Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Eduard F-35A Masks

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Eduard F-35A Masks
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

Although the canopy is not complex, it needs to be masked both inside and outside.  The frame lines are faint in some areas and using the Eduard masks make the job much easier. There are 10 individual pieces for the inside of the canopy and 6 for the outside.  All follow the frame lines, are easy to place and fit perfectly

 

The EOTS sensor cover on the bottom of the aircraft is also covered in the Eduard set.  This piece has molded frames, but once again, they are inconsistent in how sharp they are molded.  The pre-cut masks again fit perfectly and are easy to place.

 

Eduard also includes masks for the wheels so you can paint the tires in whatever black you want to use and then apply the mask and paint the wheels.  Once again, these fit perfectly to the kit wheels.  There is also a mask for the landing light.

 

This masking set is a great timesaver and I would highly recommend it to anyone building the Italeri 1/32 F-35A. I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS for giving me the opportunity to use and review this mask set. 

Eduard F-35A Seatbelts Steel Zoom PE Set

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Eduard F-35A Seatbelts Steel Zoom PE Set
Reviewed by: Mark Costello, IPMS# 31795
Scale: 1:32
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for the Italeri 1/32 scale F-35A Lightning II kit.  This set contains 1 sheet of pre-painted, etched steel seatbelts and ejection pull handle. The instructions are the normal Eduard instructions with clear drawings showing where the PE parts go and what details need to be removed from the kit plastic parts.

There is only one step to the instructions and the only kit modification is to cut off the ejection pull handle ring from the kit part 42F.  I cut a slot in the remaining plastic part and glued the Eduard ring into that slot to make a stronger joint.  The instructions show just gluing the ring on top of the modified kit part.  I also painted on a coat of Microscale Krystal Klear to the ring to give it more bulk so it didn't look so flat.  After the Krystal Klear dried, I put a satin coat over it to dull down the shine.  The pre-painted detail on the ring is much better than I could ever paint thus making the etched piece is a huge improvement over the kit piece.

Reid Air/Speed Hunter Graphics Big Scale Eagles

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Reid Air/Speed Hunter Graphics Big Scale Eagles
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Reid Air/Speed Hunter Graphics

Speed Graphics is that sub-part of Reid Air products which have focused (initially) on Modern Fighters, particularly USAF and some export birds.  Their line-up to date is small but impressive. Thanks to Reid Air for sending IPMS USA this review item,  to Dave for the nod to move out on them, and Dick for bringing the sheet to the Nationals for me.

This release is a complex, well-researched product.  Designed for Tamiya's venerable, accurate, F-15C and E kits in the huge 1/32 scale, this is a great place to start your aerie for Eagles.  Better have a new addition to the house as well.  For the record, this kit was built up to the point of decal use and application/finishing, due to this being a Decal review and not a total kit review.

For the record, here is the content description from the website on the sheet:

"Sized for the relatively-ignored Tamiya F-15, this 1/32 sheet includes options for one of eight Eagles. Stencils are included for one F-15C and one F-15E, so two jets can be built from this single sheet.

Options include:

Bf 109F-4

Published: October 18th, 2017     
Bf 109F-4
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Entering service in June 1941, the Bf 109F (Friedrich) corrected some of the limitations revealed in the Battle of Britain, namely the ability to carry extra fuel in a drop tank under the centerline. Other distinguishing features included strutless tail planes and a refined nose profile. Personally, I always associated the Friedrich with Hans-Joachim Marseille who scored many of his 158 victories in this version of Messerschmitt's ubiquitous fighter.

Yak-28P "Firebar"

Published: October 17th, 2017     
Yak-28P "Firebar"
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bobcat Hobby

If you are fan of Soviet and Russian aircraft, the model gods are listening and continue to produce kits which fill gaps in coverage in 1/48. A-model had released the Yak-28 family of jets in 1/72 and now it looks as if Bobcat Hobby will do the same in 1/48. This is a straight styrene-only kit, with a manageable parts count.

First out of the gate is the Yak-28P "Firebar". Never exported, this was a Soviet interceptor from the 1960s and 1970's that had that classic Soviet propaganda appearance. A stable flight platform, it carried a more powerful radar and complex weapons systems than the single engine interceptors. It was eventually replaced by the Mig-23 family. Since it was only in Soviet service, and has been out of service for 35 years, few reference photos are available. The best source of photos, are walk-arounds of preserved airframes, but many of these aircraft are incomplete and there are no clear cockpits photos, except for a few period shots.