Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Bf-109E-3 Paint Mask

Published: September 28th, 2013     
Bf-109E-3 Paint Mask
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard now offers a mask set for Cyber Hobby’s recently released Bf-109E-3 kit.  The set provides multiple pieces for masking the clear parts and wheels.  Like other Eduard mask sets, it is made of Kabuki tape (similar to Tamiya’s masking tape) and provides precut masks for the kit’s windscreen, canopy, and wheels.  The masks will adhere well to any flat or curved surface, so masking is easily accomplished and the masks can be removed after paining is completed.  A simple instruction sheet is included to guide the masking process. This set should make masking most parts and painting a reasonably quick process with little or no drama.

The masks for the wheel hubs fit nicely.  Those for the center section of the canopy also fit well, as do those for the windscreen (with a little trimming along an edge or two).  However, the mask pieces for the rear fixed portion of the canopy do not fit well (see photo below) and will require the modeler to either add pieces cut from the tape salvage or cut a new mask to mask the upper portion of that piece accurately.

On-Target Battle of Britain Special #9

Published: September 28th, 2013     
On-Target Battle of Britain Special #9
Author: Peter Scott and Gary Madgwick
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: The Aviation Workshop

The Aviation Workshop produces this special title on the Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Edition. I should say that the book is more like “Camouflage and Markings - Western Front 1940”, because the book also includes multiple details and color profiles regarding the Battle of France and the Low Countries, plus a few selected profiles from the Invasion of Norway.

These are the chapters in the book:

RAF Trainers Volume 2: 1945-2012

Published: September 28th, 2013     
RAF Trainers Volume 2: 1945-2012
Author: Peter Freeman with Tim Walsh
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Company: AIRfile Publications

I don't know if it's my preference for 1/72 scale models, but I have a lot of RAF subjects in my kit collection. When I look closer, many of these kits are trainers. When I saw this title, then, it immediately grabbed my attention. This particular AIRfile book is the second volume in a series covering RAF training aircraft and starts with the post-war period of 1945, continuing through 2012. I initially expected information on the standard training machines – Provost, Gnat, Hunter T.7,and Hawk – but was pleasantly surprised to find much more.

A-10 Warthog Landing Gear

Published: September 28th, 2013     
A-10 Warthog Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions is an aftermarket company that makes replacement white metal landing gear. According to their website they try to fix any inaccuracies in kit parts or to provide additional support due to the weight of the kit. They provide replacement landing gear for scales from 1/24th to 1/144th scale.

The pieces included in this set are the two main landing (MLG), two MLG retraction struts, nose gear, nose gear retraction struts, and the nose gear door linkage.

The SAC parts compare well with the kit parts. The fit of the SAC parts is as good as, if not better than, the kit parts. Another advantage with these replacement parts is the material that they are made of. The white metal will allow you to make adjustments more easily;  with the plastic kit parts, you have to be a lot more precise to obtain you alignment. I would recommend this to aftermarket accessory as a compliment to the intended kit.

I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS-USA for the opportunity to review this quality aftermarket set.

Spitfire Mk.IX Royal Class

Published: September 28th, 2013     
Spitfire Mk.IX Royal Class
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I won’t go into the history of the Mk.IX Spitfire, but let’s get right to the kit.  It comes packaged in a sturdy large box with a flat black cove complete with a beautiful gold Spitfire sporting two beer barrels under the wings.  On the sides are full color renditions of all the decal options.  The box top itself is a piece of art that would look really good framed next to the Bf-109E box top.

Once I got the box top off, I was amazed at the amount of stuff in there.  There is no wasted space.  Everything is packaged individually to ensure there is no breakage.  The first thing to look at is the absolutely beautiful light grey plastic sprues.  All the parts are exquisitely done.  The model features beautifully rendered rivets and fine recessed panel lines.  There are nine sprues included, enough to build TWO Spitfires.  What is really nice about the plastic parts is that you are treated to three types of wings – C early, C late, and E wing.  This will allow you to build any version of the Mk.IX.

Spitfire Mk.XIV Exhausts

Published: September 27th, 2013     
Spitfire Mk.XIV Exhausts
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has always offered quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to upgrade your kits.  The latest offering is a set of hollowed-out exhausts for the Academy Spitfire Mk.XIV.  Molded perfectly in light grey resin, these two banks of exhausts feature exquisitely opened ends.  They are drop-in replacements for the kit parts.  Removal is easy enough from the pour blocks.  Since the attachments are on the inside, there is no need even to clean them up.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review parts.

Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in the Middle East

Published: September 27th, 2013     
Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in the Middle East
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Hikoki Publications

Nowhere in the world has the clash of East vs. West hardware been more hard fought than the Middle East.  Soviet arms were first supplied to Egypt in the 1950s.  Since then, Soviet hardware as flourished throughout the region.  This hardback, detailing such Soviet-supplied arms in the form of warplanes, is printed on high quality paper with over 375 photos, most being in color.  The book is broken down into chapters by country, including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel (yes, Israel too), Jordon, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, UAE, and Yemen.

Lockheed Hudson Mk. IV/V Correct Cowlings

Published: September 27th, 2013     
Lockheed Hudson Mk. IV/V Correct Cowlings
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost now offers a pair of resin engine cowlings for the 1/72 scale Italeri Mk.IV/V Hudson kit.  The Quickboost cowlings are one-piece moldings that are designed to be drop-in replacements for the kit’s two-piece cowlings. After the engines are attached to the nacelles, the one-piece cowlings simply slide over the engines.  There does not appear to be any effort on Quickboost’s part to improve upon the excellent details molded into the kit parts. Instead, the purpose of these replacement cowlings is simply to ease kit construction by avoiding the need to assemble the pieces and clean up the two seams along the centerline of each of the cowlings when the kit parts are used, thus avoiding the need to replace/rescribe details.  See the comparison photo below of the Quickboost cowling (on the right) to the Italeri kit’s two-piece cowling parts (on the left).

Kfir C2/C7

Published: September 26th, 2013     
Kfir C2/C7
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266