Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

The Panavia Tornado, A Comprehensive Guide

Published: August 25th, 2018     
The Panavia Tornado, A Comprehensive Guide
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: SAM Publications

The Panavia Tornado started out as the MRCA (Multi Role Combat Aircraft). The idea was to apply the latest (1970s) technology to an aircraft which could do a number of jobs, replacing "older" aircraft like the Fiat G-91, the Blackburn Buccaneer, and the Lockheed F-104. The Tornado is a cooperative project, with Britain, Germany and Italy participating in design and production tasks. The only "foreign" user of the Tornado is the Royal Saudi Air Force.

This book covers the Tornado through development and most of its service life. The RAF plans to retire their Tornadoes in 2019, Italy retired theirs in 2004. The Luftwaffe may retire theirs in 2025. Or not. The Saudis plan to keep theirs until 2020 or so. All 4 of the users have had combat missions flown by their Tornadoes. A recce mission flown by the Luftwaffe over Bosnia in 1995 was the first combat mission flown by the Luftwaffe since 1945.

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Bf-109G Gun Pods

Published: August 25th, 2018     
Bf-109G Gun Pods
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The options for the Tamiya kit are plentiful. What more could you ask for? Well how about opened panels, such as the 20mm Gondola gun pods? Having built up both the Eduard and the Tamiya Bf-109G-6s I think the open gun pods on the wings adds visual interest. When accompanied with the positionable cowling arrangement on the Tamiya kit these little gems will set your kit apart.

Packaged in a typical Brassin blister pack with the contents protected by foam and cardboard are twelve pieces of grey resin and one fret of photo etch. The instructions are on two small double sided pages with line drawings that show everything you need to do and the order that you need to do it in.

The set is actually easy to use. Easier than you would have thought. Removing the parts from the pour blocks is simple enough and fitting the parts to the model is simple a matter of aligning and gluing them in place.

The detail on the parts, both interior and exterior is superior to that of the Tamiya parts. The set allows you to pose one or two of the guns opened.

Bf-109G-6 Wheels

Published: August 25th, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Wheels
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 148
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 is an awesome kit. There are some areas that could use upgrading. One of those areas is the wheels.

Eduard supplies three light grey resin pieces and a mask set inside their typical blister pack. The detail is far superior to the kit offering. The one thing that you will notice is that the wheels have bulged sidewalls and flat bottoms. This is especially nice on the tail wheel which should have a distinct bulge. The bulge is not overdone and looks very convincing.

The instructions are included on a small sheet that points out exactly what needs to be done. The only thing that really needs to be done, other than remove and paint, is to drill a hole for the tail wheel strut in the appropriate tail wheel mount.

The wheels are keyed for the Tamiya kit so they will fit perfectly.

Masks are also provided to use on both the main and tail wheels. The instructions show you how to use them.

The amount of detail in the hubs and wheels is better than the kit, along with bulged sidewalls make this set a nice addition to the kit. The masks are an added bonus to the modeler. Making that job much easier.

Twin Store Carrier with BD3-USK

Published: August 25th, 2018     
Twin Store Carrier with BD3-USK
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Amigo Models

Amigo Models, and their separate product line of Advanced Modeling are producing some of the finest Russian accessories available.

The latest for this reviewer is the Twin Stores Carrier with BD3-USK for the Su-34 and Su-35 series of aircraft. The rack itself is designed to be used with either rocket launchers or bombs. This makes for a versatile underwing stores carrier.

The set comes in a resealable package with cardstock backing. The instructions are glued to that card stock. They are printed in black and white. Languages are in English and Russian, but the pictures are easy to understand and shows what needs to be done very clearly.

UB-32A-73 57mm Rocket Launcher

Published: August 25th, 2018     
UB-32A-73 57mm Rocket Launcher
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Amigo Models

A new company to me is Advanced Modeling/Amigo Models out of Russia. The first piece I've had the pleasure of reviewing is the UB-32A-73 Rocket Launcher. This rocket launcher is used on a variety of aircraft, including helicopters. I'm used to seeing these launchers on the Mi-24 Hind and Mi-8TB Hip, but it also is used on MiG-21, 23, 27 and the Su-7, 17/22 and 24.

A resealable acetate package with cardboard backing contains 16 pieces of light grey resin. Each piece is separately packaged in its own resealable clear acetate. It is perfectly cast with no flaws noted. The instructions are mounted to the cardboard backing that explains the assembly sequence and decal placement. Each rocket pod has eight pieces, some of them very small, but they are all perfectly cast. Also included is a decal sheet with red lettering with markings in various sizes.

Assembly is easy enough each body contains with three main body pieces. The remaining pieces are the attachment hardware and connectors. Painting is easy as it is painted silver overall. Then just add the decals.