Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack

Published: January 27th, 2019     
Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

The first prototype of the Fw 190 took to the air on June 1st, 1939 but due to some minor faults (Ok, so there were enough problems that the RLM halted development) it was not accepted into the Luftwaffe until 1941. June 1941 saw the Luftwaffe accept the first 100 Fw 190A-1s that were armed with four 7.9mm MG 17s. November of 41 saw the next version, 190A-2, introduced with two MG 17s and two MG 151s of 20mm caliber in the wings. Part of this series received an additional pair of 20mm MG FFs. The A-2 was powered by the modified BMW 801 C-2 engine and problems with the engine rear bank of cylinders overheating were finally solved by the simple introduction of a ventilation slot on the two sides of the engine cowling as in the A-1 version.

EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals
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 has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 (white decal hard to see in picture) on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet (third decal sheet) on the tail.

The three sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included on a second sheet insert. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

This is one of the most comprehensive decal sheets I have seen. Very fine work from Two Bobs and that is what I have always seen from them.

Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits. Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set is an upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. Consisting of three parts, it is the two main wheel/tires as one part each, and the single-part tail wheel strut and wheel/tire assembly, and a masking set for same. On the kit the main wheels are split into two halves per old-school molding, which the resin items dispense with, having a casting block on the ground section of the tire. .

I rattle-can painted the parts with Rustoleum Flat black automotive primer, then used the masks to protect the tires. A tooth pick/cocktail stick was used to push the mask into the tire bead area, and I then sprayed the wheels with Tamiya bare-metal silver. Mask removal demonstrated perfectly-round painted wheels! Where I had one mis-alignment of the mask due to operator error, a bit of 00 brush flat black wash touch-up and I was finished with the main wheels.

Douglas A-1E "Fat Face" Skyraider Conversion

Published: January 21st, 2019     
Douglas A-1E "Fat Face" Skyraider Conversion
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent set to upgrade the Trumpeter AD-2/6 or A-1H to an A-1E Hallelujah! WE HAVE A LARGE SPAD! And thanks to Phil and John for graciously allowing me to review this set.

On the "be patient" side of the ledger, Paul and Susy have had some misfortune by being located in Paradise, California. Although they lost most all their manufacturing capability and personal possessions, they are still here with us, and my last note from him showed he's temporarily out of the business until they can recover with a new place. I expect they will be back.

On to modeling: This shall be a basic review of the set as received and built so you can see what is in the box.

The kit I received contained one upgrade with fuselage, cowling, and details for the two seater, with both early non-ejection seat version, and later YANKEE ejection seats; I purchased the Trumpeter AD-2/6 unarmored Korean war single seat version as a donor kit. It also would be appropriate for an early model spAD, before armor was added to the airframe in Vietnam conflict, (AkA A-1H later on),

Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7

Published: January 20th, 2019     
Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7
Author: Bert Kinzey
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format with print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the F4F & FM Wildcat and variants.

Overview

The publication is another extraordinary compilation of history, data, and images of a USN aircraft that was critically important throughout World War II. The content is organized into history, U. S. variants, French and British versions, aircraft details, paint schemes, and a very comprehensive and current modeler's section.