Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K

Published: March 31st, 2019     
North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K
Author: Robbie M. Robinson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Editions Minimonde 76

Born from the great North American F-86A, the F-86D/K all weather interceptor had a long and widespread career. It served the USA both home and abroad and as this book covers with 7 NATO air forces as well as US forces in Europe. The F-86D/K served NATO until the final ones were retired from the Italian Air Force in 1973.

The book has 5 total sections with the first section a brief overview of its development and production. Section Two covers the USAF in Europe. Section 3 is the largest section comprising 50 pages with coverage of the type's service in Royal Danish, French, West German, Royal Hellenic, Italian, Royal Netherland and Royal Norwegian Air Force. Section Four has a look inside with manual pages and detail pictures reproduced throughout. The book ends with the squadron badge of every unit in Europe both US and European to operate the F-86D/K.

Throughout the book are many photographs of the F-86D/K in service and beautiful color artwork of planes from each air force. In many cases a B&W photo is show with a color drawing rendition of the same aircraft to illustrate the various markings.

Top Drawings #63: Messerschmitt Bf-109G

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Top Drawings #63: Messerschmitt Bf-109G
Author: Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki; Illustrated by Maciej Noszczak & Arkadiusz Wrobel
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Kagero Publishing

This publication is one in a series of books in the TopDrawings series. It is a 20 page, paperback, printed in 8.3x11.7 format. The publication date was Dec 19, 2018.

Other publications in this series are:

  • #54 Ju-87B
  • #59 Ju-88
  • #52 F4U Corsair
  • #49 He-219 and others.

This is a Kagero publication which is marketed in North America by Casemate.

As mentioned in this review, the text and captions throughout the publication are translated by Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki. The color profiles were created by Arkadiusz Wrobel. The scale drawings were created by Maciej Noszczak.

Top Drawings #61: Messerschmitt Bf-110 Vol. II

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Top Drawings #61: Messerschmitt Bf-110 Vol. II
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Jason Holt, IPMS# 40139
Company: Kagero Publishing

The Messerschmitt Bf-110 is another iconic mainstay of Luftwaffe aviation that is most recognizable to almost any aviation enthusiast. Originally designed in the 1930's, the 110 was one of the Luftwaffe's heavy-fighter/bomber mainstays. Originally it was anticipated to be replaced in the early 1940's by the Me-210, but due to the 210's poor performance issues the 110 was given a second chance.

Due to the cancelation of the Me-210, the Luftwaffe had decided it needed to continue to utilize the 110 airframe. In order to do so the 110 needed to overcome its shortfalls in order to keep up with the ever changing and rapid developments in aviation during World War Two. Through the procurement of more powerful engines for the 110 airframe it was able to prolong the use of the aircraft well to the end of the war.

Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 "Two Seats"

Published: March 27th, 2019     
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 "Two Seats"
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

If you are looking for a rather unique kit to add to your late-WWII collection of 1/72 scale Axis aircraft, Brengun has come through with a trainer variant of the Ohka rocket plane. The relatively small parts count makes this a quick build, but some experience with small photoetched parts will be beneficial. Modelers with some experience with small parts and working with plastic to improve the fit of parts will enjoy this build.

Built by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, 45 of the K1 version of the Ohka (Cherry Blossom) were built to train the future Kamikaze pilots of the rocket-powered plane. A forward tank was loaded with water to simulate the warhead weight on the combat aircraft, which was then dumped before landing. Requiring a speed of 130 mph to land the trainer, it was a difficult plane to land for the inexperienced pilots.

Bf-109T-2

Published: March 25th, 2019     
Bf-109T-2
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Messerschmitt developed the Bf-109T, based on the Bf-109E series, for operations from the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin", when it was being developed and built in the late thirties. Although the ship was launched in 1938, the carrier, which was to have had a capacity of 40 aircraft, was never completed. A second carrier, the Peter Strasser, was started but never launched. It was scrapped in 1940. The Graf Zeppelin was retained, and work resumed briefly in 1942, but eventually, it was stopped in 1943. Specialized folding wing JU-87B's and Bf-109T's were developed for these ships.

The Bf-109T-0 prototype was followed by ten pre-production Bf-109T-1's, converted from E-3's. These had extended, manually folding wings and carrier tailhooks, catapult spools, and tailwheel locking devices. A unit, JG 186, was formed for their evaluation, but the project was shelved. Sixty Bf-109T-1's had been ordered from Fieseler, and after on-again-off-again development, Fieseler was eventually instructed to complete all of the T-1's as land-based aircraft without the carrier equipment, under the designation Bf-109T-2.