Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Resin Exhaust Set for Tamiya A6M5 kit

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Resin Exhaust Set for Tamiya A6M5 kit
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The latest release from Quick Boost is a complete set of resin exhaust tubes for the 1/32 scale A6M5 Tamiya kit. Once again the quality of the molding is flawless, no bubbles, or pin holes and the only flash is between pipes where there are more than one. I strongly suspect this is intentional for added strength while being shipped and handled. The resin is the light blonde color we have become accustomed to. And, of course, the ends of the pipes are hollow.

Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service
Author: Robert M. Stitt
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Company: MMP Books

Update 21 July 2011

I have just been advised by the author, Robert M Stitt, that he has prepared a 34-page additions and amendments document for this book. It is available from the Mushroom Books website; here is the link to the product page which has a download link on it: http://www.mmpbooks.biz/ksiazki/123/#765

Lots of valuable information -- the author and Mushroom are to be congratulated for this all-too-rare effort.

John Ratzenberger

 

This is Mushroom's 100th book, and a grand one it is!!  It's 248 pages in their fairly new A-4 format and although still a soft-cover, it includes a dust jacket with ads for about 18 forth-coming books, including the much anticipated (by me) Gloster Gamecock and Grebe and another in the Gladiator series.

Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1
Author: Andrzej Glass & Tomasz J. Kopanski
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Stratus

This softbound book contains 264 pages of high quality photos taken by German occupiers printed on high quality paper.  What I did not know was that pre-war Polish security concerns prohibited photos from being taken from 1937 until the war.  That is why there are, according to the authors, only around 25 photos of pre-war Polish aircraft.  Then after the invasion anyone seen taking photos was suspected of spying and detained, plenty of reason that there are so few photos.  The German photos became the only source of knowledge and markings from the Polish Air Force.  The quality of photos is very high even though most of the aircraft are in states of disrepair.

J-10A Vigorous Dragon

Published: September 7th, 2010     
J-10A Vigorous Dragon
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This review is a little different for me, only because I have taken over this task from John Yager,  the original reviewer who started the initial work, but was unable to complete the build. However, I was still able to complete enough of this model to bring to you an honest and fair review. When I received the kit, Steps 1 thru 4 were underway, but needed to be cleaned up. Only the cockpit was complete and it was a job well done. The credit for the building should be shared with John Yager due to the hard & good work he put into what he had done.

ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT

(PLAAF) J-10A VIGOROUS DRAGON

Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II
Author: Jiri Hornat and Bob Migliardi
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Iliad Design