Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

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     
Albatros D.V Flying Circus Decal Sheet
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

The boys from New Zealand have again moved forward with their line of World War I products. This time it is the release of a series of decals sheets intended for kits already on issue. These decal sheets are of the same quality as the kits from this manufacturer and are printed by Italian company, Cartograf. Cartograf is well known as a premier decal printer and these are no different. If you want something other than the kit supplied decals then any of these kit specific sets will suit your needs.

This specific set represents 5 different aircraft from JG1 "Flying Circus", which was a mobile group of machines piloted by, ostensibly, the best pilots in the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkrafte). The term "Flying Circus" rises from the colorful schemes of each pilot's aircraft. This decal set contains markings for the following 5 pilots:

Decals for Rotol Spitfires Mk I & II

Published: March 28th, 2011     
Decals for Rotol Spitfires Mk I & II
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/48
Company: 3D-Kits

3D Kits is another new product to me. This decal sheet covers four Battle of Britain Supermarine Spitfires. As expected by today's modelers, these decals are in full and proper color as well as in perfect registry. The subjects covered include a Spitfire Mk I of March 1940 with a choice of two separate markings. Also a Spitfire Mk II flown by an American in early August and later August of 1941. Last is a Spitfire Mk II, one of seventeen presented to the RAF by the Belfast Telegraph, paid for by reader donations.

These decals will help fill the void in your Battle of Britain model collection.

B-13 Russian Rocket Pods

Published: March 27th, 2011     
B-13 Russian Rocket Pods
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Mikes Resin Accessories

Two Mikes has built a business by offering details for jet aircraft that few if any companies offer. As I undertook a build review of the 1/48 Eduard Su-25 kit (ex-OEZ, now KOPRO plastic), owner Mike Reeves generously provided two of his details sets toward the effort

Su-25 Intake & Exhaust Covers (Late)

Published: March 27th, 2011     
Su-25 Intake & Exhaust Covers (Late)
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Mikes Resin Accessories

Two Mikes has built a business by offering details for jet aircraft that few if any companies offer. As I undertook a build review of the 1/48 Eduard Su-25 kit (ex-OEZ, now KOPRO plastic), owner Mike Reeves generously provided two of his details sets toward the effort.

FOD covers on a model can serve two functions, they can add more realism in displaying the aircraft, and they can help deal with a troublesome problem. The engine compartment of this Su-25, while it builds up fully, is problematic. The plastic includes a complete intake and exhaust trunk and the front and rear of the engine. The problem lies in the fact that the kit trunks taper into a narrow tube as they pass over the wheel well and provide a set of engine parts closer to 1/72 in size. On the real aircraft the intake trunk opens back up after it clears the main wheel well to an engine that fills the rear of the nacelle. The exhaust end of the engine on the real aircraft is also quite large. It would take major work to fix this area to make it look prototypical. Rather than take it on, I decided to take advantage of this Two Mikes accessory.