Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, November 2017 Volume 39, Issue 09

Published: March 15th, 2018     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, November 2017 Volume 39, Issue 09
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Guideline Publications

I have read Scale Aircraft Modelling (SAM) on and off for many years which is possible because this is the 39th year it has been in production. It is an English publication and, as the name implies, covers aircraft modeling. Normally I purchase my copy at a local bookstore but this issue came directly from the publisher so let's take a look and see what is in store.

There are 88 pages counting the inside and outside of the front and rear covers. Not sure what those are counted but have noticed this in other magazines. There is also 8 pages numbered separately in the middle of the magazine with no explanation.

One of the first things I noticed is the cover, duh, which has a nice painting of a Bachem Natter in flight. There are also a few pictures of some of the articles inside.

Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915-1918

Published: March 14th, 2018     
Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915-1918
Author: Jon Guttman (Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

If you are a person interested in the Great War, you will likely enjoy this new release from Osprey as part of their "Duel" series of books. In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Jon Guttman writes about the attacks of the German Zeppelins on England from January 1915 through August 1918 as well as the British defensive actions against them. Illustrated by Jim Laurier, both the artwork and the photographs tell the history of the Zeppelin and the aircraft used to counter them.

Following the Introduction, there are eight chapters, which are titled "Chronology", "Design and Development", "Technical Specifications", "the Strategic Situation", "The Combatants", "Combat", "Statistics and Analysis", and "Aftermath". There is also a "Further Reading" list of books and an "Index". There are 45 black and white photographs along with three in color, as well as 13 illustrations/paintings, and a single color map contained within this publication.

CRP 37 Pylon for Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D

Published: March 14th, 2018     
CRP 37 Pylon for Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin CRP 37 Pylon for use with Mirage III BS/DS/BJ and Cheetah D aircraft with an RP 825 Drop Tank. (This issue appears to be a separate casting of just the pylon from their set # 481216, which includes the tank). An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates a reproduction of the French manufactured pylon that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with the appropriate attachment supports. The panel detailing is extremely fine.

Hawker Typhoon Bubbletop Canopy

Published: March 13th, 2018     
Hawker Typhoon Bubbletop Canopy
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun Models

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a vac-formed canopy for their Hawker Tempest kit. My example kit (an Academy issue is a Mk V), and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for.

There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with vacuum formed canopy parts will have no issues installing this canopy in lieu of the kit part. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides a realistic scale-detailed canopy with significantly improved clarity and appearance to molded plastic kit parts. Note that the casting contains two canopies. One example is for a closed assembly, and the other can be used to pose the canopy in the open position.

Hawker Tempest/Fury and Sea Fury Mks. II/V/VI Early Type Cannons with Un-covered Barrels and Pitot Tube

Published: March 13th, 2018     
Hawker Tempest/Fury and Sea Fury Mks. II/V/VI Early Type Cannons with Un-covered Barrels and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master - Reality in Miniature is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales.

Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with un-sheathed barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Tempest early Mk V kits, or early Fury or Sea Fury kits. Also included is a turned brass pitot tube. These items are intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts. My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk V, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for.