Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS

Published: October 17th, 2010     
HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I happen to be reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.

BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle

Published: October 17th, 2010     
BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle
Author: Paul Lucas, Illustrations by Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: SAM Publications

This book is not so much a "what-if", but more of a "what might have been" story. Everything is based on surviving tech orders, ads, and other papers that show what the RAF wanted to use the TSR.2 for, as well as the schemes it would have worn and weapons that would have been carried. Like its Canadian cousin the Avro Arrow, it has become the stuff of myth and legend.

The book is profusely illustrated with artwork, showing various markings and paint jobs that will give the modeler looking for something other than the prototype's white paint scheme a lot to ponder. Like wise, the various weapons load outs will spark the modeler's imagination.

I found this to be a well-researched and laid out book. The author has done his best to cover all possibilities of the what, where, and how of aircraft assignments. Also included are operations had the TSR.2 entered service.

F-5E Nellis Gomers

Published: October 17th, 2010     
F-5E Nellis Gomers
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Twobob's latest releases showcase markings for US Air Force "Aggressor" F-5E Tiger II's seeing service from the early-1970's through the late 1980's.  This review showcases markings from Nellis-based "Gomers" assigned to the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons. 

The squadrons deployed throughout US and overseas to teach adversarial tactics and provide dissimilar air combat training to US Air Force flying units from October 1972 to June 1990. The units currently operate F-16C and F-15C aircraft in similar roles, as part of the regular Red Flag cadre at Nellis AFB, NV.   

AU-23A detail items

Published: October 16th, 2010     
AU-23A detail items
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
  • QB48 333 AU-23A Nose  $3.49
  • QB48 334 AU-23A Propeller with tool  $6.29
  • QB48 335 AU-23A Exhaust   $4.61

Roden's AU-23A kit was a welcome addition for those who like Counterinsurgency (COIN) aircraft, and Roden has established itself with a fine line of kits. However, being a short run kit, there are areas that can be improved with the addition of resin details. Quickboost comes to the rescue, with a series of items to help overcome some of the minor shortcomings of the Roden AU-23A kit.

Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther
Author: Colin Owers
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

It is refreshing to see a quality publication dealing with an airplane that is little known and rarely publicized. This certainly applies to the Parnall Panther, an airplane with as obscure a service history as any I've heard of. Conceived during the latter stages of World War I, the Panther was produced in some numbers at the end of the war, approximately 150 being constructed by several manufacturers. In addition, the U.S. Navy procured two for flight testing, the Japanese obtained a dozen, and one was briefly on the British Civil register, flying in the 1922 Royal Aero Club's Easter meeting.