Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Croatian Air Legion-Bf-109G-6s on Eastern Front-15(Kroat)./JG52

Published: August 12th, 2015     
Croatian Air Legion-Bf-109G-6s on Eastern Front-15(Kroat)./JG52
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Delta One Decals

With the release of the Revell-Germany Bf-109G-6 and G-10 Erla it is just natural to want to put markings on them that aren’t included in the box.  

Delta One has been providing some unique looking 109s on their decal sheets and this one is no different.  The Croatians had a staffel similar to the Spanish staffel in JG-52.  They were proud and carried the   This decal sheet provides markings for seven aircraft, six G-6s and one G-5.  Most of the aircraft sported the “Flying or Winged chessboard” on both sides of the fuselage.  

The decals are printed on a 6x5 sheet with an additional separate sheet containing one chevron.  The swastikas are broken down into two parts.  There is a variety of the Flying chessboard.  Interestingly is that the lack of standard markings.  Typically a unit would have the same size and same color markings but that is not the case with the Croats.  The decals are in perfect register.  The one chevron does not have a white outline which is why there is a correction sheet.  

Interactive German Aircraft Instrument Panels, Volume 1, an iPad reference book

Published: August 12th, 2015     
Interactive German Aircraft Instrument Panels, Volume 1, an iPad reference book
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Thank you to Mushroom Publications for bringing a tremendous digital resource for the modeler.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching model subjects.  This digital publication is nearly identical in content to the paperback version [suggestion to editor: here is the link for the paperback review on the IPMS Review site.

Overview

I am very pleased with the increasing availability of research material in the tablet world.  Interactive Panels allows an interesting reference experience for the WWII German aircraft modeler. Cockpit views of six different aircraft instrument panels are included, as listed:

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I

Published: August 11th, 2015     
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

History Brief

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I fixed its place in history during the Battle of Britain. The RAF pilots known as 'The Few' proved the Spitfire’s ability. Fighting alongside the Hurricane they overcame the struggles of the Battle of Britain over southern England and the English Channel during the summer of 1940. Powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin V12, the Supermarine Spitfire was capable of speeds of over 360mph. Noted for remarkable maneuverability that allowed it to turn inside an opponent, the spitfire made it an excellent dog-fighter and it was the interceptor of choice for Fighter Command. Accordingly, RJ Mitchell's design is a time-tested aviation masterpiece, famous and beautiful too, first flying in 1936 and by 1940 it had become the envy of the world's air arms.

Hurricane Mk I.

Published: August 10th, 2015     
Hurricane Mk I.
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378