Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Albatros D.I – D.III

Published: November 27th, 2019     
Albatros D.I – D.III
Author: Dave Hooper
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Author Dave Hooper is the founder of the IPMS Great War Special Interest Group and a long-standing contributor to aviation modelling journals. His comprehensive knowledge and attention to detail is well known.

The McDonnell Douglas Hornet - A Comprehensive Guide

Published: November 27th, 2019     
The McDonnell Douglas Hornet - A Comprehensive Guide
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33652
Company: SAM Publications

Right off the bat, let me tell you that I am a fan of this SAM series of books. They provide everything a modeler needs for a knowledge of the plane covered and in tis case, it is the F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet. The books is 192 pages of soft back goodness with excellent pictures and illustrations.

The table of contents has the following:

Rivets - Single line 1.60x0.25 (Raised) 1/32

Published: November 27th, 2019     
Rivets - Single line 1.60x0.25 (Raised) 1/32
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: HGW Models

Rivets on models have been limited to just two choices, "positive" (raised) and "negative" (embossed) styles, that is if they are represented at all. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but nearly all builds you will need to add rivet detail. In nearly all cases, the method to add rivet detail is to emboss or dimple the surface which is complete opposite of what the rivet looks like in real life. If your approach is to represent a raised rivet, adding raised features can be a challenge. HGW Models now offers an ingenious method to add reality to rivets but note that is will take a little practice to get the right effect.

P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubble Top" (Set of 2)

Published: November 27th, 2019     
P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubble Top" (Set of 2)
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1:144
Company: Platz Hobby

Platz has been a consistent supplier of new review kits to us, and I'm pleased to be able to review this recent release. Newly tooled and boxed, this kit is a joy to build with 4 great marking schemes available to share between the two complete models. Let's dive in.

All parts are crisply molded with very nicely engraved panel and control surface lines. Instructions are in full color. The instrument panels are molded in clear plastic - when removing these from the sprue, be careful not to confuse the gunsight with the sprue - I accidentally clipped off the first gunsight in error when cutting parts. I used a toothpick to add white dots to the back face of the panel and then overpainted with black, resulting in a nice-looking panel (very little of which is visible once you button up the cockpit.) I added thin masking tape strips simulating harnesses, but again, you won't see much with a closed canopy. I considered slicing one of the canopies open but didn't want to risk the damage; one could add more detail if desired.

Me 210/410 Zerstorer Units – Combat Aircraft 131

Published: November 27th, 2019     
Me 210/410 Zerstorer Units – Combat Aircraft 131
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is another great book in the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series. It covers the development of the 210 and the later 410 aircraft. These were designed to replace the classic Me 110 aircraft.

It was in 1937 that the idea and development started on a replacement for the Me 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer) which itself was just entering service. The new design would have to full fill the role of Destroyer and dive bomber.

The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done including all issues with the Me 210 which was not the success Messerschmitt was hoping for. This was due to a lack of sufficient flight-testing, the Me 210 suffered from bad reputation in respect to its flight characteristics and weak undercarriage. Every detail and stages are covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the different issues and production locations etc.

The book shows how many changes and problems were encounter due to politics the materials availabilities at the time. Also, how the changes from the 210 to the 410 which was a much better aircraft design,

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