Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Fiat CR 42 Falco

Published: April 22nd, 2021     
Fiat CR 42 Falco
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

The Battle of Britain (BOB) brings to mind Spitfires and Hurricanes in swirling dogfights with the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt's, Dornier's and Heinkel's in the summer skies over England in 1940. One of the lesser-known participants in the battle was the Regia Aeronautica (RA) or the Italian Air Force. In fact, the RA had participated in the invasion of France providing escort to bombing forces until France surrendered. From September to November 1940 the RA stationed two squadrons, the 85th and 95th of the 18th fighter group at Ursel Belgium. Here the CR 42 would prove unsuited to the task. Lacking the performance of modern fighters, the Falco's took a beating at the hands of the RAF. More critical was lack of firepower and the open cockpit that froze pilots operating in the cold air over the English Channel. One of the 95th squadron aircraft, serial 95-13 was shot down and landed virtually unharmed on English soil. It was test flown by infamous British test pilot Eric Brown who reported it an excellent aerobatic platform. That aircraft is preserved in the RAF Museum at Hendon today.

War of Intervention in Angola Volume 3 - Angolan and Cuban Air Forces 1975-1985

Published: April 19th, 2021     
War of Intervention in Angola Volume 3 - Angolan and Cuban Air Forces 1975-1985
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Helion produces books on many aspects of Military History from the Late Medieval period through to the present day. Helion was established in 1996, and since then they have published almost 1,200 books, with 100 or more new titles coming out every year. The 'Africa@War' series covers African military history since 1945.

Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Following a career in the worldwide transportation business - during which he established a network of contacts in the Middle East and Africa - he moved into narrow-focus analysis and writing on small, little-known air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives. That resulted in specialization in such Middle Eastern air forces as of those of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, plus various African to and Asian air forces. In addition to authoring and co-authoring about 50 books - including about three dozen titles fors Helion's @War series - and well over 1,000 articles, Cooper is a regular correspondent for multiple defense-related publications.

Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe

Published: April 19th, 2021     
Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Pen & Sword

This book covers the many captured foreign aircraft that were put into service and tested by the Luftwaffe. The book has twelve chapters.

Chapter one has many pictures of aircraft taken from Czechoslovakia and absorbed from Austria. Many Fiat, Avia, Letov are featured in the accompanying photos.

. Chapter two has great photo coverage of planes from Poland, Norway, the Netherlands. Many of these were put into Luftwaffe service especially in the training role.

 Chapter three covers the aircraft taken with the fall of France. These included all types of home manufactured aircraft such as Bloch, Dewoitine, LeO and Morane as well as American made aircraft used by the French such as Hawk 75 (P-36) and North American models 57 and 64 trainers. Also included are the many British aircraft, both those serving with the French as well those left behind by the British when forced to retreat.

CR.42 LW with German Pilots

Published: April 19th, 2021     
CR.42 LW with German Pilots
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

ICM has lately really gotten into making combo kits, and this one, which combines their excellent CR. 42 Night Raider with their equally excellent German pilots set, is one of the latest. I will review each item separately, so let's start with the airplane.

As most of you already know, the Italian CR. 42 biplane was perhaps one of the most elegant aircraft of its day. Late in the war, however, its obsolescence as a front-line fighter was painfully obvious, and both the Italians and Germans saw its potential as a night intruder for harassing the enemy under conditions where it was unlikely to encounter much, if any, aerial resistance. This involved some modifications, such as adding bomb racks, extending the engine exhausts and cutting down the landing gear spats to deal with rough field conditions.

Su-27UB Flanker-C

Published: April 16th, 2021     
Su-27UB Flanker-C
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

The Su-27 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1985 and the primary role was long range interdiction of American bombers. Originally, this airframe was developed as a single seat fighter under the the designation, SU-27K. This was later adapted for use by the Navy for carrier trials and entered active service in 1991. While the carrier trails were ongoing, a two seat trainer version was developed, starting in 1989. This new kit by Kitty Hawk is the third in a batch of recent Su-27 releases and covers the two seat version of this important fighter.

The basis for these releases is the new tooled kit from Kitty Hawk released in 2017. Several new sprues add parts to cover the many options available for this kit. The kit comes in a large and very colorful box that features an image of the aircraft in standard rule camouflage. Included in the box are 10 sprues of very light grey styrene, 1 clear sprue, 1 PE fret, separate parts for the main fuselage and four variously sized decal sheets. Many of these parts will not be used in the build as there are a ton of extra parts and weapons included from previous versions.