Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels

Published: October 13th, 2010     
AC-47 Minigun Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The recent release by Monogram of the AC-47 'Spooky' Gunship was unexpected and a welcome addition for Vietnam era modelers.  While essentially the same kit as released in the 70s there was an additional sprue for the armament and peculiar parts for the AC-47.

Quickboost has come up with two conversion sets for the AC-47.  This one is for the minigun barrels and the other is the ammo boxes for the miniguns.  There are four minigun barrels included in this set.  They are remarkable in their detail.  The six barrels are beautifully rendered in light grey blemish free resin.  The one remarkable thing about these pieces is the end with hollowed out barrels.  It is amazing that Quickboost was able to get them to be so visible.  These parts are simply added in place of the kit ones.  Unlike the kit ones these will require no cleanup and are perfectly round

Arado Ar-196 Exhaust

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Arado Ar-196 Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Designed for the Italeri Ar-196, these new exhausts are molded in light grey resin and are absolutely beautiful.  There are two exhausts that have thinned hollow ends which would be difficult to obtain on your own.  Well at least difficult for me.  Removal from the pour stub is simple enough and then it is just a matter of painting and installing.  The exhausts will add to the look of your model.

While designed for the Italeri kit, I'm sure that with very little work you could use this on the MPM kit as well.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost for the review copy.  You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net.   Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

P-47 Thunderbolt Intercooler Exhaust

Published: October 13th, 2010     
P-47 Thunderbolt Intercooler Exhaust
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Tamiya P-47D, whether the Razorback or Bubbletop, is a great kit, but the intercoolers are non-existent and are see through.  Quickboost fixes this in an easy and inexpensive way. 

Molded in light grey resin, these two exhausts are just inserted into the model and this will prevent the "see-through" effect, offering a more accurate look to your model.  The inexpensive price tag will make this a requirement for this great kit. 

Highly recommended

Thanks to Quickboost for the review copy.  You can obtain yours by contacting them at www.quickboost.net.   Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

English Electric Lightning Ejection seat, Exhausts, and Wheel Wells

Published: October 13th, 2010     
English Electric Lightning Ejection seat, Exhausts, and Wheel Wells
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The first thing: Thanks once again to AIRES for providing IPMS/USA with these remarkable detail items! Your support is most welcome... we truly appreciate it!

Fw-190A Markings

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Fw-190A Markings
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions is notorious for everything Luftwaffe and their expertise is world renowned so this latest release from them is very welcomed.

This sheet features four FW-190As, three A-3s and an A-2 and is also available in 1/32ndscale for the new Pacific Coast Model. Printed by Cartograf the decals are thin and respond well to any setting solution, this single sheet is quite colorful. I've used the Microscale system, Gunze Mr. Mark Softer and Walther's Solvaset on Cartograf decals before without any problems. The decals are printed in perfect register and contain the markings for the four aircraft and stencils for one complete aircraft. My sheet contained swastikas but overseas buyers may or may not receive them depending on your local laws.

The instructions consist of a four sided 8x10 with profile views and plan views for all four aircraft. While the aircraft are not airbrushed the profiles are very nice and will prove useful to the modeler when painting. As is typical for EagleCals, there is a side dedicated to stencil placement.