Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

P-47 Thunderbolt Intercooler Exhaust

Published: October 13th, 2010     
P-47 Thunderbolt Intercooler Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Tamiya P-47D, whether the Razorback or Bubbletop, is a great kit, but the intercoolers are non-existent and are see through.  Quickboost fixes this in an easy and inexpensive way. 

Molded in light grey resin, these two exhausts are just inserted into the model and this will prevent the "see-through" effect, offering a more accurate look to your model.  The inexpensive price tag will make this a requirement for this great kit. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost for the review copy.  You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net.   Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

English Electric Lightning Ejection seat, Exhausts, and Wheel Wells

Published: October 13th, 2010     
English Electric Lightning Ejection seat, Exhausts, and Wheel Wells
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The first thing: Thanks once again to AIRES for providing IPMS/USA with these remarkable detail items! Your support is most welcome... we truly appreciate it!

Fw-190A Markings

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Fw-190A Markings
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions is notorious for everything Luftwaffe and their expertise is world renowned so this latest release from them is very welcomed. 

This sheet features four FW-190As, three A-3s and an A-2 and is also available in 1/32ndscale for the new Pacific Coast Model.  Printed by Cartograf the decals are thin and respond well to any setting solution, this single sheet is quite colorful.  I've used the Microscale system, Gunze Mr. Mark Softer and Walther's Solvaset on Cartograf decals before without any problems.  The decals are printed in perfect register and contain the markings for the four aircraft and stencils for one complete aircraft.  My sheet contained swastikas but overseas buyers may or may not receive them depending on your local laws. 

The instructions consist of a four sided 8x10 with profile views and plan views for all four aircraft.  While the aircraft are not airbrushed the profiles are very nice and will prove useful to the modeler when painting.  As is typical for EagleCals, there is a side dedicated to stencil placement.

Decals for DO-215B-2, DH-85, Fokker D.XXIII, DB-7B, PBY-5, B-10, Ryan STM, B340

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Decals for DO-215B-2, DH-85,  Fokker D.XXIII, DB-7B, PBY-5, B-10, Ryan STM, B340
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dutch Profile Publications

This is a Dutch product, dealing with some Dutch aircraft using the orange triangle marking during the early part of World War II.   Two, the Dornier DO-215B-2 and the Brewster B340 Bermuda, were apparently ordered but never delivered, so they become part of the "What If?" category, much like Luft 46.  The others, including the DeHavilland DH-85, Ryan STM, Martin B-10, Consolidated PBY-5, and Douglas DB-7, were actually delivered and used, at least at the beginning of World War II. Some of the Ryans, by the way, were evacuated to Australia in 1942, and I had the opportunity to fly in one of the survivors, then privately owned, while I was in Sydney  in 1962. Therefore, I've got to build that one when I get another MPM kit.

F-16D Block 30 Cockpit

Published: October 13th, 2010     
F-16D Block 30 Cockpit
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

For those resin aftermarket aficionadoes among us, Aires never fails to satisfy.  Set #4454 provides a full resin cockpit for Hasegawa's F-16D kit.  Though the Hasegawa kit is not the latest kit available, it is still a good kit and by some accounts more accurate in shape than other offerings.  The kit does suffer from a very basic cockpit, so this is where the Aires set will dress it up nicely.

The set comes in the common blister back and comprises of fourteen resin parts, two of which are extra control sticks.  Also included is a small photo-etch fret with a dizzying amount of tiny parts and one printed acetate for instrument dials.  As to be expected from Aires, everything is finely cast with no bubbles or imperfections.