Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-80 Shooting Star Wingtip Tanks

Published: March 31st, 2011     
F-80 Shooting Star Wingtip Tanks
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: True Details

Description:

2 resin 265-gallon tip tanks and mount fairings. Ex-KMC mold. For the Revell/Monogram kits.

Inspection:

Packaged is in a clear face, white backed, poly bag stapled to a folded card along with a note sheet. It was clear the vintage KMC molds seem to be holding up pretty well despite the years. Upon opening the package I found the resin almost flawless, detecting only a few pinholes and heavy pour stubs. The details include nice gas caps and mounting points on the tanks. The wing tip fairings appear to be a tad small otherwise they look fine. Squadron included a note warning of "possible resin shrinkage" installing these fairings will require minor surgery of the kit, the wing tips will need to be trimmed to the panel line while remembering you must compensate for 'resin shrinkage'.

Me-262A-1/U-4

Published: March 30th, 2011     
Me-262A-1/U-4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

A little quick history. As the Germans got deeper into trouble at the end of WWII, the started trying more and more desperate things to try to stem the inevitable. One of these was to "up" gun the Me262 with a 50mm Mauser Mk 214A V3. That is what this kit depicts. Now to what's in the box: life for this kit started out in the Trimaster range many years ago (late 1980's or so) and the molds went to DML/Dragon who got rid of the white metal with plastic and now on to Dragons bargain line, Cyber-hobby. At the time of the initial release, the Trimaster kits were the most detailed Me262's around with, at the time, revolutionary photoetch included and extensive detailing.

P-38 Lightning Gun Barrels

Published: March 30th, 2011     
P-38 Lightning Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost just keeps adding to their great line of quality resin aircraft accessories. The latest addition is for the Academy P-38 Lightning. It is up to their usual standards; molded in off-white resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block because of a nice perforation. It only took me a couple of light passes with my saw blade to make them fall away instead of launching into the air becoming snacks for the carpet monster. Another plus is that the gun muzzles are bored out which would be a real pain if you tried to do it on the kit part.

Ju-188 Night Fighter - Resin Exhausts

Published: March 30th, 2011     
Ju-188 Night Fighter - Resin Exhausts
Reviewed by: John Lyons, IPMS# 47470
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

History: The Junkers Ju 188 was a German Luftwaffe high-performance medium Tactical bomber/Reconnaissance aircraft built during World War II.

Review:

The quality of the casting is perfect and bubble free. The tips of the exhaust pipes are hollowed out for added realism. Most resin parts are likely to need more work on them than the more normal injection molded plastic parts that you may be used to. Why you ask, well Resin is a much harder material then the standard molded plastic in your kit. This is what gives it the fine details you are looking for. In some cases the greatest challenge can be cutting the part from the casting block without damaging it. I have found that it is better to cut away the bulk of the casting block, leaving just a small amount behind so that it can be trimmed away with a hobby knife.

Vital Storm: Early Hurricanes - Pt 2

Published: March 29th, 2011     
Vital Storm: Early Hurricanes - Pt 2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aviaeology

Aviaeology offers a variety of decal sets for model builders who build 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale WWII Aircraft flown by Commonwealth nations. Among them are two sets to finish early Hawker Hurricanes. Set #AOD480007.2 provides markings for 1/48 scale Hurricanes in service during the Battle of Britain and beyond. Obviously, since it is part 2, there also is a part 1 that will be reviewed elsewhere on this site. This set, like the others, appears to be based on considerable research, and the fact that it is produced for Aviaelology by Zotz assures model builders of high print quality. Full instruction sheets are included that provide complete black & white left and right profiles and plan views for each aircraft. And, full color PDF images of the illustrations on the instruction sheets will be emailed from Aviaeology upon request.

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