Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Instrument Panel Decals (Revised)

Published: March 24th, 2011     
Instrument Panel Decals (Revised)
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32, 1/24
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Editor's note: decals sheets reviewed are shown in photo starting at the bottom and moving up in display: 1/24 Generic Luftwaffe - AS24LUFT; 1/24 Focke-wulf - ASA24FWA; 1/32 Generic RAF - AS32RAF; 1/24 JU-87 - AS24JUA .

Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements is a fairly new company, which managed to find a new area in model building that fills a need for the detail orientated model builder. The cockpit is probably the second area on an aircraft model that is looked at after looking at the paint job and certainly the instrument panel has to look good or the rest of the interior detail in the cockpit, no matter how good, is just overlooked. Airscale has come out with various sets of decals which either replaces the instrument console for certain aircraft or has decal sets which have generic decals to replace the instrument dials on the instrument panel. These decals help to enhance the cockpit as a whole by making the console as realistic as possible.

FW-190 Defence of the Reich Aces

Published: March 24th, 2011     
FW-190 Defence of the Reich Aces
Author: John Weal
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

The author, John Weal, has written a number of books on the wartime career of the Focke Wulf FW-190 and its pilots, and this book fills a gap that needed to be filled, that of the Defense of the Reich units that operated mainly over Germany from mid-1942 until the end of the war. The book mainly covers the activities of JG 1, JG 2, JG 4, JG 26, JG 76, and JG 301, and is confined primarily to the radial engine variants, from FW-190A-4 through FW-190A-8. These units operated primarily against American 8th Air Force bomber formations, and they were highly successful until the introduction of the long range P-47's and P-51's, which tipped the balance in favor of the Americans. 

P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 2

Published: March 24th, 2011     
P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 2
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Not too long ago I reviewed a different set of decals from Bombshell with the same theme but for a different aircraft and they proved to be everything good I wrote about them and more. This series of decals are specifically for these particular P-47's, which incorporate two separate sets - Part 1 and Part 2. I am reviewing Part-2, which contains more of the famous icons in the field of "Nose Art". This set depicts "Rain-Dear" and "Phil Darling" and has a couple of beauties ready to be displayed and to enhance your scale model. Looking very close at these decals, you can see that the registry is spot on and the colors are fantastic with no bleed through and the details are sharp and crisp. As with other sets from Bombshell, the decals have minimal carrier film and are somewhat thin which allows them to conform easy but strong enough to not tare with proper handling. These decals are manufactured by Cartograf of Italy whose reputation precedes them as being one of the best makers of decals.

Boeing E-3 AWACS, NATO

Published: March 22nd, 2011     
Boeing E-3 AWACS, NATO
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

The E-3 Sentry is a logical follow-on to the earlier US Air Force EC-121. Of course the Sentry has better radar, more room and a more reliable aircraft. The basic airframe is the Boeing 707-720 with the JT-3D engines. When NATO decided they needed an airborne command and control system, they bought 18 Sentries. It's of interest to modelers that the 17 remaining NATO Sentries are registered in Luxembourg, which has no other aircraft. In fact they don't have an air base, so the NATO aircraft are based at Geilenkirchen, Germany.

The Kit

This is the third issue of the basic E-3A from Minicraft, along with their Boeing 707s, C-18 and E-8 JSTARS. The mold is several years old, but it has been well maintained, with crisp edges and almost no flash. All sprues are in separate plastic bags which reduces lost parts, breakage and scratches on the clear parts.

P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 1

Published: March 21st, 2011     
P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 1
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Bombshell Decals are a new product to me. I was pleasantly surprised to find the set I received for review to be very colorful and in good registry and covering two aircraft of one of my favorite modeling subjects, the Republic P-47 D Razorback.

One is an aircraft of the 352 FG at two different periods of World War Two. The main difference between the two is that one has the national insignia with a red border and the other with the blue border plus the number of kills.

The second aircraft is the Belle of Belmont of the 56 FG with invasion stripes, not included on the decal sheet. Both aircraft have the very suggestive and colorful nose art common on warplanes of the era.

The instruction sheet is in full color and showing the port side, top and bottom placement of the decals as well as an FS 595 color guide. Your model kit will provide the required stenciling decals.

I can recommend this decal set to any model builder interested in World War Two markings.

I would like to thank Bombshell Decals for providing the decals and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them for you.