Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang
Author: Robert Pęczkowski; Illustrators: Artur Juszczak and Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: MMP Books

This tome is the latest in the Yellow series of aircraft monographs. Originally in a smaller format, ~6.3" by 9.3", the Yellow series seems to have migrated to the "Big Yellow" series in a new larger A4 (~8.25" x 11.625") size. Lately, it seems that the "Big Yellow" series has become just the Yellow series, but has retained the larger A4 format.

MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modeling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly", a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a worldwide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor. From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design. MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then they have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history. MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications.

F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade

Published: September 21st, 2019     
F-4 Phantom Stabilator Upgrade
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

From the Website

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products

This is an upgrade set for Zoukei Mura Phantoms. With the kit, the stabilators can only be mounted in one position (neutral). With this set, you can set the stabilators in any one of three possible positions of your choice and improve the detail on the stabilator pivot cover plates as well. Also included are the reinforcement "fish" plates found on Air Force Phantom stabilators (not found in the ZM kits). Photos show how a "pitch up" and "pich down" position looks like before the PE cover plates are installed. Note this set does not make the stabilators movable, after all we modelers don't build "toys".. After the position is selected, everything has to be glued in place.

Focke-Wulf 190V-1

Published: September 16th, 2019     
Focke-Wulf 190V-1
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1:48
Company: Classic Airframes

In the Box

Instructions

The instruction booklet was divided into four pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 10 separate steps to complete the model. My instruction book was missing step seven but that appeared to be the step when the wing is attached to the fuselage.

Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft. One version was in natural metal finish and the other was in German camo markings.

Clear Plastic

Supplied was one piece of vacuum formed plastic with two canopies molded into it.

Canopy Mask

For painting the canopy I used my own masks cut from Tamiya tape.

Landing Gear

In a separate bag included the main landing gear and the tail gear. All the parts were made from metal and had good detail to them.

P-51D Mustang

Published: September 10th, 2019     
P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Nearly every aircraft modeler has at least one iconic WWII P-51 Mustang in their collection. Based on the quick sell-out of Eduard's recent 1/48 new tooling at the 2019 'Nooga Nats, its popularity is long from over. The subject of this review however is a diminutive 1/144 scale version of the Mustang produced by Japanese model-maker Platz.

According to their website, "Platz was founded in April, 2000, and is based in Shizuoka, Japan. PLATZ comes from the term "place" - or to be more precise, a "gathering place" for modelers from various categories to develop and produce something new, something really wanted by the public and moreover, something "we" would also want.

Based on the knowledge acquired with a 20-year experience in the modelling business, we would like to challenge the market with a combination of renovated ideas, technologies and materials.

Our goal is to create products previously not available in the market - always accompanied with the spirit of "Approaching business in a serious and yet, fun-filled manner"."

Building the Messerschmitt Bf-109 - Model Aircraft Extra #2

Published: September 8th, 2019     
Building the Messerschmitt Bf-109 - Model Aircraft Extra #2
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: MA Publications, Ltd.

Sooner or later, every aircraft modeler builds the iconic WWII Luftwaffe Bf-109. You can find them in every scale from 1/144 to 1/24, and in every version from prototype to A, to K-14, and sub-variants from post-WWII. It is probably one of the top five most popular aircraft modeling subjects ever kitted.

To that point, there were 31 examples of the Bf-109 entered in 1/48 Single Engine Prop, at this summer's 2019 'Nooga Nats! Obviously, they garnered their own subcategory split. I felt a bit sorry for, but also somewhat envious of Rich Van Zandt's judging team as they laboriously examined all 31 examples. They were all outstanding ... some were just slightly better than others. They checked that distinct splayed gear stance for consistent alignment. They checked wing and stabilizer alignments. They checked canopies and interiors. They checked finishes. They counted rivets ... just kidding. In the end, they chose the best three. 10% of the total number entered of the type!