Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions metal gear. I've had a chance to build two Wingnut Wings kits now and let me assure their kits are TOP NOTCH and fit and finish is unrivaled. In my humble opinion though, the weakest point of these large 1/32 scale kits are the beautiful scale landing gear, and the most obvious place to add some aftermarket metal bits.

My personal opinion regarding heavier 1/32 aircraft and smaller scale kits with fiddly landing arrangements, metal gear is the only way to go. Metal gear is more forgiving and has the wonderful ability to be gently adjusted, unlike their polystyrene relatives. Please be aware like any other molded product, it is helpful to clean the parts and prime prior to painting. The other important point is that standard model cement will not work with metal parts and another glue such as a cyanoacrylate glue (super glue), Epoxy glue, or a PVA (white glue) will be necessary to attach the parts to the model.

Metal Landing Gear for 1/48 ICM/Revell DE MiG-25 RST

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for 1/48 ICM/Revell DE  MiG-25 RST
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

We at IPMS continue to thank Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with what has turned into a monthly release schedule with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 ICM Mig-25. As to the basic kit, it is well designed and accurate BUT also is not for beginners; a lot of locations are vague on where parts should line up, and I have struggled with the afterburner/augmentor petals, and the overall assembly of the basic fuselage.

A bit of misalignment during side panel and top fuselage installation will result if the fumble-fingers among us (like me) having more than a few blue clouds riding overhead with special language inserted. The landing gear is no different, as the angles and installation are to be expected to cause grief. It gets done, but prepare yourself mentally and lay off the adult beverages while trying to line everything up.

SE.5a Hispano Suiza

Published: December 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Hispano Suiza
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a new tooling from Eduard and the detail in the new sprues is great.

In the box is:

  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 2 x photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kit consists of 2 main sprues, the sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft in five different markings to choose from.

Construction

First is the construction of the interior which is well detailed. Photo Etch helps a lot to make this a very impressive cockpit. You have to be very careful assembling the interior side frames (parts B51 and B52. As if they are not correctly line up it will lead to issues when installed in the fuselage halves.

Next you add the cockpit assembly to the lower wing. Then the additional cockpit details now get added

F-4E Phantom II

Published: December 28th, 2017     
F-4E Phantom II
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

5068 McDonnel Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft were built during its production run in the United States, with another 127 aircraft being built by Mitsubishi in Japan. This famous aircraft served with the United States Air Force (USAF), Navy, and Marine Corps, and in many allied countries over a thirty-year span. Later on, a group of retired USAF aircraft would go out in blazes of glory as they were used as full-scale aerial targets for missiles.

Italeri's 1/48 scale F-4E is a faithful reproduction of the real thing and can be built into a nice showpiece. The model uses recessed panel lines, with the flight controls being a bit deeper than the panel lines. However, one problem that this model suffers from is the mold being designed to represent multiple variants of F-4s. There are extra parts for an RF-4 nose, and the cockpit suffers from simplicity, with the detail consisting of decals superimposed upon semi-accurate dial faces.