Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is striving mightily to make enough sets for a modeler to make a perfect Spitfire Mk.IX, if that is possible. The latest by their own definition is a 1/72 scale engine cover with radiator. What you actually have is the lower engine cover with carburetor intake. The part is perfectly cast in Quickboost fine grain resin and it only took me a few minutes using a razor saw, snips and a sanding block to remove the casting gate.

I took down my Hasegawa kit #AP42, 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX as Quickboost says the recommended kit is Hasegawa. The instructions states that this cast part "replace(s) kit part #F1 + F2." Well, I beg to differ. If you look a photo 2, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the lower engine cover/carburetor intake made from sprue E and the resin part is a match for it. In photo 3, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the sprue F (parts 1 & 2) and it's clear that the F sprue has a longer carburetor intake than the Quickboost part. If you intend to make the 1943 Spitfire model then by all means use the Quickboost part, but if you're going to make the 1945 Spitfire model then use the F sprue that has the long carburetor intake.

Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

When this all new release became known to the modeling world, the announcements were accompanied with a plethora of photographs of an unpainted builtup with plenty of close-ups showing the incredible detail contained here. That created a near riot in the modeling community with posts on almost every forum stating that they couldn't wait to receive it. Well, it has arrived and it appears to be well worth the wait!

Junkers JU-52/3mg6e MS Minesweeper

Published: September 22nd, 2010     
Junkers JU-52/3mg6e  MS Minesweeper
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

The Junkers JU-52/3m was to the Luftwaffe  what the Douglas C-47  was to the American military during World War II.  Stemming from Junkers'  World War I all-metal designs, the JU-52 first appeared in 1931 as a large, single engine transport,  the last of which was produced during 1935. Only a few were built, but the trimotor JU-52/3m first flew in 1932, and it was an immediate success, being sold to Bolivia and Colombia as well as other European governments.  Lufthansa began operating the type in 1932.

Albatros D.III ProfiPack

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Albatros D.III ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

At the first glance, you only will notice the reboxed plastic along with a photo-etch fret and a masking set. But when removing the plastic from the resealable bag, you'll see all the hard work put into the kit by 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.