Airfix. The name may have sent shudders down your spine and given you nightmares of bad fit, no cockpit, bad decals, and overly thick canopies, but fear no more. Airfix has jumped into the 21st century and has come out swinging with beautiful new kits. They are accurate in size and shape due to laser scanned 3d modeling of actual subjects. The plastic is soft but in a good way. Liquid and tube cement will make the seams all but disappear so that putty use is minimal if nonexistent. This review is about their new tool 1/72 scale Boulton Paul Defiant.
At the height of the Great Depression, aircraft executive Walter H. Beech and airplane designer T. A. "Ted" Wells joined forces to collaborate on a project to produce a large, powerful, and fast cabin biplane built specifically for the business executive. The Beechcraft Model 17, popularly known as the "Staggerwing" was first flown on November 4, 1932. During its heyday it was used as an executive aircraft, much as the private jet is now, and its primary competition were the Waco Custom Cabin and Waco Standard Cabin series of biplanes.
Thank you to Unique Master Models (UMM) for generously providing an excellent tool set for “field testing.” Thank you as well to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me be an evaluator.
The Vietnam War was a helicopter war. Many of the most lasting images are of fleets of helicopters, mostly the ubiquitous UH-1 “Huey,” filling the sky. What would newsreel footage of that war be without a sound track of the “whup-whup-whup” of chopper blades?
Among the many uses the UH-1 was put to was as an early version of the gunship, the ancestor of today’s Apache. Those Huey guns took a crew of four: a commissioned or warrant officer pilot (left seat) and copilot, and two enlisted door gunner/crew chief in back. This four figure kit represents the aviators of those gunships employed in that conflict.
This kit contains 2 sheets of photo Etched parts one small one of pre-colored parts and one large sheet of other parts.
The detail quality of a very high as we have come to expect from Eduard.
This set can be used with either of the Tamiya kits 35330 M561 US 6x6 Cargo truck or 35342 M972 US 6x6 Ambulance Truck.
The set provides photo etch to replace the following parts:
Wipers, windscreen surround, gas tank straps, gas tank filler shields, driver instrument panel, cargo bay floor, plus other small details.
It also provides the addition details for the foot pedals, floor vents, drivers compartment placards, ammo boxes, cargo bay folding foot step, etc.
The parts are very easy to install and add a lot more detail to the already detailed kit. The only problem I encountered was that the access on the cargo floor needed to be removed so the new one can be installed and this was not shown on the instructions.