Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

F-4J Phantom II "VF-102 Diamondbacks"

Published: February 15th, 2019     
F-4J Phantom II "VF-102 Diamondbacks"
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1:48
Company: MRC Gallery Models

This subject needs no introduction or prolonged history so I'll skip it. The kit has been around for a few years in various versions, this time as the short nosed F-4J of the U.S. Navy's VF 102 aka the "Diamondbacks". Having read a lot of great things about this kit I had high expectations and they were all realized when I opened the box. There's a whole lot of plastic in there and it's done to the highest standards. Most important is the one piece upper fuselage that eliminates the tricky gap you'd have otherwise. In fact a closer examination shows that most of the major joint lines fall in places that exist on the real thing making the builders job one of aligning the parts and gluing them. You get a full complement of missiles, iron bombs and drop tanks. The only negative out of the box are some faint mold seams on the canopy parts. Add to that a massive decal sheet with every (and I mean every!) stencil carried on this Navy bird, and you have a complete package.

Scale Plans Ju-88A

Published: February 15th, 2019     
Scale Plans Ju-88A
Author: Casemate Publishers
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishers

This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings.

Scale Plans He-111H

Published: February 11th, 2019     
Scale Plans He-111H
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishers

This publication is an MMP Books publication distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP Books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the He-111H. There is no text other than captions for the drawings.

Scale Plans de Havilland Mosquito Mk VI

Published: February 11th, 2019     
Scale Plans de Havilland Mosquito Mk VI
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishers

This publication is an MMP Books publication distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP Books are characterized as being very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Mosquito Mk. VI. There is no text other than captions for the drawings.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Published: February 10th, 2019     
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Author: Jaroslaw Dobrzynski
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

While the F-4 Phantom is the plane many people think of when they think of the Vietnam War, the F-105 Thunderchief is the one that has always interested me more. Designed to deliver a nuclear weapon in a bomb with a low-level toss bombing attack it instead found itself conducting the majority of the strike bombing missions over Vietnam. Known as the Thud, a description of it's gliding capability or lack thereof, the 105 would not only drop iron bombs on target but also shoot down its share of Migs and knock out SAM sites in the Wild Weasel mission.

This 160-page softback book covers the F-105 in full detail from history of the design, it's different versions, a short time as a Thunderbird and its missions in Vietnam. It also provides all the technical information anyone who wants to know more about the plane would need. This is helped by 260 photos in black and white and color.

The book starts with the birth of the plane. Designed to be a nuclear bomber during the Cold War the Thud owes its linage to the famous P-47 Thunderbolt, another big plane known for its ruggedness, air to air and ground attack.