Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-16I Sufa Cockpit Set

Published: October 15th, 2010     
F-16I Sufa Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This upgrade provides excellent cast cockpit tubs, instrument coamings, and ACES II ejection seats.  Included are side controllers; the control sticks are molded into the side panels.  Score high there; no disappearing act on the joystick or those throttle levers while trying to attach them to the panels.  Detail is unmatched on the resin. The photoetch fret contains all the myriad little bits designed to disappear or be invisible except to specialized cameras or those with 20/05 vision.

P-47D Gun Bays

Published: October 15th, 2010     
P-47D Gun Bays
Reviewed by: William Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Tamiya's kit practically begs to be used in a diorama and this could make a great start. It has:

  • complete sets for left and right wings
  • ammunition trays
  • gun bays
  • access panels with PE locking rods
  • feed chutes
  • 4X .50 Browning machine guns with PE top covers and charging handles

Again, some of the pour stubs on the gray parts are thick and you'll need to be very careful with the cream color .50 gun barrels and feed chutes. They're extremely fragile. I'd recommend you have some experience with resin, modifying kit parts, and PE before you tackle this one.

Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft
Author: Richard Staszak
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Richard Staszak

In 1984 Richard Staszak authored an excellent publication entitled, "Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft". The book was published by Kalmbach Books and was given the item number of 12054 and received the ISBN number of 0-89024-047-7.
Recently Mr. Staszak has released a DVD that is, or all intents and purposes, a complete copy of the original book. In addition, the DVD includes colored pictures and mini-reviews of over 100 vacuformed models from the author's collection. Current sources for some of the older vacuform kits are also identified as well as new kits from current manufacturers.

Mr. Staszak's book provided the tips and techniques that I used to build my first vacuform kit and those same techniques and skills have become part of my modeling "tool box". Those same basic skills are very useful when building models that require that extra amount of effort to get parts aligned and sub-assemblies strengthened prior to completion of a project. These techniques are not limited to old kits or vacuform kits and are, therefore, valuable to any modeler and not just when working on aircraft.

Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship
Author: Alexander Maladenov; illustrated by Ian Palmer
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's newest edition to their popular New Vanguard Series is an overview of the Mil Mi-24 gunship, popularly known by its NATO code name, Hind. Using the now-standard format for the New Vanguard series, the author explores the Hind's development, its various variants, and a short combat history not only in the ex-Soviet Union and Russia, but the other countries who field this gunship.

P-47D Wheel Bays

Published: October 15th, 2010     
P-47D Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: William Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Designed for the reigning king of the 1/48 P-47's, the exquisite offering from Tamiya. There's no difference between the D and the M wing, so that means they it can be used on any Tamiya P-47 kit.

About the toughest thing to do with a Tamiya P-47 is to get rid of the ejector pin marks. This set takes care of that with the landing gear doors and wheel bays. The castings are in Aires standard dark gray resin except for the covers for the gear struts. Those are in a cream color and much more fragile than the gray castings. The pour stubs on the wheel bays are heavy and could be tricky to remove. It's pretty much a straight drop, except you've got to remove the kit's wheel bays.