Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Landing Gear For Spitfire PR Mk XIV

Published: December 21st, 2020     
Landing Gear For Spitfire PR Mk XIV
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48

Scale Aircraft Conversions, located in Texas, is well known to be a source of high-quality white metal landing gear sets for aircraft. Visiting the SAC Home Page on the internet, SAC states that, " We manufacture a line of white metal landing gear for 1/18 to 1/144 scale aircraft. Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts. With numerous sets we have not sought to duplicate non load bearing component parts where the factory plastic parts are reasonably accurate. "

SAC also notes that they have been in business since 1990, offering white metal and resin parts. The SAC website features a page that will help the "first-timer" to successfully install the white metal parts of the model. Look for the navigation link labeled, "Using White Metal".

Yak-3

Published: December 21st, 2020     
Yak-3
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

About the Series

"The InCombat series is aimed for those who would like to quickly learn about fascinating history of specific vehicle, plane or ship. Every tome consists of most important information about history, versions, and service of one combat machine.

Each book has tens of pages in A4 format and consists of dozens of interesting photos, color illustrations, technical drawings, and maps. In every tome, there is a free gift in the form of masks or decals for modelers."

P-51K/Mustang Mk.IV Exhaust

Published: December 20th, 2020     
P-51K/Mustang Mk.IV Exhaust
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is a company that specializes in drop-in resin replacement parts to enhance the appearance of your models. Being "drop-in" replacements, it is very rare you need you modify the original parts, hence the "quick" name.

In this case I am reviewing the exhaust engine for the well-known P-51D Mustang in 1/48 scale from Airfix.

As you can see from the pictures the resin parts have hollow ends which would look much better than the plastic parts. The resin parts also have no mold part lines, as the plastic parts do.

The resin parts are cleanly casted, free of bubbles or any other defect. They are protected by two resin "walls" on each end of the cast. I would suggest removing those walls before removing the exhausts themselves.

This simple drop-in part would make a nice kit, into an even nicer one.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Aires/Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

F-14A Tomcat Masking Set

Published: December 19th, 2020     
F-14A Tomcat Masking Set
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72nd
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for Academy's new F-14A kit. The set provides masks not only for the canopy and the windscreen, but also for the tires or wheel hubs.

There are three parts to the windscreen mask, one for each side and the central panel. The main canopy has 4 parts for each section, two for each side. The instructions advise you to cover the rest of the canopy area with liquid masking, but I prefer to cut small strips out of the unused parts of the masking sheet and use these strips to mask off the rest of the canopy.

After masking the canopy and tacking it over the cockpit, I painted the canopy frames with flat black as this is the interior color of the Tomcat canopy. When this had dried, I then painted the canopy light gull grey when I painted the topside color as I was building an early Tomcat. After painting and decaling were complete, I removed the masks from the canopy sections and discovered a perfectly painted canopy.

Dauntless Wheels

Published: December 19th, 2020     
Dauntless Wheels
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48th
Company: Brengun

Background

Brengun is known for its range of photo-etched sets and resin accessories for airplane models. They also produce model kits in 1/48th, 1/72nd and 1/144th scales. Brengun's product line includes several scales for resin accessories, photoetch, paint masks, and resin and plastic kits.

Their products are available directly from an e-shop or from distributors (list included on their web site). I checked the USA distributors as listed on the Brengun website but found none of them listed this product at the time of this review.

Contents Description

The subject set includes two pairs of spoked wheels and one set of "pie pan" covers. The parts are cast in a medium grey resin, with crisp detail (tread pattern, spokes, and bolts), and flat bottoms representing weighted tires. Side walls include nice, raised detail. The opening for the landing gear axel is a shallow circular depression that will requires some careful drilling out to provide for a secure attachment to the kit's landing gear.

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