Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

MiG-21 Pylons

Published: April 29th, 2011     
MiG-21 Pylons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Zactomodels

Editor's note: There are three kitsets with simlar titles but for "Early" and "Late" design versions. All prices are list with S&H extra.

  1. MiG-21 Early Pylons Item # Z32027   $20.00
  2. MiG-21 Late Pylons Item # Z32028    $20.00     
  3. MiG-21 Late Pylons Item # Z32028a  $20.00

While Trumpeter has come out with a lot of large scale Soviet kits, there are usually some things that could stand improvement with these. Their 1/32nd scale Mig-21 is a solid kit and I have seen it built up into a nice finished kit many times. That being said, one of the deficiencies of the kit is its weapons pylons. They have minimal detail and like a lot of injection molded pylons, no detail whatsoever on the bottom.

US Navy WW2 Instrument Dial Decals

Published: April 28th, 2011     
US Navy WW2 Instrument Dial Decals
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

I don't know how many times I've scoured through page after page of my aircraft decal sheets looking one or more dial decals to use on a particular instrument panel. Now, Airscale has saved me a whole lot of looking. They have produced a multi-national series of instrument dial decals in 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scale. This set, for US Navy aircraft, has scores of different instrument dials printed in two sizes. According to the list on the instructions, there are over a dozen different instruments represented on this sheet. Unfortunately, they aren't individually identified or separated on the decal sheet itself. On the other hand, for that information to be useful you'd have to either be a pilot, have a better than average knowledge of the instrument panel being modeled, or have a diagram of the specific panel available to you to know what instrument decal goes where.

Su-27 Missile Pylons

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Su-27 Missile Pylons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zactomodels

Chris "Zactoman" Wilson provides another much needed update for the 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27 with the release of a full weapons pylon set - ten [weapons] in all. In the set, you get replacement for the both wing tip pylons, 2 APU-73 pylons, four AKU-470 pylons with separate actuator rods, and two APU-470 pylons. The difference with between these pylons and the kits is phenomenal. All have the correct shape so the missiles added will sit at the correct angle. Detail is provided on the bottom of each pylon so if they are left empty, there is not just the flat bottom provided by the kit pylons. Detailing is incredible and I have pictures of the kits and the Zactomodels sets together- there is no close comparison.

Mig 23 Intake and Missile rails

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zactomodels

Editor's note: No product packaging images were provided.

  • Item # Z32033 APU-60-1 Launch Rails         $10.00 + S&H
  • Item # Z32031 Mig 23 Pylon Set:                   $30.00 + S&H
  • Item # Z32032 Mig 23 Intake Splitter plate:    $25.00 + S&H

Mig 23 Decal Sheets

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Mig 23 Decal Sheets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Linden Hill Imports

For the IPMS build involving various aftermarket parts for the Trumpeter Mig 23, I did not want to do the kit decal markings for the "M". Therefore, I ordered the Linden Hill Warsaw