Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Model Aircraft Extra - Building the Harrier

Published: September 10th, 2020     
Model Aircraft Extra - Building the Harrier
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

Model Aircraft Magazine now has a new series on "Building the..." a specific aircraft. The 5th installment of this series covers the Hawker Siddeley Harrier (previous installments cover the Fw-190, Bf-109, P-51, F-4 Phantom).

In particular in this issue you have articles covering

Gloster Gladiator Top Drawings 94

Published: September 10th, 2020     
Gloster Gladiator Top Drawings 94
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

The Top Drawings series specializes in line drawings of a given subject in each booklet. The 94th installment in this series is devoted to the Gloster Gladiator or J8 as was known in Swedish service.

This booklet has line drawings (front, back, left, right, top, bottom, plus fuselage contours) for the Gloster Gladiator Mk I, MkII, Sea Gladiator, Mk II Meteo, Mk I Trop, J-8, plus Norwegian and Finnish ski types for the Mk I.

In addition to the B&W line drawings, you also get 10 color profiles, in some cases with multiple views (left side, right side, etc.) of the same aircraft. Markings are for British and Finnish service.

The booklet also includes a brief description on the overall history of the aircraft and each line drawing has an explanation as to what was modified from the previous block series. Scale of the drawings is 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32, in a pull-out sheet.

If you are looking for detailed drawings of the Gladiator, this book is the answer.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Casemate Publishers and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Cross & Cockade International Summer 2020 Volume 51/2

Published: September 10th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade International Summer 2020 Volume 51/2
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

The Summer 2020 journal of Cross & Cockade International features a nice clear black and white photograph of a Greek Maurice Farman Se.7 Longhorn. The rear cover features another photo of a Maurice Farman Se.7 Longhorn (top) and a Henri Farman F.20 (lower), both of the Hellenic Aviation Company. This issue includes the second in a series of British flying sites in France, Belgium, and Germany from 1914 to 1920. This is a separately page numbered center section that consists of eight pages, twenty period black and white photographs, and eight black and white maps. Also included is a separate folded color 1/100,000 map consisting of eight pages when folded up. This color map represents the flying sites in Calais while Beauvais is on the reverse side.

Cross & Cockade International Spring 2020 Volume 51/1

Published: September 10th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade International Spring 2020 Volume 51/1
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

The Spring 2020 Journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2020, features a nice clear black and white photograph of Ltn Kurt Monington of Jasta 15 in his Albatros D.V. The rear cover features in-action shots of a 20 Squadron FE2b in early 1916. This issue includes the first in a series of British flying sites in France, Belgium, and Germany from 1914 to 1920. This is a separately page numbered center section that consists of eight pages. Also included is a separate folded color 1/100,000 map consisting of eight pages when folded up. This first map represents the flying sites in Abbeville while Amiens is on the reverse side.

Heinkel HE-111H

Published: September 9th, 2020     
Heinkel HE-111H
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Italeri

History

The Heinkel HE-111 was probably one of the most produced medium bombers used by the Luftwaffe during World War II, and a few ex-Spanish variants are still flying in various places throughout the world. Originally designed, deceptively to appear as a civilian airliner, in the late thirties, it went into production as a high speed medium bomber, and went through extensive modifications over the years, serving the Luftwaffe until being replaced by the more advanced Junkers JU-88's and Dornier DO-217's late in the war. Numerous variants were produced over the years, differing in wing platform, powerplant, fuselage arrangement, armament, and other features.