Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Model Art Profile, #9, Mitsubishi T-2/F-1 of JASDF

Published: April 7th, 2011     
Model Art Profile, #9, Mitsubishi T-2/F-1 of JASDF
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Model Art

I recently built the Hasegawa 1/72 T-2 for a detail set review. I ran into a large problem. The decals in my T-2 were many years old, had yellowed, and I didn't want to do the Blue Impulse plane anyway. I went to my bookshelf, and I had only two references to the T-2, and one of them was for the Blue Impulse. I found a photograph of an aggressor which I used, but this book would have been a super reference, and saved me a lot of trouble.

The text is Japanese, but by golly the profiles, photographs and 1/48 scale drawing all translate nicely into whatever language you use, and there are 4 pages of English translation in the back of the book. It's the history of the T-2/F-1 and assigned units, which covers pages 10-18.

Another super feature is the time line for 11 T-2s. It shows delivery date, IRAN (Inspect and Repair As Necessary) and the color schemes used on that aircraft with the dates. This covers 4 pages, and is just mind boggling in its detail. Someone has really done their homework here!

RAF RE.8, Harry Tate

Published: April 7th, 2011     
RAF RE.8, Harry Tate
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

I have heard wonderful things about the Wingnut Wings models but I didn't realize that they were this good. When John Noack posted that he had one of their models for review, I practically begged him to give it to me. I wasn't disappointed.

Upon opening the very substantial box, I was greeted with many sprues consisting of 265 plastic parts and 11 photoetched parts. I opened the instructions and I really cannot call them mere instructions as it was a 30 page book in color. They were the most complete instructions I have ever seen and they even had photographs of the real aircraft in several places to help locating where various parts were to be placed.

I began as the instructions called for by painting the interior parts and then assembling them. This was the most complete I have ever seen and this took almost a week not counting the interior rigging. It really is a shame that so much cannot be seen once the fuselage is buttoned up. Everything is in this interior even the map attached to the instrument panel. I rigged the interior with 0.09 copper wire before I closed up the fuselage. This was not a difficult chore and was accomplished in two days.

Roland D.VIa

Published: April 7th, 2011     
Roland D.VIa
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

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F-100 F Details Sets (revised)

Published: April 6th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Trumpeter F-100 series is a welcome addition to plastic modeling and the F-100 F two-seater fills a big hole for the serious model builder. Eduard is a well-known company with a reputation for providing very nice detail sets for many of today's new model kits. Eduard has now produced several photoetch details sets for the F-100 F such as seatbelts, cockpit interior, undercarriage and exterior.

The seatbelt set, #49540, contains all of the seatbelts, buckles and pads for both the front and rear seats as well as the foot rests for the ejection seats. The belts are pre-painted in the appropriate colors, all you have to do is apply a drop of super glue and put the part in place. It is a slow and tedious process but the finished kit parts look fantastic.

Marauding Esquire Girls B-26C

Published: April 6th, 2011     
Marauding Esquire Girls B-26C
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio, IPMS# 45186
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Bombshell Decals continue rolling out extremely nice decals! This release of the B-26C Marauders contains decals to build two aircraft except for one set of the National Stars, and one set of standard Curtis prop blade markings. A note explains that two of the Curtis markings would often wear off; therefore enough decals are provided for two aircraft. If you used Bombshell decals already, you will find the same quality in this bag. All the decals have a sheen and easily seen against the flat paper surface. The clear flash around each decal is minimal if you elect to trim them. Veterans of decal applications using gloss surfaces and solvents will probably not trim them. All the numbers and letters have clear film for proper spacing and decrease distortion when applied. There are no signs of color overlap which makes the decals crisp and clear. This is very obvious just looking at the nose art ladies. You can actually see blush on their faces and highlights in their hair.