Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F4U Corsair in Action

Published: February 1st, 2011     
F4U Corsair in Action
Author: Jim Sullivan
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

This, being the third release (all written by Jim Sullivan) of the "Corsair in Action" series, I was curious and pulled the previous releases for comparison purposes. Not surprisingly, the quality level became better with each book marketed. The first one (1029) consisted of 50 pages, the second one (1145) offered 58 pages and aside from front and rear covers and the center spread, there was no color within. The latest offering contains 64 pages, and is loaded with both color photos and profiles, artwork by Dan Greer. I find the format similar to the "walk around" series also from Squadron Signal.

The text is well written and begins with the early "bent wing birds" during the golden age of aviation, proceeds through the "Birdcage" versions and each later mark and dash number is portrayed. Not only military aircraft (U.S. and other), but the Air Racers are covered along with other survivors.

Ju 88G-6/Ju 188A Engine Intakes

Published: February 1st, 2011     
Ju 88G-6/Ju 188A Engine Intakes
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The later Ju 88Gs and Ju 188 have always been favorites of mine, causing me to collect anything and everything about these aircraft. Surprising these latest editions from Hasegawa are not always easy to obtain here in North America this could be due to the timing of their releases as it happened during the distribution transition from Dragon USA to Hobbico. Nevertheless, now that Hobbico is established with the Hasegawa lines, these late war Ju 88/Ju 188's should get easier to obtain. So it was with great excitement that I was able to review these engine intakes from Quickboost.

Building the Wingnut Wings Gotha G.IV

Published: January 31st, 2011     
Building the Wingnut Wings Gotha G.IV
Author: Ray Rimell & Harry Woodman
Reviewed by: David Goudie, IPMS# 6340
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

For those of you interested in World War One aviation you are probably familiar with Windsock Worldwide, a publication of Albatros Publications, Ltd. out of the U.K. If you are a modeler of World War One aviation and not familiar then you might check them out at your soonest. In addition to their bi-monthly Windsock magazine, Windsock publishes "Data Files" dealing, in detail, with specific single subjects. The bi-monthly Windsock magazine deals with more than one WW-I aircraft subject and always includes at least one highly competent and detailed review and build article. As a modelling publication and reference series on WW-I aviation subjects they are second to none, unequivocally.

The subject of this review is the new series publication (this is billed as "Windsock Worldwide WWWI Modelling Special No.1") It deals with the newly released Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale German Gotha G.IV (www.wingnutwings.com), a twin-engine medium class bomber. Like every other kit produced by Wingnut Wings, this kit is absolutely spectacular and should be the benchmark for others to strive for.

Boeing 737-400 / US Airways

Published: January 31st, 2011     
Boeing 737-400 / US Airways
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

The Boeing 737 was developed in the 1960s as a low-cost development of the 707 and 727. It's the only Boeing "narrow body" airliner still in production. There are 9 versions, ranging from 85 to 215 passengers. While not approaching the Bf-109 in numbers, the 737 is the best-selling jet airliner in history, with 6638 delivered, with 2186 more on order as of December 31, 2010 (Editor: Boeing source).

The 737 in this kit is the -400 version, with CFM-56 engines. Because of the low wing and large diameter of the engines, the lower side of the nacelle is flattened, giving a distinctive "hamster pouch" look. The -300 and -500 versions differ from the -400 in fuselage length, with the -400 being 10 feet longer than the -300 and the -500 is 8 feet shorter than the -300.

For the military modeler, there are 22 air forces that fly or have flown a version of the 737. Unfortunately none of these are -400s. The 737, in its 9 versions is operated by over 500 airlines world wide.

Nakajima G8N1 Renzan Exhaust

Published: January 31st, 2011     
Nakajima G8N1 Renzan Exhaust
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/72
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 exhaust detail set for the 1/72 Hasegawa G8N1 Renzan.

The Hasegawa 1/72 G8N1 Renzan has been on the market for many years, in several different boxings. The molds for each issue of the kit are the same, so this exhaust upgrade set will work with any of the G8N1 kits you may have in your collection.

The Japanese WWII G8N1 Renzan Bomber was a late war Japanese WWII found-engine Bomber project. The initial prototype was completed late in 1944, and several test flights were made before the war ended. Perhaps the most recognized image of a Renzan is the photo in orange paint scheme in captured US Markings.