Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

A-26 Invader Units of World War 2

Published: December 1st, 2010     
A-26 Invader Units of World War 2
Author: Jim Roeder
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Osprey Publishing

The A-26 was a late arrival to World War II but it was the epitome of the medium attack bomber. Designed to replace both the B-26 and the A-20 Havoc, the A-26 was faster and more robust than either design. With crew of two or three (depending on which version) the Invader was a single pilot aircraft that carried fewer crew members into battle with a bigger bomb load. The A-26 would soldier-on through to the Vietnam conflict, quite an accomplishment for a twin-engine medium bomber.

This book is typical of this series of books; a soft bound book contains 96 pages filled with b/w and color photos. Included in the center section are 30 color profiles that will provide plenty of inspiration and information for the modeler. The text is informative and interesting; both easy to read and quite informative. I thoroughly enjoyed the first-hand accounts of the pilots and ground crew.

"Blacksheep/Bulldogs" "Gunship Harriers"

Published: December 1st, 2010     
"Blacksheep/Bulldogs" "Gunship Harriers"
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz, IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This time up it's the Twobobs Decals sheet 48-223 "Gunship Harriers". Though this sheet is 1/48th scale. I believe this is also available in 32nd scale as well as 72nd scale. Check their website as well. The sheet is printed beautifully by MicroScale. This time up it's for two famous squadrons: VMA 214 "Black Sheep", and VMA 223 "Bulldogs".

The artwork is superb and the instruction sheet shows all views as well as pictures of the real aircraft. This sheet covers three birds. Two are from VMA 214, and one is from VMA 223. One of the Blacksheep birds has a splash of color. That is the black tail with white lettering and numbers. The stenciling is first rate too.

KC-97G

Published: December 1st, 2010     
KC-97G
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

Minicraft models has issued another boxing of their KC-97G. I believe this is the second boxing of this kit and is a slight improvement over the first release. The parts are unchanged, but this new boxing includes a gorgeous decal sheet with two different options (more on this later). The kit includes five sprues of light gray plastic and one sprue containing the clear parts, which consists of boomer's pod and the cockpit windows/part of the front fuselage. No clear parts are provided for the side fuselage windows; black decals represent these windows.

 After giving the parts a once over, a small amount of flash is present. Also of note, there were a few sink marks in the fuselage halves and some rather soft detail on the wings. This would also be a good place to note that the engines have no detail what so ever and the props are very bland. Because of blank look of the engines, I ordered Cobra Company's resin engine and white metal prop replacements. I highly recommend this simple replacement as it provides a very nice enhancement over the kit parts. The clear parts are really clear, and a dip in Future made them shine.

B-17 Flying Fortress

Published: December 1st, 2010     
B-17 Flying Fortress
Author: David Doyle, with cover art by Don Greer, line Aat by Matheu Spraggins
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Squadron Products

The B-17 is most recognized bomber of WWII and certainly one of the most recognizable airplanes to ever fly. It was an effective weapons system particularly when accompanied by the P-51 Mustang. It dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II and its survivability was much greater than most other planes of that time. This legendary aircraft has been the subject of many books. It is the subject of the latest offering from Squadron/Signal's long list of In Action series.

This soft bound 8-1/4" X 11" book consists of 80 pages. The book contains approximately 200 photographs and drawings. The photographs are all period photographs and many are in color. Each photograph is accompanied by a block of text explaining what is depicted. The quality of these period photographs is exceptional.

Tornado Exhaust Nozzles

Published: December 1st, 2010     
Tornado Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Bill Schwarz, IPMS# 30924
Scale: 1/48