Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Wheels for C-46 Commando

Published: October 30th, 2019     
Wheels for C-46 Commando
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: PlusModel Aero Line

PlusModel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased on line through their website and www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of resin wheels for the 1/72 Williams Brothers C-46 Commando kit. Each wheel is individually cast along with an outside hub cover, and a tail wheel, on casting blocks. The tires are appropriately flattened, but the tail wheel is independent of the support assembly. Some minor surgery of those kit parts will be necessary.

Propellers for C-46 Commando

Published: October 28th, 2019     
Propellers for C-46 Commando
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Plus Model Aero Line

PlusModel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased on line through their website and www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of resin props for the classic 1/72 Williams Brothers C-46 Commando kit. Each prop is a six-piece assembly of four individual blades, prop boss and hub cover which, when assembled, attach to the engine prop post.

Some years ago I spent many hours sanding down and re-scribing my classic C-46, assembling and painting to represent a Marine R5C-1. The starboard prop assembly fell victim to a nocturnal feline attach somewhere over the years, and I was looking to order a replacement set of B-26 four-bladed props, which were the closest thing I could find. About the time I had some time for the switch, this set from Plus Model Aero Line came available for review.

Best of the Best - Top Gun

Published: October 26th, 2019     
Best of the Best - Top Gun
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fightertown Decals

Ok to start off, WOW! Now that I got that out of the way Fightertown Decals always produces great sheets with multiple marking options. This one is one of the best yet. This was previously released but this set has been adjusted to fit the Tamiya kit, as well as, any other F-14/F-18 kit, and this sheet even includes some new aircraft.

'Top Gun'- the movie, has produced more dreams in the minds of little kids of my generation than any propaganda movie ever. I know I was in love with the high speed, low level flying and the good story. Okay so it wasn't believable, but it was a good story. Anyhow the aircraft, especially the F-14, was the actual star of the movie. With the new Top Gun 2 being made currently the interest is sure to grow again, even if Maverick will be flying an F/A-18.

Tomcats at War-Pt 2 - F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats

Published: October 26th, 2019     
Tomcats at War-Pt  2 - F-14B/D Bravo Delta Showboats
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fightertown Decals

Navy jets can be boring in their all grey color schemes, however, that is not always the case. The CAG birds tend to get the full color treatment, hence this sheet and the title of Showboats. These aircraft sported all kinds of markings at different times in their lifecycle.

With the release of the Tamiya, and now the AMK F-14 Tomcat kits, there is a need for some colorful markings for them. Fightertown Decals has the answer for those markings.

Fightertown Decals has produced decals for 14 different aircraft. Well that isn't quite true. They provide markings for eight aircraft at different timeframes to show 14 different marking options. Fightertown produces some great looking Tomcat decals. This sheet is no different.

Ladder for F-22

Published: October 26th, 2019     
Ladder for F-22
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.