Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Canopy Masks for ICM DO 217N-1

Published: March 25th, 2020     
Canopy Masks for ICM DO 217N-1
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kit

The 1/48 Eduard canopy masks kit for the ICM DO 217N-1 contains one sheet of thin die-cut masking tape. There are 31 window masks and additional masks for the wheels. The single-page instruction guide is easy to follow. Each clear kit piece is identified (F1, F2 , F5 & F7) and left- and right-sided masks are mapped to their corresponding position on the diagram for that part. Note: clear kit parts which are not indicated on the masking diagram are not intended to be painted. Masks for the wheels are also clearly identified (D20, D21 and D4).

Reviewer's Comments

The ICM Dornier 217N-1 kit has a lot of canopy. Luckily, Eduard has produced an excellent mask set to assist the model builder with achieving nicely painted glass and an impressive look for your plane.

The die cuts are extremely precise. Each panel lifted off cleanly with no tears, no tugging and no tape strands. Each mask fit exactly and there was no need for any additional trimming.

Exterior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1

Published: March 25th, 2020     
Exterior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kit

The 1/48 Eduard photo etch exterior kit contains one unpainted photo etch tree containing approximately 40 individual parts. The double-sided instruction sheet is generally easy to follow. Several kit parts will require cutting; these are indicated in red as is standard fashion for Eduard instructions.  

Reviewer's Comments

Your use of this exterior PE kit will depend on how you wish to build your plane. Therefore, I recommend the builder take the following into consideration when making a decision about this PE kit: decide in advance whether you want to have an open or closed bomb bay, if you want to have open or closed cowling vents, and consider your tolerance for fragility.

Assembly begins with forming PE for the internal bomb bay components. The review model was completed with a closed Bomb bay due to a misguided construction step in the ICM kit instructions (which is discussed in the separate kit review). However, the PE pieces for the bomb bay are very nicely detailed and will certainly make the kit bombay look more authentic.

Interior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1

Published: March 25th, 2020     
Interior Photo Etch for ICM DO 217N-1
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Kit

The 1/48 Eduard photo etch interior kit for the ICM DO 217N-1 contains one full-color photo etched tree containing 50 numbered parts. An additional unpainted tree containing around 45 individual parts is included. The double-sided instruction sheet is generally easy to follow, but there are several points of confusion discussed below. Several kit parts will require cutting; these are indicated in red as is standard fashion for Eduard instructions.

Reviewer's Comments

Assembly begins with the pedals. The builder is required to cut off the kit pedals and replace them with PE versions. The builder will be well-served to have a PE bending tool, fine needle nose tweezers and other tools of the trade to assemble these PE parts well. Forming the pedals is tricky. There are some 90-degree folds as well as curves to be formed, and they are quite delicate. Although the PE pedals look very authentic, they are not entirely necessary. When completed, they are recessed under the cockpit far enough that once the plane is completed and the canopy put on, they are virtually out of sight.

JASDF F-15J Eagle

Published: March 24th, 2020     
JASDF F-15J Eagle
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg - IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz

History

The Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather air superiority fighter based on the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle in use by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). The F-15J was produced under license by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The subsequent F-15DJ and F-15J Kai variants were also produced. Japan is the largest customer of the F-15 Eagle outside the United States.[In addition to combat, F-15DJ roles include training. The F-15J Kai is a modernized version of the F-15J.

Kit

The kit is produced by PLATZ, a well-known model company. The box art work in outstanding! The scene depicts an F-15J inflight with after burners on. The kit consists of approximately 200 parts and comes on 7 grey sprues. Included is a very nice decal sheet printed by Cartograf. All the parts are nicely molded with very nice detail and no flash. All panel lines are recessed and all the sprues have narrow gates. The 5 page instruction sheet shows the suggested assembly through 9 steps starting with the cockpit, and progressing through to the final assembly and installation of the under wing armaments.

A-26B-15 Invader

Published: March 24th, 2020     
A-26B-15 Invader
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

Brief History (from Wikipedia)

The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) is an American twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft. Built by Douglas Aircaft Company during World War II, the Invader also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts. A limited number of highly modified United Sates Air Force aircraft served in Southeast Aisa until 1969. It was a fast aircraft capable of carrying a large bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft.

A re-designation of the type from A-26 to B-26 led to confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder which first flew in November 1940, some 20 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight. Although both types were powered by the widely used Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder, double-row radial engine, they were completely different and separate designs - the Martin bomber originated in 1939, with more than twice as many Marauders (nearly 5,300) produced in comparison to the Douglas design.