Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Yakolev UT-3 (3rd Version)

Published: July 26th, 2021     
Yakolev UT-3 (3rd Version)
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

History

The Yakovlev UT-3 was designed as a training aircraft to offer instruction to pilots of multi-engined aircraft, gunners, bombardiers, and radio operators. Construction was mainly of wood, with fabric covering and some steel tubing. Imported French Renault 6Q engines were used on the prototypes, but production models probably had a Voronezh MV-6, a Russian copy of the French powerplant. The prototypes first flew in 1938, and some were equipped with armament, 7.62 mm machine guns and bombs, but production models were unarmed. Production began at two plants, No. 272 at Kazan, and No. 135 at Leningrad. Only a small number, around thirty, had been produced when the authorities decided to use combat aircraft for this type of training, so further production was cancelled.

A-10A/C Brrrrrt…to the Future

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
A-10A/C Brrrrrt…to the Future
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48

TwoBobs has been producing decals for modern planes for a long time and has tons of superb decal sheets available. Several of the latest sheets deal with the 1/48th scale A-10 Warthog and this sheet, 48274 is titled, "A-10A/C Brrrrt to the Future", and provides markings for three A-10's- two A versions and one C version. The markings cover:

Aircraft in Detail 018 - Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
Aircraft in Detail 018 - Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548

In my stash are a couple of old ESCI 1/48 Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets along with the newer Kinetic issue. The Alpha Jet is a beautiful aircraft reminiscent of a dolphin in mid-air, having launched from the water in a playful breach of the surface. The craft was developed as a European trainer jointly by France and Germany. It was perfectly suited for that mission: forgiving, fast, agile and excellent overall vision from the cockpit. The type has served for over 40 years in the training role. Germany used the type as a close support platform. France still uses the Alpha Jet for their colorful demonstration team (Patrouille de France) aircraft, as does Portugal (Asas de Portugal). The Alpha Jet was also used by QinetiQ in the UK by the Test Pilots School, and Top Aces, the German based contract adversary company.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Wheels Set

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels for any 1/72 scale F/A-18E/F or G Super Hornet kit. There are no instructions, but any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts. The photo comparison is to the Hasegawa kit. The Brengun wheels have superior hub, brake and tread detail to those supplied in the Hasegawa kit.

AGM-88 HARM Missiles

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
AGM-88 HARM Missiles
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of two AGM-88 HARM missiles for any appropriate1/48 scale aircraft kit.

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