Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Cold War Peacemaker - The Story of Cowtown and the Convair B-36

Published: January 20th, 2011     
Cold War Peacemaker - The Story of Cowtown and the Convair B-36
Reviewed by: Adam Reiff - IPMS# 43579
Company: Specialty Press

When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I thought back to a time when I was growing up in Ohio. Our family lived near Fairborn, Ohio which is home to the U.S. Air Force Museum. My father served in the Air Force and would often take our family to the museum. The one exhibit that always captured my attention was the B-36 on display inside the museum. Having read through "Cold War Peacemaker..." I have certainly have gained in knowledge about the history, design, and use of this mighty aircraft.

Don Pyeatt and Dennis R. Jenkins have done an admirable job in describing for readers the history of the B-36. There are also throughout the 240 pages, both color and black & white photographs of both the exterior and interior of this historic jet. This is something I believe would be of value to most modelers. The book also describes the changes the B-36 brought to Fort Worth, Texas.

A well written book, I would recommend this to those model builders who are interested in cold war bombers. My thanks to Specialty Press and IPMS for the opportunity to review this well written book.

Ju88a-4 Bomber + Luftwaffe Ground Crew

Published: January 15th, 2011     
Ju88a-4 Bomber + Luftwaffe Ground Crew
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms - IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dragon Models

Editor's note: This kit is from Dragon's Cyberhobby line.

HISTORY:The JU88 can be considered Germany's equivalent to the British Mosquito. Production of the JU88 family totaled about 1,500 aircraft. The bomber first flew in December 1936. The aircraft had several engine variations, from water-cooled to air-cooled radials. Its top air speed was 292 mph, operational ceiling of 26,900 feet, with a crew of four.

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

Modern Military Airpower 1990 - Present

Published: January 12th, 2011     
Modern Military Airpower 1990 - Present
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Company: Amber Books

In this new offering from Casemate Publishing, authors Thomas Newdick and Tom Cooper, provide the modern aviation enthusiast with two-hundred full color aircraft drawings and forty photographs of everything flown today by squadrons around the globe. In the one hundred and ninety-two informative pages, there are some fifty-thousand words of text providing information on not just the aircraft themselves, but also on the branch of service for the country using them. The book is logically divided up by regions for the chapters, and then by countries within the regions. The opening page for each chapter shows a color line-drawing map for the region with the counties being covered within shown, making the book educational for geography as well as for the aircraft.

The chapters, as mentioned, are broken into regions as follows:

P-40N RNEIAAF Part 2 'Back to the Dutch Indies' 1945-'50

Published: January 12th, 2011     
P-40N RNEIAAF Part 2 'Back to the Dutch Indies' 1945-'50
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

Introduction

Most aviation enthusiasts assume that the Curtiss P-40N, like General Douglas MacArthur's "Old Soldier", just faded away after the end of World War II. This was most certainly not the case as far as the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force was concerned. As the Japanese began leaving their former Dutch conquests in 1945, they left behind a motley collection of combat aircraft, some of which were appropriated and flown by the Indonesian insurgents, who were determined to get the Dutch out of their islands so they could become an independent country, in accordance with the postwar trend of ending European colonialism in that part of the world. The Dutch, predictably, fought to maintain what had been their colony for over 100 years, and the resulting conflict, which ended about 1950 when the Dutch finally evacuated all but the western half of New Guinea, (That withdrawal occurred about 1962) involved a small amount of air action, mainly using the P-40N's in the ground attack role." src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Fw190D, JV44 - Sachsenberrg's Platzschutzschwarm

Published: January 12th, 2011     
Reviewed by: David Goudie - IPMS# 6340
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Introduction

This kit boxing is a "Limited Edition Dual Combo" with a Bonus 1/144 scale Me262 kit included. In essence three complete kits in one box with the third being the Me262.

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