Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

South African Air Force Fighter Colors Vol.1 East Africa Campaign 1940-1942

Published: June 16th, 2019     
South African Air Force Fighter Colors Vol.1 East Africa Campaign 1940-1942
Author: Piet van Schalkwyk and William Marshall
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Model Centrum Progress

This is volume one in a three volume set to cover the SAAF in WWII. This volume covers the East African Campaign with the following two volumes to cover North Africa and Malta as well as Sicily, Italy and the Balkans! The SAAF was sent to protect the Sudan and Kenya early on in the war from the Italians and their 200,000 troops and some 400 aircraft. The SAAF 1, 2 and 3 squadrons were equipped with mostly obsolete bi-plane aircraft such as the Gauntlet, Gladiator and Fury with which to counter any Italian attack. These were augmented by a few fabric winged and wooden propeller equipped Hurricane Mk Is. Later on these units joined by 4 Squadron that brought its Curtiss Mohawk fighters and Gladiators.

F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)

Published: June 16th, 2019     
F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has been providing replacement gear for a wide range of aircraft models for some time now, and the quality of their products is, by now, unquestioned. This new product for the Kitty Hawk Range of F-5E Tiger II models in 1/32nd scale is no exception.

Comprised of ten pieces in cleanly-molded white metal, this kit is designed to directly replace most of the major components of all three landing gear, including hydraulic rams and oleo scissors. Examining the pieces next to the kit-provided gear, they appear to be exacting replicas of the originals, although some of the finicky assembly work of the plastic items has already been done for you, as well as the filling in of a few rather awkward pin marks.

Yokosuka MXY7 OHKA Model 22

Published: June 16th, 2019     
Yokosuka MXY7 OHKA Model 22
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun has released a few different kits of the Ohka and in several scales. This is the latest which is the Model 22 and in 1/72 scale. This was a purpose built rocket powered Kamikaze attack aircraft. It was used against allied ships towards the end of world war two.

In the box is:

  • 1 light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 11 x resin parts
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprue is well molded with very little flash and great detail. The resin parts are to allow you to make the three aircraft wooden stands used to support the aircraft ready for fitting to the carrier aircraft.

Construction

First is the construction of the cockpit the one half of the fuselage which is well detailed for the scale. I did add some more detail to the instrument panel as it needs some to give it more realism.

The next stage is the addition of weight in the nose, which I do feel was not required when mounting on the provided wooden stands. The fuselage joins need a little filing and you need to be careful lining it up correctly.

F-16C/D Wheels

Published: June 16th, 2019     
F-16C/D Wheels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brungen produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. This wheelset is cast with zero flash and prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is visible however the wording cannot be read. In this scale, reading the tire should not be an issue to most modelers.

These wheels are for the heavyweight gear found on Block 40/42 and 50/52. Earlier Block 25 and 30/32 which have the lightweight landing gear use a narrower gear with different vents on the rim. The tires have the correct number of grooves (tread) in the tires and the depth is realistic as compared to reference photos. Each tire has a notable and nice expanded section for weight on wheels. Each wheel is a single part, unlike other resin sets that are multiple pieces which keeps it simple. Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers and tie sown ring is clearly visible the left and right wheel is easily noticeable with the tie down "clocked" correctly relative to the ground.

MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube

Published: June 13th, 2019     
MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

In southeastern Poland runs the beautiful, but powerful San River. The San winds its way through the steep mountain gorges on its way to the Vistula River. Before it gets there, the river widens and is used by a number of hamlets along its banks to power various watermills and all manner of machinery. Some of that machinery is diminutive lathes and the other assorted machines common to a tool and die maker. It is within this environment that we find ourselves in the company of a number of gnomes working diligently on various tasks. It is this skilled work force that Master Model of Poland utilizes to manufacture their ever-expanding line of small scale, after-market brass replacement parts.

One of Master Model's newer items is a set of gun barrels (three), antenna base, and pitot tube for a 1/144th scale MiG-15. While these items will work nicely for any small scale kit, the one kit that I immediately thought of is the lovely series of MiG-15 offerings from Eduard, for which this particular set of brass replacement parts seems to have been designed.