Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
October 28, 2015
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$13.50

Looking at all those photos of Polikarpov I-16s sitting on the grass and noting that the elevators are both drooping? Aires has come to the rescue with a beautiful set to replace the horizontal tail surfaces for the Polikarpov I-16. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Aires replacements. These Aires parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the Eduard series of I-16 kits.

Aires has molded the stabilizer and elevator perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Aires stabilizer and elevator are supplied on a single resin sprue with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
October 28, 2015
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$125.00

History Brief

The Mk VIII was the follow-up of the Mk VII without the pressurized cabin and differed little from it’s Mk VII sibling. All Mk VIII Spitfires were built solely by Supermarine. A few early production models had extended wingtips, but the majority had the standard version. There are three sub-variants; the LF Mk VIII for low altitude, the F Mk VIII for medium altitude and HF Mk VIII for high altitude. Each was powered respectively by the Merlin 66, Merlin 63 and Merlin 70 engines.

The Mk VIII served almost exclusively overseas in the Mediterranean, with both the Desert Air Force and the USAAF, in the Pacific with the Royal Australian Air Force and with the RAF in the China-Burma-India theater. After the Mk IX and Mk V, the Mk VIII was the third most numerous operational variant with 1,658 examples.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
October 27, 2015
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$5.00

Quickboost provides one pitot tube and two ShKAS 7.62mm gun barrels. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements.

Quickboost has molded the pitot tube and gun barrels perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost pitot tube and gun barrels have no mold seams to sand off on these tiny parts, and superior detail of actually hollowing the barrel as opposed to a flat face to drill out.

Review Author
William Nichols
Published on
October 27, 2015
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$8.00

Eduard’s new SUPERFABRIC (the name alone conjures thoughts of Wile. E. Coyote, Super Genius in my mind…) is a new line of seat belts from the ubiquitous aftermarket manufacturer. This latest evolution of scale aircraft seat belts is different from the company’s prior iterations, in that there are no phot-etched parts, and no cutting of materials to use these. They are made from a vinyl like, self adhesive fabric. They are printed in color, and have nice details, consisting of stitch marks and the buckle hardware.

When my set arrived, I eagerly opened the envelope, and gave them the once over, and apart from the above mentioned niceties, something seemed off to my eyes. I double checked the packaging and instructions, and they claimed the appropriate scale is 1/48. I checked again. If these are truly in 1/48, then Imperial Japanese Navy pilots must have been completely covered by their seat belts! They are very much too large.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
October 27, 2015
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$5.95

The most delicate parts on an aircraft are antennas and the landing gear. This accessory set doesn’t do anything for antennas, but it certainly makes the landing gear a LOT more durable. When you’re dealing with the skinny little legs provided by the kit manufacturer, you’re constantly in fear of destroying the gear just by setting the aircraft down. This is one of the reasons I put the canopy, gear, antennas and props on after I do the decals.

The "Kit"

You get two sets of landing gear for Hurricanes. This is great, because the Sweet kits are doubles, so you get to replace the gear on both planes. Or, if you’re thinking like I do, you’re going to replace the gear on another Sweet Hurricane from the other set. Sweet produces a “fabric wing” and a “metal wing” Hurricane, and I’ve got both.