Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Il-2 Sturmovik

Published: April 11th, 2011     
Il-2 Sturmovik
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Zvezda

THE KIT

When I got the new Zvezda 1/14 Il-2 Sturmovik and Ju-87B Stuka, I thought they'd be highly detailed standard kits like the Mi-26 I built a while back. Well, no, they're not. Zvezda is not only a manufacturer of plastic models, but they also have a large assortment of board games, and recently they've gone into war games using miniatures.

This is intended as an add-on/expansion for the game "Barbarossa 1941". The game can be found at http://art-of-tactic.com/. There are other 1/144 aircraft available, Bf-109, La-7 and Ju-87B Stuka, plus 1/72 ground units.

Ju-87B Stuka

Published: April 11th, 2011     
Ju-87B Stuka
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Zvezda

THE KIT

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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