Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

AH-6M/MH-6M Little bird Night stalkers

Published: May 20th, 2019     
AH-6M/MH-6M Little bird Night stalkers
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/35
Company: Kitty Hawk

Aircraft and history:

The AH/MH-6M is the latest variant of the Army's light observation helicopter with the original design dating back to 1963 as the Hughes OH-6A Cayuse (nicknamed "Loach"). The term "Little Bird" was given to the enhanced version of the OH-6 with the AH-6 versions armed and MH-6 versions for carrying three commandos per side developed in 1980 and used by the newly formed 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. This highly versatile airframe was used effectively in many conflicts with the most notable being "Operation Gothic Serpent" (better known as "Black Hawk Down" and "Battle of Mogadishu").

Kit:

F-14 (A/B) "Tomcat" resin wheels

Published: May 20th, 2019     
F-14 (A/B) "Tomcat" resin wheels
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: RES-KIT

Reskit is a Ukranian manufacturer of resin accessories for 1/32nd, 1/35th, 1/48th, and 1/72nd scale modern aircraft. Products include wheels, weapons, electronics pods and exhausts for various modern aircraft from the United States, France, Great Britain, Japan, and Russia.

The web site is Ukrainian language but includes English translation. Select the scale and several product pages are shown.

Contents Description

This set includes five, individual castings:  two main wheels with separate rear hubs and two nose gear wheels.  The resin is a very dark, glossy grey color, and the detail is quite nice. All the tires have raised lettering on both sides. Each wheel must be removed from a small casting plug and the burr sanded smooth, while the main wheel rear hubs require a saw cutting on the hub rear side.

Vickers Vildebeest Mk. III

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Vickers  Vildebeest Mk. III
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

HISTORY

The Vickers Vildebeeste design originated as a result of  Air Ministry Specification 24/25 for a land based torpedo bomber to replace the Hawker Horsley, with the first prototype flying in April, 1928.  The plane was of all metal construction with mainly fabric cover. Power was provided by a Bristol Jupiter VIII radial engine. Development continued, with the first production models flying in 1932.  The design was upgraded over the years, with 9  Mk. I's (Bristol Pegasus),  30 Mk. II's  (Bristol Pegasus IIM3),  150 Mk. III's  (A Mk. II with provision for a third crew member) and 18  Mk. IV's, (825 hp. Bristol Perseus radial enclosed in a NACA cowling).  In 1931,  Vickers developed a modified Vildebeeste as a general purpose type to replace the Westland Wapiti, and this aircraft, which was essentially similar to the Vildebeeste Mk. II, emerged as the Vincent, with additional fuel replacing the torpedo equipment.

Junkers D.1 Landing Gear

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Junkers D.1 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

A newer addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions large line of metal landing gear is this set for the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear.  The set comprises of both main gear legs, the landing gear "wing" between the legs, and the main axle.  All are made of sturdy, white metal.

I could see no appreciable difference in the detail between the kit items and those in this set.  They look to be almost the same.  If anything, I believe the SAC details were a bit softer than the kit items.  The "wing" had a bit of a molding mishap and there is some excess metal on the top port side (see the photos).  I think this will be a bit challenging to clean up and retain the details of the rivets and corrugation.  The axle came slightly bent (which I know is common with white metal pieces, but still annoying).

Sopwith Triplane Landing Gear

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Sopwith Triplane Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Yet another addition to Scale Aircraft Conversions large line of metal landing gear is this set for the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Triplane.

Like most of SAC's sets, this is meant as a drop-fit replacement for the kit's plastic landing gear.  The set comprises of both main gear legs, the landing gear "wing" between the legs, main axle, tail skid, and tail skid adjusting piston.  All are made of sturdy, white metal.

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