Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

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.

de Havilland (Canada) DHC-1 Chipmunk

Published: March 28th, 2020     
de Havilland (Canada) DHC-1 Chipmunk
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

This is a thin book with only 48 pages, but they are very high quality pictures. The book is an addition to the Warpaint series of books, this time about the Chipmunk, which is one of the most well-known post-war piston engine basic training aircraft. It was designed to replace the Tiger moth by de Havilland Canada and first flew mid-May 1946, the same year it entered service. The Chipmunk was used mainly by the RCAF and RAF.

The detailed color profiles are great for any modelers reference and the photos cover all types of the aircraft. I found this book fascinating and will be building a couple of the featured aircraft and this will be a fantastic reference for me to use. I recommend this book to everyone who likes and or builds Phantom's 

Thanks go to Guideline Publications for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

P-51 Mustang 1a

Published: March 27th, 2020     
P-51 Mustang 1a
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

What's in the Box

Upon opening the box you should find a bag containing 2 sprues of grey, one sprue of tan and a sprue of clear plastic. Also included are a resin piece, decals and a two-page instruction fold out. The plastic looks cleanly molded but has some thick mold seam lines. The clear parts are clean & clear, and the resin intake is molded nicely. The decals are printed cleanly and in register.

Construction

For a kit with few parts this has a good bit of detail, especially in the pit. I will go through the basic construction of the kit itself even though I add the Brengun photo etch set for this review. The cockpit is made up of 10 parts with some nice detail molded in the sidewalls. Test fitting is a must for this kit as there are heavy mold seam lines that need to be cleaned up or you will NOT have fun! Before closing up the fuselage you will have to add the tail wheel support and radiator & radiator outlet flap.

P-51 Mustang 1a Accessories.

Published: March 27th, 2020     
P-51 Mustang 1a Accessories.
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi - IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun has produced an accessory set for their P-51 1a kit.

What's in the Package

This set contains a photo etch fret, clear acetate sheet with the instrument panel dials, 5 resin gun barrels and a single page instruction sheet. Upon inspection I noticed that a couple areas of the etched parts were not fully etched and that bending these would be not quite as easy as normal. The acetate sheet with the dials looked very nice but the gun barrels had a small problem.....two were warped.

Construction

It's fair to say that most of this set deals with the cockpit, which is interesting in one respect, the kit has a one-piece closed canopy! Some minor "reducing" of some raised detail is required for the side walls but nothing real difficult. The control panel is pretty nice when completed but since you can't see the rudder pedals, I decided to leave them out.

The landing scissors and brake line are provided for but be very careful as the struts are fragile. I managed to get the scissors on but had problems with the brake lines, so they were left off.

F-111 Aardvark In Action

Published: March 27th, 2020     
F-111 Aardvark In Action
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Aircraft In Action number 35, a 50-pager on the F-111 by Lou Drendel that was published in 1984. This 2019 release is a totally new book that can be considered complementary to the earlier In Action. This latest edition focuses on color photographs (although black and white pics are used where appropriate) in addition to the additional 30 gloss pages.

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