Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

South Pacific Air War: Buna & Milne Bay, September 1942

Published: March 31st, 2021     
South Pacific Air War: Buna & Milne Bay, September 1942
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Company: Avonmore Books

Avonmore Books is an Australian publisher specializing in military and aviation history, with a particular interest on the early period of the Pacific War. Avonmore prides itself in being the only mainstream Australian military history publisher producing full colour, illustrated books. While expensive to produce, we strive to produce titles that are a pleasure to own and read, and which incorporate first-class profiles, illustrations, and maps. To date, Avonmore Books has published 25 aviation books.

In the Claws of the Tomcat: US Navy F-14 Tomcats in Air Combat Against Iran and Iraq, 1987-2000

Published: March 29th, 2021     
In the Claws of the Tomcat: US Navy F-14 Tomcats in Air Combat Against Iran and Iraq, 1987-2000
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

The book is Volume 29 of Helion & Company's Middle East@War series. The book includes over 80 black and white photographs which include not only photographs of some of the US Navy F-14 squadrons that were engaged in operations in the Persian Gulf and over Iraq, but also quite a few good photographs of Iraqi Air Force aircraft, surface-to-air missiles and other defenses systems, as well as Iraqi pilots. The photographs are supplemented by 21 color profiles of various F-14s and Iranian and Iraqi aircraft that were involved in the actions discussed in the book. There are also several charts setting forth the order of battle for the two forces along with maps of the theater of operations.

Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet - Kit Build 5

Published: March 27th, 2021     
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet - Kit Build 5
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro - IPMS# 17254

The F/A-18E Super Hornet is the US Navy's truly ubiquitous aircraft. It's their main fighter and attack platform as well as its electronic warfare aircraft, the E/A-18G Growler. Model manufactures followed the Navy's lead and have produced numerous kits of this aircraft in all the popular scales. Consequently, Kagero recently released a publication in their "Kit Build" series about this fighter. The paperback chronicles model builds of two Super Hornet kits: Academy's 1/72 scale and Eduard's 1/48 scale F/A-18E's. Color photos document progress of the build while short paragraphs of text offer further explanations. The last four pages of the book contain eight color profiles of "E" and "F" versions - four apiece. As a bonus, a small masking sheet for the canopies of 1/72 and 1/48 models is included in the book. The publication is divided into two equal parts with the first half dedicated to the 1/72 build by Adrian Wolnicki and the second to the 1/48 build by Sebastian Piechowialk. It is further divided by language: text is in English first then followed immediately by Polish.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Published: March 27th, 2021     
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Company: Specialty Press

The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was designed to deliver a tactical nuclear weapon against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. However, it gained it's fame over the jungles of Vietnam where they flew 159,795 combat missions from which 334 failed to return home.

This hard cover book contains 300 pages and 575 pictures in black and white and color. It covers the full history of the plane from preliminary designs and competitors through the Vietnam War, and ending with the Thud Out which was flown at Hill AFB, Utah, about 45 minutes north of me.

The chapters are broken down mainly by version with Chapter One covering the development and the YF-105A. Chapter Two takes a look at the initial Production version, the B model, and it's brief usage by the Thunderbirds. Chapter Three covers the D/F versions which leads to the war in Vietnam in Chapter Four. Chapter Five covers the Wild Weasel versions with the last chapter looking at the Airframe and Systems. The Thud Out is covered in the Epilogue and there are 3 Appendices which contain a Serial Number List, Loss List and finally Notes and Citations.

Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe, Heinkel He 162

Published: March 22nd, 2021     
Secret Projects of the Luftwaffe, Heinkel He 162
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Company: Tempest Books

This book takes an in-depth look at the development, selection, and early flight tests of the Volksjager (people's fighter) concept or what became known as the He 162. In the waning years of WWII, the Luftwaffe was desperate for a point defense fighter that could be produced in great numbers with a minimum of strategic materials. Although Germany had a jet fighter in the form of the Me 262, it required a lot of materials to build the airframe and two engines. The philosophy of a small single engine fighter was to build enough to station them close to all the potential Allied targets. This requirement meant the Volksjager could be a small aircraft with limited range. With a minimum of training, it was hoped that He 162 would provide the defense Germany so desperately needed.

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