Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits

Published: September 7th, 2019     
F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

About HM (from the website)

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products.

NAA P-51D-10-NA Mustang (Single No. 4)

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
NAA P-51D-10-NA Mustang (Single No. 4)
Author: Dariusz Karnas & Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is volume four in the Single series. This is a thin book with no text other than photo captions. The book contains very nice 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings, B&W photos of various details and pages from the manuals showing different systems. There are also three-color photos of cockpit details.

One page that should prove extremely useful to the model builder is the diagram on page 20. Showing which wing areas were natural metal which areas had two coats of filler those with one coat of filler and then sprayed with silver paint and the areas of silver paint only. There is also a beautiful rendition of the instrument panel and an index to its layout. The book concludes with three pages of color drawings of P-51D 44-14292 "Man O War".

Nose Gear Door and Actuator Piston for A-4B/C

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
Nose Gear Door and Actuator Piston for A-4B/C
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hypersonic

IPMS/USA welcomes Jeffrey Kubiak of Hypersonic to the list of producers of useful bits and bobs for those of us with Advanced Modelers Syndrome (AMS). And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Jeffrey began Hypersonic models in the UK, and has recently moved to Japan... a major change of scenery. Originally he started up with resin and detail upgrades for the Special Hobby X-15 kits... and now he's expanding... making up for lost time, so visit his site for not only this item, but several upgrades aimed at improving the Academy F-4 kits, and, most recently, the Zoukei Mura Phantoms as well.

Consisting of 2 perfectly-cast resin parts, this nose gear door is a total replacement for the kit item. It addresses the "busy" factor missing on the venerable Hasegawa early A-4 kit. Early A-4's had essentially an outer skin section of the nose with structural stringer, bulkheads, and sidewalls visible for the door. In this case the kit landing gear door is non-descript as the later version doors were enclosed for strength and durability. New A-4s are not as interesting as the early Scooters IMO, but I'm an old guy...

Kittyhawk UH-1N

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
Kittyhawk UH-1N
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

First, thanks to Glenn for providing IPMS USA with this kit, and IPMS leadership for passing it on to me.

Kitty Hawk's new UH-1N has obvious ties with the recently released UH-1W from the same firm. The "Whiskey" has four-bladed main and tail rotors along with scabbed on antenna and systems, giving it a purposeful, definitely non-aerodynamic look, along with weaponry fit for a short, hot firefight. The kit also draws on the recently released UH-1D/H from Kittyhawk, as many of the sprue trees are from that kit as well. The UH-1N (November) however, was originally developed under Bell's auspices of the natural improvement of a helicopter in overwater and hot, low-density air environments, whereby two-engines are better than one. The "November" has proven longevity and is still in operation almost 47 years since inception. It is the legacy of the original "Huey" line from the 1960's... and morphed into the Whiskey and other commercial variants.

MILES M.8 "PEREGRINE"

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
MILES M.8 "PEREGRINE"
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Model Company

History

The Miles M.8 "Peregrine" was the first twin engine to be developed by Miles Aircraft Company, and was built at their Woodley Plant in the UK, first flying in Sept. 1936. It was a low wing, twin engine monoplane powered by 205 hp. Gypsy Six air cooled engines. It had a retractable landing gear, and could probably be considered to be one of the world's first small "executive" transport types. Besides a pilot and co-pilot, it had seats for six passengers. Since Miles had already put the "Magister" trainer into production for the RAF at their Woodley Plant, the plane was never developed, although later, one further prototype was constructed for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, using American Menasco engines. This aircraft was used by the RAE as a test bed. With the beginning of World War II, the type faded into oblivion,

References

The aircraft is covered in several books, including Amos, Brown, and Lambert's Miles Aircraft Since 1925, Vol. 1, The illustrated Encyclopedia of aircraft, and Jackson's British Civil Aircraft since 1919. Looking up the aircraft on Google will also bring up a lot of information on the aircraft.