Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Bf-109F Propeller EARLY

Published: April 27th, 2017     
Bf-109F Propeller EARLY
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Bf-109F kit is a beautiful feat of engineering and looks every bit the part of a Freidrich. But what if you want to add a little bit of detail? Something outside the norm? That is where the Brassin range comes in.

There were three different types of props that were used on the Bf-109F. The Early type of prop was the VDM 9-11207. This type of propeller was used on the Bf-109F-1 and F-2s. This set depicts this prop arrangement.

This particular offering is a realistically thin and proper shaped propeller blades. There are seven resin parts and two small photo etch pieces included in the set. They are packaged in a vacuform blister pack with Styrofoam pieces to protect the pieces during transit. The resin is light grey with no blemishes or bubbles anywhere.

Removal of the parts are easy enough from the pour blocks. The hardest part was the removal of the spinner pour block. This just took some careful removal and sanding. Certainly within the realm of most modelers. You get a spinner, back plate, three blades, prop shaft and an alignment tool. The photo etch pieces are designed for the end of the spinner.

Sikorski JRS-1 Upgrade Set

Published: April 27th, 2017     
Sikorski JRS-1 Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the great folks at Eduard for releasing an elegant upgrade set to enhance their kit of a unique Sikorsky flying boat. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us kits to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The Sikorsky JRS-1, or S-43, is similar in appearance to the famous Pan Am Clipper, the S-42. I did not know that several of these planes survived the Pearl Harbor attack, and went in search of the Japanese fleet immediately afterward. This upgrade is very nice supplement to the base kit.

Overall Summary

The upgrade parts are all on a thin brass etched fret 2.75 x 3.25 inches in size. A color instruction and accurate placement guide accompanies the parts. Additional details for the cockpit and exterior are included. Fold lines are etched, allowing very precise forming of even the smallest handles and other small details.

AH-64 Apache M230 Chain Gun, Pitot Tubes, and Tail Antenna

Published: April 27th, 2017     
AH-64 Apache M230 Chain Gun, Pitot Tubes, and Tail Antenna
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

This Master Model set provides a huge leap over any of the injected molded parts available on any 1/48 kit. I based this review on the older Monogram kit from 1986, but it applies to any of the 1/48 kits on the market. This set includes a turned brass tail antenna (not included on the Monogram kit), two pitot tubes (again not present on the Monogram kit), and the forward part of the M230 Chain Gun. The M230 Chain Gun parts include eight parts, but one of the parts is a spare. You can easily see the crisper detail available in the comparisons in the attached pictures.

FW-190A Balkenkreuze

Published: April 26th, 2017     
FW-190A Balkenkreuze
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 26085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This decal sheet states that it was designed exclusively for use with Eduard's outstanding 1/72 Fw 190A series of kits. The sheet provides seven different styles of Balkenkreuze, consisting of the simple white outline Balkenkreuze for the upper wings, and three options for both the fuselage and the underwing Balkenkreuze. There are the simple black Balkenkreuze outline, a solid black Balkenkreuze with a white border and the solid black Balkenkreuze with the white outline and a thin black outline outside of the white. This provides a lot of options to match the style Balkenkreuze used on the aircraft you are modeling.

As with all of Eduard's new decals, these are very thin, but strong and react extremely well to Microsol and Microset, snuggling right down over details without silvering.

While the set is marketed as being designed exclusively for Eduard's FW 190 kits, it can be used on a lot of other 1/72 scale Luftwaffe fighters as the Balkenkreuze styles provided were used on a number of fighters. I will probably pick up some extra sets to replace my Microscale sheets that are almost 40 years old!

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Published: April 26th, 2017     
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

You can view the book trailer for this publication at this YouTube video. This video provides a preview of the entire book, cover to cover.

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