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Defiant Mk. I De Havilland Prop w/Tool

Published: February 23, 2016
Company: Quickboost

Aires-Quick boost has solved a few issues with the base kit in this set. The De Havilland prop is the one included in the Airfix kit. A comparison of the kit part to this one shows several advantages going to Aires. First, the spinner is cast as a single part with very fine lines representing the breaks in the real aircraft’s spinner. Next, there is a hole cast in the front that’s not on the… more

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Defiant Mk. I Rotol Prop w/Tool

Published: February 22, 2016
Company: Quickboost

This prop is not included in the Airfix kit. The Rotol prop sports a different blade shape with a wider chord. The spinner is the same as provided in the Aires replacement for the kit part QB72 491 reviewed elsewhere on this site. The spinner puts the joints lines in the right place and in the right scale. Be sure to cut the blades off the casting block to allow the maximum shaft length. The… more

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F-104G Fabric Seatbelts

Published: January 30, 2016
Company: Eduard

This set provides belts for the F-104G using the Mk. GQ7A ejection seat. The F-104 also used a C2 ejection seat and one is provided in the Hasegawa kit I used (stock #PT 20) but the seats are very different designs and this set won’t work on the C2 seat. In general, the export versions of the F-104 used the Mk. GQ7A seat.

I would consider this a “must have” since the base kit doesn’t… more

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F-104G Seatbelts SUPERFABRIC

Published: January 27, 2016
Company: Eduard

This set provides belts for the F-104G using the Mk. GQ7A ejection seat.

The F-104 also used a C2 ejection seat, and one is provided in the Hasegawa kit I used (stock #PT 20), but the seats are very different designs, and this set won’t work on the C2 seat. In general, the export versions of the F-104 used the Mk. GQ7A seat. I would consider this a “must have” since the base kit doesn’… more

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F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Late

Published: January 27, 2016
Company: Eduard

This set is part of the Brassin line and provides an upgrade for the wheels on the Hasegawa/Eduard F-104G kits.

I used it on the Hasegawa F-104 Starfighter “Nato Fighter” stock # PT20 boxing. This set replaces parts R15,U10,11,12 in the original kit. You get one style of main wheels and two types of nose wheels having different hubs. All are single part castings except the main wheels… more

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F-104 Exhaust Nozzle Late

Published: January 27, 2016
Company: Eduard

This set is part of the Brassin line and provides an impressive upgrade for the exhaust can, burner ring and nozzle of the J79-GE-19 powered F-104G.

The set is intended for the Hasegawa/Eduard kit. I used it on the Hasegawa F-104 Starfighter “Nato Fighter” stock # PT20 boxing. This set replaces parts U6, R26, R27 and L8 in the original kit. Photo etch parts are included to represent… more

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Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary

Published: January 13, 2016
Company: Airfix

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour”. These words, spoken by Winston Churchill on June 18, 1940, braced his island nation for the German aerial onslaught awaiting them just a few short miles across the English Channel. The outcome… more

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JASDF F-15J

Published: October 24, 2015
Company: Platz

Background

The F-15 emerged from a design study started in the early 1960s called the FX program. When the missile centered American designs of the late 1940s and 50s proved vulnerable to seemingly less advanced Soviet Migs over Vietnam, and after the unveiling of the Mig 25, the U.S. started a concentrated effort to build the next generation of fighters. Centered around the energy… more

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Be-6 Madge

Published: August 3, 2015
Company: Trumpeter

Background

Developed from a prototype first flown in 1947, the Beriev Be-6, NATO code name “Madge”, was an amphibious, twin-engine, maritime patrol-aircraft. Its most prominent feature was the graceful gull wing design. Powered by two Shvetsov radials rated at 2,300 hp each, the Be-6 was capable of carrying a variety of weapons such as mines, depth charges, and torpedoes, in addition… more

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SAAB 91 Safir B/C/D

Published: May 9, 2015
Company: Tarangus

Introduction

Seeing the end of WWII in sight SAAB decided to design an aircraft for the civilian market. That design, the Safir (Saphire), started as a three seater with a 147 HP Gipsy Major X inline engine. Subsequent versions had horizontally opposed four cylinder engines of 190 HP (B/C version) and 180 HP in the D model. The chief designer A.J. Anderson had previously worked for… more