Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Fokker Dr.1 Weekend Edition

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Fokker Dr.1 Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Eduard

Eduard re-released their 1/72 scale Fokker Dr.1 late last year, but this time in the form of a Weekend Edition kit that includes the markings for two aircraft (one flown by Lt. August Raben, the other piloted by Lt. Hermann Vallendor). The kit builds up easily enough, and I can recommend the kit on its own. For this particular review, I have added parts from the Eduard Zoom set (product SS 576), which did a nice job of touching up the cockpit, engine, and guns.

Black Box Canberras – British Test and Trials Canberras 1951-1994

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Black Box Canberras – British Test and Trials Canberras 1951-1994
Author: Dave Forster
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

The English Electric Canberra needs no introduction to anyone familiar with post-World War II military aircraft. Originally entering service in the early 1950’s it served with many air forces around the world (including the United States Air Force as the B-57 Canberra) for many years.

Almost from the beginning of its service with the Royal Air Force, the Canberra was used as a testbed for a wide variety of aircraft systems and weapons, ranging from airborne radar systems, to air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, airborne reconnaissance systems, and even ejection seat testing. Dave Forster has collected a wealth of information regarding the various British test programs that the Canberra participated in and presents it in a very well organized and informative way.

Battle Scooters (1)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Battle Scooters (1)-USN/USMC A-4C & A-4E Skyhawks in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AOA Decals

Often forgotten about Naval Aviation in Vietnam is the diminutive A-4 Skyhawk. Despite its small size, this nimble little aircraft could carry an amazing amount of bombs. Flown by the Marines and the Navy, this aircraft carried out some of the most dangerous missions in Vietnam.

AOA Decals continues to release Vietnam era subjects and I for one love their choice of subjects. This set is designed for the Hasegawa kits of the A-4C and A-4E.

The instructions are packaged in a 9 x 12 inch Ziploc bag and are printed in full color on four double-sided pages. The instructions are little works of art displaying the side profile for 13 aircraft. The initial page gives you information to make the Hasegawa kit more accurate. Each aircraft is described in detail to let you figure out what to include from the kit and decals. There is a page for each type of Skyhawk airframe with data and stencils.

Ladder for F-104

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
Ladder for F-104
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: PlusModel

One feature of jets is the need to use ladders to get inside of them. This essential item of ground handling equipment is typically forgotten by model manufacturers. Thanks to Plus Model this key component is finally available.

Packaged in a small top opening cardboard box is a single sprue of light grey plastic inside a plastic bag. There are 15 parts involved in this small kit. The instructions are on the back of the box. The painting instructions are also there but it is quite simple, either yellow or dark green.

Assembly of the ladder is simple enough. The key will be ensuring that everything is squared off.

The dark yellow will highlight this ground handling piece of equipment regardless of the camouflage of your Starfighter.

The kit is a simple kit to assemble but will make a considerable impact on your F-104. If you want to practice your weathering skills this is a great little kit to do it on. This is just one of many boarding ladders that Plus Model produces. The plastic looks really good and as long as you ensure it is square you will have no problems.

Highly recommended

AGM-114 Hellfire

Published: March 3rd, 2017     
AGM-114 Hellfire
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Apache is an impressive helicopter (when it works, sorry former Cobra pilot said a bad thing). What makes it really impressive is the Hellfire missile system. Also carried by the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and many drones the Hellfire has allowed anti-tank and anti-personnel capabilities unheard of before. The ability to reach out and torch things 10Ks away is always good for the crewmembers and bad for bad guys.

Packaged in a typical Brassin box with foam cushioning. Inside the foam are three small ziplock bags containing the resin parts in light and dark grey resin. There are two clear resin blocks with the missile warheads. I could not find any flaws or blemishes on any of the parts. There are 50 resin parts. The resin covers two eight missile launchers. This is a typical loadout for the Apache. The Kiowa Warrior would have a single launcher with two missiles per side.

There are two frets of photo-etch that covers the fins and guide vans. To complete the package is a sheet of decals.