Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors Decals

Published: October 16th, 2017     
F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors Decals
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Two Bobs

The F-16 has been around a long time and there are so many different schemes you can build one in. This new sheet by Two Bobs covers 3 aircraft in a couple of Aggressor schemes with the 57th Wing, 64th Aggressor Squadron.

The first is in the "Shark" scheme and includes some vinyl masks for the false dielectic EW panels to mimic what is on the SU-34. This thoughtful inclusion will make masking those very easy.

The other two aircraft both wear the attractive "Splinter" scheme. There are a couple of minor differences in the markings between the two aircraft and these are spelled out nicely in the full color instructions.

Two Bobs website recommends either the Academy or Tamiya F-16C kits but does say they are sized for the Tamiya kit.

The decals are well printed in perfect register and should behave nicely when applied

FS colors are included for each scheme so you can pick your favorite paint and create a great model. There are also some stencils included.

Thanks to Two Bobs and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Hellcat Mk I Weekend Edition

Published: October 16th, 2017     
Hellcat Mk I Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I already have Eduard's excellent F6F-3 Hellcat in US Navy markings in my growing stash waiting for my skills to catch up to the beauty of the kit. I am no expert on the Hellcat, so when Eduard announced their Royal Navy markings "Weekend" version of an already well received 1/48 version of this aircraft, I jumped at the chance to do a review build as a warm-up. The Hellcat's history is well known and extensively documented, so let's get on with impressions of this 1/48 scale plastic version.

This kit issue (#8435) is the identical mold tooling as Eduard's previous issue in other markings. The difference being the inclusion of the plastic sprues only, without the photo-etch, masks and/or resin included in their higher priced, more detailed offerings (which are now out of stock on Eduard's website).

Reid Air/Speed Hunter Heritage Vipers

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Reid Air/Speed Hunter Heritage Vipers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Reid Air/Speed Hunter Graphics

Speed Graphics is that sub-part of Reid Air products which have focused (initially) on Modern Fighters, particularly USAF and some export birds. Their line-up is impressive, filled with USAFE , PACAF, and Stateside Rhinos and Vipers... take a look. Thanks to Reid Air for sending IPMS USA this set, to Dave for the nod to move out on them, and Dick for bringing the sheet to the Nationals for me.

This release is a complex, well-researched product. Designed for Tamiya's superlative-laden F-16 series, you can build from an early block 10 Viper all through the block 42. Invest heavily in the aggressor version, as you will need it to properly configure your jet, or you can go the resin route and have an AMS feast. Your budget limits the choice.

Spitfire Mk. XVI Bubbletop, Profipak Edition

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Spitfire Mk. XVI Bubbletop, Profipak Edition
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The Spitfire is probably one of the most famous fighters to emerge from the World War II era, combining performance, beauty, and reliability in one exceptional airframe. Its story has been told repeatedly over the years, so I won't retell it here. The Mk. XVI was a development of the Mk. IX, a Merlin-powered variant, and the basic difference between the Mk. IX and the Mk. XVI was the American build Packard-Rolls Royce Merlin used in the later mark. Most Mk. XVI's had "bubble" type canopies, although a few of the first had the standard Spitfire faired in type. Over 1,000 were built during the last year of the war, and the type was used by the tactical Air Force as well as Fighter Command. Many served postwar until replacement by jet fighters.

References

Nearly every reference work on fighter aircraft of the World war II era has extensive coverage of the Spitfire. Squadron has a good series, and the "Walk Around" series provides good detail photo coverage. There is certainly no shortage of information available on the Spitfire.

Bf 109F-4 Weekend

Published: October 15th, 2017