Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

SA365N2 Dauphin 2 (Dolphin) French Marine Helicopter

Published: July 20th, 2015     
SA365N2 Dauphin 2 (Dolphin) French Marine Helicopter
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

History

The Eurocopter SA 365/AS365 Dauphin 2 (Dolphin) is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter currently produced by Airbus Helicopters. It was originally developed and manufactured by French firm Aérospatiale, which was merged into the multinational Eurocopter company during the 1990s. Since entering production in 1975, the type has been in continuous production for more than 40 years. The intended successor to the Dauphin is the Airbus Helicopters H160, which is yet to enter operational service as of March 2015.[2]

The Dauphin 2 shares many similarities with the Aérospatiale SA 360, a commercially unsuccessful single-engine helicopter; however the twin-engine Dauphin 2 did meet with customer demands and has been operated by a wide variety of civil and military operators. Since the type's introduction in the 1970s, several major variations and specialized versions of the Dauphin 2 have been developed and entered production, including the military-oriented Eurocopter Panther, the air-sea rescue HH/MH-65 Dolphin, the Chinese-manufactured Harbin Z-9 and the modernized Eurocopter EC155.

L-39 Seatbelts - Super Fabric

Published: July 19th, 2015     
L-39 Seatbelts - Super Fabric
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s newest line of accessories is fabric aircraft seatbelts and harnesses.  This set includes two sets of ejection seat harnesses for Eduard’s L-39 Albatross trainer kit.  There are 3 parts to each harness set, a set of shoulder straps and two lap belts.  As the kit seat is pretty vanilla, so the addition of the fabric harnesses greatly improves the look of the seat. 

MQ-9 "Return of the Reaper"

Published: July 19th, 2015     
MQ-9 "Return of the Reaper"
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Caracal Models

This is the second sheet printed by Caracal covering the operators of the MQ-9 Reaper UAV.  The sheet includes markings for four U.S. Air Force Reapers, and one each from the RAF, the French Air Force, the Italian Air Force, and a civilian version operated by NASA.  I liked the French Air Force markings, but as their Reapers are unarmed, and I wanted to load up mine, I opted instead for the RAF Reaper.

While the Reaper is a relatively large UAV, there are not a lot of decals to be applied, regardless of which one you choose to model.  The set includes enough of the stencils to decal two Reapers from the sheet, which is good as the Skunkworks kit is a double kit.

The decal sheet includes instructions on the colors to paint the Reaper, and to my surprise, unlike the MQ-1 Predator, the military Reapers are two shades of grey, with the underside painted in a much darker grey than the topside.  The sensor turret is a third shade of grey somewhere in between the other two.

De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI - Part 1

Published: July 19th, 2015     
De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI - Part 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Tamiya

Thank you to Tamiya, Inc. for providing this wonderful kit for review and to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to document my build experiences. Sharing this review with the scale modeling community would not be possible without the exceptional support of the IPMS Reviewer Corps. Thank you everyone!

The Mosquito is one of my favorite aircraft with its underdog success story and exceptional operational history. Tamiya’s representation of the fighter-bomber version of the Mosquito is also exceptional. The following review is a compilation of the planning, preparation, and subsequent anticipation of a very enjoyable build of a de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.IV aircraft. Please look for a complete build review soon, where I will report on how this elegantly packed kit progressed to large-scale representation of the “Mossie.”  <