Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Metal Landing Gear for P-47D

Published: January 20th, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for  P-47D
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA 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.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the Hasegawa or Eduard Re-release of the Hasegawa P-47D. This set replaces SAC's previous release of a set #32015 for the same base kit.

Another simple strengthening opportunity for a heavy kit, with my usual admonition to use metal gear for larger models. Larger models put more stress on plastic than metal.

This kit is still, in my opinion, the best P-47 on the market in this scale. When done it looks like the real bird. SAC's gear consists of 10 metal direct replacement parts for the kit item. The main gear are sturdy and clean with no flash or pitting. Same for all the other parts; the oleo scissiors fit tightly into their mounting sockets, and the shrink rod at the back of the gear is well done and cleans up easily when cut off the mold sprue.

MiG-21 SMT ProfiPack

Published: January 18th, 2018     
MiG-21 SMT ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Brief History

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Sovier Union. It was popularly nicknamed "balalaika", from the aircraft's planform-view resemblance to the Russian stringed musical instrument.

Early versions are considered second generation jet fighters, while later versions are considered third generation jet fighters. Approximately 60 countries over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations six decades after its maiden flight. It made aviation records, became the most produced supersonic jet fighter in aviation history, the most-produced combat aircraft since the Korean War and previously the longest production run of a combat aircraft (now exceeded by both the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon).

Su-35 Flanker E Landing Gear

Published: January 15th, 2018     
Su-35 Flanker E Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Short History

While we are all familiar with the Su-27 family of aircraft this beast is in a league all in its own. Sukhoi's Su-35 Super Flanker (NATO designation "Flanker E") took the world market by storm when it proved able to challenge and defeat any aircraft in the East (and West) except for absolute top-of-the-line fighters such as the EF2000 and F-22. The direct derivative of the Super Flanker, aptly designated the Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator, was only intended as a technology demonstrator but is one of the most maneuverable aircraft ever built.

What's in the Box?

The box comes with a total of 17 white metal pieces to replicate the kit parts very accurately and adding some needed strength to support the aircraft especially with larger 48th scale Russian aircraft as they tend to be bigger than typical similar scale aircraft and the swaying and shifting could cause the plastic gear to snap and shear off. The Landing gear comes packaged in the typical SAC cardboard and bubble blister packaging we are all accustomed to seeing.

USAF F-15E 333rd Fighter Squadron

Published: January 14th, 2018     
USAF F-15E 333rd Fighter Squadron
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Academy

Over the years there have been quite a few F-15E Strike Eagle kits released by several different kit manufacturers in 1/72 scale. However most of these kits were adaptations of the manufacturer's F-15B or D kits with some extra parts to address some of the differences between the B/D and the E airframes. Academy's recent release is a not an adaptation of another two-seat F-15 kit, but instead was designed from the outset to be a Strike Eagle.

The kit is also a continuation of Academy's recent focus on enticing new people to the hobby, but it is not a snap-tight kit with all the negative connotations that often has, nor is it a "normal" model kit. Like several of Academy's other releases, this kit is for the most part a push-fit kit, however, it showcases some of the best model engineering I have seen as many joints where the parts fit together are either on actual panel lines or are in locations that are easily filled. The fit is spot on so most of the seams vanish once assembled.

Messerschmitt Me-262 Landing Gear

Published: January 14th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Me-262 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed to fit Revell's series of 1/72 Me 262 kits. The kit was originally released back in 1997 and has been re-released periodically since then. I installed the set on the Me 262 A-1a/U3 photo reconnaissance variant of the kit.

The set consists of 6 parts, a nose gear strut with retraction strut, two main gear legs, two main gear retraction struts and a metal nose gear bay. The castings are nicely done, however, as the kit parts are showing their age - mold seams, etc. - these defects are repeated on the cast parts and you will need to take some time scraping off the mold seams. I used a brass wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at slow speed to polish up the struts and finish removing the mold seams.