Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

US Navy Pilot Seated in A/C WWII

Published: January 20th, 2019     
US Navy Pilot Seated in A/C WWII
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is well known for its figures and this time has provided another fine example of military pilots for a specific era. Most often, pilot figures covered are US Army or international pilots. This set is specific to the US Navy which is a nice touch to their ever-expanding product line.

The product contains two figures of two different styles with a small amount of flash is on the figures which is simply brushed away while detail is nice and crisp. Both complete figures (less arms), wearing helmets with the goggles up and seat belt harness on. The two have slightly different head positions and the arms only allow for right hand on stick and left hand on a throttle(s).

Test fit is in the 1/72 Azur Vindicator and the figure parts appear slightly under sized for this kit but a little material will be added to raise the pilot up to a correct height. The arms do align very well with the stick and throttles in this test fit.

Thanks to PJ Production for this very nice sample.

US Navy Pilot Seated in A/C (50s)

Published: January 20th, 2019     
US Navy Pilot Seated in A/C (50s)
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1:72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is well known for its figures and this time has provided another fine example of military pilots for a specific era. Most often, jet pilot figures from the 60's through the eighties are very common but 1950s era jet pilot figures are not very easy to find especially in 72 scale. This collection leads in filling this short span of helmet and clothing styles on pilot figures.

The product contains two figures of two different styles with a small amount of flash is on the figures which is simply brushed away while detail is nice and crisp. There was a small hole of the face that will need to be filled which appears to be a casting flaw. Both complete figures (less arms) are wearing helmets with the visor up and oxygen mask on. The two have slightly different head positions and the arms only allow for right hand on stick and left hand on a throttle(s).

Test fit is in the 1/72 Siga Fj-1 Fury and the figure parts appear slightly under sized for this kit but Siga is a short run kit so that may be the issue. The arms do align very well with the stick and throttles in this test fit.

Thanks to PJ Production for this very nice sample.

Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2018 Vol 49/4

Published: January 20th, 2019     
Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2018 Vol 49/4
Author: Mick Davis, Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Cross & Cockade International

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter. Those interested in the newsletter can subscribe by visiting the C&CI website.

The "lead" article, "Who Shot Down Alan Jerrard?" by Dr. Jiri Rajlich, answers the title question immediately. The article follows the path of FLIK 51J Ace Eugen Bonsch, and the aerial engagement of March 30, 1918 in which Alan Jerrard was shot down. The story isn't focused on the actual exchange of gun fire as it is about Bonsch's war-time experience, and his life following WWI and the onset of WWII. Credit for the aerial victory was not assigned to Bonsch, but to a superior officer. The article contains a copy of Bonsch's notes from Bonsch's diary, in German, and then the English translation of those notes. It's a fascinating story about the experiences of an airman who whom many Westerners have no familiarity.

F-14D Photoetch and Placards

Published: January 19th, 2019     
F-14D Photoetch and Placards
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

If you are looking for some improved detail, and a quick way of handling cockpit controls painting for your F-14D, then Eduard has once again come to your rescue! This set consists of two PE frets, one being the Zoom set for the cockpit placards and one for additional cockpit and canopy details. Modelers with experience adding photo-etched details will have no issues utilizing this set.

When Tamiya released their 1/48 scale F-14A (kit 61114), which I immediately had to add to my stash, the parts layout led me to believe that a "D" model would likely follow. Just in time for the 2018 IPMS Nationals, Tamiya did indeed release kit 61118, of the ultimate F-14, which was also quickly added to my stash. While Tamiya did a fine job in rendering the cockpit and canopy details in plastic, this PE set makes quick work for representing the various panels with pre-painted items, and improves and also adds details to the canopy.

Building the Wingnut Wings Dolphin & Pfalz D.IIIA

Published: January 16th, 2019     
Building the Wingnut Wings Dolphin & Pfalz D.IIIA
Author: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the seventh, and latest, in Albatros' series of "Windsock Centenary WW1 Modeling Specials," each of which is dedicated to building a specific Wingnut Wings kit (or kits).

The booklet itself is done to very high publication standards, featuring 64 full-color, glossy pages within covers of slightly thicker stock.

In keeping with the format of the series, this book covers a very detailed, step by step build of WNW's Sopwith Dolphin, as well as a more condensed build of the WNW Pfalz D.IIIA. There are also many period photos, color profiles, rigging diagrams, a section covering aftermarket sets and a bibliography.

The contents are as follows:

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