Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra

Published: August 19th, 2019     
Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra
Author: Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the first release in a new series by Mushroom Model Publications. I am a big fan of their products, so I looked forward to reviewing this book. It is a softcover publication of 24 pages, 6 of which are in color. The cover is a heavy card stock with a color top view of a Russian P-39Q. There are also color side and bottom views of the same aircraft in the book.

The text in the book is limited to photo captions. There are 36 black and white pictures along with 10 color pictures. The pictures are of a good size and of good quality throughout. There is a mixture of walkaround style photos from restored aircraft and wartime photos of U.S. aircraft in the Pacific theater. A couple of the photos are of P-39s undergoing maintenance and show several areas of the aircraft exposed.

Hawker Hurricane I

Published: August 19th, 2019     
Hawker Hurricane I
Author: Artur Juszczak and Karolina Holda
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This tome is the third in this new series, Single. This series format consists of a 4-view colour profile, scale plans, and photo details of a single variant; in this case the Hawker Hurricane I. You won't find an introduction or background summary, as this series dives straight into the drawings, illustrations, and photographs. MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modelling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly", a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a world-wide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor. From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design. MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then they have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history. MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications.

Meteor Pitot

Published: August 19th, 2019     
Meteor Pitot
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

This product is a single pitot tube for a 1/144 Gloster Meteor. The instructions are quite simple.

  1. Drill a hole for the brass part.
  2. Install the brass part, using CA glue.
  3. Paint the part.

I had a HKM Meteor already built, and the kit comes without a pitot. So I added it.

One of the great things about the instructions is the drawing for the placement of the pitot. The drawing is 1/144 scale, and makes figuring out where to drill the hole much easier.

Once I got the drill started and the hole drilled, I got the part out of the package.

Hughes H-1B Short Wing Racer

Published: August 17th, 2019     
Hughes H-1B Short Wing Racer
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1:48
Company: Special Hobby

I've always been a fan of the iconic silver and blue Hughes H-1 Racer. I was familiar with the long wing variant, but as it turns out, two sets of wings were made for this one of a kind beauty - long wings for endurance flights, and short wings for speed records. You'll have to decide for yourself which one appeals to you, but no worries - Special Hobby/Planet Models provide both in 1/48 resin.

The kit itself is fairly simple and straightforward - resin one-piece wings, fuselage halves and cockpit, engine "cob" and many, many cylinders, etc. Two vacuum-formed canopy blanks are included, good for those of us who need a spare. (Although I lucked out this time). The kit includes decals and a simple but thorough exploded view of the assembly sequence.

Detail & Scale Jet Fighters of the U. S. Navy & Marine Corps, Part 1: The First Ten Years

Published: August 15th, 2019     
Detail & Scale Jet Fighters of the U. S. Navy & Marine Corps, Part 1:  The First Ten Years
Author: Bert Kinzey
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler and aviation historian in a print-on-demand format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review the latest Detail & Scalepublication describing history, details, and versions of early USN and USMC jets and related aircraft carrier design changes. The official title is Jet Fighters of the U. S. Navy & Marine Corps, Part 1: The First Ten Years. The second volume is due for release later this year.