Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

E-2C Hawkeye Markings for VAW-117 and VAW-120

Published: October 11th, 2010     
E-2C Hawkeye Markings for VAW-117 and VAW-120
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bingo Decals

On the heels of their earlier releases, Bingo Decals has released an all new sheet that includes selected markings from VAW-120 "Greyhawks" and VAW 117 "Wallbangers".

Printed by Micro Scale, these are of the same excellent quality as those previously reviewed on this site. This particular sheet contains markings for 5 aircraft and 2 of them are the "salad shooter" style prop blades. They come nicely packaged in a large see through envelope and are exceptionally well done. I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the sheets with respect to the size and complexity vary. Still, in all, they are well worth the price of admission.

Most highly recommended.

Many thanks to Steve Ognibene of Bingo Decals for the review samples.

BAC Lightning Mk. 1A/ MK.2

Published: October 11th, 2010     
BAC Lightning Mk. 1A/ MK.2
Reviewed by: Ryan Harden, IPMS# 37968
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The BAC Lightning was Britain's first and last supersonic interceptor. This Mach 2 jet was in service for nearly 30 years with its retirement in 1988. The Lightning's clean lines and unique over and under engine arrangement make it a must have for any modern jet collection.

Eduard's new kit of the Lightning is from their Limited Edition series and contains essentially EVERYTHING the modeler needs to build a stunning replica right from the box. All that the would-be 1/48 Lightning builder needs to add is paint, glue, and time.

Striking box art adorns the sturdy and rather tight opening box, an Eduard hallmark. Cracking the lid open reveals (8) sprue trees, (1) large decal sheet, (2) photo etch frets, (1) canopy Mask, and a nice resin seat from their new Brassin line. A multi lingual instruction sheet and a fold out full color painting guide are provided, offering the modeler a choice of (4) paint schemes.

F-16I Sufa Part 1

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-16I Sufa Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Academy

Modelers rejoice! Finally, a 2-seat F-16 in 1/32nd scale! Academy comes to the table with an F-16I Sufa. The Sufa (Storm) is the Israeli Air Forces advanced tactical aircraft based on the Block 52 F-16's. Visual differences between standard F-16's and the Sufa include the addition of avionics in an enhanced spine and conformal fuel tanks.

On to the kit. Many of the kits parts are shared with Academy's first release. I know some modelers had issues with the cockpit/coaming and nose on the first kit and Academy has listened and addressed those issues.

Inside the box, you get 18 sprues basically containing the entire first kit (minus the original fuselage) plus sprues for the CFT's and new nose, complete new tool fuselage plus brass AOA and pitot probes, and a sheet of photoetch to add even more detail. There are two options for the canopy- clear and tinted and are both excellent. There are also two huge decal sheets perfectly printed- one for the airframes and stencils and the second for more stencils and full markings for the weapons. There are decal sheets which have options for the following planes:

Spitfire Mk. IX Exhaust

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk. IX Exhaust
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

I have acquired a few Airfix Spitfire Mk IX's recently and found the Quickboost product to be a sound rendition. The Airfix Spitfire provided the common standard issue flared or fishtail exhaust. Now with the new Quickboost round exhaust for the Spitfire Mk IX it is now possible to make other variants. Many post war variants used the simpler round exhaust such as Belgium and Dutch machines. Also many Mk IX e used these exhaust also. It would be a simple matter to relocate the wing gun blisters and re-position the cannons to the outboard. This will enable you to make make post war Mk IX e in Czech, and the above mentioned liveries using the round exhausts.

The Quickboost exhaust fit perfectly to the Airfix cowl and can be used as direct replacements for the kit exhaust. Also I was pleasantly surprised that with a little trimming these exhaust also fit the Hasegawa Spitfire Mk IX c as well. I recommend this latest Quickboost update for the Airfix Spitfire Mk. IX without reservation.

Thanks to Quickboost and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

Aircraft Modelling - Osprey Modelling Master Class

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Aircraft Modelling - Osprey Modelling Master Class
Author: Brett Green
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Osprey Publishing

This most recent release in the Osprey "Master Class" series (designed to give the modeler the "biggest bang for the buck") is printed with a hard cover and a spiral binder holding 192 pages loaded with easy to follow text and color shots of "how to" sequences.  It also gives us beautifully completed models by Brett Green, world renowned master modeler, as well as highly talented folks such as Roy Sutherland, Mick Evans and others.  It is designed to be a "workbench" book that will stay open (thanks to the spiral binding) when put down.  Although this book is described as a "guide for the serious modeler", it goes well beyond that, and should appeal to the "curious" among you that wonder (as I have so many times) "now how the hell did he do that !?"  If you fall into that category, you will find this reference publication a must include for your personal library.