Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Pacific Profiles, Volume Two: Japanese Army Bombers, Transports & Misc. Types, New Guinea & The Solomons 1942-1944

Published: April 5th, 2021     
Pacific Profiles, Volume Two: Japanese Army Bombers, Transports & Misc. Types, New Guinea & The Solomons 1942-1944
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177

The Author: Michael Claringbould spent his formative years in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s, where he became fascinated by the many WWII aircraft wrecks which still lie around the country. He has served overseas as an Australian diplomat including South East Asia and throughout the South Pacific where he had the fortune to return to Papua New Guinea for 3 years starting in 2003. Mr. Claringbould has authored & illustrated various books (at least 15) on Pacific War aviation. His history of the Tainan Naval Air Group in New Guinea 'Eagles of the Southern Sky' received worldwide acclaim as the first English-language history of a Japanese fighter unit, which was also translated into Japanese.

SAAB Viggen Landing Gear (Tarangus/Special Hobby)

Published: April 5th, 2021     
SAAB Viggen Landing Gear (Tarangus/Special Hobby)
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for the landing gear on the Tarangus/Special Hobby SAAB Viggen kits. The set includes replacement parts for the nose gear and both main gear assemblies and as with most of SAC's landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts.

The nose strut assembly includes the gear strut, the scissor link and the retraction/extension actuator. The parts in my set were very well cast and after just a little clean-up of the casting seam where the casting plugs attach, the parts will be ready to go.

Tu-22 Blinder Landing Gear (Trumpeter)

Published: April 5th, 2021     
Tu-22 Blinder Landing Gear (Trumpeter)
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for Trumpeter's Tu-22 Blinder kit. As with most of SAC's landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts.

The set includes replacement parts for the nose gear and both main gear strut assemblies and some of the associated actuators. However, it appears that a couple of parts are missing as the nose strut has two small parts to be fitted to the sides of the strut (parts E1 and E2) that are identical, but there is only one of them provided in the SAC set. In addition, the kit includes a small secondary retraction arm (part E3) which attaches to the triangular retraction arm, but this actuator is not included in the SAC set. As noted in the photos, my nose strut was slightly bent to one side when I opened the package, however, being white metal, it was easily straightened. It also appears that my set has an extra triangular casting in it that does not match any of the parts in the kit, but it took me some time to figure this out by comparing the part to all the kit parts.

North American P51-D Mustang (Filletless Tails)

Published: April 1st, 2021     
North American P51-D Mustang (Filletless Tails)
Reviewed by: James Kelley - IPMS# 42106
Scale: 1:48
Company: Airfix

History

Colonel Thomas J.J. "Jack" Christian's personal mount was an early P-51D-5-NA, serial number 44-13410, Code E2-C, with "LOU IV" painted on the port side of the engine cowling, forward of the cockpit and just rearward of the exhaust manifolds. The aircraft was named after his wife, Marjorie Lou Ashcroft Christian. The name "ATHELENE" was painted on the starboard side of the fuselage forward of the cockpit and below the exhaust manifolds. LOU IV was the most photographed P-51 Mustang of World War 2, and was an early P-51 D-5-NA (with the "bubble" canopy) without the stabilizing tail fin addition of the later definitive -D models. Additional photographs better indicate LOU IV's colors and markings, including a yellow propeller spinner, a yellow engine cowling, a bare metal fuselage with a mottled camouflage pattern of dark green and /or black on the top surfaces, and "invasion stripes" beneath the fuselage roundel and on the bottom of the wings. On 12 August 1944, at 1505 hours, 361st Fighter Group commanding officer Colonel Thomas J.J.

Operation Crossbow 1944 Hunting Hitler’s V-weapons

Published: April 1st, 2021     
Operation Crossbow 1944 Hunting Hitler’s V-weapons
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739

Operation Crossbow was the Allies attempt to destroy Hitler's new Vengeance weapons, the V-1 and V-2. This book focuses on the bomber campaign rather than the defenses deployed in England to counter the attacks.

The usual soft cover book consists of 94 pages filled with Mr. Zaloga's usual well documented and written information. There are lots of photographs of not only the allied attacking aircraft but also the German weapons and their launch sites. The photos are supported by some colored artwork, drawings, diagrams, and charts and tells the story in a fitting manner.

The book contains an Introduction and Chronology chapters before giving the Attackers and Defenders Capabilities. The Campaign Objective is followed by the bulk of the book in the Campaign chapter. An Analysis and Conclusion chapter finishes off the format.

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