Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Modeler’s Datafile 16: The Hawker Hunter

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Modeler’s Datafile 16: The Hawker Hunter
Author: Paul Bradley
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: SAM Publications

Thanks to SAM Publications and Paul Bradley for the review copy.  www.sampublications.com

During the IPMS National Convention in Columbus, I bought the Modeler's Datafiles 12, 13 and 14, on the F-4 Phantom.  I was impressed with these books, and I'm impressed with this one too.  This book has all the information a modeler needs to build a Hawker Hunter, including a kit listing, a decal listing and an accessory/conversion listing.  I find I spend a lot of time looking for info on aircraft I build, and this book will save me on research next time I build a Hunter.

The table of contents is as follows:

Spitfire Mk. IX Late Interior S.A.

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk. IX Late Interior S.A.
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard is right on par with this Photo Etch Set for Tamiya's Mk. IX Spitfire. The Tamiya kit is just about the best Spitfire kit out there in any scale and they have already done a superb job with the cockpit. So how does Eduard come back with a product that adds a little more detail to this well thought out cockpit? They've done it buy adding just a little extra to Tamiya's parts by pushing up the detail a few notches. The instrument panel is as superb as always and is done in the usual Eduard manor. But parts, such as the gun sight mounting bracket, are exchanged for Eduard's more realistic holding bracket. This detail adds a realistic subtleness that wouldn't be noticed until both parts are compared. The throttle boxes are made more realistic just by the fact that less is more. Instead of a clump of plastic formed to have the general outline, it's made to look like the throttles can actually be moved back and forth. Even small placards are added to show the position of the throttles. The compressed air bottles have a small mounting band in the place of the molded one which adds a bit more realism to this piece.

Browning M2 Aircraft .50 caliber barrels (2pcs)

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Browning M2 Aircraft .50 caliber barrels (2pcs)
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I think most of us realize that if we want more detail we will often find it in resin sets, and if we really want the best barrels we'll find them made for of us out of brass.  The Polish company, Master Model, has been producing excellent brass barrels in 1/32 and 1/48 scales for the aircraft modeler and 1/700 and 1/350 brass barrels for the ship modelers.  Recently, they have started a line in 1/72 scale and the first product is one that everyone can use - Browning M2 aircraft .50 caliber barrels.  Just think of all the Allied aircraft that mounted the M2 .50 caliber machine gun and you can see how popular this could be. 

Now I'm going to give you some dimensions just to drive home the point of how small these barrels are.  The barrels overall length (shaft included) is .5020", the barrel length is .3945" and the barrel diameter is .0280".  These are tiny jewels with the cooling holes in place and the barrel drilled out at the front to a depth of .020", painted and dry brushed these barrels will look fantastic. 

From Props To Jets, Commercial Aviation's Transition to the Jet Age 1952 – 1962

Published: October 11th, 2010     
From Props To Jets, Commercial Aviation's Transition to the Jet Age 1952 – 1962
Author: Jon Proctor, Mike Machat, Craig Kodera
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Company: Specialty Press

Aptly titled, this decade in the history of commercial aviation was initially dominated by "luxury airliners" like the Douglas DC-7C, Boeing Stratocruiser, and Lockheed Constellation. That was until the arrival of jets - the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8.  The authors, Proctor, Machat, and Kodera who have long been associated with the U.S. airline industry take us back to this transitional period through their personal experie