Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Single No. 14 - Messerschmitt ME-163B-1 Komet

Published: May 4th, 2020     
Single No. 14 - Messerschmitt ME-163B-1 Komet
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

The Book

This book is intended as a reference for anyone building a 1/72 or 1/48 scale model of a production Messerschmitt ME-163B. It contains entirely visual references, and does not tell the developmental or operational history of the type, but this information is covered in so many other references, so that is not so important. The modeling information, however, is extremely well done. The scale drawings are very useful, and whoever made the photographs did a very good job of accessing the aircraft and picturing the details, especially the interior. There are several ME-163's on display in museums, so with some cooperation with the curators, good photos are certainly obtainable. There are some period photos included, some showing the equipment used by the crews during operations. The cockpit interior views are especially good, and I think with these, a pilot could get in one of these and fly it, if he was that suicidal. Someone is currently flying a glider replica of the ME-163 in Europe, so there is at least one currently flying. I don't think it has ever had an engine.

Ilyushin Il-2 Schturmovik Two Seat Version

Published: May 4th, 2020     
Ilyushin Il-2 Schturmovik Two Seat Version
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

The Book

This is a short publication that provides very accurate 4-view drawings of the Soviet two seat IL-2 Shturmovik armored attack bomber of World War II fame. The drawings are done in 1/72 and 1/48 scale, and provide information on several modifications of the aircraft, mainly armament upgrades, but there is no color or interior information. There is an excellent photograph of a pristine IL-2 on the cover, and the book would be ideal for you if you were going to super-detail an IL-2 in either of those scales. There are enough kits available of the aircraft to make getting the book worthwhile if you are working with kits of this aircraft.

Recommendation

This book contains excellent drawings of the aircraft in two scales. Recommended.

Extra 300L / 330CL Plus Photoetch Accessories Set

Published: May 4th, 2020     
Extra 300L / 330CL Plus Photoetch Accessories Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun brings a very welcome addition to the model aircraft market with this Extra 300L / 330 CL aerobatic plane. I have always wanted to build one and this release is most welcome.

In the box is:

  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear canopy
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprue is well molded with very little flash and very good detail. The only issue is the plastic is very soft.

Construction

First is the construction stages A & B assemble parts of the cockpit. In Stage A where the seats and instrument panel are built, the PE set adds improved instrument panel and also seat belts. These are welcome additions to this very simple layout.

In stage B builds parts to the cockpit floor. The part numbers are missing from two parts which are in fact parts 21 and 23. At this stage the PE set replaces the pedals.

Stage C assembles the Propeller, and wings stabilizers. The stabilizers are both replaced with PE parts which are far better.

Stage D installs cockpit into the fuselage right half which was very easy.

Detail & Scale F/A-18E & F/A-18F Super Hornet

Published: May 3rd, 2020     
Detail & Scale F/A-18E & F/A-18F Super Hornet
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

Detail and Scale is an iconic brand in the aircraft modeling world. Bert Kinzey and friends have been putting out top quality aircraft books for decades and this latest release covering the F/A-18E & F/A-18F Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler is no exception. Also, this is version two as the original was released back in the early 2000's. The book is available in two formats- traditional book and electronic e-book. This review covers the paperback version. Let's dive in and see why these books are meant for both aircraft enthusiasts and modelers.

Let's start with the table of contents:

Spotlight on Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (#21)

Published: May 2nd, 2020     
Spotlight on Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (#21)
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

This book is one of MMP's Spotlight series and deals with the Me 163 Komet.

The book begins with a brief two-page history of the development and deployment of the Me 163.

The bulk of the book consists of 40 color plates illustrating many of the color schemes used on the Me 163 with a couple of plates for the DFS 194 development aircraft and the Me 263. The Me 163A test aircraft and many of the Me 163B prototypes were painted in overall RLM 76. Several of the plates show different prototype configurations and some of the aircraft have dark red anti-corrosive paint patches on them evidencing either repairs or places where the paint has worn through to the underlying primer. The plates also include Me 163B V41 in overall RLM 23 Red flown by Maj. Wolfgang Spate.

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