Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Model Art Plamo Manual, #6, How to Build Jet-Fighter

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Model Art Plamo Manual, #6, How to Build Jet-Fighter
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Model Art

Description

I have reviewed a couple of ModelArt magazines with their impressive variety of subjects and techniques in each issue. The "Plamo Manual" focuses on one subject theme and describes how to build each subject in detail. From ModelArt's English web site they describe a Plamo Manual as "Plamo Manual is the key handbook for those who have wanted to perfectly build in cars, aircrafts and naval vessels. Moreover, it even elucidates how to use airbrushes for painting. Plamo Manual is a helpful and necessary guide for all modelers." This issue focuses on modern jet fighter aircraft. The production quality of this "manual" is exceptional. The 112 pages are high quality and weight paper stock, all color and with superb photos. There are a few general and advertiser pages, but for the most part the "manual" is packed with content. Some other Plamo Manuals focused on Ship, AFV, aircraft carriers, painting models and WWII aircraft.

Mig 23 Intake Bypass Doors, and Control Sticks

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Mig 23 Intake Bypass Doors, and Control Sticks
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

I received the bypass doors and Control levers from Quickboost via the IPMS lottery for use in my MIG 23 build. THANKS QUICKBOOST for providing us these items for review. We at IPMS USA appreciate your continued support!

I started this review with the Quickboost bypass doors; Install the doors in the outer intake duct. All that is required is to remove the mounting lip on the intake, and carefully install them in a partially-open position. Nicely done Quickboost! 

The control stick is a work of art; three are provided. The three-button stick with the Autopilot "off" paddle is extremely well detailed, and a great improvement over the kit item which doesn't really look like it should.

Final verdict:  an excellent effort from Quickboost!

Mig 17 Landing gear bays and gear doors

Published: April 28th, 2011     
Mig 17 Landing gear bays and gear doors
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The usual thanks go to Aires for providing IPMS USA with yet another great review item.

A very simple upgrade to the Hobbyboss Mig 17 kit series; you'll have to remove the inner details from the kit wings, glue the bay in place on the lower wing interior, and they are done. As to the nose: replace the nose intake splitter/wheel well with the resin item. Nose and main gear doors are also included.

It's worth the cash and time for these parts. Simple modeling skills required; the improvement is seen when the Aires parts are held up next to the kit items.

This is a great time to be in the hobby, and Aires had obviously decided they are going to continue to compete for our hard earned paychecks. With sets like this, they are succeeding... well done Aires!

De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2

Published: April 27th, 2011     
De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

Oh boy- is this great!!! (Stolen from a famous movie.) I have been waiting patiently since Airfix announced the first 1/48 scale styrene kit of the Sea Vixen and the kit delivers in spades. A quick background shows that the De Havilland Sea Vixen entered service in 1959 and served until the 1970's. It was the first British fighter to be designed without guns relying solely on its missiles.

On to the kit- the basics show very crisp molding with engraved panel lines and are molded in light gray styrene. There are three large sprues in total. A very nice clear sprue rounds out the plastic and has the canopies and windscreens as well as the seeker heads, HUD glass, etc. One thing that hits you right off is the instruction manual: detailed and with 20 pages of instructions and 2 pages of common decals. The last thing is an enormous Cartograf decal sheet with tons of stencils (well over 120) and markings for four different planes:

Swedish Fortresses: The Boeing F-17 in Civil and Military Service

Published: April 27th, 2011     
Swedish Fortresses: The Boeing F-17 in Civil and Military Service
Author: Jan Forsgren
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: MMP Books

Hardback,  128 Pages, 8 1/2 x 11", Plus  8 16" x 23" poster sized double sides sheets showing profile drawings in 1/48 and 1/72 scale in separate packet, labeled "not to be sold separately"

This book answers a couple of often asked questions (1) what happened to the  battled damaged USAAF B-17's and crews that diverted to Sweden rather than accepting the hospitality of the Luftwaffe?, and (2)  how were these planes acquired by the Swedes and used after the war?  This is a fascinating story that answers a lot of questions, but still leaves a few open, such as "Why did the Swedes use B-17's when the B-24  and C-87's would have been a better choice for their purposes?"

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