Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

As with most Ginter books, the research touches on all serial numbers manufactured, and traces them to their assignments. This was a particular interesting read for yours truly, in that I hold a type rating in this venerable old bird. In the closing pages of this book, I was able to trace, by registration number, the two birds I had the pleasure to fly. I was surprised to see just how many of these post-war relics made their way to Cleveland, Ohio.

Albatros D.III

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Albatros D.III
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

On a first look you find the reboxed plastic along with a photo etch fret and a masking set. You also have 5 decal options that I will get to shortly. Removing the plastic from the resealable bag you'll see all the hard work paid off for the Eduard crew. The level of detail is incredible and the offering is just as nice today as it was 10 -11 years ago when first released.

Bf-110D-3

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Bf-110D-3
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Bf 110 was envisioned by Hermann Goering as a heavily armed fighter-destroyer escort for the Luftwaffe's bombers. With its four machine gun and two cannon armament it was a deadly opponent as long one could position the aircraft to take advantage of it. Problem was, as so many other countries found out, the idea of a heavy twin engine fighter competing against smaller single engine fighters of equal or greater horsepower just didn't pan out. Physics simply did not allow it. Early successes against inferior aircraft were soon reversed when the Bf 110s met their match in the Battle of Britain. In spite of being what many could argue was an obsolete design, the Bf 110 soldered on in various versions until the end of the war. It proved especially effective in the night fighter role which capitalized on its multi crew seating and ability to carry a lot of firepower. The Bf 110 D-3 in this kit was designed for long range escort/patrol. The wings were plumbed to take drop tank connections and the tail was lengthened to accommodate a life raft in the event of trouble while patrolling over water.

HISPANO Spitfire Mk.V 20mm Cannons

Published: October 17th, 2010     
HISPANO Spitfire Mk.V 20mm Cannons
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I'll admit to being a little confused when I requested this assignment. I was expecting something else. Still, these are very welcome components as I have two 1/72nd scale Spitfire Mk.V's in my "to-build" pile.

The Spitfire was among the earliest production fighter aircraft to adopt a 20mm cannon as armament; with the "B" arrangement for the cannon being introduced in the Mk.I and Mk.II models that fought the Battle of Britain. While the s