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Bf-109F Engine and Fuselage Guns

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:41
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The Bf-109F introduced huge engine access doors for servicing the engine. With these hinged doors the Bf-109 was easy to service. This feature is a visually appealing look. So Eduard's kit is a natural for this treatment. But with the complex look and shape of the engine and piping would they be able to capture it.

Eduard's set is designed its 109Fs. Packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with protective Styrofoam pieces, the kit includes 46 resin parts, a photoetch fret, and decals to detail your engine. The resin pieces are secured inside of three small ziplock baggies. This prevents them from moving around and if something should break off it is easily found. My example had no breakage. The resin is the typical Eduard resin in light grey with no bubbles or warpage that I could tell. You will have to supply the solder to plumb the engine. You will need .3mm, .4mm, .5mm, .6mm and 1.0mm.

The instructions are an 8-page mini-booklet. The instructions are in the form of drawings of the various sub-assemblies. This works ok but there are some issues in the instructions.

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Bf-109F Undercarriage Legs BRONZE

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:29
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The spindly stance of the Bf-109 is always a pain on the real 109 and on models of it. They are fragile and susceptible to damage. This is especially an issue when there is no additional support around like the landing gear covers.

Eduard has an answer for that, brass landing gear. This little set is a gem and like a gem it is shiny. There are two brass landing gear legs in the blister package and two resin landing gear covers. The brass parts required very little clean up. The only part that actually needed to be cleaned up was on the mounting surface. The rest of it was beautifully cast without a mold line. The two resin landing gear doors are nice as well. The doors have detail on the inside of them as well, including the brake line. One thing about the brake line on the real thing is that it is in a circle. On this set, the loop is missing. It doesn't detract from the set as most of it is hidden.

I elected to use my brass landing gear sans gear doors as is often seen during winter operations. This meant that I had to scratch build the loop to the tires. This was relatively easy.

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Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. C/D

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:17
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Dragon Models offers a complete lineup of the Sd.Kfz.142 Sturmgeschutz family tree in 1/35 scale. The subject of this review is the Sd.Kfz. 142 III Ausf, C/D, an upgraded offering from their 'Smart Kit' series.

The 'Sd.Kfz.' in the name, short for 'Sonderkraftfahrzeug', identifies the vehicle as a 'special purpose vehicle', and the Sturmgeschutz (StuG) was Germany's most produced armored fighting vehicle during World War II.

The StuG was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with a fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile, armored light gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and widely employed as an assault gun as well as a tank destroyer.

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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F Royal Class

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:53
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The pinnacle of the Eduard product line is the Royal Class series.  The particular boxing features two complete Bf-109F kits, one with square wheels wells and one with round ones.  Two clear plastic sprues round out the plastic parts.  Brassin wheels, tail wheels and exhausts are the resin pieces included.  Two pre-painted photo etch frets are included along with six brass frets.  The one fret contains the parts necessary to do the F-1 variant of Werner's Molders, the first time this variant has been modeled.  Then there are three frets for the exhaust shrouds.  A single mask set includes the masks necessary for both models.  Of course there are marking options, 14 of them to be exact. 

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OV-10 Bronco: Designed for Counterinsurgency and the Vietnam War

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:10
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Thanks to Mr. Ashby Shoop for providing me a copy of this booklet during it's development, and the Fort Worth Aviation museum for sending a finished E-copy to me to review after purchase.

If you are looking for a quick reference on the OV-10, the Folks at the Fort Worth aviation Museum have a new document which provides an excellent, concise history of the aircraft. Included are development and early history of what the requirement is that led to the Bronco, who worked on it, and the history of how the aircraft evolved. The majority of the book focuses on Marine air and navy use; Air Force operations are touched on but not in detail.

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Bf-109F Propeller EARLY

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 01:01
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The Eduard Bf-109F kit is a beautiful feat of engineering and looks every bit the part of a Freidrich. But what if you want to add a little bit of detail? Something outside the norm? That is where the Brassin range comes in.

There were three different types of props that were used on the Bf-109F. The Early type of prop was the VDM 9-11207. This type of propeller was used on the Bf-109F-1 and F-2s. This set depicts this prop arrangement.

This particular offering is a realistically thin and proper shaped propeller blades. There are seven resin parts and two small photo etch pieces included in the set. They are packaged in a vacuform blister pack with Styrofoam pieces to protect the pieces during transit. The resin is light grey with no blemishes or bubbles anywhere.

Removal of the parts are easy enough from the pour blocks. The hardest part was the removal of the spinner pour block. This just took some careful removal and sanding. Certainly within the realm of most modelers. You get a spinner, back plate, three blades, prop shaft and an alignment tool. The photo etch pieces are designed for the end of the spinner.

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Sikorski JRS-1 Upgrade Set

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:44
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Thank you to the great folks at Eduard for releasing an elegant upgrade set to enhance their kit of a unique Sikorsky flying boat. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us kits to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The Sikorsky JRS-1, or S-43, is similar in appearance to the famous Pan Am Clipper, the S-42. I did not know that several of these planes survived the Pearl Harbor attack, and went in search of the Japanese fleet immediately afterward. This upgrade is very nice supplement to the base kit.

Overall Summary

The upgrade parts are all on a thin brass etched fret 2.75 x 3.25 inches in size. A color instruction and accurate placement guide accompanies the parts. Additional details for the cockpit and exterior are included. Fold lines are etched, allowing very precise forming of even the smallest handles and other small details.

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AH-64 Apache M230 Chain Gun, Pitot Tubes, and Tail Antenna

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:34
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This Master Model set provides a huge leap over any of the injected molded parts available on any 1/48 kit. I based this review on the older Monogram kit from 1986, but it applies to any of the 1/48 kits on the market. This set includes a turned brass tail antenna (not included on the Monogram kit), two pitot tubes (again not present on the Monogram kit), and the forward part of the M230 Chain Gun. The M230 Chain Gun parts include eight parts, but one of the parts is a spare. You can easily see the crisper detail available in the comparisons in the attached pictures.

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FW-190A Balkenkreuze

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:47
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This decal sheet states that it was designed exclusively for use with Eduard’s outstanding 1/72 Fw 190A series of kits. The sheet provides seven different styles of Balkenkreuze, consisting of the simple white outline Balkenkreuze for the upper wings, and three options for both the fuselage and the underwing Balkenkreuze. There are the simple black Balkenkreuze outline, a solid black Balkenkreuze with a white border and the solid black Balkenkreuze with the white outline and a thin black outline outside of the white. This provides a lot of options to match the style Balkenkreuze used on the aircraft you are modeling.

As with all of Eduard’s new decals, these are very thin, but strong and react extremely well to Microsol and Microset, snuggling right down over details without silvering.

While the set is marketed as being designed exclusively for Eduard’s FW 190 kits, it can be used on a lot of other 1/72 scale Luftwaffe fighters as the Balkenkreuze styles provided were used on a number of fighters. I will probably pick up some extra sets to replace my Microscale sheets that are almost 40 years old!

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The Women’s Royal Naval Service

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:24
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Neil R. Storey attended North Walsham High School and completed is pre- and post-graduate work at the University of East Anglia. is a social and military historian focused on the impact of crime, war, and medicine on British society. He has been writing since the late 1980s and has pursued military, historical crime, and topographical topics. Author of nearly fifty books, including: Animals in the First World War (2014), The Women’s Land Army (2012), The Women’s Suffrage Movement (2012), The Battle of Britain (2012), The Victorian Criminal (2011), Women in the Second World War (2011), Women in the First World War (2010), The Home Guard (2010). Neil continues to write articles for national magazines and national journals in addition to providing lectures across the UK. He has served as a consultant for both radio and television.

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The Suomi submachine gun

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:15
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Osprey Publishing continues to expand its weapon series, this time by adding a book on the exemplary Finnish-made Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun.

The book has a very reasonable breakdown of the following chapters: Introduction, development, use, impact, conclusion and bibliography, plus an index.

I’ve found particularly interesting the development, use and impact chapters. They were clearly really well researched and it included descriptions of the weapon characteristics, as well as the description of its use in combat by the Finnish ski troops against the Soviet troops. It should be noted that this submachine gun could also be used as a sniper gun, giving its high accuracy up to distances of several hundred meters.

Perhaps one of the best compliments to the overall design and performance is that this particular submachine gun was somewhat copied by the soviets and issued to their own troops in the later years of the war.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:32
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You can view the book trailer for this publication at this YouTube link:

https://youtu.be/DXhP0nV97Jw

This video provides a preview of the entire book, cover to cover.

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Su-24 Fencer Antennas

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:05
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This is the second detailing set from Quickboost for the new Trumpeter Su-24 Fencer kits and focuses on the external antennas. The set includes replacements for 3 of the antennas in the kit and provides 5 others that are not in the kit. As the set is market simply for the Trumpeter Su-24, you may need to alter the antenna locations a little bit depending on whether you are building the Su-24MR or the Su-24M.

The antennas are sharply cast in Quickboost’s standard resin and the castings not only include the individual antennas, but also the mounting plate by which the antenna is attached to the aircraft. The antennas are easily separated from the cast block, either with a razor saw or even with sprue nippers. I removed the antennas one at a time, sanded down the mounting plate and then attached the antenna with superglue before moving on to the next antenna.

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Eduard Sikorski JRS-1 The Boat, Limited Edition

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 23:09
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Thank you to the great folks at Eduard for reissuing and upgrading a kit of a unique Sikorsky flying boat for the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us kits to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The Sikorsky JRS-1, or S-43, is similar in appearance to the famous Pan Am Clipper, the S-42. I did not know that several of these planes survived the Pearl Harbor attack, and went in search of the Japanese fleet immediately afterward.

Overall summary

I enjoyed building this kit. It is a limited edition offering, with some unique challenges for the intermediate to advanced builder. A very nice set of marking options will allow you to complete a replica from nearly anywhere within the operational lifetime of the JRS-1. I am very pleased to have another yellow-wings example for my USN between-the-wars collection. A build log follows the conclusion and recommendation section.

Initial impression in the box

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Hasegawa 1/350 Japanese Carrier Junyo

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 18:59
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The Ship:

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F-16 Pilot Seated in A/C

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:46
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Are you looking to add a little life to your 1/32 scale F-16 Fighting Falcon? If so, you may want to consider the latest release in this scale from the folks at PJ Production. This is the third PJ Production figure that I have had the pleasure of reviewing, and like the other two, assembly was easy, with minimal part clean-up being required. The detail is reasonable for this scale, and the figure can be used with the Tamiya, Hasegawa, or Academy kit. The only modeling skill required involves painting a figure; otherwise, I would recommend this as an item manageable by modelers of nearly any skill level.

There are a mere six parts for this particular figure, consisting of the body, arms, two optional heads, and a piece of tube for the oxygen mask. I found the resin easy to work with as I cut the parts using my razor saw. There was no issue with the fit of any of the parts for the figure, so no filler of any type was needed to fill gaps between pieces, which can sometimes happen with resin. I used a thin CA to assemble my figure, and this held the parts in place with no issues.

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Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6 F-102 Delta Dagger

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 01:47
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Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, exclusively in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. The official title is F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale, Digital Volume 6.

Overview

review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will be in two parts; 1) content coverage, and 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective. I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?" I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information. I also have tons of books in my library, mostly in dusty residence on stoic-looking bookshelves. This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler. I cannot imagine that this publication will not be a stunning addition to any aviation enthusiast’s digital library.

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Su-24 Fencer Refueling Probe

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:53
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Last year Trumpeter released a pair of very nice Su-24 kits, replacing the old Dragon kits.  This set is one of two released by Aires/Quickboost to upgrade some of the Trumpeter parts.  The set consists of five parts: the inflight refueling probe, the refueling probe door that covers part of the probe when it is retracted, the bay into which the probe retracts and the two fuel dump pipes under the engines.

 

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Aviation Records in the Jet Age

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:35
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Lt. Col. William A. Flanagan, aka Bill “Flaps” Flanagan, was an SR-71 RSO for five years, flying out of Palmdale.  Bill was inspired to join the US Air Force due to a Northrop YB-49 trading card.  Later on in his career, he became the 14th pilot to fly the Northrop B-2.  He flew combat McDonnell F-4 Phantom IIs in Vietnam followed by an assignment in Europe under NATO.  Next up for Bill was his experience as a test pilot for Lockheed where he was part of a task force for upgrades to the SR-71 Blackbird.  Now he is a docent at Blackbird Airpark, in Palmdale, California, currently home to not only a SR-71A, a D-21B, a unique Lockheed U-2D, but a Lockheed A-12 Blackbird.  Bill has been done a multitude of videos, including:

                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IERyhj0G2q4

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F-106 Pitot Tube

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:46
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Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

This product is a single pitot tube for a Revell 1/144 F-106. The instructions are quite simple. 1) Cut off the kit pitot. 2) Drill a hole for the brass part. 3) Install the brass part, using CA glue. 4) Paint the part.

This Master Model pitot was welcome because I had broken the pitot on my F-106, and replaced it with a piece cut from a straight pin. The replacement was too short and way too thick. The Master part fixes both of these shortcomings.

I was able to bypass part of the instructions because I pulled the pin replacement out with a pair of fine nosed pliers. This left a hole in the nose which was slightly larger than I needed to put the Master Model part in. I used gel-type CA, which also acted as a filler for the oversized hole.

The new pitot went in, the CA filled the extra diameter of the hole, and I managed to keep the new part pretty straight.

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