Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

AIM-9L/M/N Sidewinder Seeker Head Covers with RBF tags (early)

Published: August 28th, 2012     
AIM-9L/M/N Sidewinder Seeker Head Covers with RBF tags (early)
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

If you enjoy modeling your aircraft parked, loaded, and tagged, then this set is for you.  Aerobonus, a child company of Aires, has released a set of seeker head covers with Remove Before Flight (RBF) tags for early model AIM-9 Sidewinders.

In the Box

The hanging bag with enclosed card backing comes with a single resin pour stub, in a light yellow color, with six covers.  The light yellow resin is a perfect color for the actual covers, so no painting is needed.  Casting is perfect, with crisp detail as we would expect from anything done by Aires.  RBF tags are on a printed pre-cut, self-adhesive material.  A small piece of fine wire is also included.

F-94C Starfire Landing Gear

Published: August 28th, 2012     
F-94C Starfire Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I was recently given the new 1/48 Kitty Hawk F-94C Starfire to review. I think this is a very nice kit, especially considering that it is the first release by this company. When looking at the parts I was impressed by the detail of the landing gear.

No sooner had this kit hit the market, when Scale Aircraft Conversions released a metal landing gear that not only adds weight to the nose of the aircraft but also corrects a minor error in the kit landing gear.

The kit landing gear, while very nice, represents the legs at full compression. This is not correct. SAC has chosen to represent them as the real aircraft sits, which will alter the stance of the kit. The oleos are not fully compressed and look just right.

I have consulted some photos I have of the F-94C as seen at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson and the one at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio, and they both have the oleos extended slightly but not fully. The SAC L/G legs are spot on.

US Wheel Chocks, WWII

Published: August 28th, 2012     
US Wheel Chocks, WWII
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Profimodeller

With the release of all the World War Two US aircraft in this scale, it didn't take long for aftermarket companies to step in and start producing detail sets.  Profimodeller is one of these and they have come up with some really nice stuff.  The wheel chock set is a nice addition and will work great when I display the new HK Models B-25 on a base.

I went to Profimodeller's website and found it quite easy to use.  They are very helpful in answering questions and quick to respond (note the time difference, you are dealing with Czechoslovakia).  I used Pay Pal for payment and received my goodies in a week.

This will be a "First Look" type review.  I will be building a B-25 and incorporate the set in the build, but it's going to take a while.

The chocks are made of resin.  You get enough pieces to build two sets of chocks.  You get a bar, and the chocks are adjustable and slip on the bar. This set will really dress any WWII US airplane that they are used for.

B-25J Mitchell Top Turret Detail Set

Published: August 28th, 2012     
B-25J Mitchell Top Turret Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Profimodeller

With the release of HK Models’ 1/32nd B-25, it didn't take longer for the aftermarket companies to step in and start producing detail sets.  Profimodeller is one of these, and they have come up with some really nice stuff.  So far, they have released 9 different detail sets and all at a very reasonable cost.  I have ordered the additional sets from Profimodeller's website and found it quite easy to use.  They are very helpful in answering questions and quick to respond (please note the time difference, you are dealing with Czechoslovakia).  I used Pay Pal for payment and received my goodies in a week.

This will be a "First Look" type review.  I will be building a B-25 and incorporating the set in the build, but it's going to take a while.

The top turret detail set is a combination of resin, wire, and photo etch.  The resin parts are a couple of tiny handles, the wire is for the seat, and the photo etch fills in the remainder.  The set will really dress up the details that HK already provides.

B-25J Mitchell Tail Gun Detail Set

Published: August 28th, 2012     
B-25J Mitchell Tail Gun Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Profimodeller

With the release of HK Models’ 1/32nd B-25, it didn't take longer for the aftermarket companies to step in and start producing detail sets.  Profimodeller is one of these and they have come up with some really nice stuff.  So far, they have released 9 different detail sets, all at a very reasonable cost.  I have ordered the additional sets from Profimodeller's website and found it quite easy to use.  They are very helpful in answering questions and quick to respond (please note the time difference, you are dealing with Czechoslovakia).  I used Pay Pal for payment and received my goodies in a week.

This will be a "First Look" type review.  I will be building a B-25 and incorporating the set in the build, but it's going to take a while.

The tail gun detail set is photo etch kit.  It gives you a new armored bulkhead, ammo box holders, and, to me the best part, the seatbelts for the gunner.  All these parts will be seen through the glass canopy and will really dress up the details that HK already provides.

B-25J Mitchell Nose Gun Detail Set

Published: August 28th, 2012     
B-25J Mitchell Nose Gun Detail Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Profimodeller

With the release of HK Models’ 1/32nd B-25, it didn't take longer for the aftermarket companies to step in and start producing detail sets.  Profimodeller is one of these and they have come up with some really nice stuff.  So far, they have released 9 different detail sets and all at a very reasonable cost.  I have ordered the additional sets from Profimodeller's website and found it quite easy to use.  They are very helpful in answering questions and quick to respond (please note the time difference, you are dealing with Czechoslovakia).  I used Pay Pal for payment and received my goodies in a week.

This will be a "First Look"-type review.  I will be building a B-25 and incorporate the set in the build, but it's going to take a while.

Su-33 Flanker D – Correct Nose

Published: August 27th, 2012     
Su-33 Flanker D – Correct Nose
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Su-33 Flanker D is an all-weather-carrier based air defense fighter based on the Su-27.  The airplane had a production run of 24 units.

Hasegawa has produced a kit of this interesting aircraft for modelers.  As usual, Quickboost has added several items to improve the accuracy of the basic Su-33 Flanker D kit.

The first part is a correct nose cone.  The attached photo shows the Quickboost part compared to an Su-27 from my collection.  The new cone is the correct shape for the model and is interchangeable with the kit part.  It is molded in cream colored resin.  It is smooth, seamless and bubble-free.

I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior-looking model. Since this part is interchangeable with the kit parts, it can be recommended for all levels of modelers.

Scale Aircraft Modeling, Vol 34 Issue 07

Published: August 26th, 2012     
Scale Aircraft Modeling, Vol 34 Issue 07
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Guideline Publications

SAM, or more precisely Scale Aircraft Modeling, is an excellent monthly publication focusing on modeling scale aircraft. No surprise there. And if you are a long-time fan of SAM, then it is also no surprise that I state that SAM is one of the best modeling magazines focused on aircraft that money can buy.

Averaging just under 100 pages, SAM is filled with “build” articles featuring some of the newer kits on the market, as well as projects based on old favorites. In the Sept issue (Vol 34, Issue 07), a number of featured articles spans subject matter from World War I to modern jets, both military and civil.



Starting with a WWI subject, Lukasz Kedzierski builds up the Roden 1/32nd scale Nieuport Ni.24bis. Lukasz finished the kit in Polish markings. This kit is labeled as an intermediate-level build. The images show a fully detailed cockpit and a stunning metal cowling.

For an equally stunning paint scheme, Chris Fleet chose an EMB-312 turboprop trainer by A2Zee Models. This is a resin kit, and that might be a bit of a challenge for those who have never experienced the joy of working with resin. The model is finished in Brazilian markings.

FE.2b early Part 4

Published: August 25th, 2012     
FE.2b early Part 4
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Attaching the wings. The lower wings were first and to ensure everything was in alignment, I cleaned the mating surfaces of paint, did a test fit, and applied the Gunze liquid cement. Getting everything properly lined up, I taped the wings down to the work surface to dry. Don’t do this.

Having painted all of the wing and cabane struts with Tamiya tan acrylic, and after that was dry using the basic Wingnut Wings technique for replicating wood that is found on their website, I applied burnt sienna oil paint with a sponge, then removed a great deal of that with a stiff bristled chisel brush to get in some wood grain effects. These have to dry for at least a couple of days, if not more, depending on your locale’s environmental conditions. I suspect there is a liquid agent that would speed up the drying time of oil paint and I’m going to look into this.

EA-6B Prowler, VAQ-135 Black Ravens 2010

Published: August 25th, 2012     
EA-6B Prowler, VAQ-135 Black Ravens 2010
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Aircraft History

The EA-6B Prowler is an electronic warfare aircraft operated by the US Navy and Marine Corps since 1971.  With a crew of 4, the Prowler can take on several roles, such as jamming and electronic intelligence gathering, or even an offensive role when equipped with the HARM missile.  There have been several upgrades throughout the Prowler’s life, culminating in the current ICAP III version.  Today, the Navy has begun to replace their Prowlers with the EA-18G Growler.  However, the Prowler is expected to continue to fly with the USMC until 2017.

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