Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

The Scale Viper: A Modeler's Guide to Building the F-16

Published: October 18th, 2010     
The Scale Viper: A Modeler's Guide to Building the F-16
Author: Pete Fleischmann
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Reid Air Publications

Different modeling books tend to have a "tools round-up" in their introduction chapter. This book includes which probably is the more important tool: "The modelers' eye". What is meant here is that you have to study the subject, look at it several times, noticing details each time you look at the subject in order to take notes and attempt to recreate and model whatever you "see" when you are looking at pictures or the real thing you are planning to model.

The following chapter briefly covers the basic techniques of model weathering and then the book dives into very well photographed and highly detailed construction of 11 models, ranging from 1/32nd to 1/72ndscale. Markings range from USAF, to Chilenean and Israeli Air Forces.

This book does not cover in detail the basic assembly or finishing techniques (it is assumed the reader has a basic knowledge to modeling techniques). Instead it focus on conversion (where appropriate) and detailing to assemble the correct block for the model that is being built.

F-16C/D Hellenic Falcons Decal Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-16C/D Hellenic Falcons Decal Set
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) is one of the major European operators of the F-16 with 157 on hand and 13 more to deliver. The HAF operates a mix of Falcons including F-16 Cs and Ds, blocks 30, 50, and 52 which means they operate both the GE and P&W engines. I have to say the HAF has one of the coolest camouflage schemes and so I was pleased to see that Two Bobs has released this sheet which covers recent block 50 and 52 F-16 Cs and Ds.

This is not an extravagant sheet since it replicates the spare tactical schemes of the HAF; which means that the flashes of color are predominantly the roundels and tail band. TwoBobs gives you the option to build two complete models of the seven aircraft schemes provided. The stencils include the newer gray markings and the older orange-yellow markings. The decals are printed by Microscale and are crisp and in register. Aircraft covered:

Nieuport Ni-17

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Nieuport Ni-17
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Ok, the boys from Eduard have another offering for this famous French kite. In this newest boxing we find 78 plastic parts; a photoetch fret; an express mask, and a beautiful set of decals.  These cover the six options which include French, RFC and Italian services. I will omit a history lesson and go on to the build.

The construction is straightforward; my only gripe is that part A25 is too long and the instruction sheet seems vague in regards to it. Right or wrong, I just cut off the nub it left and sanded the bottom side flush. Everything else was smooth sailing adding the photoetch bits along the way. I added the decals early on in the build simply for the ease of doing them while the areas were still accessible.

I really enjoy the Eduard kits and consider them to be outstanding in fit and detail. I finished the build completely out of box without adding any embellishments for the review.

F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The F-8 Crusader has always been one of my favorite aircraft. I personally tend to model in 1/48 scale, however when the opportunity came up to review Aires 1/32 detail set for the Trumpeter F-8E/H, I could not resist. The set showed up, and I found an F-8 kit with a few other goodies shortly after, so I was all set.

Aires has always been a leader in the realm of aftermarket resin sets. I am used to their 1/48 line and the level of detail found on those, but was blown away with their treatment in 1/32. First, the set is large, and comes in a sturdy cardboard box with lid and clear picture of the contents. Opening the box you are greeted with several bags of large resin parts, a small photo-etch fret, and instructions.

The main areas covered by this set are:

The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed

Published: October 18th, 2010     
The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: THE F-4 PHANTOM EXPOSED
Company: Reid Air Publications

Everything you ever wanted to see on an F-4 Phantom II. When the author tells you "exposed", that's exactly what he means. This, no doubt, will be the definitive publication when it comes to detail shots of the F-4. Included are descriptions and details for the following: RF-4C, F-4C, F-4D, F-4E, F-4EJ, F-4F, RF-4E, F-4G and the QF-4. The Hellenic DIAS Phantom is also included.

If you're a Phantom buff, as am I, this book is truly the best collection of information (for super detailing purposes) I have seen to date. I thought his (the author's) "Viper Exposed" book was super, but I believe this one surpasses it.

Many thanks to Reid Air Publishing and Jake Melampy for the review sample. Visit them on their website at www.reidairpublishing.com.