Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Mirage F-1 CT/CR "Special Edition" with Tru-Color Paints

Published: January 21st, 2020     
Mirage F-1 CT/CR "Special Edition" with Tru-Color Paints
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: MRC

The paints were provided by Tru-Color Paint. http://trucolorpaint.com/

This is a combined review of the 1/48 Italeri Mirage F.1 "Bye-Bye Mirage" and a selection of Tru-Color paints provided for the build review.

When you open the box you find a total of 5 sprues (one clear) with many parts marked as "not for use" -weapons for the most part. The overall look of the plastic parts is good. No flash, smooth surface, finely recessed panel lines and the transparent parts are free of scratches. You also get an excellent decal sheet with markings for 3 airplanes, all of them in the retirement scheme of the Mirage F.1

Based on my limited research the plastic parts were originally molded by ESCI back in 1978. Back in 2002 Italeri improved the molds to add newer parts (due to the modernization of the airplane new antennas, air scoops, etc. were needed). The newer parts also included a few replacement parts of the original ones.

Part 1 - Waco CG-4A Glider

Published: January 19th, 2020     
Part 1 - Waco CG-4A Glider
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

IPMS/USA welcomes the proprietors of Masterpiece models back, and serious appreciation for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with yet one more of their newest releases, in a scale never before attempted: 1/35th! A perfect diorama subject, we certainly will see some of these in a D-Day or Market Garden setting... And my personal thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Sometimes I wonder at my sanity; then my wife reminds me that I really am over the edge and I know...

Resin kits are a case in point; requiring truly radical and different skill sets for a project. Rare (Usually) subjects or subjects which economically do not make sense to cut a mold for injection molding. Resin is rarely forgiving, and on occasion makes you question why you are in the hobby.

Fw-190 Exterior Detail Set for Hasegawa

Published: January 19th, 2020     
Fw-190 Exterior Detail Set for Hasegawa
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/32
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 photoetched brass exterior detailing set for the already very nicely detailed 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190 D-9 kit. The set is packaged in a sealed-fold clear plastic sleeve. There are three plates of photoetch included. Plate one includes wing root plates, main gear cover components and some of the cowling components. Plate two includes the rear canopy cover plate, opposite main gear cover components; underwing cannon access plates, canopy framing and braces, wheel well plates and other main gear bits. Plate three consists of miscellaneous exterior cover plates and hatch covers, main cowling support, and canopy frames.

Fw-190 Interior Detail Set for Hasegawa

Published: January 19th, 2020     
Fw-190 Interior Detail Set for Hasegawa
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/32
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. They have a knack for producing interesting, off-beat and little known subjects.

Brengun has produced a photoetched stainless steel detailing set for the already very nicely appointed 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190 D-9 kit. The set is packaged in a sealed-fold clear plastic sleeve. There are two plates of photoetch and a clear acetate sheet of instruments dials included. Plate one includes the rear cockpit cover, windscreen frame, gunsight, large instrument panel and bezels. Plate two includes the seat, harnesses, smaller instrument panel, side instrument panels, rudder pedals, bulkheads, trim wheel, levers and other assorted bits.

Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless

Published: January 18th, 2020     
Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless
Author: Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

The Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless publication was released on Nov 15, 2019, so it's a new addition to the "Single" series published by MMP. This publication, by Dariusz Karnas and Artur Juszczak contains a series of excellent profile illustrations in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scales. Panel lines, access hatches, and other surface detail are clearly visible. For those who wish to add some internal detail to a model, or just wonder what might be inside the aircraft frame, pages 7 and 8 have some "cut-away" illustrations that reveal a considerable amount of detail.

The black & white photographs, pp 10-15, will be very helpful to those who are interested in markings placement, and the appearance of surface detail such as navigation lights, alerion actuators, and the like.

Pages 16 through 19 feature photographs of some cockpit detail and engine detail. Some fantastic profile illustrations complete the book.

For the historian, this publication provides an excellent "view" of the SBD-1 Dauntless. And for the modeler, this publication is a treasure trove of detail.