Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Bench-Mate Aircraft Jig for 72nd and 48th Scales

Published: February 9th, 2020     
Bench-Mate Aircraft Jig for 72nd and 48th Scales
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:72 to 1:48

Copied from the Masterpiece Models website, About Masterpiece Models, "Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells the highest quality resin assembly kits on the market today. Featuring kits for a variety of interests including WWII, Vietnam, Sci-fi, and aircraft bases. We have acquired the rights to a large selection of the Custom Dioramics line that are now available through us as resin assembly kits. Our kits are manufactured at our Vancouver, Washington, USA fabrication and casting shop."

Among the items that Masterpiece Models offers is a jig, sized for 1/72nd and 1/48th scale models. There are no assembly instructions, per se, but that is not a problem. There is a 3x4 inch piece of paper included in the box and all that is required to assemble the jig is to reference that picture. If, for any reason, that slip of paper is not present then one can visit the Masterpiece website and find an image there. Or, just view the image of that slip of paper that shows the assembled jig that is included with this review.

Some notes on assembly of the jig:

F-4J Phantom Hypersonic Models Stabilator Upgrade, Part 3

Published: February 9th, 2020     
F-4J Phantom Hypersonic Models Stabilator Upgrade, Part 3
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Hypersonic Modele Stabilator upgrade $8.67

Hypersonic Models Web Site: https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/products/1-48-resin/

The Zoukei Mura Kit

Refer to Part 1 for the construction of this fine model kit.

There have been a number of positive reviews for the Zoukei Mura F-4 Phantom series of model kits, and I cannot add anything new, other than these are really great kits. I would encourage anyone interested in this airraft to purchase any Zoukei Mura Phantom. You will not be sorry.

Aftemarket Accessories Used

Several months ago I had the opportunity to review the following Hypersonic Models aftermarket accessory set that I had originally planned to use on a Zoukei Mura F-4S Phantom sometime in 2020. However with the opportunity to build and review the "J" version I decided now is the time to utilize the Hypersonic Models set. Since the Zoukei Mura Phantom have had their fair share of reviews I will focus my efforts on describing the modifications to the kit with the inclusion of the follwing accessory into the build.

AL-21F Exhaust Nozzle for Su-24M

Published: February 9th, 2020     
AL-21F Exhaust Nozzle for Su-24M
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Amigo Models

This set is designed to be used on Trumpeter's Su-24 kits. The set consists of 10 resin parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for your Su-24 Fencer. Each nozzle set is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the rear nozzle assembly. The set also includes the rear engine bay bulkhead and the oddly shaped section between the two nozzles.

PAVE Way I Mk. 83 Slow Speed LGB, Thermally Protected Bombs

Published: February 8th, 2020     
PAVE Way I Mk. 83 Slow Speed LGB, Thermally Protected  Bombs
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Note: Before you begin, click the link to the Tulsa, Oklahoma group The Gap Band. Their hit, "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" is the perfect listening accompaniment for this topic. The DIAZO effects used in the video are kinda cool, too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17lkdqoLt44&list=RD17lkdqoLt44&start_radio=1&t=31

With apologies to Wikipedia... "PAVE Way is a series of laser-guide bombs (L.G.B.). PAVE, or pave, is sometimes used as an acronym for Precision Avionics Vectoring Equipment; literally, electronics for controlling the speed and direction of aircraft. Laser guidance is a form of PAVE.

Si 204D Steel Seatbelts

Published: February 7th, 2020     
Si 204D Steel Seatbelts
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester - IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Special Hobby 1/48 Siebel Si 204D has a lot of detail in the cockpit and cabin, so it is a shame that no seatbelts are provided. Eduard have come to the rescue with this excellent set of pre-painted steel seatbelts. The Siebel has two seats in the cockpit, plus another five seats in the radio compartment and cabin. Eduard provides lap belts and shoulder harnesses for the two seats up front, and lap belts for the five aft seats. The color looks good, and I didn't experience any problems with the pre-painted colors coming off.

This is the first time I have used Eduard's steel belts, and I must say I am hooked. They are much easier to manipulate than the brass items, so they can be bent into much more natural looking seatbelts. They also seemed to be easier to cut from the fret, which is nice. Eduard's instructions were clear and easy to follow.

If you have the Special Hobby kit, I can't recommend this set of seatbelts enough. It is very reasonably priced and does a great job of dressing up an otherwise well-detailed interior. Many thanks to Eduard for the review sample.

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