Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The F-8 Crusader has always been one of my favorite aircraft. I personally tend to model in 1/48 scale, however when the opportunity came up to review Aires 1/32 detail set for the Trumpeter F-8E/H, I could not resist. The set showed up, and I found an F-8 kit with a few other goodies shortly after, so I was all set.

Aires has always been a leader in the realm of aftermarket resin sets. I am used to their 1/48 line and the level of detail found on those, but was blown away with their treatment in 1/32. First, the set is large, and comes in a sturdy cardboard box with lid and clear picture of the contents. Opening the box you are greeted with several bags of large resin parts, a small photo-etch fret, and instructions.

The main areas covered by this set are:

The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed

Published: October 18th, 2010     
The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: THE F-4 PHANTOM EXPOSED
Company: Reid Air Publications

Everything you ever wanted to see on an F-4 Phantom II. When the author tells you "exposed", that's exactly what he means. This, no doubt, will be the definitive publication when it comes to detail shots of the F-4. Included are descriptions and details for the following: RF-4C, F-4C, F-4D, F-4E, F-4EJ, F-4F, RF-4E, F-4G and the QF-4. The Hellenic DIAS Phantom is also included.

If you're a Phantom buff, as am I, this book is truly the best collection of information (for super detailing purposes) I have seen to date. I thought his (the author's) "Viper Exposed" book was super, but I believe this one surpasses it.

Many thanks to Reid Air Publishing and Jake Melampy for the review sample. Visit them on their website at www.reidairpublishing.com.

Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

As with most Ginter books, the research touches on all serial numbers manufactured, and traces them to their assignments. This was a particular interesting read for yours truly, in that I hold a type rating in this venerable old bird. In the closing pages of this book, I was able to trace, by registration number, the two birds I had the pleasure to fly. I was surprised to see just how many of these post-war relics made their way to Cleveland, Ohio.

Albatros D.III

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Albatros D.III
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

On a first look you find the reboxed plastic along with a photo etch fret and a masking set. You also have 5 decal options that I will get to shortly. Removing the plastic from the resealable bag you'll see all the hard work paid off for 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.

Bf-110D-3

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Bf-110D-3
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Bf 110 was envisioned by Hermann Goering as a heavily armed fighter-destroyer escort for the Luftwaffe's bombers. With its four machine gun and two cannon armament it was a deadly opponent as long one could position the aircraft to take advantage of it. Problem was, as so many other countries found out, the idea of a heavy twin engine fighter competing against smaller single engine fighters of equal or greater horsepower just didn't pan out. Physics simply did not allow it. Early successes against inferior aircraft were soon reversed when the Bf 110s met their match in the Battle of Britain. In spite of being what many could argue was an obsolete design, the Bf 110 soldered on in various versions until the end of the war. It proved especially effective in the night fighter role which capitalized on its multi crew seating and ability to carry a lot of firepower. The Bf 110 D-3 in this kit was designed for long range escort/patrol. The wings were plumbed to take drop tank connections and the tail was lengthened to accommodate a life raft in the event of trouble while patrolling over water.