Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Junkers Ju 87B Top Drawings Series

Published: October 3rd, 2018     
Junkers Ju 87B Top Drawings Series
Author: Maciej Noszcak
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book is a top drawings series from Kagero and is a Visual study of the Junkers Ju 87B Dive Bomber of the Luftwaffe in World War II.

I found this book full of fascinating scale drawings and profiles of all the variants of the Ju 87B. There are 7 sheets of 1/48 scale drawings and 8 sheets of 1/72 scale drawings. There are also 10 color profiles of aircraft. These drawings are very useful for any modeler and are a great additional to any reference library.

Included in the book are a set of canopy masks in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale for Ju 87B models and are a great bonus to the book.

I recommend this book to everyone with any interest Ju 87B especially Modelers.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

FW-190A-5

Published: September 30th, 2018     
FW-190A-5
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Following on the heels of their gorgeous FW-190A-4 Eduard has released the next variant in the production line, the A-5. The A-5 differed from the A-4 in that its engine was moved forward. This would become the standard position until the D-9 variant came into production.

Having built the A-4 and found it to be simply gorgeous I was anxious to see what the later variants would look like.

Packaged inside of a beautifully painted boxtop with a sturdy cardboard box protecting the parts are some beautiful plastic. There are five sprues of plastic is the light grey kind with no flash or blemishes that I could find. Three of the sprues are the 'common' sprues found in all the FW-190 boxings. The other two are aircraft specific with a new fuselage and a new wing. This speaks well for the fit as the A-4 was near flawless. Since there are common parts on the sprues, be careful that you remove the correct ones. There will be lots of parts left over for the spare parts box or later builds.

There is a single sprue of clear plastic for those parts. Again make sure that you remove the correct parts for your aircraft. It is easy to get confused.

Modern Chinese Warplanes Chinese Naval Aviation-Aircraft and Units

Published: September 30th, 2018     
Modern Chinese Warplanes Chinese Naval Aviation-Aircraft and Units
Author: Andreas Rupprecht
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing

From the Website

China's rising political ambitions have been accompanied by a demonstration of military presence in its area of influence. The Chinese navy and its naval air arm are playing an increasing role in achieving this goal. This comprehensive directory provides an extensively illustrated, in-depth analysis and overview of the Chinese naval aviation branch

China's economic development has been matched by rising political ambitions and the aim of returning the country to a central role in regional and global affairs. It is therefore considered vital for China to demonstrate military presence in its area of influence. Within the past decade, China's military has undergone some of the most profound reforms and improvements since its establishment. The Chinese navy and its naval air arm are playing an increasingly important role in achieving these goals.

Cessna T-41 Mescalero

Published: September 30th, 2018     
Cessna T-41 Mescalero
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Omega Models

This is Omega Models all resin T-41 which is the US armed forces version of the popular Cessna 172, The kit can be used to build both a US Army or US Air Force aircraft.

In the box is:

  • 6 x strips of molded resin parts
  • 1 film sheet
  • 2 x vacuum formed clear parts
  • 2 x small decal sheets
  • 1 wire
  • 1 instruction sheet

The kit consists of 44 resin parts some are not required as they are from the standard Cessna 172 kit. The resin parts are extremely well molded with a little flash but great detail; the decal sheets were not too impressive and you may want to get alternative decals. Also, the vacuum formed windscreen and rear window are not too good.

Construction

The instructions are very simple and you just need to try to follow fitting the parts numerically.

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, A Comprehensive Guide

Published: September 30th, 2018     
The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, A Comprehensive Guide
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: SAM Publications

If you are in the market for a single, thorough guide to the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, this new offering from SAM Publications would certainly fit the bill. With text and scale drawings by Andy Evans, and color artwork by Ryan Dorling, this book includes in-action photographs, color side views, models of the plane in 1/72 and 1/48 scale, walk around photos, technical drawings, and scale line drawings. For fans of the venerable Skyhawk, I would consider this a must-have book, and as 25 of the 31 books in this series are now out of print, I would advise picking your copy sooner rather than later.

Following a Glossary and Introduction, the seven chapters of this book are Design and Development, US Navy and US Marine Corps Skyhawks, US Navy and US Marine Corps Skyhawks at War, Two-Seat Skyhawks, Skyhawk Aggressors, Export Skyhawks, Colour Side Views, and Modelling the Skyhawk in Popular Scales. There are an additional six appendices that include walkarounds, Skyhawk Variants, Skyhawk Squadrons, Technical Diagrams, Understanding the Subject, and Kitography. The book concludes with scale drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 scales and an Index.

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