Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Pitot Tubes for SU-27, Sea Harrier FRS.1, and Harrier GR.3

Published: February 7th, 2013     
Pitot Tubes for SU-27, Sea Harrier FRS.1, and Harrier GR.3
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

  • Sukhoi Su-27, AM-48-066, $8.50
  • Harrier GR.3, AM-48-069, $5.50
  • Sea Harrier FRS.1, AM-48-070, $6.50

Iwona and Piotr at Master Model in Poland are a gifted team.  Here’s to you and your efforts; we FINALLY have a source for detailed, strong, accurate pitot tubes (and other things like gun barrels) with exquisite detail!  Thank you for providing IPMS USA with these review samples, which were passed to me.  We appreciate and support you!

OK, what I received from Dick and Steve at IPMS/USA were three little packets, one with an SU-27 pitot tube, one SHAR (Sea Harrier) FRS.1 pitot tube, and one Harrier GR.3 pitot tube and angle of attack (AOA) probe.  I immediately pulled the requisite kits out from the slowly shrinking stash and started assembly.  Of note: every one of these pitot tube additions have first-rate, set-the-standard instruction sheets with not only installation instructions, but also color callouts!  VERY impressive, and something others should emulate.  Now, on to the builds: first, the Academy SU-27.

Night Stalkers Don't Quit! Decals Part 1

Published: February 7th, 2013     
Night Stalkers Don't Quit! Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Werners Wings

New from Floyd Werner and Werner’s Wings are decals and history for the Night Stalkers, the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (SOAR). This set of decals covers the history of the group from its conception in 1981 through Operation Gothic Serpent in 1993.

The aircraft covered here are H-60's and H-6’s in 1/72 scale. The decals are also offered in 1/35th and 1/48th scales. The decals cover eight markings for the H-6 and 9 markings for the H-60. Each scheme has a specific color guide and also notations about specifics of that particular helicopter. There are notes about antennae locations, markings, and history of all airframes.

The most impressive thing that comes with this set is the specific history of the Night Stalkers. The coverage ranges from its inceptions after the failed attempt to recue the hostages in Iran into combat in Grenada and Operation Prime Chance, protecting oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The history concludes with Operation Gothic Serpent, which was in Somalia. Lastly – and most sobering – is a list of the men who have given all in support of the US and it allies and operations.

T-28C Trojan

Published: February 6th, 2013     
T-28C Trojan
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Sword Models

The North American T-28 was used by both the Air Force and Navy and was designed as a replacement for the old T-6/SNJ.  It saw use in the American military from the 1950's until the mid 80's.  In the end there were 4 variants, the A, B, C, and the counter-insurgency D models.  Several other variants, such as the Fennec, were used in foreign service.

The T-28C, the subject of this kit, came out in 1955 and was the same as the B model except for the tail hook installed for carrier training and a slightly shorter prop. The T-28C had a Wright R-1820 engine and a three-bladed prop.

The kit came in a colorful box with the cover painting showing the scheme I decided to model, and with all three possible markings options on the back.  Upon looking at the sprues, I was impressed.  They had recessed panel lines and very little flash, but there are no part numbers on the parts so you need to look at the layout in the instructions to figure out what’s where.  My sample had an extra left fuselage without the cutout for the tail hook.

F-8E/J Pitot Tube

Published: February 4th, 2013     
F-8E/J Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a company that makes turned brass aftermarket parts, specifically pitot tubes, refueling probes, and antennas.

The first thing I would like to point out is how good the packaging and instruction sheet is. The packaging consists of a zip-lock type bag, while the part is in a smaller bag, keeping it from moving all over. The instruction sheet is very clear and easy to understand, only needing 3 steps. Cut off original part, drill a hole (0.8 mm), glue in the new metal part – complete. Just be careful drilling the hole, especially in 1/72.

When compared to the kit part – there is no comparison. The kit pitot tube looks like a little blob of plastic, while the Master Model part is a complete work of art. Once you use a couple of these pieces you will be completely spoiled and never want to use the kit pitot tubes again.

I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior-looking model. The only problem I have now is that I want one on every one of my kits. Thanks to Master Model and IPMS-USA for the chance to do this review.

F-86D Sabre “Shark Mouth”

Published: February 2nd, 2013     
F-86D Sabre “Shark Mouth”
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I happen to love F-86s in any shape or form, and the “D” is one of my favorites. I have built a few in the past in most scales and welcomed this one by Hasegawa in 1/72 as I never built one in this scale.

With this kit, Hasegawa chose to do it in the unusual “Shark Mouth” markings. This is a pleasant change from the usual marking as seen on most “D” models.

Upon opening the box, I was greeted with the usual Hasegawa silver plastic in four sprues, plus a clear one. The moldings were crisp with engraved panel lines. I had looked at an older kit of the “D” by Hasegawa and it seems to be the same kit, only with new decals.

Assembly was straightforward with no fit problems. The wings went on without the need of filler. One must remember to add a weight to the nose to prevent tail dragging. The cockpit was very nice; however, I think that seat harnesses could have been molded to the seat for a better look. I added some from tape.

The landing gear is great, and once it was painted aluminum and given a dark wash, it looked real. The detail is terrific.

Bf-109F-4 Jabo

Published: February 2nd, 2013     
Bf-109F-4 Jabo
Reviewed by: Jeffrey Brown, IPMS# 42302
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

I recently built the Hasegawa 1/32 scale Bf-109 F4 “Jabo” version. This was a great kit to build. In fact, if by some miracle I win the lottery or find a decently paying job, I actually plan on picking another one up.

The decal sheet gives you three versions to build: Oberleutnant Frank Liesendahl from 10 Jabo /JG2, Unteroffizier Felix Sauer from 10 Jabo /JG53, and Oberleutnant Werner Langemann, 10 Jabo /JG53. Unlike the Hellcat I reviewed a short while ago , the decals for this kit were crisp, clean, and really well done. The white is a clean, bright white, and the Blue 1 I plan on using for Liesendahl’s aircraft looks like it will stand out when applied.

I did a build for the review. There were no real problems; in fact, just about everything fit beautifully. The cockpit interior is well detailed, and I did not find the need to add any extras since the cockpit is really nice-looking on its own. I did, however, add some PE seatbelts, since the kit decal seatbelts are not only lacking in detail, but they are silver. I used an aftermarket set to finish the interior, which really brought everything together.

SEPECAT Jaguar A

Published: January 30th, 2013     
SEPECAT Jaguar A
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

History – The SEPECAT Jaguar is an Anglo-French jet ground-attack aircraft, originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Armée de l'Air in the close air support and nuclear strike role, and remains in service with several export customers, notably the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman.

Originally conceived in the 1960s as jet trainer with a light ground attack capability, the requirement for the aircraft soon changed to include supersonic performance and reconnaissance and tactical nuclear strike roles.  A carrier-based variant was also planned for French service, but this was cancelled in favor of the cheaper Dassault Super Étendard.  The airframes were manufactured by SEPECAT (Société Européenne de Production de l'avion Ecole de Combat et d'Appui Tactique), a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation, one of the first major joint-Anglo-French military aircraft programs.

B-25 Interior Detail Set

Published: January 29th, 2013     
B-25 Interior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued this interior set to upgrade the HK Models 1/32nd B-25 interior by addressing several areas. The set comes with two large photo etched frets and one small colorized fret, all of which have excellent relief on the parts and great color on the small fret. This set addresses the tail gunner position, the top turret gunner position, both exit hatches, and the rear fuselage interior, along with barrel covers for the guns.

I started construction with the tail gunner area. Both side walls have a large PE part which address the lack of molded-in detail. These were pressed into the area and when they fit well, affixed with super glue and accelerator. These are enhanced with rails which are bent and formed to look like the ribs inside the tail. The wiring detail on the tail gunner shield and additions to the tail gun sight are also included and simple to add. The area was painted Tamiya gloss silver from a decanted rattle can and then detailed. Also, the needed instrument boxes were bent and added. These look great with the preprinted detail and extra parts which look like switches.

Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War I

Published: January 29th, 2013     
Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War I
Author: Paolo Varriale
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

The Austro-Hungarian Army Air Service operated various types of aircraft during their combat operations against the Italians, Russians, Rumanians, and Albanians, and for the most part their equipment was not particularly state-of-the-art.  On the Italian side, while some Italian designs were used, many of the aircraft they faced were the latest designs from France and Britain, some flown by British pilots. The Austrians never had adequate resources to prosecute the war in the first place as their aviation industry had been neglected before the war, resulting in only limited successes.  They operated on a shoestring and did remarkably well, considering their limited resources.

However, the Germans provided the Austrians with a number of modern Albatros D.II and D.III fighters, and also licensed the production of the D.III by Oeffag, an Austrian firm.  The Oeffag D.III product was somewhat redesigned, which resulted in a plane that was stronger and better-performing that their German counterparts.  A total of 49 pilots became aces flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatros D.III fighters produced in Austria during the war.

Focke Wulf Fw-190A-9

Published: January 28th, 2013     
Focke Wulf Fw-190A-9
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa continues to offer easy-to-build Focke Wulf 190s; the latest one is the last short-nosed 190 to be produced during the war, the Fw-190A-9.  The BMW-801TS-powered A-9 variant is identified with a larger propeller, an extra cooling fin on the fan, and a bulged canopy.  This limited edition release is the basic A-8 kit from Hasegawa with some white metal parts – the cooling fan and a wider chord wooden propeller which are all that are needed to convert the A-8 into an A-9.

The kit is molded in typical Hasegawa quality light grey plastic that is flash free with subtle panel lines.  There are four sprues of grey plastic, a sprue of clear plastic, one set of poly caps, and the two white metal parts.  I did notice that the wings had three strange holes on the upper surface.  These are easily filled.  It looks like they are for the stag antler-type antennas, so I’m sure we’ll see more variants.

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