Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

PBY Catalina Radar Housing

Published: May 3rd, 2018     
PBY Catalina Radar Housing
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickbost has produced a replacement "football" radar antenna housing for the Academy 1/72 PBY Catalina kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the radar antenna housing assembly. Check your references for the appropriate seat to use. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item.

Israel IAI Kfir C2/C7

Published: April 29th, 2018     
Israel IAI Kfir C2/C7
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: AvantGarde Model Kits

AMK models has re-released an improved version of their 1/48 Kfir model. Based on what I read online the overall shape of the fuselage was improved, plus the weapons are now produced by slide molds technology. The rest of the sprues, I think, are the same as the original boxing.

In the box are 12 sprues for the airplane, plus multiple sprues for the individually molded weaponry. These sprues are packed in smaller boxes within the main box, ensuring all the sprues fit nice and firmly inside the box. No sprues will get damaged or rattled around in this box.

You also get an excellent decal sheet for 5 different markings: Israel, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Colombia, and the civilian contractor ATAC, which provides air combat training for different Air Forces. You can finish the model as a C2 or C7 version and the instructions are absolutely clear regarding which parts to use with each version.

GBU-43/B MOAB

Published: April 29th, 2018     
GBU-43/B MOAB
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34876
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The GBU (Guided Bomb Unit)-43/B, MOAB was released by Eduard in 1/72 scale (kit 672160) late last year, and was followed up by this release in 1/48 scale. In U.S. Air Force terminology, MOAB is a Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, which is often referred to as the Mother of All Bombs, and for those who build this kit, you will likely refer to it as I do as the Mother of All Brass. The kit looks great built up, but you will want some experience with photoetched brass if you decide to construct one for your collection. I will mention here that it is a good idea to spend some money on your tools from time to time, as I do not know how I would have completed such a project without the Mission Models Etch Mate that I purchased several years ago.

Su-17/22 M3/M4 Parachute Container

Published: April 29th, 2018     
Su-17/22 M3/M4 Parachute Container
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Confession

When I saw this item posted for review I immediately knew I wanted it, and volunteered to prepare the review. Only later after I had clicked the send button for my request did I think about what kit this accessory was meant for? I did some searching and found it was for the Hobbyboss kit. Great! I had the Kittyhawk kit. I immediately sent an email to Phil Peterson confessing my sins, and he responded that I should give it a go anyway.

I went on line to search for the instructions for the Hobbyboss kit and compared what I found to the parts for the Kittyhawk kit. On-screen and on paper things looked like they just might work. The parts breakdown between the two kits were very similar, except the parachute container on the Hobbyboss kit is molded integral with the vertical stabilizer. Now, I needed to wait for the parts to arrive for a real comparison and a chance for vindication.

Martin B-57B Bomber

Published: April 27th, 2018     
Martin B-57B Bomber
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

The British developed the Canberra as a replacement for the Mosquito.  The plane was so successful that the US purchased the license to build it to fit their needs.  After some cockpit modifications along with a few others, the B-57B was born.

I have a personal relationship with this plane in that my Dad worked on the Electronic Countermeasures version at both Westover AFB and Malmstrom AFB so I got to see a lot of these flying around and have loved the plane ever since.

Italeri first released this kit back in 1985 and it is still one of the more accurate versions of the plane available in 72ndscale.  While according to some there are some scale issues, it does look every bit like a Canberra when completed.  The kit has been released several times over the years by both Italeri and Testors with one modification being the laser nose added to the G version.  The clear parts were changed to include the nose sensor and that part is in this latest release, though none of the other related G parts are included.