Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Blenheim Mk IV Exterior Detail Set

Published: October 31st, 2018     
Blenheim Mk IV Exterior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

Airfix has released two 1/72 Blenheims, a Mk I and a Mk IV, and Eduard makes several detail and masking sets for both. The subject of this review is their exterior detail set for the Mk IV. Most of the "true" exterior parts are mostly access hatches and panels that are glued to the exterior skin of the aircraft. These are simple to deal with; however, they do stand proud of the surface, which is probably not accurate. The only way to avoid this would be the route out the appropriate space under each and inlay the PE part but unless you have a teeny-tiny router, that's not going to happen, so you have to live with it.

There are also a few parts to detail the crew hatch on the top of the fuselage just in front of the top turret. The next group of parts consists of detail for the landing gear and wheel wells. While the kit supplied ones are nice, the twenty-one parts Eduard supplies for each wheel well really dresses this area up.

MiG-15 Landing Gear

Published: October 30th, 2018     
MiG-15 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The SAC product provides four parts to replace the Trumpeter landing gear. The kit part number for the recommended Trumpeter kit are part numbers 7, 14, 15, and 16.

Part 14 is the nose wheel strut, which is the gear strut and the starboard side of the wheel fork. This is molded as a single piece.

Part 7 is the port side of the wheel fork, which is a separate piece and must be glued to the nose wheel strut (Part 14) "trapping" the nose wheel in the wheel fork.

Part 15 and 16 are the starboard and port main gear struts. Like the gear in the Trumpeter kit, the SAC main gear struts are molded as single pieces. One needs only to attach the tires to complete the "gear".

Of significance is the fact that the SAC gear strut locating pins are of the same shape and size as the locating pins on the Trumpeter kit. This is, of course, important so that proper fit and alignment can be easily achieved when using the SAC gear.

The SAC gear are without any noticeable flash. The molding is clean, with sharp edges where required and nicely rounded contours matching the Trumpeter parts.

Phantom FG.1 Landing Gear & Ballast (Airfix)

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Phantom FG.1 Landing Gear & Ballast (Airfix)
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Spey engined Phantom did stellar service for both the RAF and Royal Navy. Airfix finally released a new kit of the FG.1 version and while it is missing a few details, it builds into a neat model.

Once again Scale Aircraft Conversions has released a new set of landing gear specifically for the Airfix kit. The Airfix kit gives multiple options for the landing gear as the British naval Phantom had an extended nose gear to help it get airborne off of the smaller decked British carriers. Airfix's design breaks the nose gear into two parts. Normally SAC does direct replacements for the landing gear based on the kit parts but in this set they cast the nose gear so it is one main piece. The extended gear will need the scissor added which might be a bit tricky. This should make for a stronger option.

As usual there are no instructions included but their website does have a nice section on how to use white metal and mentions there is no lead included in the metal.

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Pre-War Hawker Hurricanes Decals

Published: October 28th, 2018     
Pre-War Hawker Hurricanes Decals
Reviewed by: Chris Renninger, IPMS# 51246
Scale: 1/48
Company: Illiad Design

This decal set is a release from Iliad Design. It originally only came with decals for 4 Hurricanes, not the 5 that this release comes with.

The instruction sheet also doubles as the cover image, folded in half with the decals in the center to keep from possible damage in the standard Ziploc bag. The instructions come in full color for each aircraft in the standard Hurricane colors, dark earth and dark green with ether aluminum underbelly or white and black. Also, some interesting information on each aircraft is included to make a more period correct plane.

This set provides enough decals to use on all 5 pre-war aircraft:

  • Hurricane MK 1 L1568 of 73 Squadron
  • MK 1 L1643 of 85th Squadron
  • Mk 1 L1975 of 17th Squadron
  • Mk 1 L1990 of 56th Squadron
  • MK 1 315 of 1st Squadron RCAF

All the aircraft decals are separated by lines keeping each set grouped together, which makes it very easy to get what is needed without cutting up the sheet.

The decals are printed on light blue backing, colors are bright and nicely detailed.

B5N1 Kate Exhaust

Published: October 28th, 2018     
B5N1 Kate Exhaust
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Upfront, I want to thank Aires and Quickboost for providing these fine aftermarket bits for our beloved models, and to the IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review this Quickboost product.

Admittedly I have a few passions in modeling and the past few years I've focused on Japanese subjects and recently I added the Airfix B5N1 Kate to my stash. Seeing the Quickboost exhaust resin for review, I snagged the exhaust parts up before even looking at the kit plastic parts. In all honesty, the original parts look pretty good but I believe you will see how much improved the Quickboost resin is compared to the kit plastic. To my eye the nicely faired exhaust exit, not to mention the hollow exhaust is certainly worth the minimal cost for this accessory.