Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

P-47D-30 Thunderbolt Dorsal Fin Conversion

Published: February 6th, 2011     
P-47D-30 Thunderbolt Dorsal Fin Conversion
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The latest addition to the Quickboost line of resin accessories is a dorsal fin conversion for the Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt. The first P-47s had a "razorback" canopy configuration with a tall fuselage spine behind the pilot which resulted in poor visibility to the rear. The British came up with an idea to use bubble top canopies on some of their aircraft to fix this problem. The USAAF liked this change and started to implement it to their fighters which included the P-47. To fit the bubble top canopy to the P-47 they cut down the rear fuselage which was found to cause yaw instability. To fix the yaw problem they introduced a dorsal fin extension in the form of a narrow triangle running from the vertical tail plane to the radio aerial. This change was also implemented in the field on earlier bubble tops. This is where the Quickboost part comes into play.

53 Stormo

Published: February 6th, 2011     
53 Stormo
Author: Marco Mattioli, Illustrated by Richard Caruana
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Given the tactical organization of the Regia Aeronautica during World War II, this book covers the story of all the different Gruppi that were part of the 53 Stormo during World War II. The Regia Aeronautica organized their units in the basis of a Squadriglia, (Squadron) with strength of 9 to 12 airplanes. Two or three Squadriglie would form a Gruppo (Group) and two or three Gruppi would form a Storm (Wing). Often there would be autonomous Gruppi and sometimes even Squadriglie assigned to different front or sector.

The Gruppi described in this book are the 150 Gruppo "Gigi Tre Osei", 151 Gruppo "Asso di Spade"and 153 Gruppo "Asso di Bastoni". Also 157 Gruppo  was attached to 53 Stormo briefly and therefore included in the book.

JC-130A Hercules

Published: February 3rd, 2011     
JC-130A Hercules
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/144
Company: A-Model

When the package arrived I was expecting a C-130A and was surprised to find in its place a model kit for the JC-130A. I didn't have a clue on what the "J" stood for, so off to the internet to find out. Well, they were built to track and retrieve missiles tested over the Atlantic test range. Further snooping found that eight C-130A's were built as JC-130A's and later several B models were built as JC-130B's and were used to track and retrieve space capsules (i.e. film capsules from spy satellites) on the Pacific test range.

Messerschmitt Bf-110C/D Engine Bulkhead

Published: February 3rd, 2011     
Messerschmitt Bf-110C/D Engine Bulkhead
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The new Cyberhobby Bf-110s are some of the finest versions of this famous aircraft but even they could use some resin to make them even better.

These little gems are molded in light grey resin without a bubble anywhere. The level of detail far exceeds what is in the kit. These parts are easy enough to add. Simply remove them and substitute them for parts K12 and K13. The only thing these need to make them outstanding is a good paint job. Granted they will be mostly hidden but I think that they add to the look of the finished model.

I like to upgrade cockpits and wheel wells so this set is perfect for me. So if you are like me you will 'need' these.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy

You can obtain your copy from your local hobby shop or by contacting Quickboost at www.quickboost.net.

Arado AR 196A Armament

Published: February 3rd, 2011     
Arado AR 196A Armament
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has taken a shine to the Italeri Ar-196 kit. This makes either the fourth or fifth upgrade set for it. This time the emphasis is on the armament. Molded in light grey resin the parts feature great detail. This set has seven resin pieces with everything from the guns and barrels themselves to the mounts and ammo drums. The cooling fins on the gun barrels are especially nicely done. The ends are hollow and look great. The detail is much finer than that included in the kit and requires significantly less clean up than the plastic parts.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review copy

You can obtain your copy from your local hobby shop or by contacting Quickboost at www.quickboost.net.