Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

DH 100 Vampire Mk I

Published: October 14th, 2010     
DH 100 Vampire Mk I
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: AModel

THE AIRCRAFT

The Vampire certainly qualifies as an "early jet", being second oldest to the Meteor in RAF service. The Vampire's twin-boom layout was a result of the low power of the early jet engines. The shorter the tail pipe, the more power the engine could deliver. The Vampire's original mission was strictly as an interceptor, with only the 4x 20 mm Hispano cannon as armament.

The Vampires had no power assist for the controls, no radar, and no vices. It was fondly referred to as the "aerial kiddie car" by post-war pilots, implying that anyone could fly it. This may explain why the Vampire was exported extensively. The export list includes: Austria, Australia, Burma, Ceylon, Canada, Chile, Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Katanga, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Rhodesia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Vampires also served with the Royal Navy, and the first jet carrier landing and take off was a Vampire piloted by the famous Captain Eric Brown.

A6M2 Exhausts

Published: October 14th, 2010     
A6M2 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Beautifully cast as "plug in" replacements for the kit parts these parts are ready to use.  Designed for the Tamiya A6M-2 Zero. 

Many thanks to Quickboost/Aires for the review samples.  Visit them on their website at www.quickboost.net for this and many other fine products.

This item is highly recommended.

F-4 Phantom II Intake Covers

Published: October 14th, 2010     
F-4 Phantom II Intake Covers
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Recently released by Quickboost, Intake covers in 1/32nd scale for the Tamiya kit are now available.  Beautifully cast, just cut off the moldings, paint red and apply the supplied "remove before flight decals".

This product is recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost for the review item.

The Viper Story, Part II: Test & Training F-16s

Published: October 14th, 2010     
The Viper Story, Part II: Test & Training F-16s
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Reid Air Publications

This book covers the F-16 in its use as a platform for weapon testing, flight training, and for adversary training. The book covers different wings and squadrons, including details of the syllabus that pilots undertake as part of their training, or the day-to-day operations of different weapon test units. Be aware that not every picture has a caption, but rather that a group of pictures depicting different aspects are described in an accompanying paragraph.

Among different squadrons and wings featured in the book are the weapons school at Nellis, Nevada; the Aggressor squadrons -including those beautiful Arctic camouflaged Vipers-, the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, Arizona and some training squadrons from different Air National Guards wings.

Loon Models No Cut Conversions - Scale Engine and Cowlings

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Loon Models No Cut Conversions - Scale Engine and Cowlings
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Loon Models

This is a fairly new company coming to us from a familiar name, Roll Models, offering a very nice set of complete "twin row" engines and cowlings for the almost antique (although still a nice kit) Revell/Monogram B-26 Marauder.  The set is nicely cast in cream colored resin, with a very slight amount of flash, easily removed by 1 or 2 passes with the sanding stick. 

In the box you'll find the following:

  • Cowlings
  • Separate cowl flaps
  • Back plates
  • Twin row engines
  • Hose cases
  • Magentos
  • Prop shafts