Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Arado Ar234 B-2, B-2/N, C-3

Published: March 17th, 2021     
Arado Ar234 B-2, B-2/N, C-3
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301

Kagero/Casemate Publishers has a Top Drawings series that showcases a single subject with high quality, blue print style line drawings and several colorful schemes of the specific subject.

The current catalog lists 110 titles, so there is a subject of interest for just about anyone. All of the titles from Top Drawings are geared for the fastidious amongst us who crave accurate representations on the subject of choice, be it aircraft, armor, or ship.

With aircraft titles the plans are in all the popular scales: 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. The 1/72nd scale five view drawings are included within the frame work of the publication. The larger (1/48th and 1/32nd scale) drawings are presented on individual sheets that are inserted into the booklet and are removable. Kagero/Casemates website states that each title contains an additional item in the form of a decal sheet, paint mask, or gun barrel(s) as is appropriate for the specific title. Sadly, the item went wanting from my review copy.

Air Power and the Arab World 1909-1955-Volume 3: Colonial Skies, 1918-1936

Published: March 17th, 2021     
Air Power and the Arab World 1909-1955-Volume 3: Colonial Skies, 1918-1936
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Dr. David C Nicolle is a British historian specializing in the military history of the Middle-Ages, with special interest in the Middle East and Arab countries. After working for BBC Arabic Service, he obtained his MA at SOAS, University of London, followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He then lectured in art history at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Dr. Nicolle has published over 100 books about warfare ranging from Roman times to the 20th century, mostly as sole author. He also co-authored the 'Arab MiGs' series of books which covered the history of the Arab air forces at war with Israel from 1955 to 1973. Furthermore, he has appeared in several TV-documentaries, and has published numerous articles in specialized press. This is his fourth instalment for Helion's @War series with more planned in 2021.

Pacific Profiles Vol.1 Japanese Army Fighters New Guinea & the Solomons 1942-1944

Published: March 14th, 2021     
Pacific Profiles Vol.1 Japanese Army Fighters New Guinea & the Solomons 1942-1944
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Avonmore Books

The author spent his early years in the 1960s in New Guinea becoming fascinated with the many WWII aircraft wreck in the area. The book documents as accurately as possible the colors and markings of the various units in and around the Solomons and New Guinea in 1942-44. The book is broken down into 16 chapters along with an introduction, postscript, sources and acknowledgements, and index of names.

Each Sentai covered has its own chapter. Those discussed are the 1st Hiko Sentai, 11th Hiko Sentai, 13th Sentai, 24th Hiko Sentai, 33rd Hiko Sentai, 59th Hiko Sentai, 63rd Hiko Sentai, 68th Hiko Sentai, 77th Hiko Sentai, 78th Hiko Sentai and the 248th Hiko Sentai followed by a chapter on captured and restored aircraft during the war.

Japan Air Self Defense Force T-1A Trainer

Published: March 14th, 2021     
Japan Air Self Defense Force T-1A Trainer
Reviewed by: Damon Blair - IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

The Fuji T-1A was the first Japanese-designed aircraft produced after World War II. Designed by Fuji Heavy Industries and powered by a Bristol Siddeley Orpheus turbojet engine, the prototype took to the air for the first time on January 1, 1958. 46 T-1As were built before the T-1B superseded it on the assembly line. They served as training aircraft until they were retired, with the final flight occurring on March 3, 2006.

This finely molded kit comes with 62 parts on three sprues, and two clear parts on a separate sprue. All the panel lines are engraved, and the fit is excellent. The kit comes with a photoetched (PE) painted fret for detailing the cockpit and the landing gear. While the instructions are in Japanese with only a descriptive paragraph in English, they are easy to follow.

Gloster Gladiator Mk. 1 with British Pilots in Tropical Uniform

Published: March 14th, 2021     
Gloster Gladiator Mk. 1 with British Pilots in Tropical Uniform
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: ICM

Gloster's elegant Gladiator biplane was a staple of the British Air Force through the 1930's and soldiered on through some of the tougher early campaigns of the Second World War in such places as Egypt, Libya and the Maltese Islands. Battling against often superior and newer opponents, it nonetheless distinguished itself before itself being replaced by newer, faster, and more heavily armed aircraft. It also made its presence known in a number of foreign services including Finland, Greece and the Netherlands.

ICM has released a number of variants of the Gladiator, including both Mk. I and Mk. II versions as well as the Sea Gladiator with arresting hook. All of these have proven to be thoroughly enjoyable builds and really do a fine job of representing this noble little aircraft in 1/32nd scale. This combo set features the Mk. I only and does not include parts for either the Mk. II or Sea Gladiator.

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