Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.
Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
January 15, 2022
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$23.99

Overview from the Author and Publisher

Print

127 pages, 330 color photos, 9 color profiles, with the digital versions: 211 pages (2021 Digital Edition) and 442 pages (in the Digital Vol 3 2018 Edition)

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
January 14, 2022
Company
Hobby Boss
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$127.99

The Chinook helicopter needs little introduction and has been a mainstay transport of many armies, air forces and navies around the globe.

This Hobby Boss kit represents the first operational aircraft, which I understand only the United States used. The C-47A Chinook helicopter served in the Vietnam conflict.

Book Author(s)
Frederico Anselmino, text, Claudio Col translation and Mauro Cini color profiles
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Aviation Collectibles
MSRP
$24.95

As with most fighter aircraft, they tend to get heavier as the user needs more capability than the original design can deliver. In this case, the light weight G.91 needed more range, loiter time and weapons. Enter the G.91Y. Going from a single engine to two engines, the G.91Y nearly doubled its empty and max take off weights while increasing range and navigational capabilities. External ordinance capacity increased from 1000lbs to 4000lbs. Like its predecessor, the G.91Y also competed against some of what the world had to offer in 1965 but in the end only the Italian Air Force used this aircraft. The “Yankee” version of the G.91 would serve from 1966 to 1995.

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Karnas & Artur Juszczak
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

This is volume 118 in the Topdrawing series. This is a thin book with brief text in both English and Polish. The book contains very nice 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale drawings. There are also ten color profiles of various B6Ns.

The drawings contain useful information on the various ordinance carried and its layout as well as engine and propeller information.

This is the first of this series I have had the pleasure to look through. It is a nice inexpensive book showing details, drawings, and painting information. It is a suitable alternative to the more expensive and harder to find Aero Details series and provides the modeler with sufficient information to build a nice, detailed model. It will give you the basics you need on the aircraft covered without going into the minute details of more lengthy volumes. I can recommend it to anyone building a model of this aircraft and to those that just want the nitty gritty information.

Book Author(s)
Kevin Wright
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$24.95

On May 1, 1960, an ex-USAF turned CIA pilot named Francis Gary Powers flying a Lockheed U-2 at 70,000 feet 800 miles east of Moscow felt and saw the results of a Soviet SA-2 missile removing the tail of his aircraft. Thus ended the first round of U-2 overflights over the Soviet Union and the time frame covered in this volume. Despite the international incident that resulted, the information gained about the state of Soviet bomber and nuclear weapon capabilities more than justified the risks taken. The author, Kevin Wright is a university professor specializing in the Cold War. This book outlines the first phase of U-2 operations from 1956 to 1960. The book opens with a brief history of how the U-2 came to be and examines the various equipment packages that the aircraft could carry. Contrary to the public perception of the U-2 only being a camera platform, it carried nuclear fallout sampling equipment as well as receivers for the collecting electronic intelligence.

Book Author(s)
Richard A. Franks
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Valiant Wings Publishing
MSRP
$31.94

Valiant Wings Publishing was founded in 2010 under the guidance of Richard A. Franks and Mark Peacock. Valiant Wings has released several series of primarily airplane monographs [Airframe & Miniature, Airframe Album and Airframe Detail series] with the first Airframe Album dedicated to the Heinkel He 219 ‘Uhu’ released in 2012.

Book Author(s)
Alan Durkota & Thomas Darcy
Review Author
John Shimek
Published on
January 11, 2022
Company
Aeronaut Books
MSRP
$24.99

Volume 2 of the Medal of Honor series documents the 6 aviators who earned the Medal of Honor during the interwar years 19191939. This book of 80 pages has 215 photos and color profiles of 10 aircraft relating to this period.

Only 1 of the 6-aviation related Medal of Honor awarded in this period was for action that involved combat by USMC Lieutenant Christian Frank Schilt in Nicaragua in 1928. 3 of the other 5 men awarded the Medal of Honor were presented for exploration including Admiral Byrd (North Pole flight) and the other 2 awarded were for lifesaving efforts.

It is very interesting that Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr received the army designed Medal of Honor for his solo flight across the Atlantic 20-21 May 1927 even though he was no longer on active US Army duty. Authorized by a special act of Congress in December 1927 Lindbergh was presented the medal by President Coolidge in 1929.

Book Author(s)
Alex Crawford; Illustrator Chris Sandham-Bailey
Review Author
Ron Bell
Published on
January 9, 2022
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$38.00

This book is from their Orange Series that specializes in particular aircraft types, in this case the Gloster Javelin. There are 208 pages of mixed text, photos, line drawings, charts and tables of info about the aircraft starting with a rather detailed recounting of the conception and initial design of the aircraft and how that design evolved into the final version. It then goes on to discuss the various armaments it carried, including the air-to-air missiles which also includes a brief run down on how the Firestreak missile was developed. Next is a mark-by-mark description of every variant of the aircraft with many illustrations to show the differences. Included in this chapter is a rather detailed technical description of all the various systems in the aircraft, such as landing gear, electrical and hydraulic systems, 12 annotated photos of various marks’ cockpits and cutaway photos, diagrams, line drawing and charts about the engines.

Book Author(s)
Oleg Pototskiy
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
January 1, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$49.95

Background

This book provides a very complete history of the development of the Polikarpov I-16 fighter series. It actually goes further than that, as it also explains the political and economic conditions in the Soviet Union after the 1917 Revolution, when the Tsarist Russian government was replaced by Trotsky’s Communist regime in the twenties and thirties. The author goes into extensive detail explaining how the Soviet economy was going through very severe changes, with violent repression of anyone who was even suspected of disagreeing with the system. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people were slaughtered during this process, and many more were imprisoned for extended periods, but some were still allowed to work on whatever projects they had been working on.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
December 26, 2021
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$17.95

One of SAC’s (Scale Aircraft Conversions) latest gear is set 48402 for the wonderful Tamiya F-4B in 1/48th scale. The set has wonderfully cast metal parts to replace all the gear struts, retractions cylinders and other parts. They are drop in replacements and was I ever glad to get them for review and here’s why. I recently moved for work including 400 built models. During the move, my F-4B took a hit and broke off one gear leg. SAC to the rescue!

To start, I removed the tire from the broken gear leg and cleaned out the hole in the bottom of the fuselage making sure the new leg fit which it did with no issues. A quick clean up with sandpaper and then I primed with Tamiya fine primer, let it dry and painted the leg white. I added the tire, gave everything a quick gray wahs and glued it in place paying attention to angle and the like. Once dry, you would never know it was broken.