Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Rotachute Mk I

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
Rotachute Mk I
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fly

Background (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

"The design of the man-carrying machine known as a Rotachute, also known as a Hafner H.8, evolved from November 1940 and throughout 1941. In September 1941, the Central Landing Establishment was renamed the Airborne Forces Establishment. The Rotachute Mark I design initially comprised a tubular steel framework with a single-seat, rubber-mounted rotor hub, hanging control column, skid undercarriage, and a self-inflating rear fairing made of rubberized fabric with integral tailplane. The two rotor blades, of wooden construction, could achieve flapping and coning characteristics via hinges on the rotor hub. Fixed footrests were provided, plus fittings below the seat to accommodate a soldier's weapon, such as a Bren gun. The control column offered two-axis control, rolling and pitching, with turns made via controlled rolling movement."

B43-1 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
B43-1 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Serving in the U.S. Navy in the late 1980's, these were the weapons that I could "neither confirm nor deny" were present on my aircraft carriers. The B43 was in service between 1959 and 1991, and could have been carried in a nuclear conflict aboard any U.S. aircraft certified for bomb loads (a rather lengthy list). This new release from Eduard will allow for a unique loading of any aircraft that served during the Cold War in nearly any branch of the service as well as by some NATO allies. Construction of the bombs is clear and anyone with limited experience with resin and brass will be able to put these to use.

Cross & Cockade 2020 Calendar

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
Cross & Cockade 2020 Calendar
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Cross & Cockade International

Cross & Cockade has released their 2020 calendar, and in keeping with past calendars, combines excellent W.W.I aviation art with the usual calendar functions. As in past years, you are advised to order your copy now, and not wait. There may be a limited supply of these calendars and you do not want to miss out because you waited until the supply ran out.

According to Roger Tisdale of Cross & Cockade, the profits from the sale of the 2020 Cross and Cockade International Calendar are once again going to assist in the upkeep of the British Air Services Memorial at the St-Omer airfield in northern France". This is a very worthy cause and deserving of your support. One can check out the St-Omer Memorial at http://www.webmatters.net/txtpat/?id=258

F-5E/N Tiger II Fighter

Published: September 2nd, 2019     
F-5E/N Tiger II Fighter
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: Q
Company: AFV Club

Like a lot of modelers, I take this hobby a bit more seriously than I should at times. This kit is a reminder that it's actually fun to build models. Taking real-life subjects and "egg shaping" them into a whimsical mimic seems to be a growing sector based on the number of kits and subjects receiving this treatment. In this case, AFV Club has chosen the F-5E/N Tiger II. The F-5E/N series was an improved version of the F-5 Freedom fighter that incorporated modifications from the unsuccessful F-20 Tigershark. Leading-edge extensions and more powerful engines made it the perfect aggressor aircraft to simulate the MiG 21. This kit draws inspiration from the Navy's VF 111 "Sundowners". But enough of that serious stuff.

Metal Landing Gear for 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk IXe and XVI

Published: September 1st, 2019     
Metal Landing Gear for 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk IXe and XVI
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Consisting of two (that's 2!) complete sets of gear, it's pretty simple. Two main gear struts, two external torque links, and one tail gear. The tail gear is not the standard "Bar and lever" we see on so many early spitfires, but an actual oleo.

This set includes the torque scissors. It can be added as an afterthought to building, thereby preventing one from breaking it off during construction. Test fit into the wing and tail sockets to make sure no cleanup of flash is required, then a touch of superglue or epoxy, wait for the glue to cure, then you are done!

Even the simplest of modelers can do these. And as usual, the struts are much stronger than the plastic gear, and will allow you to align pitch, rake, toe in and out, etc. without fear of breaking off.