Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 Weekend

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 Weekend
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released its Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 in the Weekend format. I appreciate Eduard releasing kits in the "weekend" format as a more affordable channel for modelers to get access to a kit. This is the most expensive kit ever boxed in the Weekend format ($39.95) but you get a lot of plastic for your money; as a reference point, the Profipack version retails for $64.95.

So, what is in the box? You get all the plastic sprues from the Profipack packing, except sprue D (underwings ordinance). The decal sheet, printed by Cartograf, has one option and stencils are included. The box includes 11 sprues for a total of 349 parts. I should mention that you get over 100 parts (mainly from the 110E) that go straight to the spares box. The kit does not include photoetch nor canopy masks.

The box is so chock-full of plastic that during construction I decided to use a larger box from a different kit as to not get the sprues too tightly packed and to have a little bit of room for staging sub-assemblies during construction.

Camouflage Decals for Caudron CR.714, Morane MS.406, & Curtiss H75A

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Camouflage Decals for Caudron CR.714, Morane MS.406, & Curtiss H75A
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/32
Company: MMP Books

This is a British product, the first of a series, providing a very nice set of 1/32 scale decals and an accompanying booklet, featuring three aircraft flown by Polish pilots flying with the French Armee de  l'Aire during the Battle of France in 1940. Two versions of this issue exist, one in 1/32 scale and one in 1/48.  The decal sheet and booklet are provided in one unit, and cannot be purchased separately.

The booklet, a rather large publication of 16 pages plus cover, measures 13 by  9 1/4 inches, and consists of detailed information on the colors and markings of each aircraft.  A short history of the pilot and his operational career is included, and these make interesting reading.  The booklet is filled with excellently reproduced photos, mostly from German sources, as many of the photos show Luftwaffe personnel examining the abandoned French aircraft.

FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antennas were installed on Bf 110 and Ju 88 night fighters during World War. These radar antennas are the focal point of any night fighter kit. Model Master from Poland provides us with turned brass antenna struts and antenna dipoles to enhance the look of our next night fighter kit.

The turned brass parts mean that no mold line is present and that alone is enough of a reason to consider upgrading your kit. The other advantage is that antenna struts and dipoles actually have a circular cross-section.

Assembly is straightforward and simple. The instructions recommend soldering the parts together for assembly, but my soldering skills are not very good. I've used super glue instead. It worked OK, but I managed to knock off the dipoles in a few occasions during construction.

The modeler is expected to remove some parts from the antenna struts provided in the kit and to modify them to accept the turned brass parts, by drilling a single hole per strut.

Recommended for the intermediate experienced modeler, due to the small parts size.

I would like to thank Master Model for the review sample.

Windsock Datafile 141: AMC DH9A 'Ninak', Volume Two

Published: October 22nd, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 141: AMC DH9A 'Ninak', Volume Two
Author: John Alcorn
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the second of two volumes dealing with the history of the DeHavilland DH-9A, and continues the story of the postwar development and service of this most versatile biplane.  The first volume generated a lot of feedback, so a number of points are clarified, and more details are included, although the main thrust of this issue is the postwar service and development, as well as the Russian copies that were produced as the R-1 after the Bolshevik Revolution. Since there are a couple of kits available of this aircraft, at least in 1/72 scale, the book will be of special interest for those of us who model World War I and "Tween the Wars" airplanes.

RB-51 'Red Baron' Reno Racer - Part 1

Published: October 21st, 2010     
RB-51 'Red Baron' Reno Racer - Part 1
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

It is my distinct pleasure to present to you Paul Fisher's latest full resin kit effort, the RB-51 "Red Baron". I guess what surprises me most, having had the opportunity to build and review each of his magnificent 1/32nd scale aircraft kits, is his innate ability to continue to raise the bar on himself each time. This one is no exception, Paul having produced quality models for 32 years now.

His kits come to you in a very sturdy cardboard box, very carefully hand packed and wrapped in several layers of tissue by Paul's lovely wife Suzy. I mean c'mon! What more could you ask for? No kidding, you really don't see very many like this in today's market. After the tissue is removed and the exquisitely cast resin pieces are exposed, it is top quality as far as the eye can see.

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