Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Halifax B Mk. III interior

Published: October 7th, 2016     
Halifax B Mk. III interior
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Thanks to Eduard for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it to me!

This set vastly improves the appearance and detail of Revell's 1/72 halifax B III. The kit consists of all the requisite improvements for the forward crew section on the Halifax: a new pilot seat, seat harnesses, instrument/control panels, engine throttles and control levers, radio and bulkhead details, and sidewall details.

This set is simple to use and improves the kit cockpit with little fuss. The parts are not self-adhesive, so there is a need to use your favorite cement/glue to attach things. I use Gator Loups' polyurethane "Gator glue" for the instrument lamentations, and superglue to attach everything else.

Using a curved #11 blade, I removed the necessary internal plastic details to be replaced. It's then a matter of painting the interior "British interior green" or black, depending on you resources... then applying all the parts.

British Landing Lights

Published: October 7th, 2016     
British Landing Lights
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Honestly until I built an Eduard Fulmar last year I didn't know about the distinctive design of the British landing light. Now, if you are so inclined to add a great scale detail to your British aircraft look no further. Brengun has a wonderful set of photoetched landing lights for most any 1/48 British subject.

Included in this photoetch set are: four - 4.5mm diameter lights, four - 4.0mm diameter lights and six - 3.0mm diameter lights. Each light is made up of two parts, the concave dish and the spiral cover. The instructions are very straightforward and the first step is to anneal the dish portion of the landing light. When complete, place the dish portion on a rubber eraser and work at shaping the dish by pressing with a dull pencil or another rounded tool of your choice. My tool of choice was a rotary grinding bit that was just about the correct size for the 4.5mm light. In just a few short minutes of pressing on the photoetch part, the dish portion is formed and the spiral portion can be attached with your favorite glue. I quick splash of paint and you are ready to go.

Definitely these landing lights are highly recommended !!!

MiG-21 MF Limited Edition

Published: October 5th, 2016     
MiG-21 MF Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Dan Brown
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The MiG-21 is one the most iconic and recognizable airplanes ever produced. An astonishing 11,000 aircraft were built in the USSR alone in its 15 year service life in the Soviet Air Force and a number of countries were given licenses to produce it as well. Given the codename "Fishbed" by NATO, the MiG-21 has been in service for more air arms around the world than any other fighter aircraft. With this in mind Eduard has rereleased their fantastic kit of the MiG-21 MF with a staggering number of markings as a new special edition kit.

FW-200 Condor Pitot Tube & Antenna

Published: October 4th, 2016     
FW-200 Condor Pitot Tube & Antenna
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Fw-200 was an all-metal four-engine airplane that was originally designed as an airliner. As war broke out, it was modified for use for long-range maritime patrol, reconnaissance and as an anti-shipping patrol bomber in addition to a transport. This airplane has been modeled twice in 1/72 scale by Revell but recently Trumpeter have added the airplane to their line-up. The Trumpeter kit is a great improvement on the Revell kits in both detail and accuracy but as always, Aires/Quickboost have found some areas to improve the kit.

This set consists of replacements for the kit pitot tube and the radio antenna. The photo shows the two kit parts along with the sprue containing the two Quickboost parts. The replacement pitot tube is slimmer and slightly longer than the kit part and more importantly, features a reduced diameter section at the front end like actual pitot tubes. The replacement antenna is molded thinner than the kit part. The difference is harder to see but will make for a more accurate model.

FW-200 Condor Radiators

Published: October 4th, 2016     
FW-200 Condor Radiators
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Fw-200 was an all-metal four-engine airplane that was originally designed as an airliner. As World War II broke out, it was modified for use for long-range maritime patrol, reconnaissance and as an anti-shipping patrol bomber in addition to a transport. This airplane has been modeled twice in 1/72 scale by Revell but recently Trumpeter have added the airplane to their line-up. The Trumpeter kit is a great improvement on the Revell kits in both detail and accuracy but as always, Aires/Quickboost have found some areas to improve the kit.