Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - A Comprehensive Guide

Published: August 23rd, 2020     
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - A Comprehensive Guide
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

I will tell you from the start that I love SAM Publications books. As a modeler, I am always on the lookout for books that have not only great information and pictures but modeling references too. What I'll attempt to do is cover all the reasons in this review. This book covers the magnificent F-14 Tomcat in all its glory.

The first place I want to start is the table of contents. That is presented below:

F-100 Super Sabre In Detail & Scale

Published: August 19th, 2020     
F-100 Super Sabre In Detail & Scale
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy - IPMS# 3064

In this review, I began by comparing Bert's initial F-100 book, published way back in 1989 which was 72 pages in length (D&S Vol.33) priced at $9.95. With the newest Detail & Scale Series Volume 11, you'll get 104 pages (at approximately twice the price) and you will see a dramatically increased amount of color images and increased amount of details about the F-100. If this earlier print version can be located, I recommend to pick up a copy, since there are a good number of differences of the photos offered.

I was especially impressed with two of the narratives provided in the book's 'Super Sabre Pilot's Report' and 'The Super Sabre In Southeast Asia' both of which well documented with numerous photographs.

The Table of Contents provides for this basic outline:

Landing Gear for the Eduard 1/144 MiG-15bis/UTI

Published: August 17th, 2020     
Landing Gear for the Eduard 1/144 MiG-15bis/UTI
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144

The Aircraft

The MiG-15 was the USSR's first really successful jet fighter. The engines for the prototype were copied from Britain's Rolls Royce Nene, with the cooperation of the UK government.

The MiG-15 was used in the Korean War, with Chinese, Korean and Soviet pilots flying combat missions into "MiG Alley" in northwestern North Korea.

There were many users of this aircraft, 39 countries, including the United States, who bought fighters as "opposition" aircraft for exercises like Red Flag. Only two countries still use the MiG-15, North Korea and Guinea-Bisseau.

The two versions this landing gear set is for are the MiG-15bis, an improved single seat version, and the MiG-15UTI, the two seat trainer version.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

You get two sets of gear parts in this set. This is very good, because you get two MiGs in the box from Eduard. The parts are all white metal, and they fit nicely in place of the kit parts.

PZL TS-11 Iskra R Novax

Published: August 16th, 2020     
PZL TS-11 Iskra R Novax
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books

The Single Series of Mushroom Model Publications focus on a specific airframe, sometimes even down to a specific mod or variant of an airframe, as in this case.

The booklet includes line drawings of the PZL TS-11 in both 72nd and 48th scale, some drawings (probably from some technical manual) with details on the wings and airbrakes, plus a nice walkaround -in black and white) of the airplane. There are a few color pictures showing the cockpit and electronics, plus a 4-view very attractive color profile.

I'm glad the booklet includes color pictures of the cockpit and electronic bays, as those colors are the hard-to-research. External colors are easier to research and even depend on the specific airframe you are modeling.

You can see a short video of every page in the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk6XcJpUJxY

If you are into Polish aircraft, you will love this small booklet. It is a good value for the cost.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Model Mushroom Publications  and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

F6F Hellcat, Detail & Scale Series Volume 10

Published: August 15th, 2020     
F6F Hellcat, Detail & Scale Series Volume 10
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038

Thank you to Bert Kinzey, Chris Sakal and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler and aviation historian, in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, and versions of the iconic F6F Hellcat. This new digital volume is a must-have!

Overview

The publication is a thorough and up-to date documentation of the F6F Hellcat, well-suited for modeler and the aviation aficionado. Detail & Scale has always set a high standard, but Digital Volume 10 has exceeded even this high standard. The first Hellcat volume was released in 1987, followed by a revised second volume published in 1996. The third revision includes much more information from historically accurate F3F-3 restorations, more photography, and an expanded modeler's section. As always, I certainly learned a thing or two during this review!

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