Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Sikorski JRS-1 The Boat, Limited Edition

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Sikorski JRS-1 The Boat, Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the great folks at Eduard for reissuing and upgrading a kit of a unique Sikorsky flying boat for the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us kits to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The Sikorsky JRS-1, or S-43, is similar in appearance to the famous Pan Am Clipper, the S-42. I did not know that several of these planes survived the Pearl Harbor attack, and went in search of the Japanese fleet immediately afterward.

Overall Summary

I enjoyed building this kit. It is a limited edition offering, with some unique challenges for the intermediate to advanced builder. A very nice set of marking options will allow you to complete a replica from nearly anywhere within the operational lifetime of the JRS-1. I am very pleased to have another yellow-wings example for my USN between-the-wars collection. A build log follows the conclusion and recommendation section.

F-16 Pilot Seated in A/C

Published: April 25th, 2017     
F-16 Pilot Seated in A/C
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:32
Company: PJ Production

Are you looking to add a little life to your 1/32 scale F-16 Fighting Falcon? If so, you may want to consider the latest release in this scale from the folks at PJ Production. This is the third PJ Production figure that I have had the pleasure of reviewing, and like the other two, assembly was easy, with minimal part clean-up being required. The detail is reasonable for this scale, and the figure can be used with the Tamiya, Hasegawa, or Academy kit. The only modeling skill required involves painting a figure; otherwise, I would recommend this as an item manageable by modelers of nearly any skill level.

There are a mere six parts for this particular figure, consisting of the body, arms, two optional heads, and a piece of tube for the oxygen mask. I found the resin easy to work with as I cut the parts using my razor saw. There was no issue with the fit of any of the parts for the figure, so no filler of any type was needed to fill gaps between pieces, which can sometimes happen with resin. I used a thin CA to assemble my figure, and this held the parts in place with no issues.

Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6: F-102 Delta Dagger

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6: F-102 Delta Dagger
Author: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, exclusively in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. The official title is F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale, Digital Volume 6.

Overview

The review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will be in two parts; 1) content coverage, and 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler's perspective. I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?" I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information. I also have tons of books in my library, mostly in dusty residence on stoic-looking bookshelves. This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler. I cannot imagine that this publication will not be a stunning addition to any aviation enthusiast's digital library.

Su-24 Fencer Refueling Probe

Published: April 23rd, 2017     
Su-24 Fencer Refueling Probe
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Last year Trumpeter released a pair of very nice Su-24 kits, replacing the old Dragon kits. This set is one of two released by Aires/Quickboost to upgrade some of the Trumpeter parts. The set consists of five parts: the inflight refueling probe, the refueling probe door that covers part of the probe when it is retracted, the bay into which the probe retracts and the two fuel dump pipes under the engines.

Aviation Records in the Jet Age

Published: April 23rd, 2017     
Aviation Records in the Jet Age
Author: William A. Flanagan, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Lt. Col. William A. Flanagan, aka Bill "Flaps" Flanagan, was an SR-71 RSO for five years, flying out of Palmdale. Bill was inspired to join the US Air Force due to a Northrop YB-49 trading card. Later on in his career, he became the 14th pilot to fly the Northrop B-2. He flew combat McDonnell F-4 Phantom IIs in Vietnam followed by an assignment in Europe under NATO. Next up for Bill was his experience as a test pilot for Lockheed where he was part of a task force for upgrades to the SR-71 Blackbird. Now he is a docent at Blackbird Airpark, in Palmdale, California, currently home to not only a SR-71A, a D-21B, a unique Lockheed U-2D, but a Lockheed A-12 Blackbird. Bill has been done a multitude of videos, including: