Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

SH-3 Interior SA

Published: January 28th, 2011     
SH-3 Interior 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. (Self Adhesive) line are for the 1/48 Hasegawa SH-3 Sea King helicopter.

The includes the color cockpit details, as well as a second fret containing detail parts for rest of the cabin interior including jumpseat, grab handles, equipment stacks, and various panels. As with all Eduard products, the detail is well rendered, and the parts are cleanly etched and easy to work with.

I highly recommend these sets for anyone wishing to detail their Sea King. While the kit parts are well detailed to begin with, there is no arguing with the added level of detail and the amazing instrument panels provided in the Eduard set. My thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for providing the review sets.

Air Modeller #32, October/November 2010

Published: January 25th, 2011     
Air Modeller #32, October/November 2010
Reviewed by: David Goudie - IPMS# 6340
Company: Air Modeller

Contents:

  • Mig 29 9-13 Part One (editor: build article)
  • Marin [sic] B-26 B55 Marauder Part Two (editor: build article)
  • Marin [sic] B-26 Marauder (editor: history of this classic WWII bomber)
  • IPMS/USA Nationals (editor: captioned photo spread; no editorial content)
  • AVIA B-534 Cover Article (editor: 1/32 resin kit from HpH Models)
  • Su-15TM Flagon F (editor: Trumpeter kit build, 1/72 scale)
  • Air Born (editor: new releases)
  • Messerschmitt Bf.109 E4 (editor: build article)

This publication bills itself as "SHOWCASING THE VERY BEST IN SCALE AIRCRAFT MODELLING". Believe it! Everything about this publication is Quality (note capital "Q").

F-22A Raptor

Published: January 24th, 2011     
F-22A Raptor
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro - IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fujimi

Editor: With appologies to all, Mr. Pignataro's photos of the finished kit were omitted in the initital release of this review.

Background: Several kit manufacturers have released the F-22 in this scale and now Fujimi has jumped into the fray. As far as I know, this release is there first 1/72 aircraft in many, many years. If you are familiar with any previous Fujimi kits, you know they are high quality and well detailed. The Raptor continues that tradition.

The kit: Upon opening the box, I was surprised by the number of parts for a 1/72 fighter - 170 in all (including 35 for the engine cart). There are no less than eight bags of sprue including two clear sets (one totally clear and one tinted smoky gray). Molded in light gray plastic, the surface detail is exquisite and there are many finely cast small parts. Fujimi also included the option of moveable parts: flaps, engine exhaust petals, horizontal stabilizers, and canopy. Other control surfaces are separate and can be positioned any way you like.

RQ-4B Global Hawk

Published: January 24th, 2011     
RQ-4B Global Hawk
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Skunk Models Workshop

Northrop Grumman's RQ-4B Global Hawk was conceived in the early 1990's as part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's initiative to develop and field advanced concept technology demonstrator (ACTD) unmanned aerospace vehicles (UAVs). By the late 1990's ACTD versions of the Global Hawk were demonstrating the viability of the concept of High Altitude Endurance (HAE) UAVs in some reconnaissance roles similar to those held by the legendary but venerable U-2. As the United States found itself fully engaged in the War on Terror in 2001, the need for additional HAE reccee assets became acute, and the ACTD design was rapidly advanced into the operational RQ-4A embodiment. As the merits of the RQ-4 crystallized in combat operations, a larger and more capable RQ-4B version was developed to assume even more of the roles traditionally shouldered by the U-2.

Bf-109 Late Versions-Camouflage and Markings

Published: January 24th, 2011     
Bf-109 Late Versions-Camouflage and Markings
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: MMP Books

I love late war 109s so this book was right up my alley. This book is printed in MMP's White series which is an A4 sized softbound book with 112 pages.

The book focuses on late war 109s starting with the Bf-109G-5/AS to the K-4. The book starts off with a discussion of the tail units used on 109s. I found the differences very interesting and easily understood. Then a small section on late war Erla Haube canopy is discussed. A discussion of the colors and a color chart is next and especially helpful is the callout for CMYK and RGB colors. The first thing I noticed was the great drawings and color profiles. Gunther's Speck G-5/AS is particularly striking.

One benefit of the larger format book is that 1/48th scale drawings are provided for each version. This will prove invaluable to the modeler.

The color profiles are really nice and an inspiration to me and the modeler. I saw at least a dozen aircraft that I wanted to do. Each color profile provides camouflage information and individual aircraft particularities, as well as, some historical data about the aircraft.

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