Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Boeing Fortress Mk.III

Published: March 26th, 2020     
Boeing Fortress Mk.III
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1:72
Company: Airfix

The Kit

In 2016, Airfix released to wide acclaim, a B-17 G. Rather than giving a summary of the bomber, I will just say this - Airfix chose to create a variant used in the RAF. The kit is based on that new mold and is a variant of the B-17 G. The British adapted 85 B-17 G's to be used for weather monitoring and electronic warfare. The kit has markings and profiles for two RAF aircraft plus stencils common to both aircraft. The biggest difference is that this variant is missing the ball and chin turrets. The G model's distinctive chin turret was replaced by a radome.  Ten sprues are in typical Airfix light blue plastic and packed together in one bag. Instructions are in a booklet of new type with CAD drawings. Colors listed as Humbrol line. It is easy enough to find equivalents if you use other paint brands. Given the state of the mold, there is very little flash.  

A-4 Skyhawk Ladder

Published: March 26th, 2020     
A-4 Skyhawk Ladder
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Company: Brengun

The Kit

This item comes as a single small PE Fret. It's the boarding ladder for a 1/144 Skyhawk, the base kit by Platz, and it's been reboxed by Eduard.

Assembly and Installation

I cut the base part from the fret. I formed the ladder legs to 90 degrees from the steps. Then I cut the brace that goes on under the platform, then added the platform. The steps were next, and then the two braces that run from the step support to under the platform.

I painted the ladder assembly bright yellow. I also painted the steps and top of the platform flat black, as anti-slip coatings. The wheels were then painted flat black and added to the bottom of the ladder.

Horten 229, Part 1

Published: March 26th, 2020     
Horten 229, Part 1
Reviewed by: John Noack - IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/144
Company: Zoukei-Mura

(Note: This is a split review of a combination package, I took the 1/144 version and another reviewer is doing the 1/72 kit).

While one can argue whether this aircraft would have truly been a stealthy fighter, the fact remains that it is one of the most intriguing possibilities to come out of the minds of the Horten brothers. Much has been written about their innovative designs, their clashes with Luftwaffe leaders, and the remaining Ho229 at NASM - I encourage the reader to dive into the plethora of research and opinions. But for now, let's dive into the kit build.

17 light gray parts and one clear sprue make for a quick build - you could literally finish this little jewel in one setting unless you're a slowpoke like me. The cockpit is basic but in 1/144 with a small canopy, you're not going to see much of it anyway.

F7U-3 Cutlass Ladder

Published: March 26th, 2020     
F7U-3 Cutlass Ladder
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro - IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

I asked for this review product as motivation to finish a 30 year old project. On my "shelf of doom" sat a partially completed Fujimi Cutlass which I purchased from the Squadron Shop near Silver Spring, MD circa 1987. Remember when Squadron had "brick and mortar" stores?

While waiting for the package to arrive, I dusted off the Fujimi box and was surprised to discover it was not as far along as I thought. More on this, later.

DO 217N-1

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

Kit

The Dornier DO 217N-1 was a German multi-purpose bomber of the Second World War and was produced between November 1940 and May 1944. The DO 217N-1 was a night fighter based on the DO 217 which had powerful armament and radar.

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