Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.
Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
October 25, 2021
Company
Foxbot
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$24.13

Let’s face it, British aircraft are pretty standard as far as camouflage goes, however, they sometimes exercised some individualism in personal aircraft. This release from Foxbot decals deals with just that.

Inside of the resealable baggie, is a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 heavy stock paper folded in half to provide some protection. The instructions are printed in full color and feature the profile view for six aircraft. On the backside of the instructions are stencils and the color callouts using FS numbers, Humbrol, Model Master and AKAN paints. The plan view is also shown with both the A and B scheme.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
October 25, 2021
Company
Foxbot
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$24.75

The Il-2 Sturmovik is THE iconic Russian aircraft for me.  It wasn’t fast.  It wasn’t maneuverable, but it was a deadly ground attack aircraft.  It could take a lot of punishment and was produced on larger numbers than any other aircraft in history.  So you know it had to have some colorful markings.  Well thanks to Foxbot we have some examples to add to our collections.

Packaged in a standard ziplock baggie, the decals and instructions are protected from moisture.  The instructions are printed on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of high-quality paper folded in half.   This provides strength to protect the decals from bending. They are printed in full color and feature EIGHT aircraft, two single seaters, three modified single seaters with the gunner in the exposed back, and three of the later model with the enclosed rear gun position.  So, there is something here for every modeler.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
October 23, 2021
Company
Lifelike Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.50

Lifelike Decals from Japan has released its 6th installment in a series of Ki-27 “Nate”. You get a total of 8 aircraft, with 5 of them being of the Japanese “Gray Green” color, which the instructions suggest to replace by the German RLM 02.

One of the other three aircraft is painted in Japanese Dark Green over Gray-Green, the next one is an attractive disruptive camouflage of dark green, green and brown over Grey-Green and the final one is an overall Gray-Green with field-applied Dark Green and Brown on a pattern of stripes and bands, which in some cases even slightly overlaps and covers the national markings.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Foxbot
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$32.99

Maintaining aircraft in hot and humid conditions often meant that they would sit around getting worked on. This gave the crews time to personalize their aircraft and since there weren’t any women around most of the time the aircraft sported some beautiful nose art. Foxbot has taken on some very sexy nose art.

Review Author
Tom Choy
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
PJ Production
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$40.00

The Dassault Mirage III needs very little introduction among aviation enthusiasts. A lightweight, single-engine, delta-winged, all-weather interceptor, it was in 1961 and soon found its way into air arms around the world. The Mirage III has seen combat, notably in Israel, South Africa, Argentina, and Pakistan, and has been upgraded and modified over the years in order to extend the life of the airframe. Sixty years later, Pakistan is the only remaining air force flying the Mirage in the form of the ROSE III upgrade.

Book Author(s)
Roy Choo and Peter Ho
Review Author
Tom Choy
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Harpia Publishing
MSRP
$29.95

Did you know that the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) is one of the oldest air forces in the world? It marked its 100th anniversary on November 29, 2020. It may also be the only air force that has physically moved, from the Chinese mainland to the island now known as Taiwan in 1949, after the Chinese civil war. The RoCAF has a special place in American history, when a volunteer group of US pilots fought Japanese forces in the Second World War in P-40Bs marked with RoC markings. This unit is, of course, the famous Flying Tigers. The RoC also flew many dangerous reconnaissance missions in the late 60’s, over China to gather intelligence regarding the latter’s early nuclear testing. The RoCAF also flew numerous support missions against Viet Cong forces during the Vietnam War, with high losses. The many combat missions this tiny nation has undertaken is largely unknown due to the secretive nature of its military.

Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey
Review Author
Chris Renninger
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$19.99

This book has 3 chapters going over many aspects of this aircraft.

  • Development History
  •  Fury Variants
    • FJ-1
    • XFJ-2 prototypes
    • FJ-2
    • FJ-3
  • FJ-1/FJ-2 Details
    • Cockpit Details
    • Canopy
    • Fuselage
    • Wing Details
    • Landing gear
    • Tail detail
    • Engine Details

The book starts with the Development history of the aircraft all the way to production, along with there Variants.

This book has a lot of  detail on majority of the aircraft and what I loved the most is the detailed cockpit and how all the oil lines are ran along with the hydraulics, this is a must if you are building one of these models.

I can recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the FJ Fury and its an excellent reference for anyone building this aircraft. I look forward to Part 2 of this book to come out.

Book Author(s)
Justo Miranda
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Fonthill Media
MSRP
$45.00

From the publisher:

Justo Miranda is the author of books and monographs on aviation since the 1980s. A widely known historian, Miranda specializes in aviation of the 1930s and is the author of two volumes on aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War. The exciting discovery of a microfilm on secret German weapons in the early 1990s drove him to publish Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich, later published by Schiffer in 1996. Since then, Miranda has published Reichdreams and monographs on little known airplane projects.

Book Author(s)
Salvador Mafe Huertas
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$28.95

Kagero Publishers continues to expand its Monograph series with a book dedicated to the F-14 in US Navy Service (one of the only two users of the airframe)

The book is divided in the following sections

  • Genesis of a thoroughbred
  • Production and variants
  • VF-154 “Black Knights”
  • Pilot and RIO
  • VF-32 “Swordsmen”, its last deployment with the Tomcat
  • F-14 Main Systems
  • Weapons
  • Tomcat in Combat
  • F-14 Tomcat Retired, Baby!
  • F-14 Tomcat in 2002

Each section can be read as a stand-alone mini-monograph on the topic at hand. Each section is well researched, has plenty of information on it and, if relevant quotes from pilots are included.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1:32
MSRP
$69.99

Fiat’s CR.42 Falco was one of the last biplanes to serve in an air force at the beginning of World War 2, and as such was essentially obsolete from the moment of its activation. Nonetheless, it served with some distinction in the early air battles both during the Battle of Britain and in the Libyan desert campaign before being relegated to second tier operations. In this instance, serving as both a night fighter and intruder kept this elegant fighter flying long after it would otherwise have been scrapped. Both the Italians and Germans used it in these roles, and ICM’s latest version of this aircraft presents the Italian make. Two different muffler system extensions are offered, as well as a couple of unusual underwing search lights, angled to shine sideways (presumably so as not to interfere with the pilot’s night vision). In addition, the kit still has a couple of bomb rack assemblies, although these are not intended to be used.