Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai Ko/Hei Toryu (Nick) - Finishing the Build - Part 3

Published: May 6th, 2020     
 Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai Ko/Hei Toryu (Nick) - Finishing the Build - Part 3
Reviewed by: James Binder - IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Part 3 of the 1/32 Nick build is the wings, painting, and final assembly

Construction of the wings began at the very beginning when the full span spar was added but now we'll flesh them out. The first steps are adding the landing gear well walls and then the fuel tanks and aileron linkage rods. Then attach the lower wing panels. Make sure you drill out the holes in the bottom of each wing before doing so.

Through Adversity The British and the Commonwealth War in the Air 1939-45

Published: May 6th, 2020     
Through Adversity The British and the Commonwealth War in the Air 1939-45
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

Through Adversity is a detailed account of the British and commonwealth air war during the Second World War. The book covers every aspect from the RAF foundations to the Far east. It is written in a very engrossing way by providing all the facts interweaved with personal accounts.

The chapters cover the following:

  • Antecedents
  • Air Superiority
  • Strike
  • The Air War at Sea

The book is full of extremely good and rare photos that were another highlight for me. I read this book over three nights as it pulled me in and was very informative. This book impressed me from the moment I flicked through the pages when I got it. I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in WWII and the Air War.

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

F-35B Lighting II STOVL

Published: May 5th, 2020     
F-35B Lighting II STOVL
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Thank you to Phil and to Bill for all the work that you do!

History

The JSF Joint Strike Fighter Program was a developmental project to create a new 5th generation all-weather multirole combat aircraft to replace the existing American and NATO strike-fighter force. The F-35B employs stealth technology and is characterized by its trapezoidal wings and application of the most advanced hi-tech systems, materials and avionics. The F-35B STOVAL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) capability has been specifically designed to operate from modern aircraft carriers such as the British H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth or the Cavour, the flagship of the Italian Navy. The U.S. Marines plan to deploy the

F-35B in both attack and ground support roles. From Italeri.

Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew With XV Squadron

Published: May 5th, 2020     
Bomber Squadron - Men Who Flew With XV Squadron
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: Fonthill Media

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

This book is a second edition, with three new chapters. Martyn R. Ford-Jones is the historian for No. XV Squadron Association, Royal Air Force (http://www.xvsqnassociation.co.uk ). His wife, Valerie, is the Treasurer and would have been a co-author but declined the honor. Years were spent interviewing the participants in this book, their families, and careful gleaning of historical records to weave a compilation of human stories set in WW2 of a squadron of British bombers.

More Air National Guard Mustangs

Published: May 5th, 2020     
More Air National Guard Mustangs
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design has a newly released set of decals for 1/48th scale P-51D Mustangs in various National Guard markings. Upon receiving the decal set for review I contacted Iliad Design and asked if there was a specific P-51D kit for which the decals were designed to be used. I was informed that the decals could be used on any P-51D on the market. I bought an Airfix P-51D to use as the test bed for this review. This is not a review of the Airfix kit, but I should mention that it has a great deal of detail. I mention this detail because the decals would be put to the test to see how well they "fit" over, and into, this detail. I will mention that I enjoyed the Airfix project immensely and found it to be a model that I could recommend to anyone who is looking for a good Mustang.

The Iliad decal sheet includes tail codes, fuselage markings for National Guard units from four States, nose art (when called for) and the usual Star and Bar national insignia. This decal sheet does not provide stenciling. Stencil decals and a few other markings will be added to the Mustang later, but all the decals seen in the accompanying images are Iliad decals.