Review Author
John Lyons
Published on
August 10, 2011
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$22.95

This is a very nice PE set; it has 25 parts on the tree to enhance the cockpit of your 109E-1/E-3. The control panel and seatbelts are pre-painted. The details on the control dials are aligned and have the correct color.

This would be a great upgrade to the Eduard Bf-109E-1/E-3 weekend kit.

I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to conduct this review.

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
August 10, 2011
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
MSRP
$13.00

Two Bobs products are well known for their high standards and this decal is no different. The decal sheet is quite extensive, with Low Vis insignia, tail codes, and sundry fuselage markings. The decal sheet is accompanied by two full color camouflage guides for thirteen different "Egg-Planes". A set of the markings was used as a test sample and applied to a scrape wing which was cleaned and prepped, and then primed with a gray primer.

As is the case with all of the Two Bobs decals I've applied, the test samples went on smoothly and easily. The test samples worked well with Micro Sol, Micro Set, and Solva Set, displaying no difference in adhesion over panel lines using any of these three common setting solutions.

Thanks to Two Bobs for the review sample. This product is highly recommended.

Review Author
Charles Landrum
Published on
August 10, 2011
Company
Afterburner Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$20.00

Wow, the team at Afterburner Decals has been busy! If you like modern US Navy aircraft, then you are no doubt familiar with Afterburner decals. These latest two decal sheets will not disappoint. Colorful and artistic, the schemes provide some of the latest markings being flown on the family of Super Hornets that are now dominating flight decks on both the East Coast and the West Coast. Between the two, the East Coast CAG aircraft have the edge in color and artwork. The fact that the instruction sheet backgrounds are Blue and Gold, is a nice touch of detail.

Book Author(s)
Tim Mason
Review Author
Chuck Bush
Published on
August 10, 2011
Company
Hikoki Publications
MSRP
$56.95

Tim Mason had a forty year flying/Royal Air Force career. Since his retirement he has written three books on the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment. The Seaplane Years is the third of those books. (Editor's note: The book is subtitled - A history of the Marine & Armament Experimental Establishment, 1920 - 1924, and Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, 1924 - 1956)

The book opens with an interdiction by Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, followed by an Introduction and Acknowledgements.

The first three chapters cover the three facilities used for testing from 1920 to 1956. Of special interest to modelers will be some of the pictures found here. There are a few good diorama ideas tucked into this part of the book. The meat of this book for scale modelers will be found in Chapters 4 and 5.

Review Author
Charles Landrum
Published on
October 6, 2022
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.50

On the underside of the F-4 Phantom and the British variants are two doors astride the centerline which open outward. These two small doors always open when the landing gear extended to provide extra cooling air to flow to the engines. The underside of the wing in all of the Hasegawa kits has these doors molded open, revealing the hollow void of the fuselage. Now in fairness, when the model is displayed on its landing gear, especially with stores, the emptiness is not that noticeable. But if you are a modeler who does not like open voids, Aires has a solution. This particular set is designed for the Spey powered British Phantoms, but Aires offers them for the USN and USAF variants as well; I am unsure of the differences if any.