Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
May 30, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal replacement parts. Its line of replacement landing gear has been expanded to include a set for the Bf-109 A/B/C/D/V from Arsenal Model Group (note the boxing says “for Hobbyboss” but that likely is an error)

The set is including a total 4 parts covering the main landing gear struts and tail fork (two types of tail forks are offered). These parts are drop-in replacements for the plastic parts.

Considering that the Bf-109 is a modest size model - in 1/48 - I don’t think the reason to get a metal landing gear is due to the weight (unless you add a lot of resin to it) but rather the reason to get the set might be to be able to ‘tweak’ the landing gear strut for an improved alignment of the parts to achieve a proper stance, which is quite tricky on a Bf-109,

You can see from the pictures the parts are very cleanly molded and formed, with no visible molding lines.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
May 30, 2022
Company
Iliad Design
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.00

Iliad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering T-33B/TV-2s in Naval Service.

This decal sheet covers a total of 4 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model all of them and covering both US Marines, US Navy and Royal Canadian Navy service.

The airframes go from overall Light Gull Gray, to Natural Metal Finish, to even a very attractive NMF with Hi-Vis areas in Fluorescent Red-Orange

The decal sheet provides you with national markings, BuNo numbers, air intakes warning signs, plus rescue markings. You might need to provide your own stencils, but those can be easily sourced from the original decal sheet of your model.

The decal themselves are glossy and in register. The colors are vivid (good density) and while I have not tested them, my previous experience with Illiad Decals is that they are easy to work with and conform to the model surface really well.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
May 30, 2022
Company
Iliad Design
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.00

Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering T-38C in Heritage Schemes.

This decal sheet covers a total of 5 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model all of them while in service with the USAF. The covered airframes follow:

Book Author(s)
Jens Schymura, Marcus Fülber
Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
May 30, 2022
Company
HMH Publications
MSRP
$32.00

The C-160 Transall is a twin engine transport aircraft conceived and built by a French and German alliance. It is about the same size as the Lockheed C-130 but uses two high powered Roll Royce engines as opposed to the C-130s four smaller engines. The Transall is slowly being fazed out and replaced by the larger Airbus A-400 Atlas.

This soft cover book is made using high quality paper and is superbly put together. It shows the aircraft in its various air force colors, variants and an extensive pictorial excursion around it. There are hundreds of beautifully detailed photographs of every part of the Transall, from close ups to action shots of the aircraft on the ground and flying.

Book Author(s)
Eduardo Manuel Gil Martinez
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
May 30, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$46.95

Historical Background

This book presents a detailed description of the efforts of the German Luftwaffe to defend against the night bombing offensive of the British Royal Air Force during the course of World War II. Of course, the Americans were also involved, but their primary attacks were carried out in daylight, so the main German efforts were against the RAF bombers and Mosquito night fighters. The author gives a good account of the course of the war, and the technological development on both sides as the war dragged on. The Luftwaffe’s main problem was their shortage of fuel supplies, and resulting restricted training programs. There were a number of approaches to the problems of locating enemy aircraft flying into German territory, and shooting them down without being shot down in return was a major issue.