Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Axis Suicide Squads

Published: April 7th, 2019     
Axis Suicide Squads
Author: Justo Miranda
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Company: Fonthill Media

Fonthill Media's Axis Suicide Squads - German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War by Justo Miranda.

Author Justo Miranda has multiple books & publications out on Luftwaffe 'paper-projects' and late war designs. He is a tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor.

This hardbound book is 224 pages and includes information on both actual aircraft used, and many "paper projects".

The cover flap reads "This book details the designs of all German and Japanese aircraft, examining the suicide bombers and aerial rammers deployed as desperate measures to counter the Allied advance. Axis Suicide Squads is an in-depth history of the tragic necessity for such drastic countermeasures; it contains comprehensive technical information relating to each machine and detailed, hand-drawn diagrams depicting the mechanics of how the aircraft functioned." This is a great summary of what this book is all about.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Aerial Ramming

Metal Landing Gear for SU-35

Published: April 5th, 2019     
Metal Landing Gear for SU-35
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Consisting of 14 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. It's been my experience that GWH tends to use a more robust plastic than many other manufacturers, but SAC metal gear is still worthwhile to install.

Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 1 of 3

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 1 of 3
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

[This review is the first installment of a three-part series on building and finishing this impressive kit.]

Since 2012, newcomer Hong Kong Models (HKM) has been rolling out some of the most exciting big-scale aircraft kits to hit the market. Ever since the prolific company first released the B-25J Mitchell, modelers have been anxiously waiting for the next big-kit announcement, perhaps none with more anticipation than the 1/32nd scale Lancaster Mk.IB.

As the RAF's premier heavy bomber, the Lancaster was to eventually form the backbone of Bomber Command in World War II. Loaded with an increasing variety of bombs and special ordinance, the 'Lanc' lorded over the night-time Allied bombing campaigns in Europe, disrupting or completely paralyzing German manufacturing and industrial infrastructure.

North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K

Published: March 31st, 2019     
North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K
Author: Robbie M. Robinson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Editions Minimonde 76

Born from the great North American F-86A, the F-86D/K all weather interceptor had a long and widespread career. It served the USA both home and abroad and as this book covers with 7 NATO air forces as well as US forces in Europe. The F-86D/K served NATO until the final ones were retired from the Italian Air Force in 1973.

The book has 5 total sections with the first section a brief overview of its development and production. Section Two covers the USAF in Europe. Section 3 is the largest section comprising 50 pages with coverage of the type's service in Royal Danish, French, West German, Royal Hellenic, Italian, Royal Netherland and Royal Norwegian Air Force. Section Four has a look inside with manual pages and detail pictures reproduced throughout. The book ends with the squadron badge of every unit in Europe both US and European to operate the F-86D/K.

Throughout the book are many photographs of the F-86D/K in service and beautiful color artwork of planes from each air force. In many cases a B&W photo is show with a color drawing rendition of the same aircraft to illustrate the various markings.

Top Drawings #63: Messerschmitt Bf-109G

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Top Drawings #63: Messerschmitt Bf-109G
Author: Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki; Illustrated by Maciej Noszczak & Arkadiusz Wrobel
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Kagero Publishing

This publication is one in a series of books in the TopDrawings series. It is a 20 page, paperback, printed in 8.3x11.7 format. The publication date was Dec 19, 2018.

Other publications in this series are:

  • #54 Ju-87B
  • #59 Ju-88
  • #52 F4U Corsair
  • #49 He-219 and others.

This is a Kagero publication which is marketed in North America by Casemate.

As mentioned in this review, the text and captions throughout the publication are translated by Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki. The color profiles were created by Arkadiusz Wrobel. The scale drawings were created by Maciej Noszczak.