Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
July 11, 2011
Company
Kinetic Model Kits
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$89.95

In the post war years of the 1940s The U.S. Navy wanted a new missions aircraft to replace the AF2 and secure a single platform aircraft. The Grumman “iron works” aircraft company always catering to the needs of the Navy introduced the G-89 a twin-engine high wing prototype. The prototype was all navy she featured folding wings, large payload capacity, searchlights and a tail-hook. Also a magnetic anomaly detector boom and a retractable belly search radar. The first prototype ‘XS2F-1’ flew on December 4th1952. Entering service in 1954 the S-2s were the first single ship aircraft to carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) which previously required 2 aircraft. The Trackers and her cousins served faithfully during the cold war keeping track of Russian submarines for many years by 1976 over 1,000 Trackers have been retired from the Navy.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
July 11, 2011
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$8.00

Aerobonus is a new sub-division of Aires that seems to concentrate on the armament of former Soviet Union aircraft. This set contains two rocket pods cast in light grey resin that are perfectly formed with no blemishes or bubbles anywhere. The rocket pods are easy enough to assemble as there are only two pieces to each pod, the front and aerodynamic rear fairing.

Also included are decals for the stenciling and alignment of the sections. The decals are nicely printed and are easy enough to add.

The modeler just needs to add pins to the holes in the mounting lugs and drill a corresponding hole in the model. Painting is easy enough, aluminum with steel for the tubes.

This type of rocket pod was used on the Su-7, Mig-21 and the Mi-8. So you can update your OEM Su-7 or Eduard or Academy Mig-21 or the Hobby Boss Mi-8.

Simple and very effective. You can now change the armament on your Soviet built aircraft without having to rob another kit.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
July 11, 2011
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.00

Aerobonus’ latest release is the ‘big’ rocket pod used on a variety of aircraft. For me this rocket pod usually mounted on the Mi-24 Hind helicopter. It was also used on the Mig-21, Mig-23, Mig-27, and Mi-8/17.

Perfectly cast in light grey resin, with no bubbles or imperfections, these rocket pods are beautiful. The tip and the openings are beautiful renderings. The pods are cast in two pieces, the nose cone/center section and the exhaust fairings. Cutting them off and attaching them is easy enough.

Decals are provided for the stencils, alignment marks and the serial number on the side of the pods. The instructions show where they would go.

Painting them is easy, aluminum. Attaching them is easy enough just add pins in the mount lugs and then attach them to the model.

Review Author
Roger Carrano
Published on
July 11, 2011
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$24.95

Eduard has put together a bunch of German Radios in 1/35 scale which are very detailed, right down to the tiniest handles and each radio can be made to sit alone as is or have straps supplied to each unit so that it can be attached to a figure to make the figure appear to be actually carrying the radio. Small headphones which attach to each radio by a wire (which you will have to supply) add even more realism. Eduard has painted them in such a way as to depict them as being “well handled”. The detail is so precise and clear which meets their usual standards. There are nine radios all together (some are doubles) and each one is better than the next. Everything is included to make different variations on each one, so the variations are limitless.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
July 11, 2011
Company
Minicraft Model Kits
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$36.95

The Aircraft

If you’ve never seen a C-130, and never had a ride in a Herk, you’ve probably been living under a rock somewhere. There are more than 40 variants, serving in 60 countries. The C-130 has been in service with the US Air Force for over 50 years, albeit with several different models and many improvements along the way.