Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
May 17, 2024
Company
Detail & Wonder
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$36.75

This is not my first review of a Detail & Wonder after-market landing gear set. And, as previously noted, this landing gear ‘Upgrade Set’ continues to set a very high bar in terms of both accuracy, price, and overall quality.Thanks for taking a few minutes to read these notes.

Book Author(s)
Doug Gordan
Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
May 16, 2024
Company
Fonthill Media
MSRP
$55.00

A big “thanks” to the distributors Casemate Publishing for providing IPMS USA this compact encyclopedia of the first fully-supersonic fighter in Europe with the United States Air Force. We fully appreciate your support!

This book is not to be overlooked by anyone who has even a fleeting interest in “Hun” operations in Europe. It is a definitive work in that the time period addressed was one of Cold war operations before USAFE congealed into the large force on the continent and UK most of those associate with the 1970-90 time period. Libya was a major training location for F-100 operations, and as the aircraft were phased out to be replaced with more modern tools of aerial warfare, so too were the continually changing political fields of potential conflict.

Review Author
David Wrinkle
Published on
May 9, 2024
Company
Pig Models
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$47.20

I’ll be honest, I never expected a Great War balloon kit and boy was I surprised to see this kit up for review. The kit consists of a small sprue of polystyrene parts, a left and right balloon halve (polystyrene), a sheet of photoetch balloon basket lines and a decal sheet. Oh, the best part for those of you how enjoy making dioramas, the kit includes a set of 40 each 3D printed figures in various poses. Wow! You will probably need to take advantage included polystyrene model stand.

Construction is very straight-forward beginning with the two balloon halves. I found the molding very well done and the fit was very good as well. The plastic of the two balloon halves is quite thick, but I think that helps in the grand scheme of things. Even with the great fit, it will be necessary to a little work seam joint. A little extra attention will be necessary at both ends of the balloon where there appears to be extra panels to strengthen the fabric panel seams.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
May 8, 2024
Company
Detail & Wonder
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$31.87

Detail and Wonder has issued a replacement and highly detailed landing gear set for Tamiya’s 1/48th F-14A. The set includes a complete set of wheels, both main and nose along with separate hubs. a bag of metal supports and three 3D Printed landing gear- left, right and nose gear.

Review Author
Pat Villarreal
Published on
May 8, 2024
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$16.00

New decals of the F-16C Block 30B Nellis Cajun Aggressors in 1/48th scale is available from TwoBobs Aviation Graphics. Markings are for the 926th Wing, 706 Aggressor Squadron based out of Nellis AFB, Nevada, December 2023.

In the Package

There are two (2) decal sheets provided. The main sheet provides the colorful tail markings and stencils. The second sheet is smaller and has some dedicated stencils for the Kinetic kit and ECM pod. They are printed by Cartograf and have minimal excess clear film around the edges. The colors are vibrant and the registry is perfect.

This decal set has markings for 2 aircraft. One for the colorful splinter and tail scheme (SN 85-1501, Nicknamed: “FELON”) and the dark gray “Have Glass V” scheme (SN 86-0222). It also has markings for five AN/ALQ-167 ECM “Angry Kitten” Pods.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
May 8, 2024
Company
Clear Prop
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$82.84

I am constantly impressed with companies in the Ukraine who still produce under the extreme situation of kinetic war. Clear Prop is not the first model I have purchased from them, and the kits have been, without question, some of the finest available on the planet. The Skyshark is one of those… I consider it an honor to review this kit, and express extreme gratitude to them for providing IPMS USA with this new release.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
May 7, 2024
Company
Fab Scale
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$12.00

From Fab Scale comes a really nice addition to the 1/48th Tamiya F-14, a 3D printed set of intakes that are in white.

Inside the nice package are left and right intakes still attached to eh printing sprues. The packaging is great as it is firm and makes sure there is no damage to the parts.

Prep is simple, I used sprue nippers to cut off the printing supports. I sanded the end and the parts were good. I test fit the parts into the kit and they slide with in well and the intake fans for the engine from the Tamiya kit fit like a glove. Since they are printed in white, they can be added after the rest of the intakes are painted the correct color for you kit or you could also paint them. They are seamless so there is no need for sanding like the kit parts which are in two pieces.

Definitely recommended as both an enhancement and a time saver when building the kit.

My thanks to Fab Scale for the opportunity to review this set.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
May 2, 2024
Company
ICM
Scale
1:32
MSRP
$79.49

ICM first issued a Gloster Gladiator in 2019 and a Sea Gladiator in 2020. For 2024 the Sea Gladiator has been issued again with a set of three Royal Navy figures included. Except for the figures and the box art, this new kit is the same as the 2020 Sea Gladiator kit. The kit includes six trees of grey plastic parts, one tree of clear parts, decals, and instructions.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
April 29, 2024
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$34.00

This is a reissue of the Brengun Extra 300L with new markings and sporting a four-bladed prop. Introduced in 1988, Walter Extras' creation is a mainstay in the aerobatic training and competition world. Regular readers of this site will recognize this subject had been done before by me a few years ago (see Extra 300L/330LC published May 3, 2022). This time around I was provided the base kit. Brengun does make a PE set, vacuform canopy, and canopy masks for this kit. There are separate reviews for each on this site.

Book Author(s)
Haagen Klaus & Bert Kinzey
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
April 29, 2024
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$21.99

Detail & Scale has already published two books on the P-38, back in the 1990’s. These books have been long out of print but this is not just a re-issue but rather a revision and update to the original books, including pictures never seen before of the restored P-38F “Glacier Girl” and the scale model section includes details and recommendations for the more modern P-38 kits that became available since the publication of the original edition.

The P-38 traces its lineage to Clarence “Kelly” Johnson and it was a revolutionary aircraft from its time, given its size, speed, and climb rate.

For each mark indicated below, there is a brief chapter explaining the details from previous marks, period pictures (some in color, most in B&W) and excellent line drawings.