Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Top Drawing 108 The German Night Fighter Heinkel He 219 Uhu

Published: March 22nd, 2021     
Top Drawing 108 The German Night Fighter Heinkel He 219 Uhu
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

The book provides great detail drawings of the German WWII night fighter Heinkel He 219 Uhu, which was introduced in November 1942 to the Luftwaffe. The first interesting fact I found was that the He 219 was never officially ordered due to dislike of Heinkel by the Luftwaffe officials. So the 274 that saw service were all officially trail aircraft.

I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and show many of the variants of this very interesting aircraft. Along with the many outline drawings in 1/72 scale. there are also some very nice profile drawings. There is also a pull out outline drawings in both 1/48 and 1/32 scale.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the He 219 Uhu and consider it a "must" for modellers. I am now off to the work bench to start on my 1/32 kit using this book!

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Vickers VC10 & Super VC10

Published: March 22nd, 2021     
Vickers VC10 & Super VC10
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: Pen & Sword

The VC-10 has always been one of my favorite civil aircraft since I was a kid and watching them take off from Heathrow Airport. So, I could not miss the chance to review this book.

Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Design and Development
  • Engineering Excellence
  • Into the Air
  • RAF Service
  • Other Operators
  • VC10 Variants
  • VC10 & Super VC10 in colour
  • Modelling the VC10

The book goes into great detail on the full history of the aircraft and its use and variants over its operational service life. I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of facts I have never heard before. The writing style is clear and concise. The images are awesome and give a lot of useful views for modelers and anyone interested in this aircraft.

The design and development chapter was of particular interest to me and seeing the early designs was a great lead up to understanding the final selected design.

The Fighter/Bomber Horten Ho 229

Published: March 19th, 2021     
The Fighter/Bomber Horten Ho 229
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

For all fans of the Horten brothers' all-wing jet of World War 2, Marek Rys and the folks of Kagero have put out a wonderful book of drawings that will be a must have for rivet and screw counters, and of interest to those who have an affinity for this plane. Consisting of line drawings in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scales, there are also four pages with color plates of the planes as well as two included foldout drawings in 1/48 and 1/32 scale. As a modeler and fan of the Ho 229, I can highly recommend this new offering from Kagero in their Top Drawings line!

I have previously written that I have been a fan of the Horten Ho 229 since I first saw a built up 1/72 scale Pioneer 2 kit in a hobby shop located in Norfolk, Virginia, and immediately purchased one of the kits on their shelf (yes, it is still in my stash). At the time (late 1980's), I had never heard of this plane, and as the F-117 and B-2 were just being introduced to the country, my interest was thoroughly piqued! With the addition of kits by Revell Germany, Dragon, and more recently Zoukei Mura, a reference like this will surely provide additional inspiration during a build!

T-38 Talon, F-5B, RF-5A/E/S Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: March 19th, 2021     
T-38 Talon, F-5B, RF-5A/E/S Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master-Model

This set is designed for use with kits of the T-38 Talon, the F-5B Tiger I and the RF-5A/E/S. The set consists of 3 brass parts - the nose pitot and two 20 mm gun barrels, however, as later versions of the RF-5 only have one gun installed, so you will need to check your references. If you are modeling a T-38 or a F-5B, you will only be using the pitot tube as neither had guns installed.

The instructions are clear about what size drill bit you will need for each installation and clearly indicate how just how much of the pitot tube extends past the kit nose. Take care when drilling your holes and check them as you go to ensure that the pitot tube in on the aircraft centerline and parallel to the ground and that the gun barrels are parallel to the aircraft centerline.

This is another nice detail set from Master Model and it will dress up your Talon or Tiger I jet.

Recommended. Thank you to Master Model for the review sample.

F-5E Tiger II Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: March 19th, 2021     
F-5E Tiger II Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master-Model

This set is designed for use with kits of the later models of the F-5E/F Tiger II with the so-called "shark" or flattened nose. I used on old Italeri F-5F kit that had been a shelf queen for a few years. The set consists of 5 brass parts - the nose pitot and a tube in which to mount it, two 20 mm gun barrels and a dummy fairing for those aircraft which only have one gun installed.

While these parts will be some of the last ones you install, there is a little prep work that you need to do to install them. First you need to determine if the jet you are modeling has both 20 mm guns install or just one. You will need a close shot of the gun area to determine this as while the fairing is a bit larger in diameter and shorter than a normal 20 mm barrel, you will need just the right photograph to determine which is correct. Once you have determined which arrangement is correct, you will need to drill a hole in the gun troughs for your choices. The instructions say use a .6 mm bit for the 20 mm barrels and a .8 mm bit for the fairing. I recommend using as long as a bit as you can in order to help you keep the hole for the part in the proper alignment with the nose.