Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator Decals, Part 1 and 2

Published: January 15th, 2014     
Consolidated B-24 Liberator Decals, Part 1 and 2
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Thanks very much to Lifelike decals for providing IPMS USA these review sets. We appreciate your support and look forward to your future efforts!

I had heard of Lifelike decals, but normally don’t work in 1/72nd scale.  However, when these showed up, I had to throw my name in the hat… and am very pleased I did. 

The first set, 72-029, covers four B-24’s with four different groups in the pacific region.  All have very colorful tail markings, and the nose art is particularly striking. The fact I have not seen these before made them a better value. 

Markings are included for the following:

Waist and Tail Gunner Compartment Details for HK B-17

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Waist and Tail Gunner Compartment Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

… MORE on of our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit… thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets…!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The waist section on this set contains several similar panels and gauges for the crew oxygen and intercom system.  Ammunition feed chutes are provided for both waist weapons, as are crosshair gunsights, and an unusual modification in the form of spent ammo casing bags for the waist guns.  These, by the way, are supposed to be installed with the CURVED section toward the fuselage sides… I must have been distracted. 

The Auxiliary power unit is detailed up with placards, and various bits and pieces.  You will have to work to see this on the completed model, unless you open the crew access door on the right side of the aircraft. 

Bomb Bay Details for HK B-17

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Bomb Bay Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Next step in our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit.  Ongoing thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets… !

Having opened one other B-17 many years ago in 1/48th, using the Paragon resin flap and bomb bay sets, I vowed not to do that ever again, not due to the fault of the parts, but because it made it extremely difficult to move the model around.  Here I am again, with an even LARGER model… But it’s worth it in the end!

This upgrade seriously improves the appearance of the kit parts by having you replace the sidewalls with PE sheet, and styrene truss bracing.  Added afterwards are Gussets with excellent rivet detail.  What that does is brings the detail level over the top… it just looks a lot better in this scale.  The catwalk has improved rails and sides as well.  Additional placards and bulkhead details are added, and in the end (it does take a while) everything comes together.

Messerschmitt Bf-109E, The Blitzkrieg Fighter

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Bf-109E, The Blitzkrieg Fighter
Author: Marek J. Murawski and Jakub Plewka
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Kagero Publishing

Bf-109E is the most recent addition in Kagero’s Monographs Special series. The Casemate information sheet that accompanied the book states that, “This new book gives not only a thorough insight in the development, variants, technical features and camouflage of the “Emil”, but also an excellent overview of the aircraft’s service with the Luftwaffe.” True words!

Modelers vary in their focus for information regarding a subject being modeled, and this publication addresses most, if not all, of those areas of interest.

The text begins with comprehensive coverage of the Bf-109E variants. Detailed black and white images show the characteristics and design differences which separate one “Emil” variant from the next. In these 34 pages, the modeler will find much useful and detailed information that will significantly impact the authenticity of the “E” variant being modeled.

Pages 35-46 cover the design specification of the “E” variants presented on previous pages. The descriptions of these specifications are accompanied by an excellent set of images, taken during the war when the subject matter was “current”.

MV-22B Osprey

Published: January 14th, 2014     
MV-22B Osprey
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has produced the first production model of the Osprey VTOL transport in 1/72 scale, the MV-22B.  In 1988, Italeri came out with a kit (# 175) of the preproduction version, which was designated at that time the V-22A (later to be changed to MV-22A).  It would be very difficult to modify the MV-22A into the "B" model.  Thankfully, modelers do not have that problem now due to Hasegawa's latest release.  This article will not go into the long history of  VTOL aircraft or into the difficult development of the Osprey that can be found in other sources. (such as The Dream Machine: the untold history of the notorious V-22 Osprey by Richard Whittle, 2010).

Hawker Hunter Ejection Seat w/Safety Belts

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Hawker Hunter Ejection Seat w/Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added a well-detailed Hawker Hunter Martin Baker Mk.2H ejection seat to their growing line of detail parts.  It is a replacement for the one found in the Academy (and Italeri) 1/48 scale kits and will greatly enhance the cockpit of a model built from either of those kits.  It is reported that RAF Hunters were manufactured with either Mk.2H or Mk.3H seats (and some Hunters manufactured with Mk.3H seats were retrofitted with Mk.2H seats), so Quickboost has chosen to offer the MB Mk.2H.  The Quickboost seat captures the look of the prototype very nicely with crisp and enhanced details and molded-in safety belts that will greatly improve the cockpit of any Hunter. 

MiG-21F-13 Fishbed

Published: January 13th, 2014     
MiG-21F-13 Fishbed
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

The MiG-21F-13 was one of the early variants of the MiG-21 series, and as far as I know this is the first injection-molded kit of the aircraft in 1/48 scale. The kit comes in an appropriately sized box with some nice artwork on the cover. Inside the box, there are 9 sprues of cleanly molded medium grey parts, four of which are dedicated to underwing and under fuselage stores. Most of the major parts have their sprue attachment points molded on the mating surface, rather than on the edge of the part, which means that you don’t have those ugly sprue attachment areas to deal with when cleaning up the seams. I thought that was a nice touch and I hope that other manufacturers will start molding their kits in the same way. The panel lines are recessed and nicely done, and the rivet detail is present but restrained. The surface seems to have a very slight roughness to it, but it disappears under a coat of primer.

Radio Compartment Details for HK B-17

Published: January 13th, 2014     
Radio Compartment Details for HK B-17
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is part 4 of our long review of Eduard PE parts for the HK B-17 kit.  The usual thanks to Eduard for providing us these sets…

The radio compartment on the B-17 had a large clear panel over it.  On earlier aircraft, including some “G”s, the cover would drop down and slide forward, providing an emergency exit in case of ditching or belly landing, and was also provided with provision for a .50 caliber hand-serviced weapon.   On later “G”,s such as the HK kit, this window could be removed, but was fixed in place, along with a standard “through the plexiglas” gun mount for the gun.  Made for a much-less windy situation for the crew at -60 degrees below farenheit wind chill…

As the definition of the compartment states, the “radio room” is filled with radios, and Eduard provide new faces, handles, and panels for all of them.  They also provide covers for the electrical junction boxes.  All are extremely well done, and only require removal of the kit faces, and replacement with Eduard’s panels, which in this case have pressure-sensitive cement pre-applied.

General Dynamics F-111 - A Comprehensive Guide

Published: January 13th, 2014     
General Dynamics F-111 - A Comprehensive Guide
Author: Anthony Thornborough
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: SAM Publications

For those of you who haven't seen them, SAM Publications has a series of books they call Datafile which are devoted to a particular aircraft and also have a modeling section. The newest one is No. 19 and deals with the  General Dynamics F-111 series. There are 12 chapters dealing with all things Aardvark. The chapters are listed below:

Sea Vampire F.20 with Scale Aircraft Conversions Metal Gear

Published: January 12th, 2014     
Sea Vampire F.20 with Scale Aircraft Conversions Metal Gear
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

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