Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-26 Marauder Decals

Published: October 14th, 2010     
B-26 Marauder Decals
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

I have a few Airfix and Hasegawa Marauders is my stash. I am always looking for eye-catching decal options in addition to the supplied kit options. Superscale have issued decal sheets featuring the B-26 in the past, many of which are no longer in available. Even with these decal sheets the Marauder has not been served well in 1/72 scale and the schemes are sometimes boring. Iliad design usually produce decals sheets for more exotic types in 1/48 scale, but recently they have been tapping into 1/72 scale market and one in their new range is a sheet featuring the B-26. Five options are included in the new decal sheet. They are:

Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Tornado F3 111 Squadron Anniversary Set
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

This kit provides aircraft and markings for two Tornado F.3s, in markings for 111 Squadron's 90th anniversary, 1917 - 2007.

THE AIRCRAFT

The Tornado F.3 is called the ADV by the other operators of the type: Italy and the Royal Saudi AF. It has 80% parts commonality with the attack/recce versions of the Tornado. For the RAF the mission is long endurance combat air patrol.

111 Squadron has flown Bristol Scouts, F.2Bs, S.E.5s, Nieuport 17s, 23s and 24s, Snipes, Siskins, Bulldogs Gauntlets, Hurricanes, Spitfires 1, 2, 5, and 9, Meteors, Hunters, Lightings, Phantoms, and Tornados. They are scheduled to transition to the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2010.

Air Battles: Bf-109T

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Air Battles: Bf-109T
Author: Marek J. Murawski
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Kagero Publishing

This book covers the navalized Bf-109 variant; the Bf-109T or "Toni" as it was called by her pilots. There are three main chapters which cover everything from design through its combat history. There are not many books covering the 109T (long out of print 'Sea Eagles' is the only one that comes to mind) so this is a most welcome addition.

The need for the Bf-109T was linked hand in hand with the building of Nazi Germany's only aircraft carrier; the "Graf Zeppelin"! This ship had many trials and tribulations during its build and these only further muddied the 109T's development.

Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E Seats without belts

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E Seats without belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Loon Models

Loon models (Roll Models brand) has added an aircraft seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the Messerschmitt Bf-109 B-E. Loon models doesn't specify a kit for this seat, but it will have to be a kit that has a cockpit in it and it can't be one that has a huge seat in it, like some of the older kits have. While I was looking through my stash for a kit that would be good for this review I compared the Loon seat with and an old Revell kit, an old Hasegawa kit, and an Academy kit. I picked the Academy kit of the Bf-109E because the seat was comparable to the size of the replacement. The older Hasegawa kit was out because the seat was molded to the floor, it would work but I didn't want to cut out the seat. The older Revell kit had an extra large seat that was reminiscent of an old BarcaLounger and had a piece of the back hull molded to it

Bf-109E Radio Equipment

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Bf-109E Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires radio equipment was designed for Eduard's Bf109-E in 1/32 scale. The way the kit is designed to fit into the fuselage should make it adaptable to fit any Bf-109 kit in this scale. Also if you like, each instrument could be cut out to fit anywhere in any model or even in a diorama setting, which makes this a very versatile kit. The detail is remarkable. With very careful painting, all the details can be picked out to show each button and dial on the instruments. Very light weathering also helps, but don't overdo it since the radios weren't exposed much to the elements.