Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F4U-5 Corsair Night Gun Barrels

Published: February 6th, 2016     
F4U-5 Corsair Night Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Vought F4U-5N Corsairs were delivered from the factory with four 20mm cannons with installed flash suppressors. Quickboost provides you with a set of Vought F4U-5N 20mm cannon fairings with flash suppressors. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the Hobby Boss provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements. Although these cannon fairings with flash suppressors could be used on other F4U-5N kits with modification, Quickboost already has a set out for the Hasegawa F4U-5N kit (QB 48 680).

Quickboost has molded the cannon fairings with flash suppressors perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost exhausts have no mold seams to sand off along with a hollowed out barrel flash suppressors.

Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Want an easy upgrade the new tool Airfix kits of the Gloster Gladiator? Step right up to the new Quickboost Gloster Gladiator air intakes that provide a beautiful replacement to the kit parts. The supplied instructions identify which Airfix kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements.

Quickboost has molded the air intakes perfectly in light tan resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost air intakes are supplied on a single resin sprue with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Spitfire Mk.XVI Bubbletop - ProfiPACK

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Spitfire Mk.XVI Bubbletop - ProfiPACK
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is the latest Eduard Spitfire release and is the Mk.XVI Bubbletop version. This series is great and I have three of the other version in my stash. As this is the ProfiPack version it comes with the additional the Eduard accessories to add the extra details.

In the box is:

  • 5 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 photoetched details parts
  • 1 mask set
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

All the sprues are extremely well molded and super fine details we have come to expect from Eduard’s kits.

The kit can be built as any of five versions; you need to decide before commencing the built which you are going to do. I originally was going to do version B but as explained later I ended up finishing it as Version E the personal aircraft of the Air Officer Commanding no 21 Group RAF.

Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon/Pakistani JF-17 Thunder

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon/Pakistani JF-17 Thunder
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35992
Scale: 1/72
Company: Trumpeter

The history of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 in the hands of the People's Republic of China (J-7 in the PLAAF; F-7 for export) is a long and convoluted one, which came to a close with the deliveries of the final production examples to export customer nations in 2013. Almost from the beginning, the Chinese wanted to either improve the design into something more modern, or outright replace it with something original. In the JF-17, which started as a 1980s upgrade concept known as the Super Seven, they achieved their goal both ways at the same time—albeit too late to help the PLAAF, who have chosen the J-10 as the official successor for their J-7s.

MIG-15UTI

Published: February 6th, 2016