Review Author
Andy Renshaw
Published on
June 26, 2011
Company
Afterburner Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.00

Among modern aircraft modelers, if they want colorful and interesting paint schemes the aircraft of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) have always delivered. One of the most attractive, and sleek looking aircraft is the Mitsubishi F-2. Having origins within the FSX program in the late 1980’s, it was birthed out of a cooperative effort with Lockheed Martin after selecting the F-16 as a basis for study into a new support fighter. It wasn’t until the mid 2000 that flight test were concluded and delivery started in September of the same year. With a 25% larger wing, longer fuselage, advanced avionics, and 11 hard points it is a F-16 on steroids and provides the JASDF with a 21stcentury fighter and trainer.

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
June 26, 2011
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.95

Packaged in the standard sized resealable envelope you find one yellow precut mask set along with a folded one sided placement sheet and a backing card. The set covers the canopy and searchlight. Simple and easy best describes using these Eduard mask sets; however this set could be a little confusing if you do not carefully follow the placement guide. I always do a light pencil rubbing to reveal the cuts. Remember patients will be your reward. Eduard has a knack for doing these things very well and I was a little disappointed to discover the wheels were not included. The budget minded modeler may have a little ‘sticker’ shock shelling out 11 bucks MSRP so I would suggest shopping around.

My thanks go to IPMS/USA and Eduard Model Accessories. I highly recommend this set.

P. S. Look for my following review on the Kinetic S-2F.

Review Author
Andy Renshaw
Published on
June 26, 2011
Company
Afterburner Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$20.00

Among modern aircraft modelers, if they want colorful and interesting paint schemes the aircraft of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) have always delivered. One of the most attractive, and sleek looking aircraft is the Mitsubishi F-2. Having origins within the FSX program in the late 1980’s, it was birthed out of a cooperative effort with Lockheed Martin after selecting the F-16 as a basis for study into a new support fighter. It wasn’t until the mid 2000 that flight test were concluded and delivery started in September of the same year. With a 25% larger wing, longer fuselage, advanced avionics, and 11 hard points it is a F-16 on steroids and provides the JASDF with a 21stcentury fighter and trainer.

Review Author
Steve Jahnke
Published on
June 26, 2011
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$22.95

The Ford Motor company unleashed the Mustang SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) in 1984, continuing the marque through 1986. The goal was to produce a sporty and fast Mustang while delivering relatively good gas mileage for the era. Powered by a 2.3 Litre 4 cylinder “Lima” engine originally found under the hood of Pintos, Ford put their money where their claims were. The little Lima was given its muscle (205 HP) with the help of an intercooled turbo-charger; other interesting goodies found on the SVO were a Hurst shifted close ratio 5-speed gear box, Koni designed and supplied suspension, Recaro seats and a bi-plane rear wing unique to the little Mustang that could and did.

The Kit:

Review Author
Mike Hinderliter
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$8.95

Quickboost just keeps adding to their great line of quality resin aircraft accessories. The latest addition is for the Hasegawa Focke Wulf TA-154 A-1/ R1. It is up to their usual standards; molded in grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. They come off of the mold block easily; I just cut the doors loose with my sprue cutters.

The doors that come in the Hasegawa kit are okay but just lack the level of detail that the Quickboost covers have. The Hasegawa instructions have you cut the edges of the doors. Quickboost has already made these cuts for you. The Quickboost covers are superior and add just that much more realism to the finished kit. The resin parts are very easy to install and can be used on any other brand kit that is similarly molded.