Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

US Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions

Published: July 20th, 2016     
US Combat Aircraft Fly-Off Competitions
Author: Erik Simonsen
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Over the past 30 years Californian Erik Simonsen has worked as a manager and director of communications in the aerospace industry. An avid aviation photographer since the 1960s, Erik also has an intense interest in astronomy and has served as a planetarium director and program manager. Honing skills acquired from a graphics and fine arts background, his blending of aviation photography with special effects techniques has delivered eye-catching imagery. Erik Simonsen’s photography has been featured in corporate advertising and various aerospace-related magazines including, Aerospace America, Air Force Magazine, Aviation Week & Space Technology and Flight international. A member of the International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Air Force Association (AFA), U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), The Planetary Society, and Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Fw 190A-8 (Standard Wing) Overtrees

Published: July 20th, 2016     
Fw 190A-8 (Standard Wing) Overtrees
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

When Eduard released its Fw 190A-8 Royal Class Quattro Combo kit earlier this year it also released overtree sets of each of the four versions that were included in the Combo kit. Kit 70111X was the overtree set for the standard Fw 190A-8 with the four wing-mounted Mg 151 cannons two in the wing roots and the second pair outboard. The upper wing halves have the wing bulges for the outer set of cannons in addition to the inboard bulges for the wing root mounted cannons.

B-17E, F, and Early G: Part 1 - First Look and Interior

Published: July 19th, 2016     
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

When this huge box arrived, I was excited as it was large (26" x 14" x 6 ") and heavy. It came with no box art, instructions, or decals so I borrowed a set of instructions from HK’s first issue from a friend and also received a PDF file of the new, unfinished instructions. At first glance the kit looked impressive, but it has some of the same problems as the last issue. There were still many injector pin marks on the interior fuselage, and the fuselage parts needed to be washed prior to starting the build because they had a heavy residue on them.

B13L 122 mm Rocket Launcher

Published: July 18th, 2016     
B13L 122 mm Rocket Launcher
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Advanced Modeling is a new company and specializes in Russian and Soviet aftermarket items. They cover 1/48 and 1/72 scale items which are cast in beautiful gray resin. A great set of instructions and comprehensive decal sheet is also included. The resin is firm but not brittle and the details are awesome. For this review, the B13L 122mm rocket launcher is reviewed. It comes with four pieces with a back and front section.

As a bit of background, the S-13 is a 122 mm caliber unguided rocket weapon developed by the Soviet Air Force for use by military aircraft. It remains in service with the Russian Air Force and some other countries. S-13 rockets are shot from 5-tube launchers B-13L, that can be carried by most of Soviet and Russian attack and new fighter aircraft, like Su-17/20/22, Su-24, Su-25, Su-27, MiG-23BN, MiG-27, MiG-29.

BAC TSR.2 Pitot Tube

Published: July 15th, 2016