Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-16C/D BLK 52 Thunderbirds

Published: January 8th, 2018     
F-16C/D BLK 52 Thunderbirds
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life. Two-Bob decals usually sell out very well and once their limited run subjects sell out they are not available for reprint. Get them while they are available or be prepared to pay the eBay supply vs Demand Price.

What's on the Sheet?

The first aftermarket sheet ever released for the F-16C/D Thunderbirds! The USAF is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017 and these markings are current for this year's airshow season.

One full set of Thunderbird markings are included with unique aircrew and maintenance markings for each individual jet. A bonus to the 2017 markings are the names that were carried during Buzz Aldrin's flight at the Homestead Airshow.

Bf-109G-4 Profipack

Published: January 7th, 2018     
Bf-109G-4 Profipack
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G-4 was very similar to the G-2. Bigger tires along with the corresponding wing bulges and a bigger tail wheel were the only external differences. The service length of the G-4 was short as it was quickly replaced by the G-6 for its increased armament. The G-4 was quickly used by the photo recon units of the Luftwaffe and is often associated with them. There were a couple of variants of the G-4 in the photo recon role. I wanted to have a Bf-109G-4/R3 which could have had the photo recon window under the fuselage, oil deflectors aft of the engine and two 300 liter drop tanks mounted to the wings.

The boxtop has some of the best artwork I've seen on a model box. This is just an inkling of the goodness inside the box. Inside the sturdy cardboard box are four sprues of light grey plastic. My example had no flash. Two of the sprues are the common sprues for the Eduard Bf-109F/G series of kits. The other two are unique. The one sprue has the wings which are the same as those on the G-5/6 with the proper bulges on the upper wings. The other sprue is the fuselage sprue from the G-2.

Bf-109G-4 Canopy Masks

Published: January 7th, 2018     
Bf-109G-4 Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

If there is one thing I hate about modeling aircraft it is masking canopies. To me it is just a chore. I can mask an entire model multiple times but something as mundane as a canopy is a pain and time consuming. That is why I really enjoy Eduard's canopy masks.

Printed on Kabuki tape, similar to Tamiya tape, these masks are precisely cut for the Eduard Bf-109G-4 kit. They should fit the G-2/5/6 as well. The thing about these masks that is different from other masks is that the aft canopy has internal framework. Eduard gives you both the interior and exterior framework for the aft canopy. The other canopy parts are just the outside. The single page of instructions shows you which masks goes where.

Everything fit perfectly, which is what you would expect for a manufacturer who produces both the kit and the masks. Apply the masks, then paint the interior color, in this case Tamiya German Grey, and then the exterior camouflage color. Simple easy and efficient.

UH-1D Photo Etch Set

Published: January 7th, 2018     
UH-1D Photo Etch Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. While not marketed as an interior set because there are other parts in here. There are two frets included. One is a pre-painted one that is also available in the ZOOM set and the other is brass.

The first fret is a simple little pre-painted fret which is a perfect accessory for the Kitty Hawk UH-1D. One of the things about the Kitty Hawk kit is that it has an instrument panel with extra gauges that were added after Vietnam. It also is painted flat black while Vietnam era aircraft had light grey interiors.

This fret features some of the exquisite detail that is common for the Eduard pre-painted frets. There is simply no way that you can paint this good. The instrument panel is a perfect example of the type and markings used in Vietnam. There is also detail on the overhead and lower console. These will look impressive when installed in the cockpit.

Installation is easy. Simply sand down the kit detail and add the new pre-painted parts. I'd recommend painting the parts flat and then adding some Krystal Kleer to the instrument faces to restore the glass look.

UH-1D Seatbelts STEEL

Published: January 7th, 2018     
UH-1D Seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Kitty Hawk UH-1D comes with photo etch seatbelts, but they are not as accurate as they should be for a Huey. This set is a pre-painted STEEL set. That means that it is able to be bent a little bit more than the previous sets. I've enjoyed using the STEEL seatbelts on other builds.

This set is very complete. It contains EVERY seatbelt and shoulder harness for the UH-1D/H. Unlike the Kitty Hawk seatbelts the front seat belts and shoulder harness are perfect for the Huey. The colors are great. The leather end pieces are included which they aren't on the Kitty Hawk parts. Also included in this set are the parts for the rear facing seats and the cabin area. Tiedowns are included for the front seat belts and even the cover for the inertial reel.

All in all this is an incredible set that is absolutely essential for the Kitty Hawk Huey. This set and the other Eduard parts will take the Kitty Hawk Huey to a whole new level. This set is what the Kitty Hawk parts should have been. Impressive set Eduard.

Highly recommended