Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

AH-64 Apache Wheels Set

Published: October 12th, 2019     
AH-64 Apache Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Reskit

This set is designed for any 1/48 AH-64 kit. Included in a self-sealing package with a card stock backing. There are no instructions included in the kit. Five dark grey resin pieces are on four pour blocks. They are blemish free. The set includes two main wheels, one tail wheel and two small parts that look to be a additional wheel retention nuts.

The detail is exquisite throughout. There is a flat spot on the bottom to represent the weight of the aircraft. It is easy to overdo but Reskit has got it down perfect. Actually the tail wheel could even be flatter. The circumference tread is nicely deep and perfectly formed. The brake assemblies are beautifully rendered as well.

These wheels are significantly better than the kit offerings. They are perfectly formed and beautifully done.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Reskit and IPMS/USA for the review. You can obtain your copy from them at www.resikit.com.ua or at your local hobby shop or online retailer.

USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige)

Published: October 6th, 2019     
USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: RB Productions

RB Productions makes an assortment of aftermarket seat belts, photoetch and other items to dress up a wide variety of models.

While building the 1/24 scale Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat these seat belts were offered for an IPMS review. The timing was perfect as I had completed the cockpit and kit supplied belts, and was about to close up the fuselage.

The small package was nicely presented with a cardboard cover folded and stapled over a plastic bag. Inside was a sheet of paper belts, a small paper sheet containing the lap pad and photo etch buckles, all protected by a black cardboard sheet. Behind this were the tiny fold out instructions.

F6F-5 Hellcat, Part 1

Published: October 5th, 2019     
F6F-5 Hellcat, Part 1
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

The Airfix 1/24 scale F6F-5 Hellcat has been a welcome surprise to many large scale model builders, especially those interested in US carrier based aircraft.

This build will be in a two part "mini-series" due to the large size and length of time it may take to build. There are several good "in-box" parts reviews on the web, so I've skipped that to get straight into building this big Cat. However, I'll start with some poignant information.

A very large box arrived at my front door, and an equally large colorful box was extracted. It is the same size as the Airfix 1/24 Typhoon box. I couldn't wait to slice through the tape securing the box lid to examine the contents!

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Published: September 30th, 2019     
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Author: Ian White, AMRAeS
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Ian White was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1947 and educated at secondary schools in Rotherham and later in Ilford, Essex. He joined the Post Office Engineering Department in August 1963 as an apprentice and later served as a technician in the City of London. In 1973, on promotion to engineer, he was appointed to the Post Office's Air Defense Group in London to provide landline and ground to air communications for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. In April 1984 he joined the Company's Defense Sales Organization as a Senior Systems Engineer and later as an engineering manager. The final three years were spent as a liaison officer within the defense and law enforcement community. Ian retired in May 2000, following which he attended Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University), Cambridge, as an undergraduate history student. In 2003 he was awarded an honours degree in Modern European History. Ian joined the Royal Aeronautic Society in 1977 as an Associate, before being appointed an Associate Member (AMRAeS) in 1984. He was awarded Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status by the Society in March 1999.

Douglas D-558: D-558-1 Skystreak and D-558-2 Skyrocket

Published: September 29th, 2019     
Douglas D-558: D-558-1 Skystreak and D-558-2 Skyrocket
Author: Peter E. Davies
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is the 12th book in the X Planes Series and covers the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak plus the D-558-2 Skyrocket.

The book covers the full development of the Skystreak and Skyrocket and the history of the testing and progress they made.

The book chapters are:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: The Crimson Test Tube
  • Chapter 3: Skyrocket
  • Chapter 4: Air - Launch
  • Chapter 5: Super Skyrockets
  • Chapter 6: Afterthoughts

There are lots of great images in the book which has 80 pages.

The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done. Every detail and stages is covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the human side and the people involved in the programs is tremendous.

The book shows how many variations there were in the D-558 project, so much more that I was aware of. This book is a superb source of information and pictures, and I highly recommend this book.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.