Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

T-33A/RT-33A Shooting Star

Published: August 12th, 2020     
T-33A/RT-33A Shooting Star
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Aviation Collectibles

This book is from the Italian Aviation Series and covers the T-33A/RT-33A mostly in Italian service. Like several other Italian aircraft book series this one too provides text and captions in both Italian and English.

Chapter one is an introduction to the design, where chapter two covers its design and beginnings with the USAF. Chapter three by far the book's largest at 45 pages covers the Shooting Star's (better known in the USA as T-bird) service to the Italian AF. The first T-33 was received in July of 1952 and the type served the IAF until March of 1982 a career of almost 30 years of uninterrupted service. Chapter four covers the use of Canadian built CT-133 in a hail preventing operation. Chapter five is a modeler's note section with building the 1/72 Heller kit of this aircraft. The book concludes with technical data and acknowledgements.

Skybolt - At Arm's Length

Published: August 12th, 2020     
Skybolt - At Arm's Length
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Company: Fonthill Media

In the aftermath of World War Two, the United States and the Soviet Union were not the only powers who pursued and developed nuclear weapons. Both France and England pursued the development of nuclear and thermonuclear weapons after World War Two. The problem came in developing reliable and effective methods of deploying these weapons. In the immediate aftermath of World War Two, prior to the missile age, the only option was the manned bomber. Unfortunately, as antiaircraft systems became more effective and sophisticated, questions began to arise with respect to the ability of the manned bomber to penetrate these defense systems and reach their targets with gravity bombs.

VMFA-323 Death Rattlers / USMC F4-B Phantoms in the Vietnam War

Published: August 10th, 2020     
VMFA-323 Death Rattlers / USMC F4-B Phantoms in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

Commissioned in 1943, this particular squadron got its nickname from some pilots who killed a rattlesnake at their first deployment at Cherry Point and then hung the skin in the ready room. VMFA-323 was first deployed to Da Nang Air Base in 1965, losing the only Phantom ever to a surface-to-air missile shortly thereafter. The squadron remained in Viet Nam until 1969, flying from both Da Nang and Chu Lai during that time.

AOA Decals is making a name for themselves with some of the very best decals found on the market. Whisper-thin, spot-on register, easy to apply and with excellent opacity, they really make for an extremely pleasant modeling experience.

VMFA-232 Red Devils / USMC F4-J Phantoms in the Vietnam War

Published: August 10th, 2020     
VMFA-232 Red Devils / USMC F4-J Phantoms in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

Tracing its lineage back to 1925, VMFA-232 Phantoms began sorties over Vietnam from Da Nang Air Base in late 1967. Flying close air support for the Marines on the ground, the Red Devils flew nearly 6,000 sorties and delivered some 6,00 tons of ordinance during their time in the 'Nam, being one of the few units capable of delivering 2,000 lb. bombs at the time. They redeployed during Operation Linebacker and lost three Phantoms during that time (one to enemy air action), becoming the last Marine Phantom unit to leave Vietnam in 1973. They finally surrendered their final remaining Phantom in 1988.

AOA Decals is making a name for themselves with some of the very best decals found on the market. Whisper-thin, spot-on register, easy to apply and with excellent opacity, they really make for an extremely pleasant modeling experience.

VMFA-212 Lancers / USMC F4-J Phantom in the Vietnam War

Published: August 10th, 2020     
VMFA-212 Lancers / USMC F4-J Phantom in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

VMFA-212 Lancers was the first Marine jet squadron to be deployed aboard an aircraft carrier in combat, serving on the USS Oriskany in May of 1965. They conducted more than 12,000 combat sorties and dumped nearly 10,000 tons of ordinance during that time, chalking up an admirable safety record until their return to Hawaii in December of the same year.

AOA Decals is making a name for themselves with some of the very best decals found on the market. Whisper-thin, spot-on register, easy to apply and with excellent opacity, they really make for an extremely pleasant modeling experience.