Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Fw-190 Flaps

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Fw-190 Flaps
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

It is no surprise that I love the Eduard FW-190 kits.  I've built enough of them to know that I will build more of them.  The recent release of the D-9, D-11/13 variants has done nothing to deter this view.  One way to set your 190 from the others is to lower the flaps which is seen frequently on operational aircraft. 

Gloster G.40 Pioneer by Pavla Models

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Gloster G.40 Pioneer by Pavla Models
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Allow me to start by thanking Pavla Models for their most generous contribution of numerous models for review by IPMS/USA.

Background

The Gloster G.40 Pioneer was the first British jet -- it is also known as the Gloster Whittle or the Gloster E.28/39.  There were two aircraft built but the second crashed so this one, W4041/G, did all the testing from its first flight on 15 May 1941 until it was put on display in the London Science Museum in 1946.

I asked for this not because I am particularly interested in the aircraft but because I had just done the FROG version for the Classic British Kits SIG display at Scale Model World (Telford) in 2009.  That kit is so bad that I felt I should have a better representation on my shelf.  For those of you not familiar with the FROG kit, the wings and fuselage are two different scales and the two figures -- one sitting, one standing -- are also.

F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14 Alpha Probe and Angle of Attack Probe
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Sometimes fate just sets you up for something great without you realizing it.  I keep an F-14 Tomcat (of VF-84) on my desk at work, and not long ago I noticed that I, or someone, had bumped the case it was in, thereby separating the Alpha probe from its place on the nose cone.  Before I could remember to take in some glue to make my repair, an offer came out to the IPMS-USA Review Corps to evaluate this very item from a new Polish manufacturer called Master (typically referred to as Master-Models on other internet sites).  I immediately requested this particular item, and was pleasantly surprised when I was given the ability to perform this review.

F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels

Published: October 11th, 2010     
F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Every now and then a product comes along that represents a giant leap forward for the modeler. This is one of those products. Aires has released the Wheelliant Weighted Wheels set for Tamiya's F-14A Tomcat in 1/32 scale

The product is packaged in a clear plastic bag that allows one to view all of the parts prior to purchase. The package contains parts for all four tires, both the main gear tires and nose wheel tires. Also included are the rims, or wheels, for all four tires. A length of copper wire is also included. This wire can be bent and added to the main struts to simulate pneumatic lines.

The detail molded on the rims is outstanding. The various nut heads are all carefully molded into the parts with no flash or misalignment. The recessed areas are very deep and contain no flash. None of the "debris" that one sometimes finds in the depressions of cast resin parts is present. Once the parts have been removed from their carriers they are ready to go without additional clean up or work.

Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 26, No. 4 - July/August 2010

Published: October 9th, 2010     
Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 26, No. 4 - July/August 2010
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This bi-monthly publication provides an excellent resource for WWI aviation enthusiasts. The publication is an 8x12 softbound magazine and usually averages about 30 to 34 pages. Each issue features a particular aircraft modeling project. In this issue there are two featured articles.

Lance Krieg's "Modelling Master Class". Part 3 covers detailing the "Cockpit". The text is accompanied with excellent images that illustrate the techniques discussed within the article. This series of articles will cover additional topics in the next few issues providing a very valuable resource to the modeler.

The second of the two featured articles is entitled, "Rolands in Russia". Author Marat Khairulin, translated by Sergey Vlasenko. Accompanied by a large number of original images, this article provides a brief history of some captured Rolands and their use and eventual fate while in Russian hands.

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