Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Air Modeller #30, June/July 2010

Published: October 20th, 2010     
Air Modeller #30, June/July 2010
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Company: Air Modeller

Air Modeller magazine was new to me when I volunteered for the review. I was very impressed. This is a 64 page high quality, modeling magazine without any advertising. The magazine seems to cater to the detail conscious modeler. This issue includes five detailed build articles:

  • Split Personality F-104G - Part One.
  • Handley Page Halifax B. Mk II Series I - Part Two.
  • CAC Boomerang
  • Ultimate Spitfire
  • Curtiss H-75 A3

The magazine also contains an article on new releases, as well as an article showing photos from recent model shows.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Wheel Bays

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Anyone who knows me will tell you my favorite airplane is the Curtiss P-40 and I have a closet full of kits to prove it. One of them is a 1/72 scale Academy kit that I had allotted to the maybe-someday-stack because of conspicuous problems with the way Academy molded the P-40's fuselage quarter windows. Well, now Aires has (or 'have', if you are reading this review in Canada or the UK) added a set of accurate P-40 well bays to their line of resin detail parts, and they've brought to my attention another problem area that needs addressing. The kit's wheel bays are just as inaccurate as the shape of the quarter windows. Fortunately, Aires has done a nice job of solving that problem for me and has led me to move the kit to a higher position in the stack.

French Air Force Dewoitine 520, MS.500, NC.900, DH-82 Tiger Moth, Ki-43 Oscar

Published: October 19th, 2010     
French Air Force Dewoitine 520, MS.500, NC.900, DH-82 Tiger Moth, Ki-43 Oscar
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dutch Decal

When I first "signed up" to do a review of these decals, I wasn't familiar with the company, or what would be on the sheet. I was interested in the Ki-43 markings, as I find myself building mostly Japanese aircraft recently. When the package arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised at what I saw!

PT Decals sheet #48002 covers some captured WWII Axis aircraft in French service. The decal sheet itself is very well done with markings for all the aircraft listed below. The decals are all in perfect register, and appear to be of the highest quality on the market today. The lower right of the sheet reads "Pierre Tilley / Dutch Decal 2010; Produced in the EEC"

Included with the decals is a very nice, full color fold out with profiles of each of the aircraft represented on the decal sheet (see the accompanying photos to get a better idea of how great this set of decals really is!)

P-40B Warhawk Exhausts

Published: October 19th, 2010     
P-40B Warhawk Exhausts
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has found another item which will enhance a small, but noticeable, part on Trumpeter's P-40 Warhawk. This particular part is the engine exhaust which is on both front sides of the fuselage.

The Trumpeter part comes in two pieces and needs to be glued. When gluing the parts together, you will notice that the outer edge of each exhaust pipe doesn't quite fit together and therefore needs to be compressed carefully so as not crush them. After that, it has to be cleaned up as careful as possible so as not to make one shorter than the other.

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
Author: Captain Richard Hoffman, USN (ret)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209 and others.
Company: Ginter Books

When I heard that IPMS had this book for review, I begged and pleaded to get it, for two reasons; I was in the process of building the Anigrand 1/144 PB2Y-5, and I know a WW2 veteran who flew PB2Ys in the war. Ed Cooper has a lot to say about the quality and factual content of the book. Since he still has his log book from 1944-45, he was able to check facts and dates. Also, he has that great comeback about how something happened: "Have I heard about it? I was THERE!!"

Ed Cooper: The Pilot's Perspective.

Hi, I'm Ed Cooper, and I flew the PB2Y-5 in both VPB-4 and VPB-13. My good friend, Jim Pearsall, how is building a model of the PB2Y, has allowed me to review this book. How exciting and what a joy I have experienced. In the short time allowed, I have skimmed this book, and hope to read every word and study every photo.

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