Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-104G Cockpit

Published: September 14th, 2020     
F-104G Cockpit
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy - IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/12
Company: Italeri

This Kit

This is not a new kit and was previously reviewed by Mark Andrews in February 2020 and followed up with an after-market seat belt set review by Chris Smith. I strongly recommend you read both of these reviews and I hope I have avoided repeating those reviewers' contents.

After it's initial issue by ESCI, way back in 1983, this kit is clearly showing its age especially in terms of the industry's newer molding technology. While I rate the fit of most parts is passible and the overall accuracy of the kit as good, you should be prepared for a 1983 ESCI kit effort (reboxed in 2001 and now 2020). I also have one of the earlier kits and cannot find any differences in the 37 years between these two kits.

The Build

The kit is a reasonably easy build and the colors recommended are largely accurate, though I recommend researching the internet for photos taken in actual aircraft. I was lucky enough to take a number of shots of these beautiful aircraft at the Militarhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr in Berlin-Gatow airport. This museum is outstanding and strongly recommended for all aviation enthusiasts.

The Weathering Aircraft Issue 16. Rarities

Published: September 14th, 2020     
The Weathering Aircraft Issue 16. Rarities
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

The Weathering Aircraft is an offshoot of Mig Jimenez' The Weathering Magazine, a specialized publication designed for modelers of all skill levels and subjects. Each issue delivers to you, the most advanced weathering techniques and the related products used to achieve incredible results.

The Weathering Aircraft latest release is focused on Rarities. Rarities as used in this issue refers to extremely unusual schemes for a particular aircraft. This sixteenth issue is a magazine soft cover of 72 gloss pages (including the covers). The front cover features a color photo of Karim Bibi's Wingnut Wings Early Halberstadt in Royal Prussian Schlasta 21 markings; "3 Martha & Else". This magazine is all about color and I counted 346 glossy color photographs and one black and white photograph. This issue opens up with a loving tribute to Mig Jimenez's wife, Elizabeth Wiese, who passed on 30-December 2019 to cancer far too soon. Elizabeth was instrumental in creating The Weathering Magazine and The Weathering Aircraft. The contents include the following:

Hurricane Mk. I

Published: September 14th, 2020     
Hurricane Mk. I
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Italeri's 1/48th Hurricane Mk. I is a reissue and for a great reason, with new Battle of Britain decals to commemorate the 80th anniversary of that event. The kit comes in 89 pieces of well molded gray styrene with minimal to no flash. Also included is a clear sprue of 12 pieces, a photoetch fret of 8 pieces, decal sheet with four options, and a instruction manual. Engraving is very nice and there are several options along the way which I will point out as I build the kit. The four options on the decal sheet are:

MQ-8B Fire Scout

Published: September 14th, 2020     
MQ-8B Fire Scout
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The Northrup Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout is an unmanned helicopter used by the US armed services for reconnaissance, fire support, and precision targeting. It is based on the Schweizer 333 helicopter and currently 23 of the MQ-8B's are being used by the US Navy. Brengun has produced a resin kit of this helicopter based on Attack Squadron's earlier release. The kit is multimedia consisting of 45 gray resin parts which are finely cast with only one small pinhole I could find. There is also a PE fret of 16 parts.

USN SBD-2 "Battle of Midway"

Published: September 13th, 2020     
USN SBD-2 "Battle of Midway"
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1:48
Company: Academy Models

The SBD Dauntless was a stalwart aircraft in the USN arsenal from the beginning of the war throughout most of the major naval engagements in the Pacific Theater. The Battle of Midway was a major engagement in the turning of the tide in the Americans favor. Accurate Miniatures' Dauntless kits were their stalwart kits in their line--serving as the best example of the kit in 1/48 scale. It continues to be re-released by other companies with new decals and parts added here and there. In this Academy offering, the molds are starting to show their age with some flash and warpage. The sink marks are plenty as well and if you're one to fill every one up- even the no-see-ems, you'll have your work cut out for you.

What's Inside the Box

The kit contents come in a nice sturdy box and includes the following well-packed bits:

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