Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

B43-0 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly

Published: August 26th, 2019     
B43-0 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Serving the U.S. military between 1959 and 1991, these were the weapons that would have been carried by our strike aircraft in the event of a nuclear conflict. This new release from Eduard will allow for a unique loading of any aircraft that served during the Cold War in nearly any branch of the service as well as by some NATO allies. Construction of the bombs is clear and anyone with limited experience with resin and brass will be able to put these to use.

Capable of being carried on any aircraft certified for bombing loads, the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps all stocked these weapons. This release is part of the Mod 1 variant while item 648460 is part of the Mod 2 variant. The weapons weighed between 2061 and 2116 pounds with variable yields of 70 kilotons up to 1 megaton. The first mod was 18 inches in diameter with a length of 12.5 feet. Fuzing options included airburst, ground burst, free fall, contact, or laydown, and could be dropped from as little as 300 feet.

MacArthur’s Air Force

Published: August 26th, 2019     
MacArthur’s Air Force
Author: Bill Yenne
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

The subtitle of this book is "American Airpower over the Pacific and the Far East, 1941-51". But it covers much more than this.

This excellent book follows Douglas MacArthur from his education at West Point through his retirement. I really enjoyed some of the "side stories", such as the fact that Arthur MacArthur, Douglas' father was friends with Congressman John Mitchell. When Arthur was deployed, Mrs. MacArthur stayed in Milwaukee, where the Mitchells also lived. Douglas was friends with the son Bill, who was later famous as Billy Mitchell, the airpower advocate. The two served together on the Army General Staff. And Douglas MacArthur was on the board of Mitchell's court martial.

The book doesn't just follow MacArthur's career, but also the development of air power in the US Army, also noting the lack of interest in air by higher commands. It also shows how the people who worked for MacArthur in the Southwest Pacific fought and won the war. MacArthur may have been in charge, but the pilots, crew members, maintenance people, administrators, cooks, supply people, and all those other jobs made victory possible.

Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft

Published: August 26th, 2019     
Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft
Author: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Introduction

(from the Specialty Press website)

Designed as a mass-produced and relatively cheap light tactical fighter, the MiG-29 first flew on October 6, 1977. After extensive flight testing, it entered production in 1982 and deliveries to the Soviet Air Force began in 1983. In addition to its main counter-air role, the aircraft had a useful air-to-ground capability, carrying free-fall bombs and unguided rockets. From the outset the MiG-29 had been steadily developed beyond the fourth generation with changes to the airframe, avionics and weapons systems and new variants were produced in the early 2000s.

The MiG-29 known as the Fulcrum in the west, became both one of the Soviet Air Force's main fighter types and a successful Soviet export with nearly a third of the 1,500 first-generation Fulcrums built up to 1996 being exported. It saw service with 25 nations around the globe. Apart from the (former) Warsaw Pact nations, notable customers include India, Malaysia, Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea, Cuba and Peru.

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

Published: August 24th, 2019     
F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles
Reviewed by: Tom Choy, IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Between April to October of 2018, several F-15Es from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (the "Panthers") deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East to support Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, tasked with striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. While deployed, the Panthers completed nearly 2,000 missions, over 10,000 flying hours, employing more than 500 precision-guided munitions in support of US Central Command operations. On their return to Lakenheath at the end of the deployment, the aircraft were seen sporting some very striking nose art and mission markings.

Since 2001, TwoBobs decals has built up a reputation for high-quality, well-researched and detailed decal sheets with a focus on modern US aircraft. This decal sheet focuses on some of the more prominent Panthers from the OIR deployment.

The airframes on this sheet are:

Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs Decals

Published: August 24th, 2019     
Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs Decals
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fundekals

Opening the package of decals you will find two large sheets of beautifully printed markings for no less than nine Corsairs These aircraft include mostly F4U-1A's with markings for two F4U-1D's and one late war FG-1D. There is no instruction booklet included in the package. However going to the Fundekals website you can download the instruction booklet as a PDF file. I call this an instruction booklet as it is comprised of 24 pages of Color and B&W illustrations and photographs of each of the aircraft covered on the sheet. Also in the booklet are precise instructions pointing out the various differences in each of the covered aircraft. A detailed history of each covered aircraft and its pilot is included. A really nice touch was a page covering the various different antenna arrangements. Covering, as they say, "Some stuff you might not have known". Another page explains "New research on insignia colors in the Solomons. 1943-1944".

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