Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Roland C.II (ProfiPack Edition)

Published: September 26th, 2017     
Roland C.II (ProfiPack Edition)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has re-released this kit from 2009 as a ProfiPack of the Roland C.II with markings for four new versions including in the aircraft.

In the box is:

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

While you get 3 main sprues, the sprues are extremely well molded with a little flash but great detail. The decals allow you to finish the aircraft in four different versions.

Construction

First is the construction of the interior, which is well detailed. Photoetch helps a lot to make this a very impressive cockpit and rear compartment when complete. I will point out that you need to be careful when installing parts to ensure the fuselage halves joint without a clash.

When assembling the camera I found the PE 5 part was a little large so had to cut it down a little?

I would have like to see more color references for some of the unmarked interior components.

Spotlight On Yakovlev Yak-3

Published: September 26th, 2017     
Author: Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The latest title in the "Spot On" series published by Mushroom Model Publications focuses on Russia's Yak-3 during World War II. The Yak-3 began development in the summer of 1942, with its first test flight conducted in early 1942. The plane was based on the Yak-1, with the Yak-1M eventually being replaced in production by the Yak-3 in March 1944. By 1946, approximately 4,800 of the aircraft had been built and the fighter distinguished itself as a fast and easy plane to fly, that was well suited for Russian operations in the late war.

The book features 40 full color profiles of planes flown by some of Russia's top aces. Each profile includes details about the colors used on the plane, up close color images of any special emblems are also included with each plane. Slogans are translated into English, and each plane's description shows the pilot who flew the plane, as well as the pilot's unit. In addition to Russian pilots, the book also has color profiles for planes flown by the Polish Airforce, the Yugoslavian Airforce, the Soviet Airforce acrobatic team, as well as the French Normandie-Niemen Regiment.

Curtiss P-40 B/C - US version - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube

Published: September 25th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 B/C - US version - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland specializes in turned brass aftermarket details. In recent releases, they have added small resin pieces and small photo-etch parts making them a multi-media aftermarket supplier.

This particular set is devoted to the 1/48 P-40 fans, which many of us are. The set provides PE sighting rings (4x), sighting bead, pitot tube and pitot tip (resin), .30 cal browning cooling jackets (x4), and blasting tubes (x2). The blasting tubes can be installed with either a straight edge or with a tapered edge at the business end of the tube.

The pitot tube tip shape and the cooling jackets make this set appropriate for the P-40B/C in US service.

As you can see from the pictures the detail of the parts is superb. Well defined features and in scale. Please note that the resin parts do not have pouring stabs and they have a little bit of 'flex', making them slightly more resistant to handle than the standard brittle resin -and that is a good thing for heavy fisted modelers like me!

R-73/AA-11 "Archer"

Published: September 22nd, 2017     
R-73/AA-11 "Archer"
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The R-73 (NATO designation AA-11 Archer) was designed as a replacement for the R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) close-in dogfight missile. The R-73 is an infrared homing missile with thrust vectoring and has been exported to a number of air forces around the world.

As a follow-on to its previous release of the R-60/AA-8 Aphid missile set, Eduard has now released the R-73/AA-11 Archer. The set includes parts for 4 missiles, including seeker caps and engine covers as well as 4 P-72 missile rails. A nice touch by Eduard is that in addition to the missile rails, the set is designed in a modular fashion, much like the actual rails, so you can construct the appropriate pylons for both the MiG-29 and the Su-27 simply by installing different pylon mounts. The set includes enough of the pylon mounts for you to construct four of either type. I elected to construct two of each for illustration purposes.