Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Junkers D.1 Landing Gear

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Junkers D.1 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

A newer addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions large line of metal landing gear is this set for the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear. The set comprises of both main gear legs, the landing gear "wing" between the legs, and the main axle. All are made of sturdy, white metal.

I could see no appreciable difference in the detail between the kit items and those in this set. They look to be almost the same. If anything, I believe the SAC details were a bit softer than the kit items. The "wing" had a bit of a molding mishap and there is some excess metal on the top port side (see the photos). I think this will be a bit challenging to clean up and retain the details of the rivets and corrugation. The axle came slightly bent (which I know is common with white metal pieces, but still annoying).

Sopwith Triplane Landing Gear

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Sopwith Triplane Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Yet another addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions large line of metal landing gear is this set for the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Triplane.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear. The set comprises of both main gear legs, the landing gear "wing" between the legs, main axle, tail skid, and tail skid adjusting piston. All are made of sturdy, white metal.

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

Published: May 18th, 2019     
F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release, which has very large amount of markings, fifteen to be exact! Each of the fifteen subjects of the 494th Fighter Squadron have colorful nose art that are real attention getters like "Dead Pool" "Texas Ranger" and one of the markings, "2-Oh-40oz" which has an image of a red tail P-51D dropping bombs. The aircraft and nose are included is: 00-3001 "Jenny"; 00-3002 "Devils Darlin"; 00-3003 ""Gears of War"; 00-3004 "Bulls Eye"; 01-2000 "Valkyrie; 91-1311 "Lady Liberty"; 91-1313 "Texas Ranger"; 91-1314 "Chief"; 91-1324 " White Walrus"; 91-1326 "Ravage"; 91-1329 ""Deadpool"; 91-1335 "Megalodon"; 96-1602 "A-Bombinator"; 96-0201 "Firebird" and 96-0204 ""2-Oh-40oz".

DH 100 Vampire FB Mk.52 Over Northern Sky

Published: May 18th, 2019     
DH 100 Vampire FB Mk.52 Over Northern Sky
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

The De Havilland (English Electric) Vampire was conceived in 1941 and first took to the sky in 1943. According to Wikipedia it was used by over 30 nations and was last flown operationally by Rhodesia in 1979. Given the longevity of the Vampire, and its interesting twin boom look I took on the challenge of this build and review.

Consolidated B-24, Vol. 2 B-24G to B-24M

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Consolidated B-24, Vol. 2 B-24G to B-24M
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle Books

This release is Vol. 2 in the Legends of Warfare-Aviation series and covers the B-24 G to the B-24M in nine chapters. There are hundreds of photographs (actually 291 color and b/w photos) in this 128-page publication. The photographs coverage of the B-24 (and derivatives) inside and out. Those who wish to build a highly detailed model of the B-24 will find this publication an excellent and comprehensive resource.

The stunning images are accompanied by a few paragraphs that describe the distinct features of the B-24 variants that are covered (see those variants lists in the Table of Contents below), and with informative captions for each image.

As an example, I found the image and caption on page 11 to be highly informative and interesting. As it turns out, the Willow Run plant produced a "kit" of the B-24H. The B-24 sub-assemblies, apparently, were assembled at Willow Run and then the component assemblies were shipped to the final-assembly plants to be fully completed. The aircraft was shipped to final-assembly plants in Texas or Oklahoma. The image would provide reference for a rather interesting diorama!