Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 3 of 3

Published: October 21st, 2019     
Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 3 of 3
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

Down the home stretch! Last time we had just completed the wings, tail, fuselage, nose and wheel-wells, leaving just the final assembly and finish for the last segment of this three-part review. To recall: I chose to display only the port wing's inboard engine detail, and to cover up the remaining three engines. Otherwise, the aircraft is built up from the box with the exceptions of a set of brass gun barrels, and a set resin control panels and accompanying decals. The brass barrels will be part of a separate IPMS review.

Shachak

Published: October 21st, 2019     
Shachak
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Mirage IIIC is a well-known kit, first released in the mid-2000s. Despite being 15-yr old molds, they hold well the pass of time and it is nice to see it re-released. It sure builds into a nice replica of the French interceptor.

The kit comes molded in light grey plastic, with a total of 167 parts in 8 sprues, plus a small sprue of clear parts. The decals are printed by Eduard, they are opaque, shiny and in register. This boxing also includes pre-painted photoetch and pre-cut masks. As an add-on, this kit also includes resin parts for the upgraded airframes which used the ATAR 9C engine.

Construction, as usual, begins with the cockpit. The side consoles and instrument panel have raised detail and bode well for drybrushing. There is also the option of a decal for the instrument panel if you like. However, I choose to use the photoetch detail which meant to sand off the raised detail on the side consoles and to use the flat-version of the plastic instrument panel, on top of which I applied the photo-etch instrument panel which consists of 4 main parts, plus a few extras for switches and such.

MiG-21MF Airbrakes Set

Published: October 21st, 2019     
MiG-21MF Airbrakes Set
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed to be used on Eduard's MiG-21MF kits that were released last fall. The set consists of 6 resin parts - the two forward speed brakes, the large rear speed brake, two inserts for the forward speed brake bays, and the actuator for the rear speed brake.

The rear speed brake and actuator are one for one replacements for the kit parts and offer nicely refined detail over the kit parts.

As Eduard molded the forward speed brakes in the fully retracted and flush position on its kits, the biggest change with this set is cutting out the speed brakes and installing the inserts in the lower wing/fuselage part of the kit. I chain drilled around the engraved speed brakes, then removed the remaining plastic between the drilled holes and neatened up the opening with sanding sticks, files and a new X-Acto blade. Take your time and test fit the resin bays often to ensure you have removed the correct amount of plastic and be careful not to remove too much. I removed a little too much on one bay and filled the gaps with Mr. Surfacer.

American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961

Published: October 20th, 2019     
American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961
Author: George Cox & Craig Caston
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

This book is the second in a series on American prototypes and secret projects, the first on cargo aircraft. It covers many different aircraft from WWII types to right up till the early cold war. The authors were granted an unprecedented level of access to the various manufacturers' archives and the amount of information in the book really shows this! This book covers over 200 designs from the well-known to those beyond obscure.

The book is broken down into nine chapters. The first is a brief overview of the last 80 years of airlift design and usage.

The second chapter covers the design challenges facing aerospace engineers especially when the government demands were outpacing the technology. Everything from wing placement to cargo door size and placement are discussed. Many other factors such as carrying capacity and range are also covered, as are the advantages of prop, turboprop, and jet configurations both real and perceived.

Ladder for F-101 Voodoo

Published: October 15th, 2019     
Ladder for F-101 Voodoo
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.

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