Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Bf 109G-10 Poster

Published: October 26th, 2018     
Bf 109G-10 Poster
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Eduard

When you hear the name Eduard in modeling circles you immediately think of their superb photo etch parts, or maybe their mask sets or even their top of the line plastic kits.  But you don't usually think of Art.  Oh sure, they have some great looking box tops but actual art?

Yep, some of those box tops are actually available as large size posters such as this one.

The overall size of the poster is 23 3/8" long by 16 1/2" wide while the image itself is 21 5/8" x 11 1/2".  A nice size to put up on your model room wall and would look good in a nice matt and frame.

Print quality is first rate with the colors looking like the box art.  One thing I was interested to see is the swastika as it is missing from the box top but is on the poster.

If you like to collect aircraft art you would do well to take a look at Eduard's growing line of posters.

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

B-47 "Horse Collar" JATO Set

Published: October 26th, 2018     
B-47 "Horse Collar" JATO Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent item to upgrade the Hasegawa 1/72 legacy kit B-47 into a combat-ready aircraft with RATO.   And thanks to Phil and John, our leaders in the IPMS reviewer corps, for graciously allowing me to review this set...

It's not every day I look at a resin upgrade and go "I wonder what else I can do with this?"  Fisher's 1/72 B-47 RATO Horse Collar and bottles are one of these items.  First, it's a really simple upgrade.  One world-famous Fisher single-piece resin casting that fits on the model without major cursing and sanding, and add-ons that make the final product look really great, in the form of 27 RATO Bottles. 

If you want to see how a B-47 operates on RATO (Rocket Assisted Take Off, or "JATO", Jet assisted Take off, as it used to be called), watch the Move "STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND" with Jimmy Stewart.  A B-47 uses RATO to take off out of Tyndall AFB in Florida... really well done. Classic great Tallichet aerial photography, a bit "campy" but a real glimpse into the secret world SAC bombers in the old Nuclear Enterprise with the USAF. 

Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1

Published: October 24th, 2018     
Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 1
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Advanced Modeling

Please note that this product was provided to IPMS directly by Advanced Models. The product is available through "Victory Models". Also, please note that at the time of writing this review the Victory Models website did not show a page for AMD 148022. There is another product that has decals for the Su-24M, that being item number 148021, which is covered in another revew.

The "Syrian Warriors Pt.1" decal package contains an Information Sheet, a decal sheet, and a set of paint masks. The Information Sheet included in the Decal package is in Russian and English. In some cases, decal sheets produced by companies that are not primarily English speaking can cause the modeler to rely on the images rather than text. That is not the case with A.M. Decals. While the English translation is a little stiff, it is very informative and not at all difficult to understand. English speakers won't miss a word of explanation and information.

SR-71/YF-12 Blackbird Landing Gear

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
SR-71/YF-12 Blackbird Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The SR-71/YF-12 Blackbird needs no introduction and has been produced by a number of manufacturers over the years in both 1/72 and 1/48. Testors produced both a YF-12 kit and an SR-71 kit in 1/72 scale a number of years ago, which was also released under the Italeri label. Earlier this year Scale Aircraft Conversions released a replacement set for kit landing gear for the 1/72 scale kits. The set is comprised of five parts: two main landing gear struts, two main gear retraction actuators, and the nose gear strut.

As with Scale Aircraft's other sets, the parts are a drop in replacements for the kit parts. As each of the Blackbird's main gear has three wheels, like the kit parts, SAC's main gear struts include the center wheel for each side. The main gear struts also mimic the kit's attachment points to ensure that you get the correct strut on the correct side. After removing a slight molding seam on the parts, I polished them using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at low speed. This works very well and results in a nice uniform finish to all of the parts.

FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers"

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
FH-1 Phantom "Demonstration Teams and Trainers"
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

If you are a fan of US Naval aviation in 1/72 scale, you will likely want to add one of the Special Hobby kits of the FH-1 Phantom to your collection as this was the first operational jet used by both the Navy and Marine Corps. Built up, the kit is a great representation of the Phantom, but I would recommend that the modeler have some experience building kits, as there were some fit issues to overcome. Overall, I would still highly recommend this unique representation of the Navy's first operational jet.

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