Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 2

Published: December 16th, 2018     
Su-24M Syrian Warriors Pt. 2
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Advanced Modeling

Background

The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service for the Russian air forces for over 40 years.  It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well liked by the two man crew.  Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling Company, a supplier of great resin parts, has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings. 

In accordance with the agreement between Russia and Syria, a group of Russian aircraft were sent to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, September 2015 to fly in support of the Syrian ground forces. During actual operations, the national insignias and registration numbers were overpainted.  This could not be easily removed so areas of lighter gray can be seen behind the restored insignias and numbers on certain aircraft. This sheet contains seven different markings for Su-24s that have been operated out of the Khmeimim Air Base.  

CMK 1/72 P-40 Diamond Tread Wheels

Published: December 16th, 2018     
CMK 1/72 P-40 Diamond Tread Wheels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of diamond treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits.  The supplied items include the diamond tread tires and separate hubs in two options.  Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels.

 

The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting.  Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs.

 

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

 

MiG-21MF TFace Canopy Masking Set

Published: December 16th, 2018     
MiG-21MF TFace Canopy Masking Set
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This is the second masking set designed for Eduard's new MiG-21MF kits.  The first set, CX511, provides masks not only for the canopy and the windscreen, but also for the HUD, the underwing landing lights, and the antenna panels on the vertical tail, the ventral fin, the wing leading edges and a number of smaller ones under the wings and fuselage.  This set, CX512, adds additional masks allowing you to paint the interior color on the inside of the canopy instead of just on the outside. This will result in a much more realistic finish for the canopy, especially if you are going to pose it open. Like CX511, but unlike many of Eduard's other masking sets, this one does not include masks for the tires or wheel hubs.

Riders in the Sky 1945 Limited Edition

Published: December 15th, 2018     
Riders in the Sky 1945 Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a limited edition version of the B-24 Liberator GR Mk VI and GR MK.VIII in the RAF Coastal Command service. The kit is based on the Hasegawa kit plus two additional Eduard sprues, Decals, etc. 

In the box is:

  • 11 x grey sprues 
  • 2 x clear sprues
  • 4 x poly caps
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 2 x photoetch detail set
  • Riders in the Sky 1945 book
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 box artwork poster

The kit options and decals allow building 13 different aircraft, all the choices are great. I opted for the M version, an RCAF aircraft operated in Canada July 1945. The kit looks awesome in the box and all the additional items make this a great addition to any stash.

Construction

The construction starts with the fuselage interior which went together very well. The only small issue is there are a lot of small ejector pin marks which are easily sanded or filled.

P-40 Block Tread Wheels

Published: December 15th, 2018     
P-40 Block Tread Wheels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

CMK has produced a very nicely detailed set of block treaded wheels for the 1/72 Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits. The supplied items include the block tread tires and separate hubs in two options. Although made for the Special Hobby P-40/Kittyhawk kits, these wheels should be adaptable to any of the 1/72 P-40/Kittyhawk IV kits currently on the market, for a smart upgrade to lackluster kit wheels.

The wheels are nicely molded from a 3D-printed master, with no flash or pitting. Tread detailing is fine on the tires, as are the two supplied options for the separate spoked or closed hubs.

Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and CMK for the opportunity to review this item.

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