Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1
Author: Andrzej Glass & Tomasz J. Kopanski
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Stratus

This softbound book contains 264 pages of high quality photos taken by German occupiers printed on high quality paper.  What I did not know was that pre-war Polish security concerns prohibited photos from being taken from 1937 until the war.  That is why there are, according to the authors, only around 25 photos of pre-war Polish aircraft.  Then after the invasion anyone seen taking photos was suspected of spying and detained, plenty of reason that there are so few photos.  The German photos became the only source of knowledge and markings from the Polish Air Force.  The quality of photos is very high even though most of the aircraft are in states of disrepair.

J-10A Vigorous Dragon

Published: September 8th, 2010     
J-10A Vigorous Dragon
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This review is a little different for me, only because I have taken over this task from John Yager,  the original reviewer who started the initial work, but was unable to complete the build. However, I was still able to complete enough of this model to bring to you an honest and fair review. When I received the kit, Steps 1 thru 4 were underway, but needed to be cleaned up. Only the cockpit was complete and it was a job well done. The credit for the building should be shared with John Yager due to the hard & good work he put into what he had done.

ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT

(PLAAF) J-10A VIGOROUS DRAGON

Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II
Author: Jiri Hornat and Bob Migliardi
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a new company for us.  I would like to thank them for submitting this book for review.

Many modelers are familiar with the camouflage patterns of WW II U.S., British, German, and Japanese aircraft.  However, until the first publication of Colors of the Falcons in 2006, the camouflage patterns used by the Soviets were not as well known.  Because of this lack of knowledge and subsequent demand for the book, it is now in its second printing.

Colors of the Falcons is a paperback book measuring 8-1/2" X 11" and consisting of 56 pages.  The cover and pages are printed on high gloss paper.  The book contains approximately 82 black and white photographs with accompanying text.  There are four color plates depicting 20 different aircraft in various camouflage patterns.  These 20 aircraft are only shown in profile.  It certainly would be beneficial to see the patterns also displayed in a plan view.  The plates are beautifully done, neat and precise.  Accompanying each illustration is a description of the pattern shown.

Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

"So many Spitfires...so little time..." or at least that's the way seems to die-hard modeling fans of Supermarine's legendary fighter.  Of all of the kits offered in 1/48th scale, Tamiya's varied offerings of the Mk V are among the most popular with competitive and serious modelers.  Excellent accuracy, detail, and general engineering of the kit put it in an elite class of quarter-scale Spitfires.

If Tamiya's outstanding kit weren't enough, those folks from Aires just had to take things a step further with their recent release of a cockpit set for Tamiya's Mk V's.  Boy, do they deliver!  Eight crisply-cast chunks of resin, a fret of top-notch photoetch, and a small sheet of acetate with instrument faces and gunsight glass to raise a high bar even higher.