Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Specialty Press

Helicopter gunships evolved from the need to provide close quarters combat for the Army. While we think this is a natural thing, the earliest attempts to arm helicopters were frowned upon. It wasn't until the French started to put guns on some of their aircraft that the US Army took notice. What followed was nothing short of phenomenal culminating with the first purpose built armed helicopter then onto a battlefield essential tool.

This hardback book includes 208 high quality pages with over 360 photos, many in color. Wayne Mutza is well known in the helicopter community for his expertise and vast photo collection. This book is no different. The book is an easy read and follows the development of the armed helicopter from the end of World War II to present day. The entire history is covered in text and photos. The photos are quite unique showing the developmental progression, especially with the US forces. There are many previously unpublished photos that come from a variety of collections.

There are so many different configurations of armament on the helicopters there is something for every modeler in here.

Hawker Hurricane Wheel Bay

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Hawker Hurricane Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48

I love the Hawker Hurricane even more than the Spitfire. The Hasegawa kit is a very nice kit but the wheel well is pretty basic. Aires provides a very nice upgrade.

The Aires wheel well comes on two pour blocks. In my example, the larger major assembly is molded perfectly in light grey resin. The detail is impressive and far superior to the kit offering. The pour block will be a little bit of a pain to remove but some simple sanding will take care of that. The other pour block is molded in light caramel with remarkable detail on the eight pieces. Removal of these pieces will be easy enough and clean up will be a breeze.

The instructions are simple enough to understand and should be no problem for most. Online references are easy enough to find if your library is lacking or you need to clarify anything.

Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Gun Barrels

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Junkers Ju-87 Stuka Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

I love the way Quickboost attacks a subject. If something is bothering you and you just want to upgrade that component you don't need to buy a whole set, just what you want. It is with that philosophy that Quickboost releases these gun barrels for the Hasegawa Stuka. On the heels of their exhaust, propeller blades, control sticks and wing guns for the Stuka, come these MG-81Z barrels.

Perfectly formed in light grey resin, these barrels are very delicately molded with no mold lines. In addition to the hollowed out barrels, the barrels themselves have some beautifully molded cooling fins. Simply remove the kit barrels, paint the QB barrels and add. Did I mention there are enough barrels to do two kits?

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires for the review copy. You can obtain your copy from your local hobby shop, online retailer or directly from Aires.

Hurricane R4118

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Hurricane R4118
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Grub Street

Many of us dream about finding a warbird in a garage and being able to restore it. Well at least I do. Well, that is pretty much what happened to Peter Vacher while traveling in India in the 90s. Not only did he find a warbird, but it was a veteran of the Battle of Britain. A Hurricane Mk.I! This is the story of how he acquired the airplane and ultimately restored it to flying condition.

So now that you've found the aircraft, what are you going to do about it? After stewing on it for some years the author decided to purchase it. That is when the real pain began. Bureaucratic red tape consumed six years before the airplane finally left India. The perseverance that the author shows, not to mention the amount of money spent just on airfare, is a tribute to him. Lesser men would have given up when faced with such bureaucracy. The amount of paperwork and all the intrigue that is involved makes for a great story by itself. The book is written by the lucky sod who found the airplane. I say that tongue in cheek as I am so jealous.

Spitfire Corrected Antenna

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Spitfire Corrected Antenna
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Do you think that the antenna on any of the Spitfire kits looks a little too thick? If you are like me, do you hate to remove the mold lines? Well Quickboost fixes both of these issues. Molded in light caramel color these little gems are bubble and blemish free. You get three antennas for use on any model of the Spitfire. Adding them is so simple; each antenna has a mounting peg which will fit directly into the kit spot.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

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