Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

AMK L-29 Flaps and Control Surfaces

Published: February 1st, 2017     
AMK L-29 Flaps and Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires provides you with the capability to replace your control surfaces on the L-29 Delphin. The packaging is the standard polyethylene bag secured to a header card with staples. There are no supplied instructions but then again, the six parts are a direct replacement for the kit's control surfaces.

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. The parachute and parachute housing 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.

Hellcat Mk. I Weekend Edition

Published: February 1st, 2017     
Hellcat Mk. I Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

While the Grumman Hellcat's primary claim to fame is its stellar service with the US Navy in Pacific Ocean, the Hellcat also saw action in the European and Mediterranean theaters with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. Under the Lend-Lease program over 200 F6F-3 Hellcats were delivered to the Fleet Air Arm for use from Royal Navy carriers as the Hellcat Mk. I.

The RAF in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain

Published: February 1st, 2017     
The RAF in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain
Author: Greg Baughen
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing

From the website

Overview

In May 1940, the German Army and the Allied forces they faced were fairly evenly matched. Two months later Britain was on her own, hopelessly outnumbered and facing imminent defeat. Should the RAF have done more to support the Allied armies in France? Could the RAF have protected the British Army better at Dunkirk? How narrow was the margin of victory in the Battle of Britain? Was the RAF ready to deal with an invasion? Why were hundreds of American combat planes and experienced Polish and Czech pilots never used? All these questions and more are answered in Greg Baughen's third book in the series. Baughen describes the furious battles between the RAF and the Luftwaffe and the equally bitter struggle between the Air Ministry and the War Office- and explains how close Britain really came to defeat in the summer of 1940.

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Early P-40B/C Tubular Exhausts

Published: February 1st, 2017     
Early P-40B/C Tubular Exhausts
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Ultracast

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Ultracast tubular exhausts for the Airfix P-40B Warhawk kits. One of the first things to notice with this product is the nice presentation of the packaging with the Ziploc seal to allow for easy access to parts.

X-1 Mach Buster (ProfiPack edition)

Published: January 31st, 2017     
X-1 Mach Buster (ProfiPack edition)