Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-17 Wheels

Published: March 14th, 2013     
B-17 Wheels
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

No introduction is needed for the subject that would carry these wheels!  The B-17 has long been a favorite among modelers, and many remember Shep Pane’s diorama using the Monogram B-17G.  Revell also released the B-17F, and now both molds have long been reissued many times.  Needless to say, it’s still the only game in town for a quarter-inch scale B-17, and overall is still accurate in shape.  However, the finer details show their age.

Eduard has been releasing lots of very useful resin upgrades that can add a little extra life to some older kits.  These new resin wheels for the B-17 are no exception, and are little jewels to support your detailed B-17 project properly.

In The Package

The parts come in a blister pack similar to Aires’ sets, with the resin parts sandwiched in the larger compartment with some foam rubber, and the included mask set within a upper compartment that has also been known to hold photo etch parts in other sets.  Overall, it makes for a great package with the parts and masks protected from damage.

F-16 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probes

Published: March 14th, 2013     
F-16 Pitot Tube and Angle of Attack Probes
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Review Product

Three parts are included in this set: the pitot tube and two angle of attack probes.  The parts are packaged in a small zip-lock bag, stapled in a folded, heavy paper stock display hanger.  The parts are also further sealed in a small envelope of clear plastic film taped to a heavy card stock stiffener inside the bag.

A small instruction sheet is also included that shows the installation.

Application

This pitot tube is designed for the Tamiya F-16.  Installation is a simple matter of drilling out the opening in the kit nose part, applying a touch of super glue, inserting the pitot tube – and it is ready for paint. That simple, but what an improvement over the kit pitot tube!  Same goes for the AOA probes mounted on either side of the nose, except here the probes fit within pre-formed openings in the sides of the nose.  These particular parts are tiny!!  Care will be required during installation to avoid loss.

He-219 Uhu Decals

Published: March 14th, 2013     
He-219 Uhu Decals
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Thanks first to Judy and Jerry Crandall of Eagle Editions for providing IPMS USA these great decals; as fellow IPMS members, we always appreciate your support by providing us review items!

If you have never used Eaglecal decals before, now is your opportunity.  The Revell Uhu is an absolutely fantastic build, and the kit decal sheet is comprehensive.  However, Eaglecals has decided to provide more options, as usual…and very well done indeed they are!

Three aircraft are included in this decal sheet: an He-219A-0 (which will require a bit of antenna scratchbuilding on the Revell kit to depict the additional radar array), an He-219A-7 with a bit of different camo on the upper side (RLM 76 mottling over RLM 75, with RLM 76 lower surfaces), and an He-219A-2 with RLM 76 uppersurfaces, RLM 75 mottling, and satin black undersurfaces.

He-219 Detail Set

Published: March 14th, 2013     
He-219 Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues to produce their prolific, super-detailed PE sets for upgrading already good kits into great kits; thanks to Jan Zdiarsky at Eduard for providing IPMS/USA these three sets.  Your support of our organization is more than appreciated…and thanks to Dick and Steve at IPMS/USA for passing these on to me to review!

Albatros D.I – D.II

Published: March 13th, 2013     
Albatros D.I – D.II
Author: James F. Miller
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing provides many different lines of aircraft information books for the enthusiast.  These include the Aces series, the Elite series, the Dual series, and others.  This latest series, Air Vanguard, seems to combine the best of the other series and really seems to be aimed at the modeler as well as the aviation enthusiast.

BAE Harrier Pitot and AOA Probes

Published: March 7th, 2013     
BAE Harrier Pitot and AOA Probes
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This detailing set covers the Harrier GR.1, T.2, AV-8A and AV-8C, so there have been many companies that have produced various of these models in 1/72 scale over the years.  In all cases, the plastic Pitot tube, while small, is still larger and less defined than the turned metal Pitot tube that Master-Model has gained a deserved reputation for making.  This detail set also includes the Angle of Attack (AOA) probe, which may or may not be in many kits.

AD-6 Skyraider “VA-65 Tigers”

Published: March 7th, 2013     
AD-6 Skyraider “VA-65 Tigers”
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Good news – Hasegawa has re-issued its Skyraider kit, too long absent from the hobby store shelves.  Their first boxing comes with decals for an aircraft of VA-65 from the USS Enterprise – featured on the box art – plus optional markings for the CAG aircraft of VA-165 aboard the USS Oriskany.  You’ll see two models in an accompanying photo, but note there’s only one model in the box – I thought it’d be a nice comparison to show off the alternate decal markings provided in the kit by building a second A-1, pulled from my kit stash.  There’s only one set of common markings in the kit (insignia, wing walks, instrument panel, etc.) so I used these items from the second kit’s sheet.

Comparing the sprues, the re-issue is identical to the first release I built when this nice kit first appeared on the market many years ago.  The clear parts are packed in their own separate poly bag to prevent scratching them.

B-25H/J Wheels

Published: March 6th, 2013     
B-25H/J Wheels
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

I feel I have to start this review by saying that Eduard, as always, has come out with a fine product and once again has set the bar. I cannot remember any product from Eduard that I reviewed that had nothing but the best to say about it. Minute flaws, yes, but overall always highly recommended.

However, I did have to say that HK did their homework, also. With Eduard, the details are flawless, fit perfectly, and are well-engineered, but, so are HK’s. The detail on both sets are so close that it makes it impossible to say if this upgrade is really worth doing. I’m not talking about the cost. With Eduard one always gets his money’s worth by way of fit and quality. I’m talking about how close these parts are to one another with respect to detail and accuracy. Even the tire lettering on both sets is spot-on. Eduard’s wheels, as well as HK’s, also fit on Scale Aircraft Conversions’ landing gear, which, I feel, is a total necessity due to all the weight I had to use not to make the B-25 a tail-sitter.

Polish Wings 16: Supermarine Spitfire XVI

Published: March 5th, 2013     
Polish Wings 16: Supermarine Spitfire XVI
Author: Wojtek Matusiak
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: MMP Books

History

Numerous experienced Polish pilots served in England, and although they were not technically part of the RAF, they served in special units and distinguished themselves in combat.  By the time that the Spitfire XVI was available, the war was nearly over, and although the type was not generally flown in combat (one Polish pilot flew Mk. XVI’s with No. 602 Sqdn.), numerous Polish units operated these aircraft in the immediate postwar years.  With the disbanding of the Polish Air Force in Britain in 1946-1947, about 500 Poles joined the RAF and served with various units.  The Spitfires were eventually scrapped, and of several that were given to the Polish government after the war for museum displays, none survived.  The Communist Government wanted to deemphasize the role of Poles in the RAF during the war, as there were also Poles flying with the Soviets.  These Spitfires were flown extensively after the war, and this book serves to provide a record of those airmen, along with the aircraft they flew.

Fiat G.91R

Published: March 4th, 2013     
Fiat G.91R
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/72
Company: Meng Models

History

The Fiat G.91 was the winning design in a 1953 NATO competition for a light fighter-bomber.  In 1957, it was decided to develop a light attack fighter reconnaissance version of the basic design, designated the G.91R.  This version, used by Italian, German, and Portuguese squadrons, had three camera systems fitted in the nose.  Variants of the G.91 were produced throughout the 1960s.