Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Aussie Eight Dual Combo – Spitfire Mk. VIII

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Aussie Eight Dual Combo – Spitfire Mk. VIII
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the iconic fighters of World War Two.  Entering service at the beginning of the conflict, it was continually upgraded and improved throughout the war.   As Japanese Navy air attacks on Darwin demonstrated, the Royal Australian Air Force needed a high altitude fighter to supplement its low altitude fighters, such as the Curtis Kittyhawk (P-40).  After reviewing the projected performance of the Spitfire Mk. VIII, the Australian government requested delivery of Spitfire Mk. VIII's to fulfill this role.  The RAAF eventually received over 400 of this version of the Spitfire and operated it in several theaters.

Eduard 1/48th Scale F-14A Big Ed Interior, Seat Belts, Canopy Mask, Exterior, and Engines

Published: June 26th, 2017     
 Eduard 1/48th Scale F-14A Big Ed Interior, Seat Belts,  Canopy Mask, Exterior, and Engines
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Introduction

Much has been published on the Tamiya 1/48th scale F-14A Tomcat already.  Finally an F-14A kit that is fun to build, with outstanding detail, fit and engineering.  By itself, out of the box, the kit build will result in an amazing model.  However................many of us cannot leave well enough alone and need to add some aftermarket accessories.  Eduard offers aftermarket accessories that are hard to resist no matter the quality of the base kit.  With the Tamiya F-14A they have done it again.

Personally I prefer to add add photo etch and some resin aftermarket items to many of my builds. When I aquired my Tamiya Tomcat I began to purchase several aftermarket items.  When the opportunity arose to volunteer to review the Eduard Big Ed set of photo etch, canopy mask and seat belts I could not resist.

Nakajima B5N "Kate" and B6N "Jill" Units

Published: June 25th, 2017     
Nakajima B5N "Kate" and B6N "Jill" Units
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Imperial Japanese Navy entered the Pacific War with the most advanced ship-based attack bomber in the world, flown by the most experienced aircrews of any service. First flown in 1937, and introduced into squadron service during the Sino-Japanese conflict in 1938, the Nakajima B5N was faster, flew farther and carried a heavier payload than either of its British or American contemporaries (principally, the Fairey Swordfish and Douglas TBD Devastator, respectively). When used as either a level bomber against stationary targets, or as a torpedo bomber against ships, the "Kate" (as it came to be known to the Allies) would wreak havoc against Japan's enemies for the first year of the war.

SE.5a Photoetch Set

Published: June 25th, 2017     
SE.5a Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is the photoetch fret for Eduard's 1/48 SE.5a. It is listed for the Wolseley Viper Version of the kit, but can also be used for the Hispano-Suiza Version of the SE.5a. This is the same photoetch fret included with Eduard's Wolseley Viper, and with the Royal Class edition as R0015-LEPT 1. It can also be purchased separately from either kit. The photoetch fret is not required for completion of the kits, but adds more accurate scale detail than the kit parts.

The steel fret is about 2-3/4 x 2-1/4 inches and includes photoetch pieces for the seatbelts, instrument panel and gauges, machine gun magazine upgrades, several different cockpit levers, brackets for the exhaust pipes, cables and stanchions for the control surfaces, bomb rack, and frames for the wing pulley observation panels.

The seatbelts have nice detail, but the color is a little too red for the leather portion of the belt. Likewise, the colored instrument panel does not accurately represent the wood color of the aircraft. I painted both before assembly. The instrument panel and gauges offer a nice alternative to the plastic panel and decal gauges issued with the kit.

F-15C Idaho Air National Guard

Published: June 25th, 2017