Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

American Guided Missiles of World War II

Published: September 17th, 2020     
American Guided Missiles of World War II
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Steven J. Zaloga was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to John and Muriel Zaloga on February 1, 1952. Steven earned his undergraduate degree Cum Laude in History at Union College and his Masters' degree in History at Columbia University. He obtained a Certificate in International Affairs from the graduate program of the University of Cracow. He has worked in the aerospace industry for some twenty years as an analyst specializing in missiles, precision guided munitions and unarmed aerial vehicles. Steven has served with a federal think tank, Defense Analyses. He was the writer director for The Discovery Channel's "Firepower" series from 1987 to 1992. He has authored many books on military technology, especially in armored warfare. Steven is a noted scale armor modeler and is a member of AMPS (Armor Modeling and Preservation Society).

Avro Lancaster B Mk. I Nose Art kit

Published: September 17th, 2020     
Avro Lancaster B Mk. I Nose Art kit
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/32
Company: HK Models Co

Somewhat of a trend in the hobby industry of late has been certain manufacturers releasing detailed, stand alone models of ship components.  Fujimi has a 1/200th scale kit of a main gun turret from the Yamato battleship, Meng released two 1/35th scale kits of Russian Naval vessel armaments: a 130mm gun  turret and the Kastean Close-In Weapons System. While Naval armaments are fine, what if your modeling interests are aircraft? Fear not gentle reader, HK Models has come to the rescue.  

HK Models is releasing a complete kit of the nose section from their 1/32nd scale Avro Lancaster. This 'Nose Art' kit features all the bits from the full-size model, leaving you with a detailed, standalone replica of the Lancaster's pilot, bomb aimer/forward gunner, flight engineer, navigator, and radio operator positions. (The other two crew members sat in the mid and aft sections of the fuselage.)

DRAKEN International A-4L A-4K TA-4K Contract Air Services #1

Published: September 16th, 2020     
DRAKEN International A-4L A-4K TA-4K Contract Air Services #1
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting subject of privately owned company that offers airborne adversary support (dissimilar aircraft) known as "Red Air". With a fleet of over 50 aircraft, eleven airframes are McDonnel Douglas A-4 Skyhawks and the other six aircraft types range from a single Beech Baron to twenty seven MIG-21's. This sheet, from my count, will allow you to make two of ten different aircraft.

 

Brengun AGM 45 missiles and launch rails

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Brengun AGM 45 missiles and launch rails
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: Brengun

IPMS/USA appreciates the continued support of Jan at Hauler/Brengun for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with yet one more of his unique and useful products!

 

Today's review is a pair of AGM-45 Missiles and Launch rails from Brengun.

 

What you get:  Two Missiles, launch rail adaptors, decals (YAY), and diorama parts.  The diorama parts are the transport spreader bars in PE for the aft Missile launch lug, and the electrical umbilical's for a pre-loaded missile. Also included are the missile motor nozzle rings. 

 

The missiles are well detailed with appropriate screw holes and scribing.  The missile forward wings are separate, which allows them to be displayed in "off-line" condition, or in a missile transport coffin with the wings off.  (This is not included). 

Scale Plans No. 65 Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-21F

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Scale Plans No. 65 Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-21F
Reviewed by: James Kelley - IPMS# 42106

Continuing in their Scale Plans series, MMP Books has released Scale Plans No. 65, covering the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF. Consisting of 6 pages, which are each a fold-out set of plans (Nerd Centerfolds, according to my wife) in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. Opening each set of plans, the book now has 12 pages.

Each set of plans consists of: