Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Me 262B-1 Canopy Masks

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Me 262B-1 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's canopy masks for the new 1/32 Revell Me262B-1 kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the easy to open flap. Package includes a single sheet of kabuki paper masks for the canopy panels and also the wheel hubs.

Upon removal of the masks from the package I was able to easily remove the masks from the paper and apply to appropriate section of the canopy. The instructions included with the masks gives you a good feel for which panel you are working with compared to how canopy is actually sectioned off. The masks lay down well and no trimming had to be done to center up the masks with the canopy framing.

Super Etendard Landing Gear (for Kitty Hawk Kit)

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Super Etendard Landing Gear (for Kitty Hawk Kit)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) continues to be the prolific leader in producing replacement landing gear in white metal. These products are convenient for many multiple reasons:

  • Replace inherently weak landing gear (Pro-Modeler F-84G)
  • Add strength to a model that has a lot of resin aftermarket
  • Replace lost or damaged landing gear

While often their parts are just metal copies of the kit parts, SAC has also made alterations to improve the accuracy of their parts without compromising fit.

This set is designed for the Kitty Hawk kit of the Super Etendard (SuE). The Kitty Hawk has its critics with respect to accuracy of their SuE (all in all it is a nice kit), but I have not read of any complaints regarding the landing gear. One review regarded the gear as accurate and easy to fit. Still the part count is high and many modelers may find it fidgety. In casting the SuE landing gear, SAC has saved the modeler some trouble by assembling some of the components:

Bf-109G-2 Wheels

Published: June 9th, 2017     
Bf-109G-2 Wheels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

All the way from the Emil to the early versions of the Gustav, Bf-109 wheel hubs had support spokes in the hub. These are very deep and are very difficult to replicate in plastic form. Eduard has done a superb job of capturing this feature in their Brassin line.

Contained in a plastic blister pack are two main wheels of the proper size, 660 x 160, the tail wheel strut, and two spoke assemblies which are protected by foam backing. Also included in the kit are a set of masks to use on all the tires. The instructions are easy enough to use and show the proper orientation of the finished tire.

The main wheels are easily removed from the casting block. The small spoke assemblies are the most difficult parts to remove from their pour blocks. I used a very thin razor saw with small teeth and carefully removed each spoke then the center section. If you do it properly you won't have to clean it up. Then it is an easy matter to add the spokes to the proper place on the hubs.

The tail wheel required no cleanup, just proper painting. RLM 02 was used on the strut portion with Khaki on the 'boot'.

P-51 Mustang w/Rocket Tubes

Published: June 7th, 2017     
P-51 Mustang w/Rocket Tubes
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Company: Hasegawa

The North American Company's P-51 is well - known for the massive aerial dogfights with the Luftwaffe during World War II. A lesser-known use of the P-51 was a strafing aircraft, shooting up targets of opportunity. This model depicts one of the many armament loads that P-51s used for strafing.

The kit comes with 125 pieces, with most molded from polystyrene. There are three parts molded in metal, and another 10 parts molded in a resin. Decals are included for two aircraft, one based in India, and the second based on Iwo Jima.

Overall, the fit of the basic P-51 kit parts is good. There are some deviations from the kit instructions that I would highly recommend, and the first is in Step 3. Hold off gluing part C34 (the headrest) until the exterior is finished and all antennas and other external details are installed, to include decals. Mine broke off while I was putting the decals on, and it had been getting in the way prior to my accidentally breaking it off.

UH-1 Huey in Action

Published: June 6th, 2017     
UH-1 Huey in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Aircraft In Action number 75, a 50-pager on the Bell UH-1 Huey by Wayne Mutza that was published in 1986.