Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Focke-Wulf 190V-1

Published: September 16th, 2019     
Focke-Wulf 190V-1
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1:48
Company: Classic Airframes

In the Box

Instructions

The instruction booklet was divided into four pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 10 separate steps to complete the model. My instruction book was missing step seven but that appeared to be the step when the wing is attached to the fuselage.

Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft. One version was in natural metal finish and the other was in German camo markings.

Clear Plastic

Supplied was one piece of vacuum formed plastic with two canopies molded into it.

Canopy Mask

For painting the canopy I used my own masks cut from Tamiya tape.

Landing Gear

In a separate bag included the main landing gear and the tail gear. All the parts were made from metal and had good detail to them.

P-51D Mustang

Published: September 10th, 2019     
P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/144
Company: Platz

Nearly every aircraft modeler has at least one iconic WWII P-51 Mustang in their collection. Based on the quick sell-out of Eduard's recent 1/48 new tooling at the 2019 'Nooga Nats, its popularity is long from over. The subject of this review however is a diminutive 1/144 scale version of the Mustang produced by Japanese model-maker Platz.

According to their website, "Platz was founded in April, 2000, and is based in Shizuoka, Japan. PLATZ comes from the term "place" - or to be more precise, a "gathering place" for modelers from various categories to develop and produce something new, something really wanted by the public and moreover, something "we" would also want.

Based on the knowledge acquired with a 20-year experience in the modelling business, we would like to challenge the market with a combination of renovated ideas, technologies and materials.

Our goal is to create products previously not available in the market - always accompanied with the spirit of "Approaching business in a serious and yet, fun-filled manner"."

Building the Messerschmitt Bf-109 - Model Aircraft Extra #2

Published: September 8th, 2019     
Building the Messerschmitt Bf-109 - Model Aircraft Extra #2
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: MA Publications, Ltd.

Sooner or later, every aircraft modeler builds the iconic WWII Luftwaffe Bf-109. You can find them in every scale from 1/144 to 1/24, and in every version from prototype to A, to K-14, and sub-variants from post-WWII. It is probably one of the top five most popular aircraft modeling subjects ever kitted.

To that point, there were 31 examples of the Bf-109 entered in 1/48 Single Engine Prop, at this summer's 2019 'Nooga Nats! Obviously, they garnered their own subcategory split. I felt a bit sorry for, but also somewhat envious of Rich Van Zandt's judging team as they laboriously examined all 31 examples. They were all outstanding ... some were just slightly better than others. They checked that distinct splayed gear stance for consistent alignment. They checked wing and stabilizer alignments. They checked canopies and interiors. They checked finishes. They counted rivets ... just kidding. In the end, they chose the best three. 10% of the total number entered of the type!

F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits

Published: September 7th, 2019     
F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hypersonic Models

About HM (from the website)

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products.

NAA P-51D-10-NA Mustang (Single No. 4)

Published: September 3rd, 2019     
NAA P-51D-10-NA Mustang (Single No. 4)
Author: Dariusz Karnas & Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is volume four in the Single series. This is a thin book with no text other than photo captions. The book contains very nice 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings, B&W photos of various details and pages from the manuals showing different systems. There are also three-color photos of cockpit details.

One page that should prove extremely useful to the model builder is the diagram on page 20. Showing which wing areas were natural metal which areas had two coats of filler those with one coat of filler and then sprayed with silver paint and the areas of silver paint only. There is also a beautiful rendition of the instrument panel and an index to its layout. The book concludes with three pages of color drawings of P-51D 44-14292 "Man O War".

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