Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

North American B-25 Mitchell Decals, Part 1

Published: March 28th, 2020     
North American B-25 Mitchell Decals, Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals from Japan is one of those hidden gems people need to hear more about. With a large selection in the most popular scales, they have decals for WWII era planes from Japan, Europe and the US. This set covers Part 1 for the B-25C/D/J in 1/72 scale and is meant for the Airfix B-25C/D or the Hasegawa B-25J Solid Nose Version.

Inside the package, there's a lot! First, there are three parts to the decal sheet. The first part is a selection of national insignia; second are a set of nose markings, build no's and mission markings for four of the planes printed by Microscale and lastly, is a set of markings for the last plane and propeller decals printed by Cartograf. All are printed perfectly with great register and color.  Also included are color profiles of each aircraft with the location of the markings. A separate sheet gives details of how to make each of the five planes Each plane is covered in detail with what is needed to change with the recommended kit. Lastly, there is a sheet explaining the how the roundels work as far as sizes, blue outlines, etc. for these planes.

The sheet covers five aircraft:

DFW C.V Landing Gear (WW)

Published: March 28th, 2020     
DFW C.V Landing Gear (WW)
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow - IPMS# 48487
Scale: 1/32

The DFW C.V Landing Gear for the 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings kit is one of the many accessories offered by Scale Aircraft Conversions. This is the second of three of these aftermarket kits for which I am providing an out-of-box review. As with their other products, these are made of white metal.

For the packaging for this conversion kit, we have a blister pack with a clear plastic bubble. My only complaint with this is that you cannot reseal it once you open it. However, it likely keeps the cost of the kit down.

The kit consist of what appears to be 4 parts, two of which are connected together with a larger piece of metal sprue. Similar large metal sprues are connected to the other two other parts. I have to say that I am very impressed with the casting of the parts. After looking at them very closely, I did not see anything that would require any significant attention other than cutting them off of the large metal sprues.

Gloster Gladiator Mk.1

Published: March 28th, 2020     
Gloster Gladiator Mk.1
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: ICM

ICM continues to floor me with the boldness of their release choices, and the Gloster Gladiator in the impressive 1/32nd scale range is certainly one of them that I never expected to see in my lifetime.

The Gloster Gladiator was one of the rare biplanes to see combat service in World War 2 and was the last operation biplane fighter in British service, seeing service in most theaters of action via a number of air forces. Despite its obsolescence it acquitted itself reasonably well in combat, even making a couple of aces into the bargain.

ICM's Gloster Gladiator comes on a sturdy side-opening box with separate lid and features a somewhat soft gray styrene as well as clear parts. This plastic seems familiar, and in fact appears to be the type of choice for Masterbox, MiniArt and other Ukrainian manufacturers. No photoetch or other frills are included, but the decal sheet offers three interesting options, all in British service. ICM now offers a decals sheet providing foreign service as well, but that's another story. There are a couple of other options included in the kit, such as a propeller spinner and open and closed engine panels.

A-4 Skyhawk Crew Access Ladder

Published: March 28th, 2020     
A-4 Skyhawk Crew Access Ladder
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Company: Brengun

This is a review of an A-4 Skyhawk crew access ladder in 1/72 scale made of photo etch parts. Given the scale of the ladder, it is obvious that all parts are going to take some patience to remove from the PE sheet and apply to the ladder.

The package contains a photo etch sheet containing all the parts needed to construct the access ladder and a one-page instruction sheet.

Instructions

The instruction sheet clearly marks parts. The ladder construction has all the parts and their locations in an exploded view of assembly

Building the Ladder

I started out by laying the PE sheet on a strip of tape that I had rubbed on the back of my hand and removed a couple of times to reduce the stickiness of the tape. The parts are so small that I was afraid of the parts flying off into infinity when they were cut from the PE sheet.

I sharpened a toothpick and used it to apply thick C/A to attach the parts. Given how small the parts were, they did not require very much C/A to stick.

500 lb. AN-M64A1 Bomb

Published: March 28th, 2020     
500 lb. AN-M64A1 Bomb
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1:72
Company: Brengun

Brengun is known as a supplier of high-quality detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Once assembled and painted the bomb provides a very nice addition to an aircraft model.

Package Contents

  • Eight resin bomb bodies
  • One sheet of photoetch
  • One instruction sheet

Instructions

The sheet contains one page showing how the parts are assembled on the bomb (fins, fuse arming fan and bomb rack attachments).

Construction

As you can imagine the parts for this bomb are very tiny. The fins once cut from the PE sheets mount with a butt joint on the aft end of the bomb. The fuse and bomb rack attachments are extremely small, so it is advised as you remove the parts from the PE sheet you cut them while the PE sheet laying on a piece of double backed tape.

All parts were attached with C/A.

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