Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

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.

A-1J Antennas

Published: October 15th, 2010     
A-1J Antennas
Reviewed by: William Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quick Boost has quickly built a reputation for excellent resin castings at affordable prices. These two sets are sure to add to that for the already great out-of-the-box 1/72 Hasegawa A-1J kit.

Few things are more heartbreaking than finally getting to the last stages of finishing a kit, only to realize that you've lost an antenna. Sure, you can try your skills at re-construction from scrap styrene, putty, or both but we all know that's easier said than done. Again, these are direct replacements for the kit parts. My sample was very crisp and bubble-free

As always, make sure you wear a respirator when you make your cuts and vacuum up the residual dust once you're finished.

A-1J Resin Exhausts

Published: October 15th, 2010     
A-1J Resin Exhausts
Reviewed by: William Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quick Boost has quickly built a reputation for excellent resin castings at affordable prices. This set is sure to add to that for the already great out-of-the-box 1/72 Hasegawa A-1J kit.

These are direct replacements for the kit parts and my sample was very crisp and bubble-free. They offer a simple solution to the often frustrating, sometimes futile attempt to drill-out exhausts in this scale.

F-4E-F-G-J-S PHANTOM II EXAHUST NOZZLES

Published: October 15th, 2010     
F-4E-F-G-J-S PHANTOM II EXAHUST NOZZLES
Reviewed by: William Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

While this set is designed for the Fujimi kit, it's a direct drop in; you can easily use it on any of the Hasegawa offerings (which I'll be using). It's an excellent upgrade from the kit parts and requires minimal modeling effort to complete.

It consists of a single fret of 2 PE afterburner flame rings and two sets of exhaust "feathers" (long), afterburner cans, and exhaust cones. My sample was cast in dark grey resin and was bubble free. The cut lines are clearly defined and the resin separates easily from the pour stubs with a few swipes from a razor saw. A few swipes with a sanding sick leveled the parts up and they were ready to assemble.

Be very careful with the PE afterburner flame rings.  They are extremely delicate and are somewhat oversized for the afterburner cans. I used a wooden dowel, to gently move them into position, to where the grooved afterburner can liner begins.

As always, make sure you wear a respirator when you make your cuts and vacuum up the residual dust once you're finished.

Overall this set is just the ticket for anyone looking to make a more Phabulous Phantom.

MC.200 Saetta

Published: October 14th, 2010     
MC.200 Saetta
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Italeri has been releasing more Italian WWII subjects in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales over the past several years, with mixed success. Several were excellent kits such as the CR.42 and the SM.82 while others, like the most recent Re.2002, were poorly received by some modelers. The recent release of the MC.200 has drawn some negative pre-release publicity as well as comparisons to the well done PCM kit released earlier. Being a sucker for anything in splotchy camouflage, I jumped at the opportunity to try the kit for myself, and found a solid effort with good points and some bad points as well.