Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

MiG-21bis Around the World (Limited Edition)

Published: December 24th, 2019     
MiG-21bis Around the World (Limited Edition)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a limited edition of their great Mig-21 kit. This time the bis version used by other countries with marking for seven different air forces that used the aircraft.

In the box is:

  • 8 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 3 x photoetch detail set
  • 13 resin parts
  • 1 instruction booklet

While you get 8 sprues, you also get plenty of unused (spare) parts. All the sprues are extremely well molded with very little flash and great detail. The decals allow you to finish the aircraft in 7 different versions and are printed by Cartograf.

AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser

Published: December 24th, 2019     
AN/ALE 47 Countermeasures Dispenser
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72, as well as 1/144.

This item covers a unique subject that will assist outfitting a wide variety of aircraft. There are resin chaff/flare dispensers produced for a specific subject complete with their entire mounting. This accessory will allow the modeler to add it to kits where fidelity is poor or completely missing, as well as add it on aircraft kits where a version specific resin update is not available.

Packaged is a cardboard backed bag, there are three identical sets containing ten dispensers each. Of the ten dispensers, there are eight different configurations. Seven 30 shot dispensers with two fully "spent" flares, two unused flares and three in various used/unused configurations. The remaining three are the 15-shot style with one each in unused, fully used, and partially used dispenser. There is a very slight texture that can be seen in the photos but that will vanish after any sanding or after paint is applied.

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter

Published: December 24th, 2019     
Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 Gear for Trumpeter
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.

This gear set is designed to be used on the Trumpeter Fairey Firefly kit. The SAC product includes seven parts.

  • Port and starboard main gear struts
  • Port and starboard gear arms
  • Port and starboard gear braces
  • Tail wheel. The tail wheel and tail wheel gear "arm" are molded as a single piece.

The SAC parts are very clean, but I did find a small amount of "flash" on the tail wheel at the point at which it would rest on the ground. Working with SAC gear prior to this review set I found that a "swipe" or two along a mold seam with a #11 X-acto blade, or a "wipe" or two with medium grit sandpaper easily removes any residue.

Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces

Published: December 24th, 2019     
Red Nose P-51D-5 Mustang Aces
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/48
Company: RB Productions

I must admit, I am normally against ordering aftermarket products unless I am building a specific piece for a commission build or wanting to recreate a specific aircraft belonging to a specific pilot. I am usually content to stick with what's in the box and adapt as needed. However, when I saw this set was available and was looking up the schemes, I jumped at the chance for something out of the ordinary. This particular set is available in the three major scales of 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32.

Included in the zip-locked bag are schemes for four Italy-based 15th AF aces as follows:

F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura

Published: December 23rd, 2019     
F-4J/S Canopy Mask for Zoukei Mura
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: New Ware

Company Background

New Ware is a company in the Czech Republic that is well know to spacecraft modelers. They were new to me. I looked into their website and the text is a mix of English and Czech, and it is noted that Russian, German and Italian are also spoken. They offer kabuki-type masks for many of the popular scales from 1/24 down to the diminuative 1/144, plus eggplanes.

Their on-line catalog is broken down by scale, with a further breakdown for model kit manufacturer. Each mask description for the kit noted with details for the contents such as all clear parts, interior (when offered), other clear parts and wheels.