It is refreshing to see a quality publication dealing with an airplane that is little known and rarely publicized. This certainly applies to the Parnall Panther, an airplane with as obscure a service history as any I’ve heard of. Conceived during the latter stages of World War I, the Panther was produced in some numbers at the end of the war, approximately 150 being constructed by several manufacturers. In addition, the U.S. Navy procured two for flight testing, the Japanese obtained a dozen, and one was briefly on the British Civil register, flying in the 1922 Royal Aero Club’s Easter meeting.
These represent a fairly new product from Aires, long time producer of quality resin aftermarket aircraft accessories and they are absolutely GORGEOUS !!!
As image shows, all tires and hubs are cast flawlessly as separate pieces which makes making painting a breeze. The tires have raised “Goodyear” and tire info in raised letters that take a light dry brushing extremely well. Images show the difference between kit and resin parts. There is also included a length of copper wire to be used as a brake line. I truly believe that these will sell very well when the work spreads as to the quality found here. See the “Wheeliant” line on Aires website at https://www.aires.cz/en/. Many thanks to Aires for the review sample.
Please note that cost is an estimate.
The book is hardbound, measures 11-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches tall, and comprises 239 pages, divided into 6 chapters, as follows:
Eduard’s FW-190s are some of my favorite models. One of the things that is ‘nitpicky’ about them is that you have to cut open the wing root gun covers so that the kit parts will fit in a closed position. Sometimes this results in a less than perfect fit, depending on how well you cut them. Well you don’t have to do it anymore. Loon Models provides you with the two covers with the trailing edges suitably thinned so you no longer have to cut into the wings. This will make that whole process so much simpler and ensure a perfect fit.
Molded in light yellow resin that is blemish free these are easy additions to the kit.
Thanks to Loon Models for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting Roll Models at https://www.kitlinx.com/index.html. Tell them IPMS/USA sent you.
This is the latest detail set from Finemolds. It is part of their Nano Dread 350 series (okay I have no idea why it is called “Nano Dread”). This detail set provides replacement bridge equipment for Imperial Japanese Navy warships, even though the box does not say that. What is noteworthy of Finemolds is that their after market detail sets are injection molded styrene; there is no multi-media included. What is surprising, since this is my first look at a Finemold molding, is how petite and detailed the injection details are!
In the box are four sprues of details; two each of Sprue A and Sprue B.
Sprue A contains:
- 1 magnetic compass binnacle (mis-identified as a Gyro Compass)
- 3 azimuth gyro repeaters
- 4 mounted binoculars
Sprue B contains: