Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

S-3 Viking In Action

Published: January 7th, 2013     
S-3 Viking In Action
Author: Brad Elward
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

Lockheed was awarded the contract for development of the S-3 Viking in August, 1969. The S-3 started being delivered to squadrons in 1974 as a replacement for the S-2G. The phase-out of the Viking began in late 2003, with the last Viking squadron VS-22 disestablished in January, 2009.

Squadron/MMD printed their first In Action series book in 1971. This one follows in the long line of its predecessors. The book covers the S-3 Viking from development through the disestablishment of the last Viking squadron. There is a great mix of color and black and white photos, along with plenty of good captions. In addition, included are pages of colored drawings.

I highly recommend this to fans of ASW or Naval aircraft. Squadron again has done a great job with printing of this book and presenting this information to aircraft fans.

I would like to thank Squadron, Squadron Signal Publications, and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this fine book.

Jian Ji-2 and Ji-5

Published: January 7th, 2013     
Jian Ji-2 and Ji-5
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

History

On November 1, 1950, a new jet fighter appeared in the skies over Korea to counter the B-29 bombing raids which, up until then, had gone unopposed. This was the MiG-15’s debut and the beginning of a long and distinguished career for the entire MiG jet-powered series. Although the MiG was effectively countered by the F-86 Sabre, it wasn’t because it was lacking in performance. In fact, it had a better rate of climb, service ceiling, and heavier armament. The difference came down to the training and attitude of the UN forces.  A number of Soviet “volunteers” managed to make ace in their MiG-15s. The MiG-15 had some issues with maneuvering at high speed that limited its Mach number. Then entered the MiG-17 which wrapped a redesigned airframe around the same engine. With a redesigned wing platform, the MiG-17 was more than capable of taking on the best America had to offer. This was proven in the skies over Vietnam where numerous Vietnamese pilots attained ace status against more sophisticated aircraft.

H-34 US Navy Rescue

Published: January 7th, 2013     
H-34 US Navy Rescue
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Gallery Models

The first question on every rotorhead’s mind:  Is this kit worth the time and money?  The answer is assuredly “YES!”  Making comparison to the previously released H-34 kit from Revell (which, BTW, was originally released in 1988), Gallery is far and above a better option.  Shape is spot-on; the rotor head on the Gallery kit (not to mention the rotor blades) is dimensionally far and above that of the vintage Revell item.  (Their rotor head and blades were approximately ¼ smaller than they should have been).  There are many parts not used in this build, which indicate follow-on efforts; I don’t have the Marine version, but the parts include armor plating and weapons appropriate for other aircraft, so we’ll see how this goes.

Construction begins with cockpit assembly.  This includes seat harnesses (which are fictional by my references, because I can’t find a central chest buckle on any pix of the H-34; and my forays into museum aircraft including “Humphrey” at the Yeovelton RN museum do not show a central chest buckle).  Lap belts and shoulder harnesses only!

F-15E Strike Eagle

Published: January 7th, 2013     
F-15E Strike Eagle
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has released their 1/72 F-15E Strike Eagle kit several time, and this latest release (kit#01569) does sport three new sprues and one sprue from their JDAM weapon set that provides the Lantrin pods.  Comparing an earlier release to this one, I did notice that some smaller parts are beginning to show fine flashing, at least on this kit that I have.  However, the recessed panel lines are still as sharp and fine as ever.  You may ask if with these new parts, does this F-15E finally build into the ultimate F-15E?  You'll have to read the review to find out, but I will tell you that the new J sprue provides new CFT's, correct pylons, bulged main gear doors, bulged gun door, and two proper instrument panels; the K sprue provides a new arresting hook; and the new M sprue provides the final two CFT pylons.  The existing G sprue (clear parts) has been modified to include the wide HUD found on F-15E's (part G6).

F-4 Phantom II Long Nose Probes

Published: January 7th, 2013     
F-4 Phantom II Long Nose Probes
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Contents

Made for the long-nosed versions of the F-4 Phantom II, Master Model has created a beautiful set of metal probes for your 1/72 build. This set includes the nose-mounted pitot tube, side-mounted Angle of Attack (AOA) probe, and vertical stabilizer-mounted Ram Air Inlet tube. As with previous Master products, the detail and quality of the parts are exceptional, especially considering these are extremely minute parts in 1/72 scale!

Construction

Hasegawa’s newer-tool F-4E was chosen to receive these fine detail parts. A great kit in its own right, you can easily see how much of an improvement these metal replacement parts are compared to the injection molded plastic ones included in the kit.

Windsock Worldwide, Vol.28 No.6

Published: January 5th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide, Vol.28 No.6
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Windsock Worldwide concludes Volume 28 and serves as further proof that Albatross Productions continues to publish the best WW I aircraft modeling magazine available anywhere.  This issue of the bi-monthly publication provides a number of exclusives for WW I aircraft model builders and historians.  The cover photos provide a look at two of them: Wingnut Wings’ new Fokker D.VII kits, and TVAL’s third full-size replica, an Albatros D.Va.

Inside, the first regular column; the READER’S GALLERY, presents six featured models in 1/48 and 1/32 scale…with one, a Roland D.II cleverly constructed from LEGO pieces.  Then, LOGBOOK ENTRIES reviews a new book titled Nachtflugzeug! German N-Types of WW I, and the latest issue of Cross and Cockade International (Vol.43, No.3).  Following that, photo coverage is provided of one of the subjects on the cover, TVAL’s replica Albatros D.Va.

Nakajima Ki-43 Decals Part 1

Published: January 5th, 2013     
Nakajima Ki-43 Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

This is one of two new sheets Lifelike Decals has released covering the Nakajima Ki-43.  A quick check of Lifelike’s website reveals that this latest addition to their line is only available in 1/48 scale at the moment.  The website is definitely worth a visit, as they not only list their products, but from time to time also give updates and corrections to existing decal sets.

The instructions consist of two sheets of paper (approx. 8 1/2” x 11”), each printed on one side and folded together, resulting in a small booklet.  One sheet is printed in full color and provides profiles of the aircraft, while the second features in-depth text describing each subject.  Clearly, a lot of time and effort has gone into the research on this sheet.  13 different reference books (or websites) are listed and cited throughout the individual aircraft descriptions.

Fokker Eindecker III Late – Part 2

Published: January 4th, 2013     
Fokker Eindecker III Late – Part 2
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Resuming after a holiday break, I finished the model on January 2. Once the fuselage was closed and the wings and undercarriage were glued, the major work involved rigging the undercarriage, wings and control wires.

Castor Oil, Grim, Mud, Dirt and Goo

Reference photos show that once an Eindecker went into front-line service, it rapidly became stained, oily, and dirty. The two main factors were the dirt and grass airfields, which soon became muddy during most months of the year (except when they became snow-packed ice fields), and the engines which threw off their lubricating fluid as they operated. My understanding is that this was primarily castor oil, or some similar substance that was ubiquitous to all rotary engines. Consequently, I had no choice but to dirty up the wings and fuselage. Fun!

P-40B/C Replacement Parts

Published: January 4th, 2013     
P-40B/C Replacement Parts
Reviewed by: Howie Belkin, IPMS# 16
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

  • Kit No. QB 72 374 Exhaust & Damper Cooler, $5.50
  • Kit No. QB 72 375 Gun Barrels, $5.50
  • Kit No. QB 72 376 Undercarriage Covers, $5.50

American Aces Against the Kamikaze

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
American Aces Against the Kamikaze
Author: Edward M Young
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Philippines to Okinawa, the unthinkable Kamikaze generated surprise and fear across the US Pacific fleet that outweighed the actual combat effectiveness of these Special Attack units. The new title in the Osprey aces series focuses on the Navy, Marine, and USAAF commands that confronted this new threat. The IJN and IJA lost some 900 aircraft in these mass attacks. 91 pilots from the Navy, Marines and USAAF became aces during these campaigns (most aces were from the Navy).

Edward M Young walks you through the development and first use of the Special Attack units right up to VE day. The Navy’s response and tactics to counter this new threat is very well chronicled. Each ace is covered with his individual tallies and the circumstances of each victory.

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