Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Tornado Exhaust Nozzles

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

We just keep getting more and more great stuff from these guys. They are truly one of the best resin casters out there. Their attention to detail is magnificent and the prices are reasonable to boot. This time up is a look at the burner cans for the Hobby Boss Tornado's. They look more towards the ones on the GR/4s then the ones on the Fighter /Interceptor variant but I could be wrong.

There are 6 great cast parts. 3 of each make up the burner assemblies for the Tornadoes twin engines. The engraving is second to none and the fit of the resin parts is superb. Aires gives you a kind of instruction sheet with installation pics and a few notes. Most of you who buy these already know the deal so I won't dwell on it. No photoetch is in the set, nor is it needed. Just read the simple instructions, then paint and pop them in.

Bf-109F-4/Trop Part 2

Published: December 1st, 2010     
Bf-109F-4/Trop Part 2
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions is synonymous with Luftwaffe research designed for the model builder. Their latest release is for any 1/32nd scale Friedrich. As always with EagleCals, the quality is felt right from opening up the packaging.

You are presented with markings for four Freidrichs. These are quite colorful aircraft. All of them start out with base colors of RLM 78/79, but that is where they commonality ends.

The instructions are printed in color on four 8x10 pages. The front page contains the profile and plan views. The profile views are printed larger on the second page. These profiles are absolutely beautiful. I don't know for sure but I'm fairly certain they are done by Tom Tullis. The third page is a written description of each aircraft. The fourth page contains the stencil diagram.

Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Kawasaki Ki-61 I Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at the Undercarriage Covers detail set for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-61 family of kits.


This superb detail set is designed to work with the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-61 I Hein "Tony". The Hein was a WWII Japanese fighter with an inline engine. When Allied pilots first encountered the Hein, they thought they were flying against German Bf 109 fighters because of the similar nose shape. They quickly discovered that this was in fact a Japanese design, and it was given the code name "Tony".


The Quickboost Undercarriage Covers (Landing gear doors) are finely molded, and are very easily removed from the casting block. I find that using a razor saw is the easiest method, and after a little sanding, these great detail parts are ready to glue in place.

Nakajima Ki-43-II Late Exhaust Stacks, Type A & Type B

Published: November 29th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-43-II Late Exhaust Stacks, Type A & Type B
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The folks at Quickboost continue to add superb detail sets to their growing catalog of items. For this review I will be looking at two sets for the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-43-II Hayabusa "Oscar" Japanese WWII Fighter.


Both sets are designed to fit any number of the Hasegawa kits, as every boxing of the Hayabusa share the same fuselage - either set will work for Hasegawa's entire series of Ki-43 aircraft.


Before you run out and purchase one of these sets, check your reference material to decide if you would like to build an early model Ki-43-II or a Late model Ki-43-II. Quickboost set 48-295 is labeled "Type A" and represents the later style exhaust pipes (pointing toward the tail). Set 48-294 is labeled "Type B" and is for the early models with the exhaust stack pointing outward. For this review, the kit shown is a Ki-43-II Early type with the exhaust stack pointing outward.
 

Nakajima Ki-44-II Exhaust Stacks

Published: November 29th, 2010