Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate

Published: February 3rd, 2014     
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
Author: Leszek A. Wieliczko
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Kagero Publishing

History

As quoted from the introduction in the book "The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, known as "Frank" in allied jargon, was one of the best IJAAF (Imperial Japanese Army Air Force) fighters during the final year of the Pacific war. Featuring an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear, this all-metal cantilever low-wing monoplane of an elegant body was the successor of the previous Nakajima fighters - Ki-43 Hayabusa and Ki-44 Soki. The Ki-84 proved it's value fighting in China and the Philippines, although the highest number of these machines were lost there, too. When in the hands of an experienced pilot, it was a good match for the best of Allied fighter aircraft. After the war a small number of Ki-84s served with the Chinese air forces, taking part in the civil war of 1945-1949". 

Hurricane Mk.I “Fabric Wings"

Published: February 3rd, 2014     
Hurricane Mk.I “Fabric Wings"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Airfix

Airfix keeps expanding their 1/72 scale airplane line up and their latest release is the Hawker Hurricane “Fabric Wings” model. It is nicely molded, with no signs of flash and clean recessed lines together with raised detail to simulating the fabric wings ribs.

Construction starts with the wheel bay. At that point make sure you have parts A05 and A06 properly lined up, or you will struggle when installing the landing gear later. From there it moves to the cockpit which goes together very well. There are no issues to report there. The fit is positive all around and make a credible rendition of a front office for the scale.

Closing the fuselage was simple however I had a small step on the nose which required some filler and sanding. Attaching the wings to the fuselage was very easy and I had a gap-free wing root. Same applies to the tail horizontal surfaces, rudder and lower back fuselage. I did have a small gap in the radiator, but I suspect that was my own fault, as during dry fitting I did not have any problem.

Harrier FRS 1 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: January 28th, 2014     
Harrier FRS 1 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

We continue to express sincere appreciation to our friends at Aires for providing us more of the prolific output of their company; In this case, Harrier FRS-1 nozzles. 

Nothing really to state about this upgrade other than “Buy it”.  If you have a 1/72 Harrier of the FRS-1 Sea Harrier series, these are “must have” items.    I show these items next to the kit items for clarity. Great external detail, and NO SEAM TO FILL!

A drop-fit incorporation of the first order, 10 of 10, well done to Aires and thanks again to IPMS for the review items! 

J7W1 Shinden - Interior and Engine - Part 1

Published: January 28th, 2014     
J7W1 Shinden - Interior and Engine - Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei Mura made a huge splash several years ago with their Shinden, Skyraider and continued the exceptional releases in 1/32 scale. They have now entered the 1/48th scale market with a J7W1 Shinden. Zoukei Mura has a company philosophy of showing all internal detail in their 1/32nd kits to make the kit not only detailed but a learning experience for the modelers. This 1/48th scale kit is no different but I wanted a comparison review to their 1/32nd scale Shinden and decided to build them both at the same time and compare.

Let's take a look at the kit- 5 sprues of all grey plastic, not the usual different colors. There is also one clear sprue. All the sprues are very crisp and the panel lines are engraved and just right for the scale of the plane. There is a decal sheet and the instructions. One note here; Zoukei Mura instructions were made by the company and they are modelers unlike some others. Following the construction almost to the letter will make your build go much easier and fit better. Lastly, color call out are for Vallejo and Mr. Color.

Weber F-101 Ejection Seat Set

Published: January 27th, 2014     
Weber F-101 Ejection Seat Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: True Details

Another beautifully cast set of resin parts to make our models better from our friends at MMD/Squadron; thanks very much to you for providing IPMS USA this review item!

Another of Monogram’s better kits, the F-101B has been re-released in several different guises.   Most recently it was released with a new decal sheet and markings, but it’s still the standby F-101B.

As stated before, these seats really make a bid difference between the standard model seats with their molded-on harness.   Although the kit seats were more than adequate, this set from True Details takes the illusion of reality a step further.  Cast in Gray resin, the seats have fantastic harness detail (I much prefer these to Photoetch; they just look better to me) and the rest of the seat is also upgraded.  Easy to install; paint, remove the casting block, and superglue in place.

A definite must for your ‘101, be it a 101 A, B, or C.  The seat was the same… Thanks again to True Details for providing us this set for review and making them available to those of us with AMS!

YF-23 - Markings for Both Prototypes

Published: January 27th, 2014     
YF-23 - Markings for Both Prototypes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Caracal Models

Hobbyboss released the YF-23 Black Widow kit in 1/48th scale to some fanfare. It is a great kit of a unique subject. IPMS was lucky enough to review it while the kit is great, the decals leave a lot to be desired as far as accuracy. The wing warning labels are black, the tile grids by the intakes are missing and the tail markings are more for a fictitious active fighter. There are also miscellaneous badges missing as well as only having markings for the gray version. The black PAV1 version which briefly wore the red black widow hourglass was not represented at all. Never fear, Kursad Albayraktar and Caracal Models to the rescue with set 48048 which represents both YF-23 prototypes.

X-47B Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) - U.S. Navy

Published: January 27th, 2014     
X-47B Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) - U.S. Navy
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

The X-47B is an experimental Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle the US Navy is testing from its aircraft carriers for suitability as a remotely controlled attack aircraft.  Apparently, UCAVs are going to be a large part of the future of US military flying.

This kit from Platz was described in one of the paper publications as requiring twice as long to paint as it did to build and twice as long as that to decal.  I find myself in total agreement with that assessment. The kit consists of approximately 56 parts in a light grey plastic.  The parts tree is sensibly laid out and the instructions include a parts map showing all the relevant parts. 

Kosciuszko Albatros “Cooper”

Published: January 26th, 2014     
Kosciuszko Albatros “Cooper”
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Encore by Squadron

History

The Albatros series of Biplane fighters, beginning with the D.I of 1916, became one of the standard German fighters of World War I.  Initially powered by a 160 hp. Mercedes D.III engine, subsequent developments of the aircraft switched to a new wing arrangement, partially intended to improve pilot visibility, and partially to follow the example of the French Nieuport 17 series.  The engines remained basically the same, although upgraded models produced 175 to 185 hp., improving performance somewhat.  The D.IV reverted to the earlier wing, and was not produced, but the D.V had the “V-strut” wing and the 160/185 hp. Mercedes.

B-17G Engines

Published: January 24th, 2014     
B-17G Engines
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released another fine quality detail set for the HK Models B-17G.  This set includes all four engines (which are available individually), their cowlings (both enclosed and open), and exhaust tubes.  The engine sets are numbered from one thru four, with number one being the outboard left engine, number two the inboard left engine, number three the inboard right engine and number four the outboard right engine.            

The number one and four engine assemblies are mirror images of each other, with the only difference being the exhaust discharge is either on the left or right side.  Number two and three are twins; their exhaust is on the bottom. The assemblies come individually wrapped and are well protected with bubble wrap.  You must keep track of all the parts, and which engine they belong to.  I scribed numbers in the back of the castings to help me in this endeavor.

Mk. 82 Bomb with Airbrake, Early

Published: January 22nd, 2014     
Mk. 82 Bomb with Airbrake, Early
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has started making resin sets and has started issuing weapons sets. This set contains the parts for six Mk. 82 bombs with the early airbrakes.  It  consists of 24 resin parts with each bomb being 2 parts. This will allow more versions of the bombs to come out. There are also two types of fuses for the front of the bomb. The set also includes all needed decals and instructions. Molding is top notch with very nice detail on the air brakes and also the attachment lugs.

Assembly is started by cutting the bomb body and the tail from the sprues. The more square the cut here, the better the assembly. Each part is squared and glued together. I had to use a little putty on the body seam. I cleaned this with lacquer thinner and got a good seam. Painting is simple as the body is olive drab.. The fuse is silver. I elected the longer ones. The decals apply well. Make sure they don't fold over. A wash and flat coat and the bombs are done.

This set is excellent and much more detailed than its styrene counter parts. Recommended. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the chance to review them.