Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft

Published: August 26th, 2019     
Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft
Author: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Introduction (from the Specialty Press website)

Designed as a mass-produced and relatively cheap light tactical fighter, the MiG-29 first flew on October 6, 1977. After extensive flight testing, it entered production in 1982 and deliveries to the Soviet Air Force began in 1983. In addition to its main counter-air role, the aircraft had a useful air-to-ground capability, carrying free-fall bombs and unguided rockets. From the outset the MiG-29 had been steadily developed beyond the fourth generation with changes to the airframe, avionics and weapons systems and new variants were produced in the early 2000s.

F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles

Published: August 24th, 2019     
F-15E Maximum Effort Eagles
Reviewed by: Tom Choy, IPMS# 41395
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Between April to October of 2018, several F-15Es from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (the "Panthers") deployed to an undisclosed location in the Middle East to support Coalition Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, tasked with striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. While deployed, the Panthers completed nearly 2,000 missions, over 10,000 flying hours, employing more than 500 precision-guided munitions in support of US Central Command operations. On their return to Lakenheath at the end of the deployment, the aircraft were seen sporting some very striking nose art and mission markings.

Since 2001, TwoBobs decals has built up a reputation for high-quality, well-researched and detailed decal sheets with a focus on modern US aircraft. This decal sheet focuses on some of the more prominent Panthers from the OIR deployment.

The airframes on this sheet are:

Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs decals

Published: August 24th, 2019     
Chance Vought USMC F4U Corsairs decals
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fundekals

Opening the package of decals you will find two large sheets of beautifully printed markings for no less than nine Corsairs These aircraft include mostly F4U-1A's with markings for two F4U-1D's and one late war FG-1D. There is no instruction booklet included in the package. However going to the Fundekals website you can download the instruction booklet as a PDF file. I call this an instruction booklet as it is comprised of 24 pages of Color and B&W illustrations and photographs of each of the aircraft covered on the sheet. Also in the booklet are precise instructions pointing out the various differences in each of the covered aircraft. A detailed history of each covered aircraft and its pilot is included. A really nice touch was a page covering the various different antenna arrangements. Covering, as they say, "Some stuff you might not have known". Another page explains "New research on insignia colors in the Solomons. 1943-1944".

PZL P.11c

Published: August 24th, 2019     
PZL P.11c
Author: Artur Juszczak and Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: MMP Books

This tome is the second in this new series, Single. This series format consists of a 4-view colour profile, scale plans, and photo details of a single variant; in this case the PZL P.11c.  MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications.  You won't find an introduction or background summary, as this series dives straight into the drawings, illustrations, and photographs.

Artur Juszczak has illustrated over forty books for MMP.  Some of these titles include the following: Boulton Paul Defiant (MMP Yellow 6117); Hurricane Ace Josef Frantisek: The True Story (MMP Blue 9); Henschel Hs 123 (MMP Orange 8114); and Fighters over France and Low Countries (MMP Red 4).

X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

There were numerous experiments involving jet propulsion for aircraft just prior to the outbreak of World War II, with Germany, Britain, and Italy leading the way. The United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan were somewhat late in starting, but by the end of the war, only the Russians and the Japanese had failed to fly a jet powered prototype, and Germany, Britain, and the United States had begun to produce actual jet fighters, with Germany and Britain in the lead.

This text, the second in the series by Osprey, covers the Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni prototypes. Osprey's previous book, X-Planes, Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters, covers most of the Luftwaffe developments, although none of these types reached actual production.