Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Mi-24 Mask

Published: May 15th, 2011     
Mi-24 Mask
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

I was just getting to the paint job on my review of the Zvezda Mi-24V. I had already painted the sand color when the postman delivered a package which saved me hours of work and possibly saved my sanity also. The Eduard mask set is a really great time and labor saving addition to the project.

Mi-24V/VP Hind E

Published: May 15th, 2011     
Mi-24V/VP Hind E
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Zvezda

THE HELICOPTER

The Mi-24 has been in service with the Soviet/Russian air forces since 1972. The design is interesting in that it has three engines; another tri-motor to add to the list. The 24 has undergone a number of redesigns, and the early versions had a much different cockpit setup. The Russian Air Force has announced that it will replace its 250 Mi-24s with newer more capable helicopters, starting in 2015.

The Mi-24 is nicknamed "crocodile" by the troops. The Mujahedeen in Afghanistan called it "Shaitan-Arba" (Satan's Chariot)". The Hind is unique in that it can carry 8 troops and weapons at the same time. Huey gunships had to have the seats removed to allow for ammunition and extra fuel storage. The crews didn't think much of carrying the passengers, as they became a liability if the pilot had to do extreme maneuvers and return fire.

Hinds have been involved in 21 different conflicts, ranging from Soviet Afghanistan from 1979 to the present (the Polish contingent currently has 5) to the current Libyan Civil War, where both sides have a few.

Bf-110D-3 Fighter

Published: May 14th, 2011     
Bf-110D-3 Fighter
Reviewed by: Tracy Palmer, IPMS# 39188
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Bottom Line

The kit was well engineered, but I thought it had a few too many parts. Short shots with the canopy frame and propellers were an unwelcomed surprise. It had great detail on the whole aircraft, including panel lines. Engines and gun bay were probably overdone as when complete, you can not see all the work you put into them. But it was a great kit to build and very enjoyable because of superb engineering.

AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels

Published: May 14th, 2011     
AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost just keeps adding to their line of resin aircraft accessories. The latest addition is for the ESCI/Italeri AC-47 Gunship. It is up to their usual standards; molded in grey resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block because of a nice perforation. It only took me a couple of swipes with my saw blade to remove them.

The barrels on the ESCI kit part look alright and would make an acceptable model but the Quickboost replacements are superior because of the high level of detail. All that is needed is to cut the kit parts barrel off and glue the Quickboost piece into place.

I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior looking model. Usually replacement parts need some work to get them installed properly but these parts go into place nicely. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the chance to do this review.

 

SPAD VII vs. Albatros D III 1917-18

Published: May 12th, 2011     
SPAD VII vs. Albatros D III 1917-18
Author: Jon Guttman, Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Osprey Publishing

I would like to thank Osprey Publishing for submitting this book for review and thank IPMS/USA for allowing me to do the review.

In the latter half of 1916 the French SPAD VII and the German Albatros D III were introduced into the Great War. At the time, each represented major improvements in aircraft design and would change aerial warfare. Soon these two machines met in the skies over France and Germany. The SPAD VII was smaller, lighter and a little more maneuverable but the Albatros D III was equipped with two machine guns. In the hands of legendary pilots such as Manfred von Richthofen, Heinrich Kroll, Georges Guynemer, Rene Fonck, Raoul Lufbery each aircraft proved to be very successful.

The author, Jon Guttman, is an expert in WW I aviation and frequently writes for the Weider History Group. In this book, he examines the differences between the SPAD VII and Albatros D III. He covers their design philosophies, their combat activities, and their successes. He does this in ten "chapters" identified as: