Aircraft reviews

Aircraft reviews

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THE PEOPLE'S FIGHTER

It may be small, but Special Hobby’s newly tooled He 162 is perfectly formed and is easily the best 1/72 offering of the type in this scale.

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MISLABELLED STEALTH

Modellers wanting a YF-22 shouldn’t be misled by the title on MisterCraft’s re-boxed Aeroplast offering – the contents are actually for a full-production F-22, which has a considerably different shape.

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'Snap and Stick' Thoroughbred

Quickbuild subjects are a great way of attracting youngsters to the hobby, especially with such a colourful subject as a blue-nosed P-51D Mustang in D-Day markings.

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Low-Back Soviet

Following its Yak-1, Brengun has released a 1/72 Yak-1b, which features a new bubble-shaped canopy and low-back fuselage, plus increased armour and internal upgrades.

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Channel-Hopping Chopper

Special Hobby has re-released its 1/48 Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 Drache (Dragon) with new markings for an aircraft captured and evaluated by American and British forces.

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Twin-Prop Patroller

It’s a welcome return for Special Hobby’s lovely CASA C.212, as a Swedish, Maltese or Spanish maritime-patrol or search-andrescue platform.

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New-Look Jüngmann

One mark of a good kit is when other manufacturers re-box it.

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Incidental Pirate Falcons

Here’s another ‘double delight’ from Platz, in the form of its 1/144 Vought F8U-2 (F-8C) Crusader package, which contains parts for two airframes.

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Licence-Built Left-Over

Hanriot’s design served with Italian and Belgian air arms during World War One, and it’s the former that’s addressed in Eduard’s re-boxed 1/48 limited-edition offering.

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Extended-Range Zerstorer

Italeri has combined a new decal sheet with Fujimi’s 1975-vintage 1/48 scale styrene to represent either a Messerschmitt Bf 110-C or -D fitted with underwing fuel tanks.