Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
Author: Nicholas Millman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is at least Nicholas Millman’s third title with Ronnie Olsthoorn illustrating for Osprey Publishing. Aircraft of the Aces 100 – Ki-44 ‘Tojo’ Aces of World War 2 was published in 2011 and  Aircraft of the Aces 103 – Ki-27 ‘Nate Aces was published in 2013. Nicholas Millman is one of Britain’s leading researchers of Japanese military aviation. In addition to publishing articles in specialist journals, his own range of reference materials and supporting the research of other authors, he runs a website (http://www.aviationofjapan.com/) dedicated to the subject which attracts visitors from 194 countries.

This 96 page book contains 36 color profiles illustrated by Ronnie Olsthoorn along with a paragraph description located in the Appendix. An additional six 1/72 scale drawings are included to highlight the development of the airframe from the Ki-61-I Ko through the Ki-100-I Otsu. I counted 81 black and white pictures, all with descriptions and sourcing. The Appendices also include an explanation of the various production types as well as a table of the leading aces.

Yak-1b

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Yak-1b
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

History Brief

The Yakovlev Yak-1 was a single-seat monoplane with a composite structure and wooden wings. It was extremely maneuverable, fast and well armed plus it was reliable and easy to maintain. The Yak-1 was truly the epitome of a World War II Soviet fighter aircraft. The Yak-1b featured a new bubble canopy with lowered rear fuselage, increased armor, ShKAS machine guns replaced with a single 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Berezin UBS, electrical and pneumatic firing of the weapons instead of the mechanical system, new control stick based on the Messerschmitt Bf 109 design, new gunsight, airtight fuselage, retractable tailwheel, improved engine cooling, and a Klimov M-105PF engine with better low-altitude performance. The "b" was an unofficial designation. After October 1942, all Yak-1s were built to this standard. The first flight (aircraft No.3560) took place in June 1942, with aircraft entering production in August. A total of 4,188 were built.

Avia B.534 Weekend Edition

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Avia B.534 Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

History

The Avia B.534 was developed in 1934 as an extension of the B.34 fighter. This version was produced in small numbers for the Czechoslovak Air Force with several engine/airframe modifications. The aircraft was used in various roles by the Czech in WW2 and the Germans found them formidable enough that they kept production going into 1941. But rapid advancements in aircraft design meant that the Avia B.534 was obsolete by 1942. The Bulgarians used the Avia B.534 in combat against the B24 Liberators operations against Ploesti.

Kit

The kit is produced by Eduard, a well-known model company who bring us high quality model kits and accessories.  The box artwork shows an Avia B.534 in flight in a quarter view.

Intruders from the Sea - USN/USMC A-6A/B & KA-6D Intruder Units in Vietnam

Published: October 11th, 2015     
Intruders from the Sea - USN/USMC A-6A/B & KA-6D Intruder Units in Vietnam
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48992
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

About the Company

AOA is a new decal company and they are purpose driven. AOA’s goal was to fill the gap of a lack of decals for Marine aircraft on the aftermarket scene and boy what a way to make an entrance by continuing to go the distance on the 1/32 Trumpeter A-6 model. For those of you looking for Marine markings in all 3 scales they should be added to your list.

What’s on the Sheet?

This particular set is extremely large and I can tell you that you will have a lot of spares for future projects. Spread over four large sheet are 16 aircraft schemes covering 4 USN/USMC aircraft from the Vietnam War covering the years of 1967-1973.

The aircraft covered are as followed:

Kawanishi N1K1-JB Shiden (George) Type II Otsu "Genzan Flying Group"

Published: October 11th, 2015     
Kawanishi N1K1-JB Shiden (George) Type II Otsu "Genzan Flying Group"
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa continues to add to their excellent WWII Japanese line with a re-boxing of the Mid-Wing “George”. This limited edition kit (#07378) of the Kawanishi N1K1-Jb Shiden Type 11 Otsu “GENZAN Flying Group” is only the second boxing of the George which allows the builder to do the later variant (Jb) of the aircraft with twin cannons housed in each wing. Earlier Ja versions had the second cannon housed in an underwing tub slung under each wing.

The Shiden started out life as the Kyofu. Kawanishi built a very successful float plane fighter – the N1K Kyofu “Rex”. Designers developed this aircraft into a highly successful land based fighter by removing the floats and adding landing gear. This design became the Shiden N1K1-J (with the “J” meaning a land version of the floatplane). Because the design was taken from the original float plane, where propeller clearance was needed above the water; the early aircraft had their wings mid-fuselage (mid-wing) and carried the N1K1-J designation. Because this was not necessary on the land-based aircraft, later aircraft had the wings moved lower on the fuselage and carry the N1K2-J designation.