Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Mersu Bf-109G in Finland Dual Combo

Published: August 25th, 2018     
Mersu Bf-109G in Finland Dual Combo
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Finland was one of the most well known of the German allies that used the Bf-109. They used Gustavs from the G-2 to the G-6. Finland continued to fly the 109 all the way into the 1950s. They were used against the Russians to good effect.

The Eduard kits are an impressive representation of the Bf-109G. This kit contains two kits. One is the G-2 and the other is a G-6. The G-2 comes with two sets of wings and the G-6 contains the normal bulged wings. This boxing comes with impressive artwork. It has the beautiful air racer version of markings on the front, the markings I've always wanted to build. This is why I decided to build this kit. Inside the large box is light grey plastic that allows you to build two aircraft with three choices of wings. My example did not have any flash. Each sprue is individually packaged to protect them. There are two of each of Sprue H and Sprue I which are the 'common' sprues for the Eduard kits. The only difference is the wings and fuselages.

P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-Sen

Published: August 25th, 2018     
P-39/P-400 Airacobra vs A6M2/3 Zero-Sen
Author: Michael John Claringbould
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book details combat between the P-39/P-400 Airacobra and A6M2/3 Zero in New Guinea in 1942. This book follows the usual pattern/layout for this series with a history and specifications of aircraft, the training and operations of the servicemen of both nations, and then combat operations.

The book is broken down into 11 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the lead up to both designs and provides a chronology from inception until the end of the war.

Next the design and development of both types are covered. The P-39/P-400 is covered first then the A6m2/3 Zero.

Chapter Three has the technical specifications of each model. B-29 coverage begins with the P-39D and continues with the P-39F, P-39K and P-400.The same treatment is given to the A6M, covering the A6M1, A6m@ Model 11, A6M2 model 21 and ending with the A6M3 model 32.

Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip Landing Gear

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Trumpeter helicopters are really nice kits but the kit's white metal landing gear are very fragile. They are brittle and break apart. I've had this issue with the CH-47D and Mi-8 kit landing gear. Scale Aircraft Conversions offers a replacement set of white metal landing gear for the Hip.

This set includes nine white metal parts for the landing gear. They are direct replacements for the kit landing gear. They are packaged in a cardboard backed blister pack. The detail is nicely represented and should prove no problem for adding them to the kit.

They are not brittle like the kit parts. Some parts will need straightening as they got slightly bent during shipping.

These are a nice addition and stronger than the kit landing gear. These are a perfect replacement for the brittle kit white metal landing gear. This is another great release from Scale Aircraft Conversions. I hope that they make landing gear for the CH-47A and D.

Highly recommended

WGr.21 for Bf 109G-6

Published: August 24th, 2018     
WGr.21 for Bf 109G-6
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 allows a lot of options. One option that isn't included is the WGr-21 Rocket system. The mortar rockets were mounted under the wings of the Bf-109, from the G-2 to the G-6.

This set is packaged in a typical blister pack with 16 light grey resin and one photo-etch fret. The resin is molded in light grey and dark grey not that it matters as both styles are beautifully done. The weld mark on the tubes is awesome.

The fret is made up mostly of templates to first set the angle of support struts and second to then set its location on the wing. The assembly of the set is pretty straightforward once you get the templates made up. You get two separate rockets for your diorama and two rockets to be 'installed' in the tubes. The photo-etch parts for the rocket tubes are mostly for the rear of the rockets.

The instructions are printed on small two pages with easy to follow instructions. The hardest part of the entire set will be the assembly of the template to set the angle of the support struts. The rest is easy.

Bf-109G-6 Exhaust Stacks

Published: August 24th, 2018     
Bf-109G-6 Exhaust Stacks
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya Bf-109G-6 has that beautiful engine that can be shown opened or closed. My question was they lead the world in engineering kits, can't they hollow out the exhausts? Apparently not. So that is where this set comes in.

Eduard provides the answer. Packaged in the typical Brassin blister pack, Eduard provides you with some spectacular exhausts to replace the kit parts. Two light grey resin set of exhausts are included, as well as, a fret of photo-etch. They have beautiful weld lines and are hollowed out. They also are specifically designed for the Tamiya kit. The mounting points on the engine are sided and so are these beauties.

The photo-etch parts are for the deflectors and the front and rear deflectors.

The instructions are printed on a single sheet of double-sided paper.

The exhausts once assembled are remarkably nice. The hardest part of the whole set is bending the exhaust deflector on the left side, but a bending tool will make short work of it.