Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Dornier Do 217J-1/J-2

Published: December 7th, 2020     
Dornier Do 217J-1/J-2
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48th
Company: ICM

History

The Dornier Do 217 was a German multi-purpose bomber in WWII and was developed as a replacement for the Dornier Do 17. It was produced from November 1940 to May 1944. The Dornier 217J was the night fighter variant with BMW 801 engines, powerful armament and radar (on the J-2). In total, in 1942-43, there were produced 364 Do 217 night fighter of different modifications. They were in service with several night fighter regiments.

The Kit

Upon opening a large & sturdy box you are presented with a whole lot of plastic! 8 runners & 3 main wing pieces of grey injected plastic and 1 clear runner and a 24-page instruction book and a very nice decal sheet. The plastic cleanly molded with very little flash and crisp detail and the clear parts are thin and very clear. Also, the decals are cleanly printed and in register. Don't be alarmed at the number of parts as 92 of these are only used for the Do 217N kit.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2020 Volume 51/3

Published: December 7th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2020 Volume 51/3
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Su-27C Flanker, Part 2 - Painting and Finishing

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Su-27C Flanker, Part 2 - Painting and Finishing
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Refer to Part One for the assembly review.

Review Note and Comments

I decided to make this a two-part due to the number of images and extensive text required to document the basic assembly phase. Although the assembly was a bit of a challenge for this model, the semi-finished model revealed a lot of nice surface detail that was appealing to me. This detail had some merit for an effort on my part to achieve a proper paint job and weathering application. If those efforts resulted in a nice-looking model the challenges faced during the assembly would make the effort worth-while.

Let's see what happens.

Painting

The instructions do note the colors required in some of the steps, with FS numbers sometimes noted, while I was unfamiliar with the exterior colors called out (no manufacturer was identified). I decided to use Vallejo Model Air Colors for the model. The Vallejo paints were thinned with Vallejo 71.261 thinner at a ratio of one-part paint and one part thinner.

Yugoslav Fighter Colors, 1918-1941 - Volume 1

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Yugoslav Fighter Colors, 1918-1941 - Volume 1
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: MMP Books

History

After World War I, the map of Eastern Europe was radically changed, with a number of ethnic groups becoming independent for the first time. One country, Serbia, eventually became part of the Republic of Yugoslavia, which joined the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes into one country. This, of course, forced considerable reorganization of their armed forces. Of course, Serbia has virtually no aircraft manufacturing industry, so the Yugoslavs were compelled to acquire airplanes of foreign manufacture, mainly those built in Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, Italy, and England. German and Austrian aircraft were usually acquired as reparations due to the Treaty of Versailles, while the British, French, and Italian types were purchased directly. World War I vintage types were used throughout the twenties, but newer types were acquired in the thirties. One event that caused some confusion was the Great Depression, which began about 1929, and this slowed down the acquisition of new aircraft for some time.

Bf-109F-4 Single, No.20

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Bf-109F-4 Single, No.20
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: MMP Books

These little single books by MMP Books are quite interesting. They focus on a single subject that is covered very well. The only text is the captions which are written in English. They do an adequate job.

These books are designed with the modeler in mind. As such they have scale drawings in 1/72nd and 1/48th scale. I couldn't find fault with these. They look very accurate to me. After the drawings there are some historical photos and pictures from the parts manual of the aircraft. Intertwined with those photos are plenty of detail photos that should satisfy most modelers. The detail photos are of the F-4 in the Canadian Museum. There are four color pages and one aircraft of Hermann Graf is presented in a three view profile.

Overall these books are very concise and to the point. They are perfect for a modeler who is on a budget but needs the information. At a little over $11.00 they are a bargain.