junkers
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Models

The Aircraft

When the Luftwaffe came to Junkers Aircraft in the mid-1930s, the concept they were looking for was a schnellbomber (fast bomber) which would be faster than a fighter or interceptor. When the prototypes were built, the fast part was true, but as time went on, the fighters got faster. The Ju-88 was used as a bomber, dive bomber, night fighter, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, heavy fighter, and at the end of the war, as a flying bomb. It was certainly versatile and performed very well for its crews.

The newest version of the Minicraft Ju-88 is for the A or early C model. The A was the bomber version, with a glass nose for the bombardier. The C version was originally a heavy fighter or fighter/bomber, with the glass nose replaced by a solid nose containing a 20mm cannon and three 7.62mm machine guns, all firing forward. The C retained the rear-firing machine guns of the A model and the bomb racks under the wings.

IDF F-CK-1C Ching-Kuo

Published: November 22nd, 2018     
IDF F-CK-1C Ching-Kuo
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: AFV Club

The F-CK-1C "Ching-kuo" is a single-seat Taiwanese fighter jet that looks like a cross between an F-16 and an F-18 but is about the size of an F-16. It has the sleek lines and single tail of the F-16, but the dual intakes similar to the F-18. AFV Club also makes a kit of the two-seat F-CK-1D.

Yak-28PP Brewer

Published: November 22nd, 2018     
Yak-28PP Brewer
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bobcat Hobby

Brief History

The Yakovlev Yak-28 is a swept wing, turbojet-powered combat aircraft used by the Soviet Union. Produced initially as a tactical bomber, it was also manufactured in reconnaissance, electronic warfare, interception, and trainer versions, known by the NATO reporting names Brewer, Firebar, and Maestro respectively. Based on the Yak-129 prototype first flown on 5 March 1958, it began to enter service in 1960.

The Yak-28 was first seen by the West at the Tushino air show in 1961. Western analysts initially believed it to be a fighter rather than an attack aircraft--and a continuation of the Yak-25M --and it was designated "Flashlight". After its actual role was realized, the Yak-28 bomber series was redesignated "Brewer".

Spitfire Mk IX Early Löök (Cockpit) Set

Published: November 22nd, 2018     
Spitfire Mk IX Early Löök (Cockpit) Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a Look set for the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire.

In the Look set is the following items:

  • 1 photoetch sheet of pre painted seatbelts
  • 1 resin (Brassin) pre painted dashboard (instrument panel)
  • 1 instruction sheet

Construction

  1. The Brassin cockpit instrument part is excellent and is a great replacement for the parts and decals the make up the kit parts gives a realistic looking panel.
  2. The photoetch seat belts are pre-painted which the Tamiya kit ones are not. The finished parts look very good installed and are far better than the kit parts.

Summary

This is a fantastic set for adding a great look to the cockpit when finished. The Tamiya parts are good but the Eduard parts very make the cockpit pop with some awesome realistic finishes.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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