Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Ju-87D-5N Night Exhaust Type C
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Hasegawa Stuka kits are really nice.  They could use some help when it comes to the night bomber variants.  That is where Quickboost comes in.  They offer three different variants of the night bomber exhausts.  This particular exhaust, Type C, is shaped at an angle with beautiful detail inside the front and rear parts.  Molded in bubble free light grey plastic with exquisite detail, these exhausts will add to the unique look of your Stuka.

Simply just cut the parts from the pour stub and paint.  Easy and effective.  Of course you'll have to check your references to determine which exhaust is right for your aircraft. 

P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 Barrels

Published: October 14th, 2010     
P-47 Thunderbolt .50 Browning M2 Barrels
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland has come out with brass barrels in 1/72 scale for the P-47 Thunderbolt.  This is the second issue in the Air Master 72 series and a handy one it is! These brass barrels are small at only .0315" in diameter and .4055" in length, yet each front end is drilled out to a depth of .020".   One simply has to cut off the original plastic barrel, drill a hole using a #67 drill (.0320") and insert the brass barrel and use cyanoacrylate adhesive to bond it in.  The instruction sheet provides a drawing to help in getting the length of the protruding barrel correct.  I took out my Tamiya P-47 Thunderbolt kit and tried these barrels out on one set of wing guns.  Drilled out and inserted one barrel at a time and I had no problems (see photos).

I can highly recommend this P-47 brass barrel set for anyone who is looking for the most realistic appearance for their model.  I want to thank IPMS/USA and Master Model for the opportunity to review this product.

Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Spitfire E Wing – Late Hispano 20mm Cannon and .50 Cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Chris Durden, IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master Model produces some finely turned brass barrels for aircraft and ships in a variety of scales.  One of their latest offerings is a barrel set for the Spitfire 'e' wing.  There are a total of 6 parts - 2 cannon barrels, 2 fairings and 2 .50 caliber barrels.  The .50 cal barrels are designed to fit snugly in their fairings, which they do exactly.

The barrels are perfectly turned, the details are very fine and will avoid the issues associated with eliminating molding seams , such as ending up with an oval shaped cannon fairing (been there, done that).  I pulled out the kit barrels from the latest Tamiya Mk. VIII as well as the wing and barrels from the Pacific Coast Models Mk. IX for comparison's sake.  The Tamiya cannon are very finely detailed themselves down to the drilled out barrel, but clean up will still be a chore.  The PCM kit part has much softer detail and needs drilling out and careful clean up as well.  The Master-Models product is ready as is with no clean up needed.

Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
Author: Bartlomiej Belcarz & Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Keith Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: MMP Books

This book is the most recent in MMPs Orange Series, chronicling the history and development of one of Germany's most unique fighter aircraft of World War II.  From the beginning, with Alexander Lippisch's "flying wing" glider designs, through the development of the Me-163B operational rocket fighter, on through the experimental Me-163C, Me-163D, and the Me-263/Junkers Ju 248, this book covers an incredible amount of history and detail.

B-26 Marauder Decals

Published: October 14th, 2010     
B-26 Marauder Decals
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

I have a few Airfix and Hasegawa Marauders is my stash. I am always looking for eye-catching decal options in addition to the supplied kit options. Superscale have issued decal sheets featuring the B-26 in the past, many of which are no longer in available. Even with these decal sheets the Marauder has not been served well in 1/72 scale and the schemes are sometimes boring. Iliad design usually produce decals sheets for more exotic types in 1/48 scale, but recently they have been tapping into 1/72 scale market and one in their new range is a sheet featuring the B-26. Five options are included in the new decal sheet. They are: