Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

MiG-21 Czech Stencil Decals

Published: January 16th, 2013     
MiG-21 Czech Stencil Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has given us several MiG-21 offerings, which allows us to build just about any MiG-21 in any country’s service.  Right after their release of their MiG-21 in Czechoslovak service, they released this decal sheet that is just stencils in Czech.  And there are a bunch of them.  I started to count them, but gave up.  There are 132 different stencils, and there are anywhere from two to eight of each of them.  Markings are included for all of the pylons and external tanks, as well.  Even though the markings are tiny, when you put them under magnification, they are readable.  And, they are super-thin.  You can barely see the carrier film.

A 5.7” x 8.2” placement chart is provided and it will cause you to go cross-eyed trying to follow the tiny lines and numbers.  These are very high quality decals, and are highly recommended.

My thanks to Eduard for the review sample and IMPS/USA for the review opportunity.
 

Hs-129B-2 Winter Camouflage Limited Edition

Published: January 16th, 2013     
Hs-129B-2 Winter Camouflage Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The Henschel Hs-129 was a purpose-built ground attack plane which was designed for destroying tanks and attacking enemy emplacements. It wielded several versions of a 30mm cannon and had an armored cockpit and engines to allow for close air support of troops.

Hasegawa has reissued its excellent Henschel Hs-129B-2 kit with the needed decals to make two winter camouflage schemes. The kit comes with nine gray sprues and a clear sprue and a new set of decals. There is also a small poly cap sprue which is used to hold the propellers onto the engine faces. The panel lines are great and the kit is flash free.

Classic Warbirds No. 13 – D-Day to Berlin

Published: January 15th, 2013     
Classic Warbirds No. 13 – D-Day to Berlin
Author: Malcolm Laird
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: MMP Books

This book is number 13 in the Classic Warbirds softcover series.  As the title From D-Day to Berlin indicates, it covers the European Theater from mid 1944 to the post-war occupation.  It is basically a reprint of book No. 5 – From D-Day to Victory! Fighters in Europe 1944-'45 with some added material.

The book is formatted into nine chapters covering various aspects of the air war as described by the individuals involved at the time.  While most of the material involves New Zealand and Australian personnel, their stories are just as exciting as any others.  Many of these stories are told in the first person, which makes for exciting reading.

F-35B Lightning II

Published: January 15th, 2013     
F-35B Lightning II
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk Models continues their great releases with an F-35B Lightning II. The F-35 is a development from the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) program and is a short/vertical takeoff and landing plane with bomb, cannon, and missile capability. This version, the “B”, is designed for use by the US Marine Corps and various overseas navies. It does not include a tail hook or foldable wings like later versions.

The kit itself is in dark gray plastic with no flash and excellent panel lines. There are six sprues plus separate parts for the upper and lower fuselage and a forward cockpit piece. There is also an excellent clear sprue which is very thing and crisp. Last are two decal sheets and the instructions.

Fokker D.VII (Fokker-built) Decals, Part 1

Published: January 15th, 2013     
Fokker D.VII (Fokker-built) Decals, Part 1
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

With the recent release of Wingnut Wings’ multiple 1/32 Fokker D.VII kits, it’s not surprising that they also quickly offered a number of decal sets with markings for aircraft other than those provided in their kits.  Fokker D.VIIs were built by three manufacturers: Fokker, Albatros, and OAW, and this set (#30006) provides markings for five Fokker D.VII fighters that were built by the Fokker works.

Kugisho E14Y Glen – The Aircraft that Bombed America

Published: January 14th, 2013     
Kugisho E14Y Glen – The Aircraft that Bombed America
Author: Ryusuke Ishiguro & Tadeusz Januszewski
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: MMP Books

Available in the USA from Casemate Publishing at http://www.casematepublishing.com

This book looks at the only enemy aircraft actually to drop bombs on the continental United States, the Kugisho E14Y “Glen”. We are given the history of its development and its technical details, as well as the details of the two bombing missions over the Oregon coast and other operations across the Pacific. It should be noted that the Japanese were the only nation to use submarine-based aircraft in any quantity.

This book begins with a discussion of the first Japanese experiments with submarine-based aircraft, as well as the aircraft preceding the E14Y in service. A nice overview of the E14Y follows, with discussions of its operations for the IJN. One thing of interest is the joint operations of both Japanese and German submarines from the base at Penang (part of modern Malaysia). It even appears that there was a possible exchange between the Axis powers with an E14Y being traded for an Arado Ar-196.

EA-18G Growler VAQ-132 Scorpions

Published: January 14th, 2013     
EA-18G Growler VAQ-132 Scorpions
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History –The Boeing EA-18G Growler is a carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the earlier two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet.  The EA-18G replaces the EA-6B Prowlers in service with the United States Navy.  Production for the EA-18G began in 2007 and the aircraft entered operational service in late 2009.

The first Growler for fleet use was accepted by VAQ-129 "Vikings" at NAS Whidbey Island, in June 2008.  At the time, the Navy planned to buy approximately 85 aircraft to equip 11 squadrons.  The EA-18G completed operational evaluation in late July 2009.  In August 2009, EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) and Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) completed their first at-sea carrier-arrested landing aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).  The first deployable EA-18G squadron was VAQ-132 "Scorpions," which reached operational status in October 2009.

The EA-18G was first used in combat during Operation Odyssey Dawn, enforcing the UN no-fly zone over Libya.  The five EA-18Gs of VAQ-132 were redeployed from Iraq to Italy to support Libya operations.

Su-27/Su-30 Pitot Tube

Published: January 14th, 2013     
Su-27/Su-30 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

This fine metal pitot tube is from Master Model, based in Poland. For those of you who have never heard of the company, they produce finely machined gun barrels, pitot tubes, and the like for aircraft, and also have a great line of metal gun barrels for ships in all scales.

This particular part is a single milled pitot tube for the nose of the Trumpeter Su-27 or Su-30. Adding it to the kit requires nothing more than gluing it in place. I have included a picture comparing the kit piece to the Master Model piece and the Zactomodels piece. I have also added the Master Models pitot to my kit nose (which is the replacement nose from Chris Wilson and Zactomodels) – the fit is perfect.

Highly recommended! This is a great replacement for the kit part (much less clunky) and is stouter than the resin piece from Zactomodels. My thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the chance to review it.
 

Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 Decals

Published: January 14th, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-109E-4 Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has turned out an excellent 1/48th scale Bf-109E-4 kit for us that has sparked a new interest in one of the most modeled aircraft ever.  But, who can ever have enough 109’s?  Even though you get markings for five separate aircraft in the Profipack kit, Eduard has produced a decal sheet with another five aircraft for us to choose from.  The decals are printed by Eduard in the Czech Republic on a 3.3” by 7.5” sheet and is accompanied by an 8.3” x 11.6”full color foldout depicting the decal placement for each of the aircraft, as well as a general scheme depiction that includes color callouts for Gunze Sanyo paints.

Aircraft included are:

Italian Machine Gun Breda SAFAT 12.7mm Barrels

Published: January 14th, 2013     
Italian Machine Gun Breda SAFAT 12.7mm Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

This little set is designed as a drop-fit to replace the plastic machine gun barrels on any Italian 1/48 scale aircraft kit that was armed with the Breda 12.7mm machine guns.

Master Model provides a pair of gun barrels, each comprised of 2 pieces: a perforated jacket and the gun barrel itself.  The brass is extremely cleanly cast, with full perforations in the jackets and a nice open muzzle on the barrels themselves. No cleanup of these parts will be required.  The brief instructions show the barrels are to be inserted into the jackets, then placed onto the model in the appropriate location.

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