Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-17 Exhausts w/Glycol Burners

Published: December 16th, 2016     
B-17 Exhausts w/Glycol Burners
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: RESIN2 Detail

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

Miles M.52: Britain’s Top Secret Supersonic Research Aircraft

Published: December 16th, 2016     
Miles M.52: Britain’s Top Secret Supersonic Research Aircraft
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-sixth major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

The cover painting by Daniel Uhr depicts the Miles M.52 in flight ahead of its chase plane, a Gloster Meteor. This painting is reproduced again after the title page, pristine, without all the titles. I counted 112 black and white photographs, 18 color pictures, 20 tables, and 16 tables on 160 glossy pages.

Tornado IDF Undercarriage Covers

Published: December 15th, 2016     
Tornado IDF Undercarriage Covers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

THANK YOU to our friends and suppliers at Aires/Quickboost for another improvement set, in this case for the Revell DE Tornado IDS/GR-4 undercarriage doors. And thanks also to the reviewer corps leaders for making them available to me to review.

This set improves the kit components by replacing them with fine, pressure-molded resin parts. These are very thin and fragile. Included are five doors in gray resin, (two main, three nose gear) and two clear taxi lights.

Remove the parts from their pour stub, and superglue in place. These fit in place of the kit items, no additional sanding or kit plastic removal required. Quick and improved kit appearance with scale size and thickness.

The kit parts are good; the Aires parts are better. Improved, more "scale" detail, more finesse on the doors (and no mold seam to deal with), and "sharper" molding on the parts overall.

Panavia Tornado IDS Electronic Bay

Published: December 15th, 2016     
Panavia Tornado IDS Electronic Bay
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models