Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Windsock Datafile 141: AMC DH9A 'Ninak', Volume Two

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 141: AMC DH9A 'Ninak', Volume Two
Author: John Alcorn
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the second of two volumes dealing with the history of the DeHavilland DH-9A, and continues the story of the postwar development and service of this most versatile biplane.  The first volume generated a lot of feedback, so a number of points are clarified, and more details are included, although the main thrust of this issue is the postwar service and development, as well as the Russian copies that were produced as the R-1 after the Bolshevik Revolution. Since there are a couple of kits available of this aircraft, at least in 1/72 scale, the book will be of special interest for those of us who model World War I and "Tween the Wars" airplanes.

RB-51 'Red Baron' Reno Racer - Part 1

Published: October 21st, 2010     
RB-51 'Red Baron' Reno Racer - Part 1
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

It is my distinct pleasure to present to you Paul Fisher's latest full resin kit effort, the RB-51 "Red Baron". I guess what surprises me most, having had the opportunity to build and review each of his magnificent 1/32nd scale aircraft kits, is his innate ability to continue to raise the bar on himself each time. This one is no exception, Paul having produced quality models for 32 years now.

His kits come to you in a very sturdy cardboard box, very carefully hand packed and wrapped in several layers of tissue by Paul's lovely wife Suzy. I mean c'mon! What more could you ask for? No kidding, you really don't see very many like this in today's market. After the tissue is removed and the exquisitely cast resin pieces are exposed, it is top quality as far as the eye can see.

Blue Angels A-4 Skyhawk

Published: October 21st, 2010     
Blue Angels A-4 Skyhawk
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

A product of the brilliant yet practical designer Ed Heinemann, the Skyhawk was a simple lightweight naval attack jet that served the U.S. Navy and Marines far beyond what anyone expected. One of its standout roles was serving as the mount of the U.S Navy's Blue Angels aerobatic team from 1974 to 1986. These Naval ambassadors dazzled hundreds of thousands of people with their precision maneuvers, which the A-4, with its phenomenal roll rate, was capable of doing. I had the opportunity to witness these aircraft in action at the Pt. Mugu NAS in my teens. I was looking forward to sharing a shiny blue and gold bird with you until I saw the decal sheet. This is the original Monogram kit we all know which, in spite of its raised panel lines, still holds up against its contemporaries.

6 Hikotai F-2A/B Decals

Published: October 20th, 2010     
6 Hikotai F-2A/B Decals
Reviewed by: Chip Jean, IPMS# 13823
Scale: 1/48
Company: Afterburner Decals

OK guys, a show of hands; how many of you don't like Hasegawa kit decals? You've had bad experiences with them and hate 'em to the point that you won't build or even buy a given Hasegawa kit unless you can get aftermarket decals for it? Not a problem for those Hasegawa F-Teen kits where you easily have many more aftermarket decal choices than kits. However, when it came to cool looking, non-gray jets, like the Mitsubishi F-2, you were stuck....until now.

What's in the Bag?

Afterburner Decals has solved the 1/48thscale F-2 problem with this excellent release, which, as decal sheets go, is a complete package. In the large, resealable plastic bag, you'll find an attractive cover sheet with sample color profiles of included aircraft (see Cover Sheet); a large 8" x 10" decal sheet and a 23/4" x 3" supplemental sheet (see Sheet 1 and Sheet 2), both printed by Cartograf; 6 pages of color profiles/instructions; and a 2-sided black and white stencil guide (see Stencil Guide 1 and Stencil Guide 2).