Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

6 Hikotai F-2A/B

Published: December 24th, 2010     
6 Hikotai F-2A/B
Reviewed by: Chip Jean, IPMS# 13823
Scale: 1/48
Company: Afterburner Decals

OK guys, a show of hands; how many of you don't like Hasegawa kit decals? You've had bad experiences with them and hate 'em to the point that you won't build or even buy a given Hasegawa kit unless you can get aftermarket decals for it? Not a problem for those F-Teen kits where you easily have many more aftermarket decal choices than kits. However, when it came to cool looking, non-gray jets, like the Mitsubishi F-2, you were stuck....until now.

What's in the Bag?

Afterburner has solved the 1/48th scale F-2 problem with this excellent release, which, as decal sheets go, is a complete package. In the large, resealable plastic bag, you'll find an attractive cover sheet with sample color profiles of included aircraft (see Cover Sheet); a large 8" x 10" decal sheet and a 23/4" x 3" supplemental sheet (see Sheet 1 and Sheet 2), both printed by Cartograf; 6 pages of color profiles/instructions; and a 2-sided black and white stencil guide (see Stencil Guide 1 and Stencil Guide 2).

Supermarine S-6 and S-6a/B

Published: December 22nd, 2010     
Supermarine S-6 and S-6a/B
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The line of Supermarine racers, designed to attack and eventually acquire the Schneider Trophy for Seaplanes, actually began with the S.4, a mid-wing cantilever monoplane with amazing aerodynamic form for its time, 1925. This floatplane racer was sent to the United States for the eighth Schneider Cup races at Baltimore, where it suffered a number of mishaps before it finally was wrecked when the pilot lost control, fortunately with no injuries. The race was won by Lt. Jimmy Doolittle, with the backup Gloster III placing second.

Westland Lysander Mk.II

Published: December 22nd, 2010     
Westland Lysander Mk.II
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Allow me to start by thanking Pavla Models for their most generous contribution of numerous models for review by IPMS/USA.

Background

The "Lizzie" is one of my favorite aircraft for some quirky reason, and one on a very short list of those I wish I had the opportunity to fly myself. There were three versions - unsurprisingly the Mk.I, II, and III. There were a 189 Mk.I, 517 Mk.II, and 964 Mk.III, including license built. The Mk.I and Mk.III pretty much look alike - the Mk.II is recognizable by the smooth, slightly tapered engine cowl. As the Mk.I were quickly shunted off to the Middle East, the Mk.II is most prevalent in the early war years in Europe.

There are numerous Lysander kits in 1/72, a few in 1/48, and even one in 1/32. Many have some issue or another, particularly with markings, about which version they really are. I have also found a huge number of errors in reference books - the captions and color profiles tag the aircraft an incorrect Mark, even though there is a correct table of serial numbers, just a few pages away. I have learned to check everything twice.

A-7 Landing Gear bays

Published: December 21st, 2010     
A-7 Landing Gear bays
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Every so often as a reviewer, you end up with a product that wasn't quite what you thought it was. Thus was the start of this, where I had volunteered to review this new set from Aires covering A-7 landing gear bays in 1/48. However I thought they were for the Hasegawa kit, but alas, they are for the Hobbyboss kit!  Knowing this occasionally happens to us as modelers, where we walk out of store with the latest aftermarket treasure only to find it's for the other manufacturer's kit, I set about to see how this set would fit in the Hasegawa 1/48 A-7E.

Parabellum LMG.14

Published: December 20th, 2010     
Parabellum LMG.14
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/72
Company: Mini World

Wow, just looking at this piece has given me a re-found respect for you Braille-scale builders!  I don't see how you can do it. I have enough troubles bending and gluing photo-etched parts. I will learn to start soldering them soon. Can't even imagine trying to do it 1/72 scale. That is an issue anyone that buys this kit will need to overcome.

Mini World appears to be a relatively new company or at least a new off shoot from a company in the Ukraine. There were many companies that carried their line (all overseas) but only Hannants had this particular item listed on their website. Mini World does not have a website of its own. Their items are pretty impressive. They currently have 18 different machine guns on the market. Most are for WWI aircraft but I did also notice two different DShK kits available as well.

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