Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

M230 Chain Gun Barrel (30mm) AH-64 Apache

Published: April 7th, 2017     
M230 Chain Gun Barrel (30mm) AH-64 Apache
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1:72
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin heat sealed pouches and one portion in a reinforced section with parts adhered to low tack tape. There are eight unique machined parts and a small photo etch (PE) fret. The duplicate photo etch parts may come in handy in case you mess up bending parts or you lose them. The PE is extremely thin, maybe twice the thickness of aluminum foil so take care. You will need to pick the parts up with tweezers and I was lucky the small parts did not fly across the hobby room.

Compared to the Academy parts, the Master Details (MB) parts are very fine and detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. Assembly started with the main gun barrel and one PE part. Next you will want to bend up the other PE part. Install the vented shield then glue the bent PE to the back of the barrel. Use very thin CA glue, as the use of thick CA glue will show up in the build. Once both PE parts are attached, you can put the outer machined parts on since the forward PE has slots in it and parts can easily be installed. On the kit part, remove the barrel and drill holes as instructed. Glue the new barrels to the gun body and you are done.

Tales from the Apocalypse - The Heroine / She

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Tales from the Apocalypse - The Heroine / She
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/16
Company: GeccoDirect

"The Heroine / She" is the lead-off figure in Gecco's first series that is followed by three figures in series two in GeccoDirect's Tales From the Apocalypse that I believe are sculpted by Shojiro Kasai. This first series creates Scene 1: Day 1, 11:50am on the freeway and goes with two other figures, a truck driver, and a traffic guard. This figure, She, was on her way to pick up her little sister from a relative's house but was involved in a terrible car accident leaving her unconscious. When she wakes up she is in the middle of a zombie pandemic! Now, her only mission is to track down her little sister and somehow survive the zombie infected apocalypse. The kit includes her shoulder bag and a misplaced zombie head to sit near her feet.

Sniper ATP

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Sniper ATP
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Lockheed-Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod is one of the newest targeting pods fielded by the United States and its allies. According to Lockheed, the Sniper ATP provides superior targeting capabilities in air-to-ground, maritime and air-to-air environments. The pod is compatible with and is currently used on variants of the F-16, F-18, B-1, B-52, A-10 and other fighter/attack aircraft.

Metal Landing Gear for B-17G

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Metal Landing Gear for B-17G
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for sending us improved metal landing gear for the new tool 1/72 Airfix B-17G, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me....

Another of SAC's expansive line of white metal upgrades to the basic kit plastic! The set consists of six parts: Two set of main gear struts, two extension support struts, and two-part tail gear for the kit.

Not much to say here; build your kit, leave off the kit gear, and install the SAC gear. Paint, add the painted wheels and tires, and you are done.

The mains are simply dropped in place with superglue, and the side supports glued to the other extension side support. Same process with the tail gear; the main offset axle and mount are cemented with superglue to the other side strut, and installed in the tail gear well.

The offset tail gear strut on the fortress makes this an attractive package, as the tail strut on these small models frequently fails. The metal takes the stress, and the same can be said for the main gear.

Haunebu II

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Haunebu II
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139