Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Kargil 1999-South Asia's First Post-Nuclear Conflict

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Kargil 1999-South Asia's First Post-Nuclear Conflict
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Sanjay Badri-Maharaj, from Trinidad, received his MA and PhD from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. His thesis was on India's Nuclear Weapons Program. He has written and published extensively, including two books - The Armageddon Factor: Nuclear Weapons in the India-Pakistan Context (2000) and Indian Nuclear Strategy: Confronting the Potential Nuclear Threat from both Pakistan and China (2018). He has served as a consultant to the Ministry of National Security in Trinidad and was a visiting International Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. This is his first instalment for Helion.

WWII British Ground Personnel (1939-1945)

Published: September 19th, 2020     
WWII British Ground Personnel (1939-1945)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

It wasn't so long ago that 1/32nd aircraft modelers were pretty hard pressed to find pilot or ground crew figures for dioramas they wished to make.  ICM has rather single-handedly addressed this issue, and has been busy churning out wonderful sets to complement your 1/32nd scale aircraft collection.  One of the latest of these is their WWII British Ground Personnel set.

This simple set consists of three ground crew figures, who seem to be specifically tailored to their excellent Gloster Gladiator aircraft kits.  One is ostensibly removing the tail locks and testing the rudder, another is working on the engine and a third is preparing to prep the propeller.  All three are useful additions to a good diorama, although obviously not all at once.

USMC F-35B VMFA-121 “Green Knights”

Published: September 18th, 2020     
USMC F-35B VMFA-121 “Green Knights”
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy Models

Aircraft and history:

The F-35B is a single engine, single crew multi role fighter/attack aircraft that has stealth capabilities, supersonic speeds and the ability to land vertically. The F-35B is the first operational aircraft that is Short takeoff & vertical landing (STOVL capabilities. In 1993, a request to develop a new fighter/strike aircraft for the USAF, Navy, Marines and multi national air forces under the term of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The JSF competition battle was between the Boeing X-32 and Martin X-35. In 2001, Lockheed Martin was the winner with the X-35 which will become the F-35 Lightning II.  The F-35B became operational with the USMC 31 July 2015.

Model Building Guide #11 Lockheed P-38H Lightning Reference Gallery

Published: September 18th, 2020     
Model Building Guide #11 Lockheed P-38H Lightning Reference Gallery
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Company: Richard Marmo

This 50-page reference document presents a nice pictorial history of the P-38H in the Pacific theater of WWII.  While all but two of the photographs are black & white, this shouldn't be a problem for modelers trying to duplicate the color scheme since all those shown were olive drab over gray.

This e-document allows a reader to navigate from a thumbnail list at the front or scroll through full-size photographs.  The photos reveal the irregularities of the camo painting, the painted-on number designations, and general weather-beaten condition of the Lightnings in the Pacific.  While the author admits the variable quality of the photos due to wartime limitations, there are some sharp, up-close ground and mid-air shots of the plane from various angles.

The author was not able to identify the individuals in photo #19.  While I have yet to ID the women, I submit that the fellow in the photo is actor Gary Cooper.  Cooper was too old and unfit for duty at the time, but he toured SW Pacific as a morale booster.

Spotlight on Ilyushin Il-2

Published: September 18th, 2020     
Spotlight on Ilyushin Il-2
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198

The Ilyushin Il-2, commonly known as the "Sturmovik," was a ground attack aircraft used by the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War (World War 2) in great numbers.  In fact, it was the most produced aircraft of all back then, with almost 37,000 being made during the course of the war.  Simple, sturdy and heavily armored, it played a crucial role on the Eastern Front fighting against the Axis, destroying innumerable vehicles and tanks and greatly blunting the force of Hitler's attacks on the homeland.

This new volume by MMP Books in their "Spotlight On" series is a wonderful reference for modelers.  It begins with a quick overview of the camouflage specifications for aircraft of the Soviet Union, and then follows with page after page of profiles.  In fact, the book is almost entirely dedicated to color profiles and plan views.

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