Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube

Published: March 6th, 2017     
Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

This Master Model set provides a machined brass pitot tube that is superior to what can be produced in an injected plastic kit. This part is specific to the Hobbycraft / Academy series of B-58 Hustler kits (HC1260, HC1261, A4442, A12619) that was initially released in 2001.

Notable is the re-sealable packaging that Master Model uses that makes the part easy to review and then stuff it back into the package securely. You will want to be careful handling the metal pitot tube as its small size makes it an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster.

A-37B Dragonfly Antennas

Published: March 6th, 2017     
A-37B Dragonfly Antennas
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Aires/Quickboost for another improvement set, in this case for the Trumpeter A-37 Dragonfly. And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making them available for my review.

This set takes the kit components and improves them by directly replacing the kit parts with fine, pressure-molded resin parts. These are very thin and fragile! Included are six antennas; two VHF blades, two Glideslope blades, one UHF blade, and one Omnidirectional antenna blister.

Remove the parts from their pour stub, and superglue in place. These fit in place of the kit items, no additional sanding or kit plastic removal required. Quick and improved kit appearance with scale size and thickness.

The kit parts are good; the Aires parts are better. Improved, more “scale” detail, more finesse on the antennas, and they are correctly a bit smaller in size. The parts also have “sharper” molding on the parts overall.

A-37B Dragonfly Control Lever

Published: March 6th, 2017     
A-37B Dragonfly Control Lever
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Aires/Quickboost for another improvement set, in this case for the Trumpeter A-37 Dragonfly. And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making them available for my review.

This set takes the kit components and improves them by directly replacing the kit parts with fine, pressure-molded resin parts. These are very thin and fragile! Included are four control columns with much refined, thin columns, better boots at the bottom, and the control grip actually looks like the real thing, fantastic! The kit items are REALLY clunky and don’t look like they should. QUICKBOOST fixes that as shown in the side by side photos.

Remove the parts from their pour stub, and superglue in place. These fit in place of the kit items, no additional sanding or kit plastic removal required. Quick and improved kit appearance with scale size and thickness.

Bf-109F

Published: March 5th, 2017     
Bf-109F
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a new mold of the Bf-109F-4, perhaps the most elegant and streamlined of all the 109s. 

In the Profipack package you get 5 sprues (including a clear one), a color photo-etch fret, two decal sheets for 5 markings (all Luftwaffe) and a mask set for the canopy and the tail wheel. No flash anywhere and very sharp, recessed panel lines are a signature of those sprues.

While you get 5 sprues, you also get plenty of unused (spare) parts, like 3 different propellers, different wheels, some weapons, different rudders, air intakes, oil coolers and even extra canopies, so you should be able to get some “extras” for other 109s in your collection.

As expected, construction starts with the cockpit and it is a very straightforward and well-designed subcomponent. You make it look even better by adding photoetch belts plus a provided fuel line in clear plastic, which when masked and painted looks outstanding.

Fokker Dr. 1 - Detail Set

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Fokker Dr. 1 - Detail Set
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

If you are looking to dress up your 1/72 scale Eduard Fokker Dr. 1, a new Zoom set has been released that makes short work of this task. Consisting of a single fret with some items pre-painted, the 32 items provided will dress up the cockpit, guns, engine, and control surfaces. Modelers with some experience using small photo-etch parts should find it easy to add this set to their plane.

I was afforded the opportunity to review this PE set when I picked the recently released Weekend Edition of the Fokker Dr. 1 (kit 7438) for assessment. During the build, I used the following items: