Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Su-27 Missile Pylons

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Su-27 Missile Pylons
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zactomodels

Chris "Zactoman" Wilson provides another much needed update for the 1/32 Trumpeter Su-27 with the release of a full weapons pylon set - ten [weapons] in all. In the set, you get replacement for the both wing tip pylons, 2 APU-73 pylons, four AKU-470 pylons with separate actuator rods, and two APU-470 pylons. The difference with between these pylons and the kits is phenomenal. All have the correct shape so the missiles added will sit at the correct angle. Detail is provided on the bottom of each pylon so if they are left empty, there is not just the flat bottom provided by the kit pylons. Detailing is incredible and I have pictures of the kits and the Zactomodels sets together- there is no close comparison.

Mig 23 Intake and Missile rails

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zactomodels

Editor's note: No product packaging images were provided.

  • Item # Z32033 APU-60-1 Launch Rails         $10.00 + S&H
  • Item # Z32031 Mig 23 Pylon Set:                   $30.00 + S&H
  • Item # Z32032 Mig 23 Intake Splitter plate:    $25.00 + S&H

Mig 23 Decal Sheets

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Mig 23 Decal Sheets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Linden Hill Imports

For the IPMS build involving various aftermarket parts for the Trumpeter Mig 23, I did not want to do the kit decal markings for the "M". Therefore, I ordered the Linden Hill Warsaw Pact decal from Linden Hill imports. I told Guy at LHI I was doing the review and he threw in the second sheet (32012) for the ML, MLP, LMA, etc., as flown in Afghanistan and other places. Those will be used in a separate review later. Extreme thanks to Guy at LHI for providing us these items for review. We at IPMS USA appreciate the serious, undying support of distributors like you!

Model Art Plamo Manual, #6, How to Build Jet-Fighter

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Model Art Plamo Manual, #6, How to Build Jet-Fighter
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Model Art

Description

I have reviewed a couple of ModelArt magazines with their impressive variety of subjects and techniques in each issue. The "Plamo Manual" focuses on one subject theme and describes how to build each subject in detail. From ModelArt's English web site they describe a Plamo Manual as "Plamo Manual is the key handbook for those who have wanted to perfectly build in cars, aircrafts and naval vessels. Moreover, it even elucidates how to use airbrushes for painting. Plamo Manual is a helpful and necessary guide for all modelers." This issue focuses on modern jet fighter aircraft. The production quality of this "manual" is exceptional. The 112 pages are high quality and weight paper stock, all color and with superb photos. There are a few general and advertiser pages, but for the most part the "manual" is packed with content. Some other Plamo Manuals focused on Ship, AFV, aircraft carriers, painting models and WWII aircraft.

Mig 23 Intake Bypass Doors, and Control Sticks

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Mig 23 Intake Bypass Doors, and Control Sticks
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

I received the bypass doors and Control levers from Quickboost via the IPMS lottery for use in my MIG 23 build. THANKS QUICKBOOST for providing us these items for review. We at IPMS USA appreciate your continued support!

I started this review with the Quickboost bypass doors; Install the doors in the outer intake duct. All that is required is to remove the mounting lip on the intake, and carefully install them in a partially-open position. Nicely done Quickboost! 

The control stick is a work of art; three are provided. The three-button stick with the Autopilot "off" paddle is extremely well detailed, and a great improvement over the kit item which doesn't really look like it should.

Final verdict:  an excellent effort from Quickboost!