Review Author
Will Kuhrt
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$17.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions provides is an excellent company that produces detailed, fine-quality white metal and resin parts, which are mostly drop-in replacements for scale aircraft kit landing gear parts.

The Bobcat Hobby Scale Models 1/48 Ilyushin IL-28 Beagle was released in 2019 with new tooling. It’s landing gear are pretty simple units with no additional assembly other than attaching the upper/lower torsion arms piece to the nose landing gear piece. CA glue works well for this.

Overall, this is a nice replacement set and will add nice strength and stability to the Bob 1/48 IL-28 Beagle kit.

Thank you to Scale Aircraft Conversions for supplying this sample, and thank you for IPMS for the privilege to review it.

Thank you Bill & Phil for all you do for the Reviewers!

Book Author(s)
Przemyslaw Skulski & Janusz Swiatlon
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Mushroom Model Publications
MSRP
$11.99

This monograph is compilations of the 4-view colour profile, scale plans and photo details of the single variant of the McDonnel F-4B Phantom II Scale plans in 1/72 scale plus drawings from wartime technical manuals. Also photos of the details in B&W and color.

The book is primarily composed of ‘walk-around” type photos, with some inflight pictures as well. The scale plans are nicely done, and appear to be true to scale. The photos are an absolute must for anyone modeling this aircraft, which so many of us are in the stages of doing (Tamiya). Four of the photos are “owner’s manual” type diagram photos of the plane’s instrument panels with all components labeled. There are two similar ones specific to the Martin-Baker Mk. H7 ejection seat. Again, super helpful to the modeler whose eye is drawn to details.

Book Author(s)
Dana Bell
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Rivet Counter Guide Publications
MSRP
$35.00

This is volume 1 in a series. The book is by Dana Bell, well known author to modelers and historians alike for his work in aircraft colors. He is a retired researcher and Tech specialist for the NASM.

This volume covers the multitude of changes in the cockpits of Corsairs from the XF4U-1 through 1D built by Vought, The F3A-1 and 1A built by Brewster and those from theFG-1 to FG-1D built by Goodyear.

This book is a super-detailer’s dream. Changes in cockpit configuration are specified out by both contract and bureau number so you can detail out your specific build as accurately as you wish to.

Book Author(s)
David Baker
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Tempest Books
MSRP
$37.99

This is a revised and updated edition of the book originally published in 2018. The book covers the most modern of fighter aircraft currently in use and development. It is divided into nineteen chapters.

The first six chapters of the book cover the development of Jet fighters after WWII along with advances in armament, the use of missiles attempting to replace dogfighting as well as avionics and radar improvements and the development of stealth technologies.

The next nine chapters are aircraft specific, each covering one of the types flying at time of publication. First up is the first of the fifth-generation fighters, the F-22 covering its successes and problems, including the issues with the environmental systems that led to pilots having issues after landing with memory loss and alertness. Next is the F-35 which is hoped to eventually replace the F-16 and A-10 as well as be more mass produced than the F-22.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
June 7, 2022
Company
Foxbot
Scale
1/72

For those that have never heard of FOXBOT, they are a decal and mask manufacturer from the Ukraine and have a series of decals and masks in scales from 1/32 down to 1/144. They specialize in planes from their region such as MiG and Sukhoi but they do have markings for other planes such as B-25 and P-38’s and more. Needless to say, this company could use some support at this time. The set includes markings for nine L-39C/M/M1 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force: