Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

1:48 B26B-50 Invader Korean War

Published: January 25th, 2020     
1:48 B26B-50 Invader Korean War
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt, IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1:48
Company: ICM

Kit:

The Douglas A-26 Invader was an American twin-engine light bomber / ground attack aircraft. From 1948 -1966 it was re-designated as the B-26 and served in the Korean War from 1950-1953.

 

1:48 B26B/C (Korean War) Decal Set

Published: January 25th, 2020     
1:48 B26B/C (Korean War) Decal Set
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt, IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1:48
Company: ICM

ICM has produced a fine decal set specifically to be used with ICM kit no. 48281, B-26-50 Invader. The decal set includes markings for four aircraft, the most notable of which is B-26B-61-DL "The 7th Chadwick" piloted by Lt. Col. R. Fourtney, CO of the 13th BC 3rd BG in Korea of Spring, 1953. Other markings are included for B-26C-30-DT "Marth Ann" of the 3rd BG, B-26B-55-DL of the 95th BS, 17th BW and B-26C-45-DT of the 3rd BG.

 

Reviewer's Comments:

 

Each of the four options are intended for black-painted aircraft. A double-sided, full-color instruction guide is provided. Only side views of the aircraft are given. Placement markings are fairly understandable; however, cross-referencing is recommended.

 

Mirage F-1 CT/CR "Special Edition" with Tru-Color Paints

Published: January 21st, 2020     
Mirage F-1 CT/CR "Special Edition" with Tru-Color Paints
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: MRC

The paints were provided by Tru-Color Paint. http://trucolorpaint.com/

This is a combined review of the 1/48 Italeri Mirage F.1 "Bye-Bye Mirage" and a selection of Tru-Color paints provided for the build review.

When you open the box you find a total of 5 sprues (one clear) with many parts marked as "not for use" -weapons for the most part. The overall look of the plastic parts is good. No flash, smooth surface, finely recessed panel lines and the transparent parts are free of scratches. You also get an excellent decal sheet with markings for 3 airplanes, all of them in the retirement scheme of the Mirage F.1

Based on my limited research the plastic parts were originally molded by ESCI back in 1978. Back in 2002 Italeri improved the molds to add newer parts (due to the modernization of the airplane new antennas, air scoops, etc. were needed). The newer parts also included a few replacement parts of the original ones.

Part 1 - Waco CG-4A Glider

Published: January 19th, 2020     
Part 1 - Waco CG-4A Glider
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

IPMS/USA welcomes the proprietors of Masterpiece models back, and serious appreciation for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with yet one more of their newest releases, in a scale never before attempted: 1/35th! A perfect diorama subject, we certainly will see some of these in a D-Day or Market Garden setting... And my personal thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.

Sometimes I wonder at my sanity; then my wife reminds me that I really am over the edge and I know...

Resin kits are a case in point; requiring truly radical and different skill sets for a project. Rare (Usually) subjects or subjects which economically do not make sense to cut a mold for injection molding. Resin is rarely forgiving, and on occasion makes you question why you are in the hobby.

Fw-190 Exterior Detail Set for Hasegawa

Published: January 19th, 2020     
Fw-190 Exterior Detail Set for Hasegawa
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/32
Company: Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a photoetched brass exterior detailing set for the already very nicely detailed 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190 D-9 kit. The set is packaged in a sealed-fold clear plastic sleeve. There are three plates of photoetch included. Plate one includes wing root plates, main gear cover components and some of the cowling components. Plate two includes the rear canopy cover plate, opposite main gear cover components; underwing cannon access plates, canopy framing and braces, wheel well plates and other main gear bits. Plate three consists of miscellaneous exterior cover plates and hatch covers, main cowling support, and canopy frames.

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