Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Boeing B-17: The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress

Published: February 28th, 2021     
Boeing B-17: The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Pen & Sword

I did not know what to expect when I started reading this book.  I thought everything that could be written about the B-17 had been written.  I was wrong. 

This paperback book is written in an easy-to-read style.  It does get technical at points, but it is easily understandable.  The 256 pages are 9.25 x 6 of high-quality paper.  It does contain almost 480 photos: many I've never seen before.  So, with the preliminary information, let's see what is inside of the book.

Developmental history starts well before the B-17, or Model 299, went to the drawing board.  The stories that accompany the development are gold.  The problems, drawbacks, and trials of developing an aircraft that was operating in the stratosphere at extremely low temperatures are each talked about.  And the ways they were overcome or ignored.

Brengun Bf-109 G-10 (Mark I kit)

Published: February 28th, 2021     
Brengun Bf-109 G-10 (Mark I kit)
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

Brengun has issued another delightful photoetched accessory set for small scale aircraft modelers. This particular set is designed for use with Mark One's offering of the German Bf-109, specifically the Bf-109G-10 model. [ Note : There is a detail set for the K model of the 109, as well.]

Typically these small scale (1/144th) aircraft kits come with two complete models in the box and Mark One is no exception, nor are the offerings from either Armory or Sweet. Brengun provides detail bits for two kits. Those bits include photoetched pieces for the:

  • cockpit tub
  • two part seat
  • rudder footrests / stirrups
  • seat belts (four pieces)
  • instrument panel
  • trim wheel
  • control column
  • throttle controls
  • side console details
  • floor details
  • resin center console (alas, w/o cup holder :))

Additional items are provided for the:

Wings of Iraq-Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Wings of Iraq-Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266

This is my first exposure to the Middle East at War series.  This paperback book contains the history of the Iraqi Air Force from its inception up to the Arab/Israeli Wars of the 1970s.  It contains over 130 photos, maps, 21 color profiles, and various other illustrations.

The book starts out by providing the history of Iraq, even before the genesis of the air force.  This historical background is appreciated since the history of the region has an effect on the formation of the military, especially the air force.  The start of air power in the region was shown by the British during WWI And immediately afterwards.  Training of Iraqi pilots began in 1930 by the British and with that the beginning of the Iraqi Air Force took hold.

Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Spitfire Mk.Ia Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48

Eagle Editions has produced some of the most accurate decals on the market.  Normally known for their Luftwaffe subjects, they have quite a collection of other aircraft as well, including the Spitfire.  With new 1/48th subjects from Airfix, Eduard, and Tamiya these decals are perfectly timed. 

 

There are decals for three aircraft that represent the evolution of the Temperate Land Scheme and the under-surface colors.  One aircraft has the black and white belly, the next has the sky color and the following one has the Sky-Blue belly. The first one is flown by P/O Al Deere with the Kiwi emblem in front of the cockpit.  The next is flown by Sgt. Bernard Jennings from No.19 Squadron and is typical of the Battle of Britain period.  The final option has an American flavor, with a red spinner, flown by an American, P/O Hugh Reilley, flying with No.66 Sqdn.in the Battle of Britain.  He was shot down and killed by Werner Molders.

FW-190A Decals

Published: February 27th, 2021     
FW-190A Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48

Eagle Editions has become synonymous with quality research in their parts and decals.  This sheet is no exception.  With the release of the Eduard and Hasegawa early model 190s there is a need to add some marking options.  Packaged in a resealable ziplock baggie are two decal sheets for four aircraft and the instructions.

 

The decals themselves are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are the highest quality in the world.  They are in perfect register, thin and look great.  The first sheet is the big sheet with all the aircraft individual markings and enough stencils for one aircraft.  The smaller sheet includes enough markings for all four aircraft upper wing crosses. 

 

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