Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure

Published: May 31st, 2017     
Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History

The Bf109G-5 and -6 fighters were produced in parallel and were pressurized and non-pressurized versions of the same fighter. The G-6 was most widely produced variant and remained in service till the end of the war. Erich Hartmann was probably the most famous pilot to fly the Bf 109 and is the highest scoring ace in the Luftwaffe.

The kit: Hasegawa has released versions of the G-6 or -14 at least 12 times and nothing has changed with this boxing other than the decals. The parts are crisply molded in grey with recessed detail and little to no flash. The clear parts typical Hasegawa quality and look nice. The resin figure is very nice but has a mold seam line down the middle of his face and back of his head...this will be a pain to clean up.

SE.5a Wolsely Viper

Published: May 29th, 2017     
SE.5a Wolsely Viper
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

SE.5a Wolsely Viper

This is an excellent newly tooled kit from Edward, who continue to set the standard for the finest in model kits. This kit will appeal to less experienced modelers, who may not want to use the photoetch or install the plane's rigging. More advanced modelers will be able to enjoy the detail provided by the photoetch and rigging. Either way, this builds into a beautiful model.

SE.5a Guns

Published: May 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Guns
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This is a nice resin & photoetch set that replaces the Vickers and Lewis machine guns in Eduard's new SE.5a kit. The resin has better detail than the kit plastic parts and the Vickers gun is easier to install. Some of the resin and photoetch pieces are extremely small.

Background

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a was armed with a single synchronized .303-inch Vickers machine gun mounted in the fuselage in front of the cockpit. Many versions also had an upper wing-mounted Lewis gun fitted on a Foster Mounting to allow the pilot to fire at overhead aircraft. Eduard's newly released SE.5a kit includes both guns, which are replaced by the parts in this add-on package.

Kit

This set includes 16 resin parts, some that are extremely small. It also includes 14 brass photoetch parts, some of which are very small also. There are duplicates of some of the resin and photoetch parts. The resin parts have finer detail than the kit plastic parts, particularly in the cartridge magazines and gunstocks.

SE.5a Propeller Two-Blade (right) and Two-Blade (Left)

Published: May 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Propeller Two-Blade (right) and Two-Blade (Left)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued two resin propellers as upgrades to the propellers issued with their SE.5a Wolsely Viper kit. The upgraded propellers include resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit propeller.

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was introduced in 1917 with a 150 HP V8 Hispano-Suiza 8A engine with two-bladed counter-clockwise (left) rotating propeller. The SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP  Hispano-Suiza 8B gear-driven engine ('Hisso'), with a counter-clockwise (left) rotating four-bladed propeller. The gear-driven engines proved unreliable, and were quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper direct drive engine with clockwise rotating (right) two-bladed propeller.

COMBAT EDGE - Warfighters in Detail #1: US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier

Published: May 26th, 2017     
COMBAT EDGE - Warfighters in Detail #1: US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Company: SAM Publications

This is the first book in a new series by SAM Publications called COMBAT EDGE and it covers the AV-8B Harrier. 8 chapters, 82 pages with a short text and VERY nice color pictures including 15 color profiles to boot! The chapters cover:

  1. Harrier Origins
  2. The AV-8B
  3. The AV-8b (NA)-Night Attack
  4. Harrier Walkaround
  5. The AV-8B Harrier II Plus
  6. Color Profiles
  7. The TAV-8B
  8. Harrier in Scale

The chapters cover exactly what they are titled starting with 'Origins' which covers the need to upgrade the AV-8A/C so that it could carry a bigger punch. 'AV-8B' covers the development of the aircraft and even includes a couple pictures of the YAV-8B and, for me anyway, a cool picture of one of the Harriers that was with us in the Med back in 88. (Marking targets for the Harriers and A-10s was always pretty cool!)