Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Ju EF-126/Ju EF-127 German Experimental Fighter Plane

Published: May 2nd, 2021     
Ju EF-126/Ju EF-127 German Experimental Fighter Plane
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32

Toward the end of World War 2, the Germans were coming up with more and more desperate attempts to halt the U.S. and British aerial juggernaut that was daily pummeling their cities and the remnants of their industrial capacity. Cheap, easily assembled point defense weapons became the order of the day, resulting in such oddities as the Me163 Komet rocket fighter and the He162 Salamander, both of which were as much a threat to their pilots as to any Allied airmen. The Junkers EF-126 and its rocket-powered alternative, the EF-127, were supposed to be the logical descendants of the Komet, and although none were built by German industry, the Soviets made prototypes of both aircraft after the war. Apparently the sole unpowered version of the craft crashed on its maiden flight. I couldn't find where powered versions were ever run.

Fiat Br. 20

Published: May 1st, 2021     
Fiat Br. 20
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1:72
Company: Italeri

History

The BR 20 "Cicogna" low wing medium bomber was developed by the Italian aircraft manufacturer Fiat during the 1930's. It entered service in 1936 and was characterized by its metal frame and retractable landing gear. Modern and fast for the period, it was deployed by the "Aviazione Legionaria" and had its baptism of fire in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. In September 1940, the "Corpo Aereo Italiano", consisting of the 13th and 43rd "Stormo da Bombardamento" were similarly equipped with the BR-20. The "Stormi" were stationed in Belgium and supported the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Despite operational comparisons with modern R.A.F. fighters that exposed the BR-20's limits, it was used for the duration of WW2 on various fronts by several Regia Aeronautica bomber squadrons.

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, The “Warthog” Ground Attack Aircraft

Published: May 1st, 2021     
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, The “Warthog” Ground Attack Aircraft
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Company: Pen & Sword

This book has personal significance to me. As a member of the 23Tactical Fighter Wing in the early 1980s, I got to see A-10s doing their thing including firing that incredible gun at the local gunnery range.

Unusual C-47's

Published: May 1st, 2021     
Unusual C-47's
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

Background

Since the Douglas DC-3 and C-47 was produced in larger numbers than any other transport aircraft, it stands to reason that the plane is well represented in the modeling world. Although the plane has been produced in a number of scales, the majority of the kits are in 1/72 scale. Starting with the old Airfix kit in the sixties, the more recent issues by Italeri and ESCI have featured recessed panel lines and some variations in form, and recently, Airfix is reported to have reissued their kit with more up-to-date features. I have not seen the new Airfix kit, but have built both ESCI and Italeri kits, and they are both exceptionally good kits.

Panavia Tornado in Combat

Published: May 1st, 2021     
Panavia Tornado in Combat
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721

Background and History from Wikipedia

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin - engine, variable - sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. There are three primary Tornado variants: the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter - bomber, the suppression of enemy air defenses Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defense variant) interceptor aircraft.