Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Sopwith Pup RFC - Part 1

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Sopwith Pup RFC -  Part 1
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Part I

Wingnut Wings has released two 1/32 scale Sopwith Pup kits, one containing parts and multiple markings for the Royal Navy version and one containing parts and markings for the Royal Flying Corps version.  The subject of this review is the RFC version. 

If you build plastic model airplanes and have not heard of this kit manufacturer before, you must have been spending a year or so under a rock somewhere.  Wingnut Wings is a New Zealand-based company with a passion for World War I subjects in general and aircraft in particular.  This new company made a big splash in the hobby last year when they released their first four World War I kits and created an even bigger wave this year when they released four more.  Everything is 1/32 scale and produced at a level that leaves most other kits in the dust.   The almost overwhelming response to the release of the first kits was a wide-eyed Wow andthe latest kits deserve the same response.

Junkers Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Junkers Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Hasegawa Stuka kits are really nice.  They could use some help when it comes to the night bomber variants.  That is where Quickboost comes in.  They offer three different variants of the night bomber exhausts.  This particular exhaust, Type C, is shaped at an angle with beautiful detail inside the front and rear parts.  Molded in bubble free light grey plastic with exquisite detail, these exhausts will add to the unique look of your Stuka. 

Simply cut the parts from the pour stub and paint.  Easy and effective.  Of course you'll have to check your references to determine which exhaust is right for your aircraft.  

Fw-190 Flaps

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Fw-190 Flaps
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

It is no surprise that I love the Eduard FW-190 kits.  I've built enough of them to know that I will build more of them.  The recent release of the D-9, D-11/13 variants has done nothing to deter this view.  One way to set your 190 from the others is to lower the flaps which is seen frequently on operational aircraft. 

Gloster G.40 Pioneer by Pavla Models

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Gloster G.40 Pioneer by Pavla Models
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Allow me to start by thanking Pavla Models for their most generous contribution of numerous models for review by IPMS/USA.

Background

The Gloster G.40 Pioneer was the first British jet -- it is also known as the Gloster Whittle or the Gloster E.28/39.  There were two aircraft built but the second crashed so this one, W4041/G, did all the testing from its first flight on 15 May 1941 until it was put on display in the London Science Museum in 1946.

I asked for this not because I am particularly interested in the aircraft but because I had just done the FROG version for the Classic British Kits SIG display at Scale Model World (Telford) in 2009.  That kit is so bad that I felt I should have a better representation on my shelf.  For those of you not familiar with the FROG kit, the wings and fuselage are two different scales and the two figures -- one sitting, one standing -- are also.

F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Sometimes fate just sets you up for something great without you realizing it.  I keep an F-14 Tomcat (of VF-84) on my desk at work, and not long ago I noticed that I, or someone, had bumped the case it was in, thereby separating the Alpha probe from its place on the nose cone.  Before I could remember to take in some glue to make my repair, an offer came out to the IPMS-USA Review Corps to evaluate this very item from a new Polish manufacturer called Master (typically referred to as Master-Models on other internet sites).  I immediately requested this particular item, and was pleasantly surprised when I was given the ability to perform this review.