Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Aggressors: US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Adversary Aircraft

Published: November 23rd, 2015     
Aggressors: US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Adversary Aircraft
Author: Andy Evans, with Gary Hatcher
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: SAM Publications

Thank you very much to the wonderful folks at SAM Publications for providing this new title for review. Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to research and learn more about these colorful adversary jets. Many of these unusual aircraft thrilled me with close passes while I was working in the Nevada mountains years ago. This volume is the first in a new SAM Model Data File publication series described as “scaled down in size and price.” I found this book outstanding in quality and value, so that description is quite modest.

RAF SE.5a "Hisso" Main Landing Gear

Published: November 23rd, 2015     
RAF SE.5a "Hisso" Main Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has released replacement landing gear for the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a “Hisso”. The supplied items include two main gear legs and the main gear axle. All three parts are loose in the blister package. You will need to remove the metal sprue from the main gear legs.

This replacement set will provide stronger landing gear that won’t sag over time, and are somewhat adjustable if necessary to obtain proper alignment. Even with zero previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no problem installing. Scale Aircraft Conversions does not use lead in their white metal mix, so the builder does not have to be concerned with that perceived hazard.

There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new white metal items. You do need to be very careful following the instructions in the Wingnut Wings kit to assure proper alignment on all three axes. The SAC main gear struts may need to be slightly adjusted to be straight (a benefit of using metal is that you can bend it slightly).

Battle of Britain – Ready for Battle Gift Set

Published: November 22nd, 2015     
Battle of Britain – Ready for Battle Gift Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:48
Company: Airfix

Airfix continues to impress everybody with the increasingly detailed and high quality of their products. This is a great gift set that can be made and used in a very detailed diorama of a typical RAF World War 2 airfield during the period of the battle of Britain.

In the box is;

  • 1 x Hawker Hurricane Mk.I - L200 x W255; Pieces 127
  • 1 x Albion AM463 3-Point Fueller - L118 x W45; Pieces 113
  • 1 x Bedford MWD - L89 x W41; Pieces 95
  • 10 x Ground Crew Figures and Accessories - H38; Pieces 108
  • 12 x Acrylic Paints
  • 2 x Brushes
  • 2 x Poly Cement
  • 1 x Decal sheet
  • 1x Instruction booklet

The kits are all bagged individually which helps with assembly; the sprues are well molded with no flash.

Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II

Published: November 20th, 2015     
Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Orange Model

This kit was my first experience with a product from Orange Model, and to my knowledge, this was the first kit that they introduced, at least it was the first one that I noticed. This was actually a fun kit to build, as the engineering was on par with some of the manufacturers known for kits that are nearly flawless to assemble. The plane itself built up with very few issues, the tow tractor that was included provided some challenges with the small parts, and photoetched items, and the photoetch tie downs require the most experience to complete. If you are interested in adding a 1/72 scale copy of the US Navy’s newest jet to your collection, this is currently the only one available, and it is a great kit.

P-51B Mustang

Published: November 17th, 2015