Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Nakajima Ki-27 Nate with Resin Pilot Figure

Published: November 13th, 2010     
Nakajima Ki-27 Nate with Resin Pilot Figure
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" was a successful low-wing monoplane, all metal fighter design used by the Empire of Japan throughout World War II. Conceived of as a private venture design by the Nakajima Corporation, the Ki-27 was soon debuted and accepted by the Japanese Army. It was the equivalent of the Navy A5M.

If I recall correctly, when Hasegawa first produced this kit it was Kit # 001, so that leads me to believe the Ki-27 was the first 1/48 kit produced by Hasegawa. I could be wrong so don't quote me on it.

Albatros D.I - D.Va: Legendary Fighter

Published: November 12th, 2010     
Albatros D.I - D.Va: Legendary Fighter
Author: Thomas J. Kowalski
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Kagero Publishing

I am tempted to re-title this book "Albatros D.I - D.Va: Legendary Polish Fighter" because it really takes a more Eastern European perspective on this iconic family of aircraft. This is refreshing because too often books on WWI German aircraft present a Western Front perspective. The Eastern Front was a different theater with differing imperatives, challenges and solutions. Complicating the war effort was the polyglot force that made up the Austrian-Hungarian military forces, of which Poland was a part.

The book takes a narrative approach to the subject, being more about the stories than technical specifications while still including the latter. It covers all of the Albatros fighters including: D.1, D.II, D.III, D.III Oeffag, D.V, D.Va, Dr.II and W.4. But the emphasis really is on the most successful aircraft - the D.III (including the Oeffag built version) and the D.V. The chapter organization is as follows:

 

  • Introduction

Polikarpov I-16 Type 17

Published: November 9th, 2010     
Polikarpov I-16 Type 17
Reviewed by: Tracy Palmer, IPMS# 39188
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Greeting to all the plasticholics out there in model building land! Today we have a review of the Polikarpov I-16 type 17. This was an Edward Profipack kit with 96 parts (some of those are extras), a fret of photo-etch - pre-painted on some parts, and decals for 5 A/C.

He-162A-2 Salamander

Published: November 9th, 2010     
He-162A-2 Salamander
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Reich Air Ministry (RLM) issued requirements for a single-seat fighter powered by a single BMW 003 jet engine on September 10, 1944. From the many German aircraft manufacturers interested, Heinkel's proposal was selected. Heinkel designed and built The He-162 very quickly. The final design was chosen on September 25th and the He162 flew for the first time on December 6th, less than 90 days later.

It was made primarily of wood due to the short supply of metals. In early test parts came unglued in flight with one such event resulting in the death of the test pilot. As a result, parts were strengthened and some redesign was needed. The glue for the wood parts was found to be defective in many cases. The aircraft was the fastest jet aircraft in the air hitting 550 mph at sea level and speeds reaching 562 mph at 19,000 feet.

The He162 was built at three locations; Salzburg, the Hinterbruhl, and the Mittelwerk. By the time of Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945, 120 He 162's had been delivered; a further 200 had been completed and were awaiting deployment.

Bf 109E Wheels

Published: November 8th, 2010     
Bf 109E Wheels
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Fresh and new Eduard's "Brassin" name is a welcome addition to the aftermarket world of modeling. A sub-set line from the Eduard Model Accessories the claim of 'Best Resin Around' it appears credible with this offering.

Package contents:

  • Brassin detail set for Bf 109E in 1/32th scale from Eduard
  • 9 super-detailed resin parts
  • Express Mask

After just finishing the Eduard 109 kit I can see where these bits would have been appreciated. They are finely cast with excellent details and would have greatly improved some areas of the kit. Most notable is the tail gear and gearbay.

The set comes in a blister pack containing 11 resin pieces of differing shades of gray and a mask set along with detailed instructions offering a choice of two rims.

I highly recommend this set for your next 109 build and thanks Brassin and IPMS for the review sample.

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