Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Camel Pilot Supreme-Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC

Published: September 20th, 2020     
Camel Pilot Supreme-Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

The story put forward by author Annette Carson, took place over 100 year ago. It is the story of a young man named D'Urban.V. Armstrong. DVA, as he is called throughout the book, was one of many airmen who served during the Great War. Unlike many of the pilots who became famous for their exploits during World War I, DVA survived the conflict, (spoiler alert!!!) only to meet his end two days after the Cease-Fire while flying an aircraft (Sopwith Camel)  which he had gained fame having mastered. Ms. Carson writes about the reputation of the Camel being less than positive, and how DVA learned how to control the aircraft, and then instructed others how to control the Camel, significantly reducing accidents during training, (350 men died in Camel-related air accidents during training) and leading to the Camel having a very positive reputation among today's historians.

Building the Spitfire

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Building the Spitfire
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

 

If you are in the market for a single, thorough modelers guide to the venerable Spitfire, this new offering from Model Aircraft Publications LTD would certainly fit the bill.  With photos and text of scale model builds of the plane in 1/72, 1/48, 1/32, and 1/24 scale, this book covers 17 variants of one of the most famous fighter planes of WWII.  For fans of the Spitfire looking to create their own in plastic, I would consider this a must-have book.  While the company currently shows this as a pre-order item with a June 2020 release, I have recently seen it available through an online retailer here in the USA.

 

Eurofighter Typhoon – Flying with Air Forces Around the World

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Eurofighter Typhoon – Flying with Air Forces Around the World
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

This is a new publication from Duke Hawkins Books and is the sixth volume of a series of books that they have recently published highlighting modern jets.  This volume focuses on the Eurofighter/Typhoon.

When the book was published, the Eurofighter/Typhoon was operated by 7 countries - England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman and the volume includes at least one photograph of a jet from each country.  There is text scattered throughout the book, however, to be honest, most of it is expanded captions discussing the photographs that it accompanies.

F-102 Delta Dagger Units

Published: September 19th, 2020     
F-102 Delta Dagger Units
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Peter E. Davies has published 37 aviation books, over 20 of them for Osprey. He has also contributed to magazines such as Aeroplane Monthly, Aviation News and Aircraft Illustrated. He concentrates mainly upon combat aircraft of the Cold War and Vietnam War. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. He lives in the US.

A-26C-15

Published: September 19th, 2020     
A-26C-15
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

In 2019 ICM introduced their newly tooled A-26/B-26 collection. The B-26B-50 kit and the A-26B-15 kit have now been joined by the A-26C-15 released in 2020. The A26B-15 Invader, kit # 48282, and the B-26B-50 Invader, kit # 48281, are available, but my "A-26/B-26" experience is limited only to the A-26C-15, and at every turn, this kit was extremely impressive.

Packaging: The box is a very sturdy cardboard box. The box "lid" flips up when a tab is freed from a holding slot. The parts within are safe and secure in a large baggie. The clear parts are contained in a separate baggie which prevents any contact with other parts runners, keeping the "glass" in pristine condition, and there is a lot of glass because the A-26C-15 is the "glass-nose" variant. The box art is an exceptional example of aviation art and particularly useful during the construction phases of the project as well.

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