Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

More Air National Guard Mustang Decals

Published: March 30th, 2020     
More Air National Guard Mustang Decals
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design has a newly released set of decals for 1/48th scale P-51D Mustangs in various National Guard markings. Upon receiving the decal set for review I contacted Iliad Design and asked if there was a specific P-51D kit for which the decals were designed to be used. I was informed that the decals could be used on any P-51D on the market. I bought an Airfix P-51D to use as the test bed for this review. This is not a review of the Airfix kit, but I should mention that it has a great deal of detail. I mention this detail because the decals would be put to the test to see how well they "fit" over, and into, this detail. I will mention that I enjoyed the Airfix project immensely and found it to be a model that I could recommend to anyone who is looking for a good Mustang. 

AN/ALQ-71(V)-2 ECM Pod

Published: March 29th, 2020     
AN/ALQ-71(V)-2 ECM Pod
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The AN/ALQ-71 "COMPASS ROBIN" is an electronic countermeasure pod that was developed from QRC-160-1 in the mid 1960's. Carried by a variety of military aircraft during the Vietnam, it was commonly seen on the RF-101C, F-105F, A-7, F-4 and the B-52. The ECM pod function is to blind the enemy radars guiding surface-to-air missiles, early warning radars, and ground-control intercept radars. The AN/ALQ-71 was phased out of service in the early 1970's and replaced by the AN/ALQ-119.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AN/ALQ-71(V)-2 is part of their "Brassin" line which is a multi-media product that includes resin, photo etch and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away. The resin gives you five different antennas, two forward sections and three aft sections for a wide variety of pod version. There a single photo etch fret that has two styles of generator fan blades. The decals are very nice with fine details easily seen.

Saab JA-37 Viggen

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Saab JA-37 Viggen
Reviewed by: Tom Choy - IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

Once known as MPM, Special Hobby is one of the premier model kit manufacturers in the Czech Republic. It is actually a collective of other well-known brands, such as Azur, CMK, Planet Models, and many more. Once known for its short-run kits of esoteric subjects, Special Hobby has now become a major powerhouse in the model kit industry, using cutting-edge steel molds to produce a diverse and well-engineered range of subjects.

Fokker 100 Airliner Landing Gear

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Fokker 100 Airliner Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144

The Aircraft

The Fokker 100 is a 100 passenger medium range airliner built by Fokker AG in the Netherlands. When it was introduced in 1987, sales were brisk, and it was a financial success. But by 1995 there were several competitors introduced, and sales were low. Fokker had to declare bankruptcy. They were bought by Deutsche Aerospace AG, but they also had financial problems, and production was ended in 1996. Most have been retired, but there are still a number flying in Australia and Iran.

The Revell kit was introduced in 1996, and has been re-released in 1996 and 2005 with new decals. There are also several aftermarket decal sets available for this kit.

The Scale Aircraft Conversions Set

You get two sets of gear parts in this set. This is very handy, because I have another Fokker 100 in my stash. The parts are all white metal, and they fit nicely in place of the kit parts.

Painting

In this case, all of the gear legs were the same gray as the underside of the Swissair plane. Easy to paint.

RAF Fighter Command: Defense of the Realm 1936-1945

Published: March 29th, 2020     
RAF Fighter Command: Defense of the Realm 1936-1945
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Fonthill Media

This book details RAF's fighter command from just prior to the conclusion of WWII. Their job was to be the defensive shield for the home islands from all comers. This chapter explains how despite this mission the flying and training during this time did very little to prepare them for aerial combat much less the all-out struggle for survival during the early days of aerial combat in WWII!

The book is broken down into 17 chapters, beginning with as it is titled "The greatest Flying club in the world" giving an overview of planes and issues used by and facing the RAF from WWI up through1945.

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