Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

A-1H/AD-6/7 Skyraider Gear

Published: April 12th, 2016     
A-1H/AD-6/7 Skyraider Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

As with many of SAC’s sets, this set provides a one for one replacement for the kit parts. It consists of just five parts, two main landing gear struts, two retraction struts and a tail wheel. The parts are nicely cast and have just as slight cast line where the mold halves met, but this is easily cleaned up with either a fine sanding stick or a metal wheel in your Dremel tool at low speed. The retraction struts are very thin, so be careful in handling them as white metal is much more pliable than the plastic kits parts, but unlike the kit parts, the metal parts do not spring back to their original shape if bent or moved around, they stay in the shape you last put them in.

This is another nice set from Scale Aircraft Conversions and while the Skyraider is not a heavy model, the replacement struts look great and will be a bit stronger if you need to move the kit around. Also they will add some strength if you start replacing the kit ordinance with some of the excellent resin ordinance being released by Eduard and others.

Recommended.

Thank you to Scale Aircraft Conversions for the review sample and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.

P-38 Early Armament .50 cal Brownings w/ Drilled Cooling Jackets

Published: April 12th, 2016     
P-38 Early Armament .50 cal Brownings w/ Drilled Cooling Jackets
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Models once again provides IPMS USA with examples of machine-shop excellence… We are extremely thankful to Piotr for providing examples of his work to review.

As you can see by the product photographs, these .50 caliber browning machine gun barrels are exquisite works of art. Designed to fit one of the two 1/32 Lighting models currently available, you receive four different length .50 caliber barrel assemblies, and two separate types of 20MM cannon barrels which were utilized on some variants of the Lightening.

What is really impressive about this set is you are provided with the drilled cooling jackets, which I challenge anyone to do at home with tubing and your personal micro drill set! I know I can’t… so this is one area (of several) where Master Models’ products shine.

Besides the cooling jackets, you are provided with hollow barrels, and mount rings,

EA-18G Growler Anthology Decals

Published: April 12th, 2016     
EA-18G Growler Anthology Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

As the Navy transitions away from the venerable EA-6B’s into the new EA-18G Growlers, the planes have started to get more elaborate markings and kits have become available to replicate the plane. Hasegawa took their excellent F-18F kit and has issued several iterations. Maybe it is just me but most of the aftermarket decal companies have been slow to respond to some of these new releases. Fortunately for us modelers, Furball Aero-Designs is not one of those and has great new releases. This one is for the Hasegawa kit and includes a whopping 12 wonderful growlers and has enough decals to actually build two full planes.

Let’s look at what’s inside the package. The first thing you notice is that all instructions are full color and well printed. Each of the 12 planes has a left and right profile and decal placement along with excellent notes specific to that airframe such as to use larger insignia or not to include specific decals. Each sheet also has specific FS color call outs at the top of the page. Separate drawings are included for stencil location including the ejection seat.

OS2U Kingfisher Exterior Set

Published: April 11th, 2016     
OS2U Kingfisher Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Another very nice photo etch set, this time for the Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the exterior of the kit.

The photetch parts are for the:

  • Engine details
  • Side and main float details
  • Bomb fins
  • Bomb Pylons
  • Wing li