Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Ju-188 Night Fighter - Resin Exhausts

Published: March 30th, 2011     
Ju-188 Night Fighter - Resin Exhausts
Reviewed by: John Lyons, IPMS# 47470
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

History: The Junkers Ju 188 was a German Luftwaffe high-performance medium Tactical bomber/Reconnaissance aircraft built during World War II.

Review:

The quality of the casting is perfect and bubble free. The tips of the exhaust pipes are hollowed out for added realism. Most resin parts are likely to need more work on them than the more normal injection molded plastic parts that you may be used to. Why you ask, well Resin is a much harder material then the standard molded plastic in your kit. This is what gives it the fine details you are looking for. In some cases the greatest challenge can be cutting the part from the casting block without damaging it. I have found that it is better to cut away the bulk of the casting block, leaving just a small amount behind so that it can be trimmed away with a hobby knife.

Vital Storm: Early Hurricanes - Pt 2

Published: March 29th, 2011     
Vital Storm: Early Hurricanes - Pt 2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology offers a variety of decal sets for model builders who build 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale WWII Aircraft flown by Commonwealth nations. Among them are two sets to finish early Hawker Hurricanes. Set #AOD480007.2 provides markings for 1/48 scale Hurricanes in service during the Battle of Britain and beyond. Obviously, since it is part 2, there also is a part 1 that will be reviewed elsewhere on this site. This set, like the others, appears to be based on considerable research, and the fact that it is produced for Aviaelology by Zotz assures model builders of high print quality. Full instruction sheets are included that provide complete black & white left and right profiles and plan views for each aircraft. And, full color PDF images of the illustrations on the instruction sheets will be emailed from Aviaeology upon request.

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FuG 220 Liechtenstein SN-2 Radar Aerials

Published: March 29th, 2011     
FuG 220 Liechtenstein SN-2 Radar Aerials
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This incredibly detailed and finely crafted set of replacement aerials for the Funk Gerate 220 SN-2 Liechtenstein radar has to be seen to be believed. My poor modeling skills simply do not do them justice. The first photo shows the package, and inside one finds 14 brass pieces, 5 for the horizontal portion and 9 for the vertical, which assemble into 4 aerials. There is one each extra piece for oopsies. The instructions are clear and simple. To get the best results, these must be assembled by soldering

The FuG 220 was installed on several models of the Bf-110, Ju-88 G, and HE-219 A, in two separate orientations. I could not find a reference which supports its installation in the Do-217 series, but my research is by no means exhaustive. Figures 2 and 3 show the kit parts for the AMT Ju-88 G-6 (plastic sprue) and Dragon He-219 A-7 (photoetched metal). Neither comes close to reproducing the true shape of these aerials. My references included Squadron Signal pubs and the Osprey German Night fighters volume, and both show the Master Models aerials to be very close matches to the real McCoys.

IL-2 Sturmovik Resin Exhausts

Published: March 28th, 2011     
IL-2 Sturmovik Resin Exhausts
Reviewed by: John Lyons, IPMS# 47470
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

History:

The Ilyushin Il-2 was a ground-attack aircraft (Sturmovik) in the Second World War, produced by the Soviet Union in very large numbers.

Review:

The resin is bubble free and perfectly formed. The tips of the pipes are hollowed out; they have a thinly formed edge for that realism you are looking for.

Most resin parts are likely to need more work on them than the more normal injection molded plastic parts that you may be used to. Why you ask, well Resin is a much harder material then the standard molded plastic in your kit. This is what gives it the fine details you are looking for.

In some cases the greatest challenge can be cutting the part from the casting block without damaging it. I have found that it is better to cut away the bulk of the casting block, leaving just a small amount behind so that it can be trimmed away with a hobby knife.

Albatros D.V Flying Circus Decal Sheet

Published: March 28th, 2011