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A look at the 1/48 scale aircraft kit with excellent resin pilots. A one-piece resin landing gear saves time versus building the kit’s plastic legs. But the three legs each had quite a bit of spring in them and I was worried they would be inadequate to support the large, heavy model; they seem... Read the rest of the review here! #ScaleModel #Aircraft #Hobby
Build review of the 1/48 scale aircraft kit with the option to fold the wings. At long last, Kitty Hawk has released an FJ-2 Fury — the “Navy Sabre” — in 1/48 scale. Build options are plentiful, with cannon bays, cockpit, wing folds, wheel wells, and landing gear, all fully detailed. Read the review here! #ScaleModel #Aircraft #Hobby
Review of the 1/48 scale aircraft kit with with good fits but few decals. Many Air Force and Navy pilots in the 1950s and ’60s took their first steps toward their pilot’s wings in the Beechcraft Mentor. Mincraft’s kit represents the first piston-powered plastic kit in the scale. The all-new kit includes a detailed cockpit and sliding canopies, posable landing gear, and Cartograf decals with two marking options. #ScaleModel #Aircraft #Hobby
Review of the 1/48 scale aircraft kit with great engineering. Zvezda plastic is somewhat softer than that of most kit manufacturers. This does have an influence on how the kit parts are handled, especially the 13 clear plastic parts. I found it very easy to clip the parts from their respective gates, and carefully slice off the remaining excess, with little concern for the part fracturing since the plastic is not at all brittle, and actually slices ...Read more here! #scalemodel #military #hobby
For Subscribers! Review of the 1/35 scale helicopter kit. The MH-60L is a special-operations variant of the UH-60L Black Hawk that can be used as a gunship, known as the Direct-Action Penetrator or DAP, as well as a troop carrier. Used by the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment in just about every American military action from the early 1990s, the helicopters may be best known for ... #scalemodel #helicopter #review
FineScale Modeler reviews the 1/72 scale plastic model military aircraft kit of Platz's Mitsubishi T-2. Raised relief as well as decals furnish cockpit detail, and both are excellent; I added masking-tape belts to the slightly basic seats for a little more interest. Fit of the parts is generally precise, but the fuselage comprises five pieces and I had a little fit problem around the gun fairing panel where three of them came together. READ THE REST HERE!
While Modelcollect is new to aircraft, it has been producing 1/72 scale armor for a few years. So, projects like this 1/72 scale B-2 and Modelcollect’s announced B-52 and B-1 constitute quite a leap. Read more here!
The kit features moderately detailed wheel wells, a bomb bay with a pair of rotary weapons launchers, engines with intake and exhaust trunks, an extended boarding ladder, and separate flaps and butterfly drag rudders/ailerons. The cockpit features good detail, too, with decent ACES II seats and a rear compartment.
Aaron Skinner and Elizabeth Nash take a look at 3 new plastic scale modeling kits, including: Airfix's 1/72 scale McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1; Flyhawk's 1/700 scale HMS Legion 1941 "Deluxe Edition"; Kitty Hawk's 1/32 scale Northrop F-5E Tiger II
The April 2018 FSM features John Rice survey of F-86 day fighters, but we didn’t have room for all of the information in the magazine. So, here’s John’s unexpurgated table with all of the airframes produced. The additional information includes notes on upgrades and service histories.
The TS-11 Iskra is the main jet trainer for the Polish air force, entering service in 1964 and still flying today! Arma Hobby has released a new injection-molded kit of the Iskra available in three different grades. This review is of the “junior” version, which is the most basic of the three, but still features plenty of detail, crisp moldings, and fine recessed panel lines. Read the rest of the review here!
The fuselage halves line up pretty well, but the intake trunk is too round in cross section to fit properly into the lips of the rectangular intake of the fuselage. Work on improving the fit of the intake trunk before closing the fuselage, and don’t worry about the trunk reaching the rear bulkhead underneath the cockpit. The instructions don’t mention it, but I added a little weight to the nose.
Both Kittyhawk and HobbyBoss have graced us with newly tooled kits of the Su-17M3/M4 in close succession. Previously, there was only one option for building an Su-17 “Fitter” in 1/48 scale, that being the old KP/OEZ mold that has also been reissued by Eduard and Smer in recent times.
Opening the box reveals a lot of parts for such a small aircraft! Some are tiny and require extra care to ensure they do not fly into oblivion. The gear-door actuating arms are particularly small, and I must confess the miniscule throttle is MIA. Click to read more!
Surface detail comprises fine, shallow recessed panel lines and fasteners. The largest part incorporates the upper fuselage from just aft of the radome to where the exhaust nozzles are attached and includes the top of the wings. To this you simply press fit the bottom wing surfaces and the lower fuselage while trapping the horizontal stabilizers (molded as a single part), intakes, and main landing gear bay. The nose gear bay is molded into the fuselage.
Inside the box are 12 nicely packaged sprues with 158 finely molded parts. Also included is a booklet with a photographic walkaround in color. The instructions include a brief history of the Spartan, a parts-tree breakdown, and a decal and paint reference guide, along with 21 steps to complete the model. Four distinctive aircraft can be built — two Italian, one Greek, and one Romanian. | #FineScale