Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

US Air Force Special Operations Command

Published: September 24th, 2010     
US Air Force Special Operations Command
Author: Rick Llinares and Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: SAM Publications

Several weeks ago, I attended a change of command ceremony for a unit of the United States Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg.  My mind was still full of memories of Ft. Bragg and the visit to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum when this book became available for review.  I jumped at the chance to do the review.   Thank you SAM Publications for providing the review sample.

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!