Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-4C/D Phantom

Published: November 27th, 2010     
F-4C/D Phantom
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Revell, Inc.

I must be one of the few modelers left that hasn't built at least one of these since this kit was introduced more than thirty years ago. The 1/48th F-4, along with the Century Series and Naval Aviation jet aircraft molded by Revell and Monogram back in the 1970s and 80s are truly classic models: exemplified by outstanding detail throughout (for their day), but particularly in the cockpit and wheel wells; finely raised panel lines, and the sometimes less than stellar fit of some of the component parts. All of this offered at a consistently affordable price.

This particular version of the venerable F-4 has been in and out of production a number of times since 1979. This kit represents the latest incarnation. A quick glance at the inside of the wing or the underside of the tailplane will confirm this kit's ancient lineage, as well as something new about this particular molding's place of birth.

Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set

Published: November 24th, 2010     
Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Ju 88 is one of my all-time favorite aircraft. I especially like the night fighter variants. I recently picked up the new limited edition Hasegawa Ju 88G-6 "Berlin Radar" version and received this latest Eduard zoom set at the same time. This zoom set features the now standard color photo photoetch with self-adhesive backing for some of the photoetch. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; Eduard has this down to an art. All the colors are in perfect register and have a glossy sheen.

Following the instructions I removed the recommended raised details to prepare the surfaces for the self-adhesive photoetch. I then gave the kit interior surface a coat of Tamiya German gray, I find this to be a good match for RLM 66 in 1/72. I had previously masked off the surfaces that would receive the self-adhesive photoetch. I then dry brushed and pin washed all the surfaces to pick out the details, painted a few panels black, and then painted other details in silver and red. It was now time to remove the masked areas and add the self-adhesive photoetch. They were very easy to apply but I applied tiny amounts of super glue to lock them in permanently.

Ilyushin IL 40-01 "Brawny"

Published: November 24th, 2010     
Ilyushin IL 40-01 "Brawny"
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: AModel

It's hard to find words to describe this cross between the famous IL-2 Sturmovik and a T-34 tank. Like its WWII cousin, the IL 40 was born as a jet powered heavily armed and armored ground support aircraft. First flown on March 7, 1953, this beast carried 4000 pounds of armor plates protecting the crew and vital airframe components.

Weapons were carried internally and on external hard points. Additional firepower consisted of four 23 mm cannons mounted on the underside and another in a remotely aimed stinger protecting the rear quadrant. This kit represents the refined prototype as the original had air intakes at the wing roots and the cannons in the nose. As many other aircraft designers discovered, cannon gasses don't mix with jet engines and as a result the guns on the IL 40 were moved back and the intakes moved as far forward as possible.

Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The next set, QB 48 332,  for the Ar-196 is a simple set for the radio set up. The kit offering features soft detail in a highly visible cockpit. This is a simple upgrade. Molded in blemish free light grey resin, this upgrade is as simple as remove the part from the pour block, paint and add. This is a direct replacement for part number 21A. I did notice that the kit part looks slightly different than the Quickboost part. As I don't have my references handy, I'm leaning towards the Quickboost part as being correct.

These parts are quite nice and will make the work for the modeler so much easier. The radios are a nice addition and certainly look more like radios than what is in the kit.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Arado Ar-196 Correct Cowling

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

I never expected to see another injection molded plastic Ar-196 but Italeri and Tamiya recently surprised me with their releases. While nice looking kits there are some issues. Quickboost makes a several upgrades for the kit.

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