Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

P-40 Wheels & Paint Masks

Published: February 21st, 2011     
P-40 Wheels & Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires now offers two types of resin wheels for detailing P-40 models built from 1/72 Academy kits (as well as those marketed by other kit manufacturers). By producing these two sets, Aires actually provides something for detailing all versions of the P-40 (and P-36) in 1/72 scale. Both sets also include pre-cut vinyl paint masks and painting instructions. The resin castings feature crisp details and are accurate representations of the real thing.

Set #7257 provides a pair of wheels with straight tread tires on the later style eight-spoke hubs that Curtiss introduced with the N model P-40. They are more accurately detailed than the kit wheels provided in the Academy kit...that have a diamond tread pattern. These wheels, in reality, were actually smaller than the ones equipped on all previous P-40 versions, but in 1/72 it is difficult to tell that the Aires wheels are the same size as the wheels in set #7258.

German WW I machine gun Parabellum LMG14/17 (1pcs)

Published: February 21st, 2011     
German WW I machine gun Parabellum LMG14/17 (1pcs)
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Although suitable for other 1:32 scale kits, this Master barrel set is aimed at the new Wingnut Wings WWI two-seater aircraft such as the Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 or the LVG kits. Meant as a turned brass barrel replacement, along with a carry handle, side bracket and sights in PE brass, the parts are finely made and, other than the two barrel parts, very tiny.

Installation is simple. Cut off the plastic barrel assembly, drill out an appropriately sized hole, assemble the brass barrel and cooling jacket and CA them into the hole. The rest is not so simple.

Working with the tiny photoetched parts for the carry handle, sights and side bracket is frustratingly difficult. The handle has little contact area to glue to the cooling jacket, once you get it bent into proper shape. Some reviewers have said these are meant to be soldered; I think that would be an easy path to madness,

Spitfire Mk. VIII Interior S.A

Published: February 21st, 2011     
Spitfire Mk. VIII Interior S.A
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Editors note: This Eduard photoetch set is also contained in the recently reviewed Eduard Cat. #32679, also self adhesive. It is Fret Part 1 in the larger set.

Eduard Model Accessories has produced another fine set of photoetch parts to help complete your Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII. The set is for up-detailing the cockpit to a highly detailed replica of a Spitfire Mk. VIII cockpit. As an added bonus the parts on the fret are prepainted and have an adhesive backing.

You will find two large instrument panel parts; one is pre-punched and assembles as a front layer for the unpunched one. When assembled together they will make up the main instrument panel. The colors are accurate and the printing is so fine it would be impossible to duplicate by hand. The fret also contains peripheral instrumentation, control brackets, quadrants, a placard and switch panels, compass face, gunsight, etc. There is a film included for the gunsight reflectors with two of each size needed, i.e. you get an extra set of reflectors.

F/A-18E Eagles and F/A-18F Diamondbacks

Published: February 21st, 2011     
F/A-18E Eagles and F/A-18F Diamondbacks
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

This kit provides aircraft and markings for two Super Hornets, the single seat F/A-18E from VFA-115, Eagles, and a two-seat F/A-18F from VFA-102 Diamondbacks. Both squadrons are based at NAF Atsugi, Japan.

THE AIRCRAFT

The F/A-18E and F are redesigned, becoming the "Super Bugs", larger than the F/A-18A through D aircraft. Other noticeable changes are the squared intakes and serrated edges on the main landing gear doors and several of the panels. These have reduced the frontal and rear radar signatures, making the E and F models almost stealthy, although not as much as the F-22 or F-35. One of the weaknesses of the early model Hornet was range. The E and F models overcome this by being able to carry 5 extra fuel tanks instead of the 3 carried by the A through D models.

THE KIT

You get almost two of everything. You only get one single-seat canopy and one for the "family model". Otherwise you get two of all parts, including the extra seat and panel for the F model and the part which extends the fuselage spine forward on the E. Nicely molded in gray plastic, with no flash or molding faults. It's what we've grown to expect from Dragon.

Spitfire Mk. VIII Interior S.A. (self adhesive)

Published: February 20th, 2011     
Spitfire Mk. VIII Interior S.A. (self adhesive)
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard Model Accessories has produced another fine set of photoetch parts to help complete your Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII. The set is for up-detailing the cockpit and you should need to add nothing more to make the cockpit area a highly accurate replica.

As an added bonus the parts in this set are prepainted and have an adhesive backing.

There are two frets, made from stainless steel and a clear film with four marked rectangles to replicate glass faces on instrument panels and gunsight reflectors.