Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Focke-Achgelis Fa-330

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Focke-Achgelis Fa-330
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

After being let go from Focke-Wulf in 1936, Heinrich Focke went on to form the Focke-Achgelis company with Gerd Achgelis. The goal was to focus on the development of helicopters for Germany. The Fa-330 Bachstelze, or "wagtail" in English, was actually a rotary-wing kite that was typically towed behind Type IX U-boats via a 500 foot tow line. The aircraft could be deployed by only two crewmembers, and could be launched and attain full altitude in about seven minutes, providing about twenty-five miles of visibility while searching for targets for the U-boat. The U-boat moving forward at around 18 knots was sufficient to keep the aircraft flying. Unfortunately, the process for reeling the aircraft back in took considerably longer, so if under attack, the best option was to cut loose the aircraft (although this was probably not looked at as the best option for the pilot).

A6M5 Exhausts

Published: October 11th, 2010     
A6M5 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Fred Amos - IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The latest release from Quick Boost is a complete set of resin exhaust tubes for the 1/32 scale A6M5 Tamiya kit. Once again the quality of the molding is flawless, no bubbles, or pin holes and the only flash is between pipes where there are more than one. I strongly suspect this is intentional for added strength while being shipped and handled. The resin is the light blond color we have become accustomed to. And of course the ends of the pipes are hollow.

As can be seen in the photos of the packaging, each pipe is numbered and each number is referenced to the Tamiya part number that the part replaces.

If you have or anticipate getting a Tamiya 1/32 A6M5, you will want these exhausts to enhance the detail of the kit engine.

I can highly recommend this set.

Thanks to Quick Boost for providing the review item. And remember, you can get your copy of these exhausts and many other superb resin accessories by contacting Quick Boost directly at their website and at your favorite hobby store or supplier.

E-2C Hawkeye Markings for VAW-117 and VAW-120

Published: October 11th, 2010     
E-2C Hawkeye Markings for VAW-117 and VAW-120
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bingo Decals

On the heels of their earlier releases, Bingo Decals has released an all new sheet that includes selected markings from VAW-120 "Greyhawks" and VAW 117 "Wallbangers".

Printed by Micro Scale, these are of the same excellent quality as those previously reviewed on this site. This particular sheet contains markings for 5 aircraft and 2 of them are the "salad shooter" style prop blades. They come nicely packaged in a large see through envelope and are exceptionally well done. I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the sheets with respect to the size and complexity vary. Still, in all, they are well worth the price of admission.

Most highly recommended.

Many thanks to Steve Ognibene of Bingo Decals for the review samples.

BAC Lightning Mk. 1A/ MK.2

Published: October 11th, 2010     
BAC Lightning Mk. 1A/ MK.2
Reviewed by: Ryan Harden - IPMS# 37968
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The BAC Lightning was Britain's first and last supersonic interceptor. This Mach 2 jet was in service for nearly 30 years with its retirement in 1988. The Lightning's clean lines and unique over and under engine arrangement make it a must have for any modern jet collection.

Eduard's new kit of the Lightning is from their Limited Edition series and contains essentially EVERYTHING the modeler needs to build a stunning replica right from the box. All that the would-be 1/48 Lightning builder needs to add is paint, glue, and time.

Striking box art adorns the sturdy and rather tight opening box, an Eduard hallmark. Cracking the lid open reveals (8) sprue trees, (1) large decal sheet, (2) photo etch frets, (1) canopy Mask, and a nice resin seat from their new Brassin line. A multi lingual instruction sheet and a fold out full color painting guide are provided, offering the modeler a choice of (4) paint schemes.

F-16I Sufa Part 1

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-16I Sufa Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Academy Models

Modelers rejoice! Finally, a 2-seat F-16 in 1/32nd scale! Academy comes to the table with an F-16I Sufa. The Sufa (Storm) is the Israeli Air Forces advanced tactical aircraft based on the Block 52 F-16's. Visual differences between standard F-16's and the Sufa include the addition of avionics in an enhanced spine and conformal fuel tanks.

On to the kit. Many of the kits parts are shared with Academy's first release. I know some modelers had issues with the cockpit/coaming and nose on the first kit and Academy has listened and addressed those issues.

Inside the box, you get 18 sprues basically containing the entire first kit (minus the original fuselage) plus sprues for the CFT's and new nose, complete new tool fuselage plus brass AOA and pitot probes, and a sheet of photoetch to add even more detail. There are two options for the canopy- clear and tinted and are both excellent. There are also two huge decal sheets perfectly printed- one for the airframes and stencils and the second for more stencils and full markings for the weapons. There are decal sheets which have options for the following planes: