Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Model Aircraft Extra No.7 – Building the P-47 Thunderbolt

Published: April 30th, 2021     
Model Aircraft Extra No.7 – Building the P-47 Thunderbolt
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney - IPMS# 8943

This is the 7th volume in a newish series from MA Publications, the British publisher of Scale Aviation Modeller International, Model Aircraft, and Scale Military Modeller. Each of the issues of this series includes multiple build articles, centered on one particular aircraft type. In this case, the P-47 is covered in 1/72, 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 scales. The booklet starts out with a six-page history of the P-47, including some good photos of operational aircraft. This is followed by 16 build articles.

75 Years of the Israeli Air Force, Volume 2: The Last Half Century, 1973-2023

Published: April 30th, 2021     
75 Years of the Israeli Air Force, Volume 2: The Last Half Century, 1973-2023
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

This is the second volume of two published by Hellion covering the history of the Israeli Air Force from its founding to the present. As with other Hellion volumes, it follows an established format. Using a chronological format, the narrative begins where the last volume left off. The text begins with the end of the Yom Kippur War and ends in 2023 with a little bit of forecasting into the immediate future. The book is heavily illustrated with black and white photos. As with previous volumes, it has a series of color profiles of aircraft and a slim selection of color photographs. They also have an extensive bibliography and foot notes for those of you who would like to continue reading on the topic.

Supermarine Spitfire V - Volume 2

Published: April 30th, 2021     
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Company: MMP Books

MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modelling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly", a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a world-wide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor. From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design. MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then we have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history.

Wojtek Matusiak lives in Warsaw, Poland. Wojtek Matusiak is a leading World War 2 Polish Air Force and Spitfire researcher, having published numerous articles and dozens of books on the subjects, as well as readily assisting other authors. He has maintained an enthusiastic interest in the history and development of the Spitfire, as well as of Poland's military aviation, throughout his life.

MV-22B Osprey

Published: April 30th, 2021     
MV-22B Osprey
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hobby Boss

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey had a checkered development history and near cancellation of the project. However, persistence paid off and this unique and versatile hybrid aircraft has seen great success in the US Marine Corp (MV-22B) and US Airforce (CV-22). It is also being integrated into the US Navy (CMV-22B) to replace the aging Grumman C-2 Greyhound's, as well as a Presidential (Marine MV-22B - VIP) transport. The only export customer so far is the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (MV-22B). There are several other countries who have or are considering the Osprey.

Stearman PT-13/N2S-2/5 Kaydet

Published: April 24th, 2021     
Stearman PT-13/N2S-2/5 Kaydet
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1:32
Company: ICM

Aircraft and History

The Stearman PT-13 (Boeing model 75) "Kaydet" was a primary trainer used by the US Army Air force and the US Navy before and during WWII. The Stearman's is a fabric covered, open cockpit biplane, powered by a radial engine and extremely rugged design which is ideal for a training aircraft. Introduced in 1934, the Stearman served as a trainer through the end of WWII. After the war, many surplus Stearman's were sold on the civilian market and served in many roles like crop dusting and air shows. The PT-13 and PT-17 airframes are basically the same except for the engine where the PT-13 has a Lycoming R-680 radial (9 cylinder) and the PT-17 has a Continental R-670 radial (7 cylinder) engine. There are still a few Stearman aircraft flying today which you will see at local fly ins and air shows. Many of the aircraft owners will offer rides in their aircraft so if you get a chance, do not turn it down.