Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

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.

F-5E Alconbury Gomers

Published: November 5th, 2010     
F-5E Alconbury Gomers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Once again, aircraft from "My era", the early 1980's, are starting to appear on decal sheets.  RAF Alconbury was a busy place; Not only for the RF-4C's that were stationed there, but the U-2R (TR-1 at the time) was a common sight. And in between all that activity, the dart-shaped F-5E's of the 527th Aggressor squadron claimed AR as home. They were frequently deployed to other locations such as Deccimommano, Italy, and USAFE bases in Germany and Spain to practice their trade on our local USAFE fighter pilots.

British Browning Mk.2 .303 Calibre Machine Gun Barrels

Published: November 4th, 2010     
British Browning Mk.2 .303 Calibre Machine Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley, IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Model

Airfix's 1/24 Mosquito is a large model, but is a little lacking in detail in places. One of these is the rather Spartan 0.303-inch Browning machine gun installation in the nose. Master Models has released a fine set of replacement parts for this area.

Each gun barrel is represented by 5 pre-formed brass pieces; the parts simply slot together and are secured with spots of superglue. Surgery is performed on the Airfix machine guns, with the whole of the plastic barrels being removed. The completed brass assembly is then glued to the plastic body of the gun. Simple!

The new barrels stand out head and shoulders above the plastic parts and when glued in place, they form a striking introduction to the aircraft. Highly recommended.

Master Models' website is located at and they can be obtained from leading retailers. My thanks to Master Models for the review sample.

The Airfix's 1/24 Mosquito kit is reviewed elsewhere on this site.

Hawker Hector

Published: November 3rd, 2010     
Hawker Hector
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: AModel

The fit on this model had me working very hard from every direction. For example, on the tailplane, there was a locator tab that didn't seem to have a matching hole.  The result was that I accidentally mounted the horizontal stabilizer inverted. I had to carefully prize it off and clean the parts before remounting it and adding the vertical stabilizer and tail struts.

I applied most of the paint scheme before final assembly. A  second-line R.A.F. type, (post-1941) called for a medium gray/olive green upper surfaces (Testors 1163 Flat Gray for the gray and my suicide stew bottle of mostly Pactra olive greens for the green) and "Sky" undersides (a mix of Testors 1162 Flat Blue and Model Master FS36375 Light Ghost Gray).