Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

L-19 Bird Dog

Published: January 15th, 2020     
L-19 Bird Dog
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Cessna L-19/O-1. The Bird Dog saw service with over 20 air forces so the choice of markings is very varied and this sheet does not disappoint.

This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model 5 of them (or all of them if you have some extra American markings). You have your choice of

  • O-1 Kansas Army National Guard, overall Olive Drab
  • L-19 Pakistan Army, overall weathered dark green
  • L-19 South Korean Navy, overall light grey
  • O-1 US Army Reserve, Olive Drab
  • L-19 US Army, Hawkeyes, weathered olive drab with Hawkeye profiles on the wings
  • L-19 Hoantai (predecessor of Japan's Self Defense Force), overall yellow with Hoentai insignia -pink cherry blossom- in the fuselage and Hinomarus on the wings.

They are an amazing selection of markings. I particularly liked the Hoantai markings, as they are very unique ones.

FuG Antennas

Published: January 15th, 2020     
FuG Antennas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun continues to expand its line of photoetch aftermarket detail parts regarding all type of antennas used by Luftwaffe aircrafts during World War 2.

Typical of Brengun you get an unpainted fret of easy to bend brass. This review covers:

BRL 48099 covers the FuG200 antenna in use by Ju-88, Bv-138, He-177, Bv-222, Fw-200, Ju-290 and other long range reconnaissance types.

BRL 48100 cover the FuG 227, FuG10, FuBi2, FuG 101 used by too many different airplanes to list. Just to name a few: Ju-88, Me-100, Fw-190, etc.

While I have not used these sets, experience with other sets of the same manufacturer indicates that the small connection points of the parts to the fret will make removal and cleaning of the part very easy.

Given the small size of some of the parts, I will recommend this kit to modelers of all levels except the most novice. Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Brengun Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: January 15th, 2020     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with five turned parts, two gun barrels, two different sized plugs (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" (two sizes) that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty Hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a shark nose

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. This will enhance any 1/32 scale "shark nose" F-5E or F-5 F Tiger II model kits. If your kit has a "round" nose, you will need the gun set, AM-32-110, instead of this set. Kitty Hawk gives you both nose choices in their kit.

F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: January 14th, 2020     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with four turned parts, two gun barrels, one plug (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a round nose.

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. This will enhance any 1/32 scale "round nose" F-5A, E or F Tiger II model kits. If your kit has a "shark" nose, you will need the gun set, AM-32-111, instead of this set. Kitty Hawk gives you both nose choices in their kit.

I would like to thank Master Models for this review sample.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3
Author: Mick Davis, ed.
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2019, features a front cover painting by W.E. Johns of a RNAS Bristol Scout D. W.E. Johns also contributes the back cover painting of a Bristol M1C flying high over the checkered landscape.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Norman L.R. Franks kicks off this issue with a nice 4-page highlight of Captain Arthur Treloar Whealy. Included are eleven family photographs of this well-known fighter pilot. Bernard de Broglio follows with an investigation into an eBay photograph of a Bristol Scout D crash surrounded by Ottoman soldiers in "Air Fighting at the Dardanelles". This eleven-page feature includes fifteen photographs, a detailed map, and a page and a half of sources and notes.

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