Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B-18 Bolo ASW Version

Published: July 17th, 2019     
B-18 Bolo ASW Version
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1:72
Company: Special Hobby

Special Hobby has issued a new release in their line of B-18 Bolos. This one is the ASW edition with radar nose and "mad" boom on the tail. It is a great addition to the B-18 series and a unique addition to any ones collection of large twin engine aircraft in 1/72 scale

Overview

This kit is the fourth in the B-18 Bolo series and is one of the more unique variants of this obscure aircraft. The kit is typical of Special Hobby in that it is a mix of styrene, photo etch, and resin parts and should still be considered "short run" so dry fitting and some slightly more advanced modeling techniques will be needed.

Construction

Before starting I dipped all the clear parts for this build in "future" floor polish. As there are a lot of windows and clear parts now is the best time as they are used throughout the build.

Breguet Br.693AB.2 - French Ground-Attack Plane

Published: July 17th, 2019     
Breguet Br.693AB.2 - French Ground-Attack Plane
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Special Hobby

History

The Breguet 690 series resulted from a French Air Ministry competition for a heavy twin-engine fighter. Similar aircraft were being developed in Germany - the Messerschmidt Bf-110 and in Holland - the Fokker G.1. The Br.693 was the most successful of the 690 series designs. Powered by the Gnome-Rhone 14M engine, over 200 were produced and in service against German forces. These ground-attack fighters were loved by their crews but many were lost to anti-aircraft fire and Luftwaffe fighters during the furious battles in May and June 1940.

Armament of the Br.693 consisted of six internally stored 50 kg bombs, a 20-mm fixed forward firing cannon and four 7.5-mm machine guns. Three of the machine guns were fixed and one was on a flexible rear firing mount. The Br.693 was a good looking, reasonable performing twin engine ground attack fighter but it was outnumbered and overwhelmed by the Luftwaffe.

AIM-4D Falcon

Published: July 7th, 2019     
AIM-4D Falcon
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The AIM-4D was the first operational guided missile in the USAF and entered service in 1956. Its limited maneuverability and non-proximity fuse made it ineffective against fast turning fighters and it saw limited duty due to those shortcomings. Eduard has released an excellent multimedia kit of these missiles in their Brassin line in 1/32nd scale. Inside the package, there are parts for four complete missiles. There are four well cast missiles bodies, four seeker head covers, four clear lenses and a small fret of PE for detailing the engine section. There is also a nice set of markings for the one-color scheme.

AIM-120C AMRAAM Missile

Published: July 7th, 2019     
AIM-120C AMRAAM Missile
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Eduard's latest addition to the Brassin line of resin aftermarket pieces for 1/32 scale jet aircraft is a set of two AIM-120C AMRAAM medium-range missile. The C version of this missile started making operational use in 1996. That means this missile is appropriate for jets past 1996. It featured extended range and homing improvements over the A/B version. Each box contains parts for two missiles with the option of making a training or tactical version. Inside the package, you'll find 26 pieces of perfectly cast resin with options of two different heads and two different motor sections. There are also decals included for both versions.

So, first decision- tactical or training. Use the following parts for the one you choose:

Famous Russian Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35

Published: July 6th, 2019     
Famous Russian Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitry Komissarov
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

I would like to thank Specialty Press for this review sample

This is a revised and expanded edition of Yefim Gordon's original book on the Su-27 published in 2007. I thought the original publication was a large 544 pages. This book in comparison is 720 pages, which gives you an idea of how much additional material has been added. It is an impressively comprehensive tome on the Su-27 family and renders the other previous book obsolete.

The layout was in Moscow by Polygon Press; it was printed in Bulgaria by Multi-print; Published in England by Crecy; and Published in the U.S. by Specialty Press. In addition to being an international effort, this book is heavy! Imagine my surprise when I went to lift the box at my doorstep. A hard cover edition, printed on clay paper, and in all color, his book falls into the category of an unabridged Webster's or Oxford English Dictionary. It really needs its own maple book stand on a carousel in your library.