Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-1942

Published: October 24th, 2020     
Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-1942
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328

This book is from the Men, Battles, and Weapons series. It has 10 chapters after a timeline and introduction. The book is profusely illustrated including a few rare color photos.

Chapter one covers the Polish Campaign and the Phony war as well as early success by Galland and Pingle. Chapter two covers the war in the west. Chapter three by far the book's largest at 21 pages covers the war over England in 1940. Chapter 4 is the lead up to Barbarossa. Chapter 5 covers the Barbarossa campaign and the 5046 claimed Luftwaffe victories between 6/22 and 9/30/1941. Chapter 6 covers the 1941 battles in Africa. Chapter 7 returns us to over the English Channel in 1941 with the last 3 chapters covering the Eastern front, over the West and the Mediterranean respectively. The book concludes with an afterward where there is discussion of the concentration on victories, promotions and honors, then the usual glossary, bibliography and index.

Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules, Flying with Air Forces Around the World

Published: October 24th, 2020     
Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules, Flying with Air Forces Around the World
Reviewed by: Damon Blair - IPMS# 49062

The first flight of the famous C-130 "Hercules" turboprop aircraft was on August 23, 1954, with the first production C-130 making its maiden flight on April 7, 1955. The aircraft has been in continuous production since, with over 2500 manufactured to date.

Written by Robert Pied and Nicolas Deboeck, this incredible book is an invaluable resource for modelers. Its 196 pages with over 550 photos show the C-130 in incredible detail. Photos of the interiors of the wheel wells, many open panels, and interior photos that show parts of the "Herk" that, until now, mostly maintainers saw. I was a maintainer (also known as a "Crew Chief") who worked on C-130 "Herks" for over 25 years, and this book brought back many memories.

The flight deck is photographed in detail, with photos showing the circuit breaker panels and navigator's station - items that are too often left out of books. Literally every instrument or circuit breaker panel has been pictured, with differences between models of the "Herk" shown as well.

Dassault Mirage 2000

Published: October 23rd, 2020     
Dassault Mirage 2000
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721

Aircraft History - from Wikipedia

The Dassault Mirage 2000 is a French multi-role, single engine fourth generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. It was designed in the late 1970s as a lightweight fighter to replace the Mirage III for the French Air Force (Armee de l'Air). The Mirage 2000 evolved into a multi-role aircraft with several variants developed, with sales to a number of nations. It was later developed into the Mirage 2000N and 2000D strike variants, the improved Mirage 2000-5 and several export variants. Over 600 aircraft were built and it has been in service with nine nations.

Contents

This publication is a close-up pictorial essay of the Dassault Mirage 2000 in service with the Armee de L'Air and many other air forces. Includes details of all versions, from the 2000 B/C to 2000-5 and 2000-9.

Saab 37 Viggen - Flying with the Swedish Air Force

Published: October 23rd, 2020     
Saab 37 Viggen - Flying with the Swedish Air Force
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro - IPMS# 17254

Saab has a long history of producing excellent fighter aircraft that are often at the leading edge of technology. The AJ 37 Viggen is a prime example of that legacy. Pied and Deboeck tell the story of this potent fighter through pictures and their associated captions. This book is part of HMH's "Aircraft In Detail" series that is now up to a dozen volumes of front line fighter aircraft with the exception being one about the C-130. Most of the photos are of the two Viggens flying with the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight.

The AJ 37 entered operational service with the Swedish Air Force in 1971 as an attack fighter with the photo-recce version, the SF 37, following in 1973. A more advanced interceptor version, the JA 37, was delivered to the Air Force in 1974. The Viggen's 2-seater was the flight trainer version, the SF 37. 2007 saw the last of the 329 multi-purpose fighters retire from operational service.

MiG-31 Foxhound

Published: October 22nd, 2020     
MiG-31 Foxhound
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

Duke Hawkins is a series of superb photo essays on aircraft covering a dozen planes in thorough detail. The latest covers the MiG-31 Foxhound. As a first note, the 108-page book contains over 300 pictures taken by pilots and a "back-seater' with over 20 years of experience and I must add that he is also an excellent photographer.

In order of appearance, the book covers: