Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Romanian Fighter Colors 1941-1945

Published: January 29th, 2011     
Romanian Fighter Colors 1941-1945
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books

The Romanian Air Force in World War II saw extensive combat in the Eastern Front against the Soviet Air Force and against the USAAF and RAF in home defense roles. Later, in late 1944 Romania changed sides and saw combat against the Luftwaffe.

This book covers all the fighter aircraft in the Romanian Air Force during World War II. The fighter aircraft inventory included British, German, Polish, and locally designed airplanes, plus captured soviet airplanes, yielding to a rather varied set of camouflage styles. Specifically, the book covers the Hawker Hurricane, Bf 109E and 109G, He 112, Bf 110G, PZL 11 and PZL 24, IAR 80/81, plus captured Mig-3, I-16 and Fw-190A/F.

Fieseler Fi 156C Storch 'Gran Sasso'

Published: January 28th, 2011     
Fieseler Fi 156C Storch 'Gran Sasso'
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms - IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

History: The Fieseler Fi 156 is a fabric and steel tube constructed 3 place liaison aircraft. It is noted for its short takeoff and landing characteristics used by all the German forces. It's primarily used by German upper echelon personnel including Hitler himself. It also played a major role in a daring rescue of the imprisoned Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.First produced in 1939 the type remained in production throughout WWII. The total production was around 1549 aircraft. During the winter months, it was fitted with skis. It was also produced after the war by France and Czechoslovakia.

It had a crew of 2/3; empty weight 930 kg; maximum speed 175 km/h; minimum speed 51 km/h and a range 385 km. Power was provided by an Argus AS-10C inverted V8, (air-cooled) with 240-hp; takeoff distance 26 meters (no wind).

Kit: The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. The parts were well detailed and in excellent condition.

F-16N Engine set

Published: January 28th, 2011     
F-16N Engine set
Reviewed by: Robert Folden - IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Well known for their exceptional photo-etched parts, Eduard recently crossed over to the resin world with the introduction of the Eduard "BRASSIN" line. The sets under this line consist of high quality resin castings with Eduard's exception photo-etched parts. [Some sets also contain color photo-etch and/or mask sets.] The latest in this new product line is a 1/48th scale engine set for the F-16N. The set consists of the exhaust and the intake fans for F-16's powered by the F110 GE-100 engine. While billed for the Tamiya kit, the set can be used for any F-16 featuring this engine.

The set comes as five resin pieces and a small fret of photo-etch holding three more pieces. While the photo-etch is the always the high quality we've come to expect from Eduard, the resin is what really struck me. The casting is extremely well done, and completely free of defects. The casting method eliminates those large pour plugs we are used to seeing with resin. Instead it has a large plug that attaches to the actual part with just a few thin slots.

F-14D Tomcat Weighted Wheels

Published: January 28th, 2011     
F-14D Tomcat Weighted Wheels
Reviewed by: Robert Folden - IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/32

Aires has long been known for their superb resin detail sets. Recently, Aires launched a new detail set line known as Wheelliant. The new line uses a smooth cast resin that captures even the minutest details. Sculpting in multi-piece, highly detailed sets, the new line offers modelers an excellent alternative to kit parts.

SH-3 Interior Set SA

Published: January 28th, 2011     
SH-3 Interior Set SA
Reviewed by: Robert Folden - IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Anyone who has ever worked with photo-etched parts knows the most frustrating part is attaching it to the model part. Especially if it is very nice color photo-etch. Well, Eduard, the leading photo-etch maker, has come to the rescue. Eduard started the color photo-etch revolution, and now has taken to making those same color parts self-adhesive. Two new sets in this S.A. line are for the 1/48 Hasegawa SH-3 Sea King helicopter.

This set [FE511] is part of Eduard's ZOOM line and contains just the color cockpit parts. The set is S.A. and featured amazing printed detail that, at least for me, could not be reproduced by hand. The set includes the instrument panels, control levers, and seat belts. The fret comes on a waxed paper backing and adheres well to the plastic part. Eduard's standard high quality instruction sheet is easy to read and leave little doubt as to where or how a part is put on the model.

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