Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Single No. 17 Supermarine Spitfire IIA

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Single No. 17 Supermarine Spitfire IIA
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: MMP Books

This book is part of a series providing detailed information on a particular aircraft intended for scale modelers.  It is not a historical account of the service life of the aircraft and does not provide a variety of color schemes for the type as by used by different units.  It provides detailed six-view line drawings of the specific aircraft in three scales, plus black and white color photos of several complete aircraft (museum display survivors) and detailed photos of specific parts of the aircraft.  Several drawings are included, including an excellent one of the instrument panel, and some drawings from maintenance manuals are includes.

The book is not intended to be a historical coverage of the type, only a detailed reference showing specific parts of the aircraft not included in ordinary references.  Other publications provide numerous color and marking varieties for the type, while this one only covers several aircraft, however, in much greater detail. It is heavy on pictures and drawings, and light on the text.

Single No. 21 Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zero

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Single No. 21 Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zero
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

This book is part of a series of highly specialized coverages of specific World War II aircraft types and is intended for serious scale modelers who work in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale.  This book covers the Mitsubishi A6M-5 Zero 52 fighter and serves mainly as a reference for specific details of this particular aircraft type. There is little text other than the captions for photos and drawings, and only covers a few specific aircraft that have survived in museums throughout the world. In this case, the planes in the Imperial War Museum in England, and the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California are shown.  The Chino airplane may still be flyable, and I recall seeing it flying years ago.  One of the photos of it also shows the museum's P-51D and North American O-47A in the background.

Gloster Sea Gladiator Mk.II

Published: September 15th, 2020     
Gloster Sea Gladiator Mk.II
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

The siege of Malta - a small island in the Mediterranean Sea - held by the British from 1940 to 1942 against the combined might of the German and Italian air and sea forces is one of the more memorable stories from World War 2.  Directly on the route from Europe to North Africa, it was a thorn in the side of the Axis supply line to their forces duking it out for control of Libya and Algeria.  They decided to reduce the island and its garrison as a threat, and Malta became the most bombed area of land in the entire war.  Only a few fighters were on the island during the early months of the siege, and they were the already-obsolete Sea Gladiators of the Royal Navy.  Totaling six in all, three of them became famous in military lore as "Faith, Hope and Charity", fighting off incessant bombing by the Italian and German air forces and earning themselves a place in history.

The Paulista War - Volume 1: The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932

Published: September 15th, 2020     
The Paulista War - Volume 1: The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Javier Garcia de Gabiola, is from Spain and works as a lawyer. He has published numerous articles and books related to legal issues. Always interested in military history, he also regularly contributes to various Spanish military history magazines, for which he has written more than 50 articles and has published multiple pieces with the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. This is his first instalment for Helion's @War series.

Helion is a UK based company that produces books on many aspects of Military History from the Late Medieval period through to the present day. Helion was established in 1996, and since then they have published almost 1,200 books, with 100 or more new titles coming out every year, for readers around the world.

Punchers and Tigers, USN A-6E Intruders in the Cold War & Desert Storm

Published: September 15th, 2020     
Punchers and Tigers, USN A-6E Intruders in the Cold War & Desert Storm
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals is known for its well-researched and executed decals covering the Vietnam War and newer eras with an emphasis on USMC and USN subjects. Set 72-010 continues their growth in 1/72nd scale with Punchers and Tigers, which covers two low visibility marking periods of two Navy A-6 Intruder squadrons - VA-65 Tigers and VA-75 Sunday Punchers, with coverage spanning from the 1980s into Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Inside the package, there is a beautiful 4x7 inch decal sheet with great detail and printed by Microscale. There are full color profiles covering all six markings with details about each plane such as different lighting configurations, color call outs, and details specific to each airframe. There are also detailed top views on a separate sheet and a sheet covering paint notes, ejection seat decals, and stencil notes. All full color which is nice!

The six marking options included are:

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