Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Tupolev Tu-2, Sukhoi UTB-2, Shcherbakov Shche-2, Polish Wings 28

Published: December 12th, 2020     
Tupolev Tu-2, Sukhoi UTB-2, Shcherbakov Shche-2, Polish Wings 28
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: Stratus

History: The TU-2 Bomber

This book gives a very detailed history of three Russian designed aircraft that were used in quantity by the Polish Air Force, mostly after the end of World War II. The first aircraft, the Tupolev TU-2, was used in quantity by Poland, mainly for medium bombing, and later as a reconnaissance type, trainer, and target tug. The author goes into considerable detail giving an account of the design origins of the type and its service with the Russians before the Polish Air Force acquired them after the war. An interesting fact is that Tupolev began the design of the TU-2 before the outbreak of the war, and apparently he had run afoul of the Communist Party ideology. His design team was forced to work in a Soviet prison camp from 1939 until 1941, when they were finally rewarded for their success by early release from prison. During the war, several variants of the TU-2 were produced, and the plane served effectively during the war, with the TU-2S variant being the type that was exported to Poland after the war entering service in 1949.

BAE Systems and Boeing AV-8B Harrier II – Flying with Air Forces around the World

Published: December 10th, 2020     
BAE Systems and Boeing AV-8B Harrier II – Flying with Air Forces around the World
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

This is another of the fantastic new books published in the Duke Hawkins Books series. This volume is number 11 of the series and focuses on the Harrier II/AV-8B as operated by the RAF, the United States Marine Corps, the Spanish Navy, and the Italian Navy. The volume includes at least one photograph of a jet from each country. Apparently, the authors considered just doing a book on the RAF versions, but in the end decided to do an expanded book covering all versions of the Harrier II.

The AV-8B/Harrier II has its origins in a USMC requirement for a replacement for the AV-8A Harrier. McDonnell Douglas designed and proposed a much upgraded and improved Harrier, resulting in the AV-8B Harrier II. Different variants were developed to meet the requirements of the RAF and the USMC resulting in the Harrier GR.7, GR.7A, GR.9 (and associated trainers T.10 and the T.12), AV-8B, AV-8B Night Attack, and the Harrier II Plus (and the TAV-8B) for the USMC.

PZL.23 KARAŚ II

Published: December 10th, 2020     
PZL.23 KARAŚ II
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Company: MMP Books

This book is a compilation of 4-view color profiles, scale plans and photographic details of the PZL.23 Karas II featuring scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals and also photographs of the details.

Book is available in the two marking variants

  1. Karas II (PZL.23B) no. 44.61 '5' (658-K), 24th Reconnaissance Flight, Cracow-Rakowice, September 1939.
  2. Romanian AF.

The book: The MMP 'Single' book series are short but very well-done books on the subject they cover. This book covering the PZL. 23B has just 24 pages but they are full of nice interior & exterior detail pictures (over 50), 1/72 & 1/48 line drawings and a 1/48 color profile. As I have picked up the nice IBG Models 1/72 PZL.23 kit this book is a great help.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with a PZL.23 kit in their stash. It's inexpensive and has quite a few pictures to help with your build.

I'd like to thank MMP and Casemate Publishers for providing this book and the review Corps for letting me review it.

F4U Corsair Diamond Tread Wheels Set

Published: December 7th, 2020     
F4U Corsair Diamond Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with diamond tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts.

Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use CA ("super-glue") sparingly, to assemble and attach these parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with resin parts. Painting of the of the wheels and tires will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred paints.

Against All Odds

Published: December 7th, 2020     
Against All Odds
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266

Smaller wars are often overlooked as was the case in the India-Pakistan War of 1971, especially the air war portion. This little-known air war placed two air force with a variety of different aircraft pitted against each other. The author has spent over three decades in the Pakistani Air Force. He has attempted to be objective in his analysis and for the most part I feel he has succeeded in presenting an balanced accounting of the air war.

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