Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"

Published: January 13th, 2019     
EA-18G "VAQ-141 Shadowhawks"
Reviewed by: Camden Koukol, edited by Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

Background

The Electronic Aircraft (EA) EA-18G Growler is a modified version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet that is used in a naval strike package to jam enemy radar to make the strike package virtually invisible. The EA-18G Growler had its first test flight in August 2006, the later entered service in the U.S. Navy in September 2009. Our Australian allies later adopted the Growler in March of 2015. This aircraft is also able to provide self-defense with AIM-120 medium range air to air missiles, along with the Super Hornet's speed and maneuverability. With this advanced technology, the Growler blinds the radar and the strike package is able to deliver its weapons with pinpoint accuracy with little or no resistance.

MiG-21MF Interceptor Weapons Overtree

Published: January 12th, 2019     
MiG-21MF Interceptor Weapons Overtree
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

In conjunction with the release of its new 1/72 MiG-21 series, Eduard has released an Overtree set of the weapons sprue that is included with its new MiG-21MF kits. In looking at the weapons included on the sprue, I expect that this sprue has been designed to be a common sprue through-out all its planned MiG-21 kits.

The set includes two 490 liter tanks which are either mounted on the outer wing pylons or a single tank on the centerline and one 800 liter centerline tank. There are four types of air-to-air missiles - two RS-2US (AA-1 Alkali), two R-3S (AA-2 Atoll), two R-13 (AA-2 Improved Atoll) and two R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) air-to-air missiles. For ground attack load outs there two types of rocket pods (UB-16 and WB-32), two S24 unguided air-to-surface missiles, two FAB 250 kg and four FAB 100 kg dumb bombs. The set also includes the different pylons needed for mounting the different weapons on the four underwing and one centerline hardpoints. There is also a single MBD bomb rack on which the four FAB 100's can be mounted.

Pe-2 Peshka

Published: January 12th, 2019     
Pe-2 Peshka
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As a little background, the Petlyakov Pe-2 was a Soviet light bomber used during World War II. Pe-2s were manufactured in greater numbers (11,427 built) during the war than any other twin-engined combat aircraft except for the German Junkers Ju-88 and British Vickers Wellington.

Eduard continues their tradition of taking great kits and adding the "Eduard" touch with new decals, resin and photoetch upgrade parts. In this case, the 1/48th scale Pe-2 plastic is from Zvezda and resin tires (main and rear), propeller blades and spinners and an alternate glass radio operator window. There is also a large decal sheet which was designed by Begemot and includes markings for five planes:

EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers

Published: January 12th, 2019     
EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet on the tail.

The sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included for the fuel tanks and jamming pods. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

This is one of the most comprehensive decal sheets I have seen, especially for a 1/72 scale subject. Very fine work from Two Bobs and that is what I have always seen from them.

North American P-51 Mustang Part 3

Published: January 8th, 2019     
North American P-51 Mustang Part 3
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike is one of leaders in aviation decals with a unique variety of markings, usually hard to find subjects. This set covers one subject but six variants. I did not have a clue there were this many renditions of "Big Beautiful Doll" (BBD). Three restored P-51D Mustangs sported BBD markings over the years following WWII. Tragically two of these crashed recently, with one in 2011 where the pilot bailed out successfully after colliding with an A-1 Skyraider at Duxford England. The second crash in Arizona resulted in two fatalities in 2016.

The six subjects, all markings worn during WWII and flown by John D. Landers and two airframes include:

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