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Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams

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This is a diorama set which observes the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. The kit comes with 4 - 1/72 models; The US AH-1 Cobra, the US M-1A1 Abrams, the Iraqi Mi-25 and an Iraqi T-62.

Because there are 4 models in the set, and we have time limits, the helicopters are built by Mike Hinderliter, and the armor by Jim Pearsall. The review will appear in 4 parts, as each of the 4 kits is finished.

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F2H-2 Banshee Landing Gear

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:44
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Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) continues their replacement metal great releases with a set of metal gear for the Kitty Hawk F-2H Banshee. This white metal set is comprised of eight pieces and replaces both the nose gear as well as both main gear legs. Molding is excellent with only a hint of a seam which is easily sanded out.

The main gear legs are direct replacements and are a drop in fit to the kit parts and will provide a nice sturdy base to the plane. The nose gear is a bit more complicated (as is the nose gear on the real Banshee) and is made up of the remaining six parts. I built the kit parts for comparison and I am very glad to have the SAC set as the kit landing gear retraction strut snapped when I cut it loose. The nose gear leg is assembled by adding the strut into the u-shaped part and gluing the retraction strut in place. Use slow setting glue and get this aligned and then zap it to cure the glue. I added one side link in and got it glued solid and then added the link for the wheel and then the other side. As in the kit, there is no locating part for the wheel link to attach to the main strut and I reinforced the join with super glue.

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Nakajima B5N2 'Kate'

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:28
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The Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' was the most numerous Japanese torpedo bomber of the Second World War, and while primarily operated from carriers, it also saw service as a land based bomber. A single engine monoplane, it was defended by just one rearward firing machine gun, operated by the radio operator, and its relatively low speed left it vulnerable to enemy fighters. Kates performed well at Pearl Harbor and went on to have success during the early battles of the war.

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B-26 F/G Marauder

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:10
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I have a confession to make. I love the B-26…no idea why, I just like the way it looks and the markings and so this review is a little bit of a love affair with a specific plane. So, when Hasegawa’s B-26 F/G came up for review, I jumped at the chance.

Reviewing the kit in the box shows 12 sprues with two of those being clear. The clear parts not only include the canopies and windows but also the horizontal tails which is due to the small windows for the rear gunner which are next to the tail and small. In this way, the tiny windows are easier to mask and fit better. Also included is a set of poly caps for the props and a large set of decals covering three markings:

  • B-26F, Redlight Rosie of the 587th BS in natural metal
  • B-26G, Lak-a-Nookie of the 459th BS in olive drab over natural metal
  • B-26G, Round Too! Of the 584th BS in natural metal.

Great nose art and markings to choose from are a great way to start a build and I love the OD/natural metal scheme so it was Lak-a-Nookie for me.

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Eduard 1/35 Tie Down Straps

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:02
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This is one of those detail sets that you don’t know you need it until you need it.  It is a pre-painted fret of US straps and tie downs.  Packaged in a typical Eduard re-sealable package with card stock to protect the contents.  This pre-painted fret utilizes the new steel media to produce a thin and accurate strap.  The straps can be manipulated fairly robustly without the paint chipping. 

There are five different types of straps.  The first one has a clip on the end that will have to be folded.  There are three of them.  The second one is a strap in tan that can be added to the first one to ‘lengthen’ it.  There are two of these straps.  The third strap is a ‘leather’ looking strap that can be added to one of the other straps.  There are two of these straps.  The fourth one is another tan/canvas style of strap, that again can be used to lengthen the others.  The fifth strap is another leather style strap.  There are three of them to use. 

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MCW Finishes Gray Primer Lacquer

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 18:49
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Model Car World is a model company that specializes in resin car bodies and paint finishes matched to automotive colors. MCW was purchased by Wings Wheels and Waves in 2015 and they have expanded their paint line to include military colors.

The primer comes in 1oz. bottles that have a bb inside to facilitate mixing. The primer is pre-thinned for airbrush and is recommended by MCW for their finish paints

The primer is very thin and should be thoroughly shaken before spraying. MCW provides a thinner to be used with their paints, but the primer was pre-thinned and did not require additional thinning. The paint should be applied in thin wet coats, and the lacquer dries very fast. The airbrush should be 2 – 3 in. from the surface to obtain a wet coat.

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US Army Helicopter Pilot-Vietnam War 1960-1975

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 18:03
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Aerobonus has been releasing new figures at a remarkable rate. They continue to offer figures to go with your aircraft model. They are now starting to offer more helicopter related figures. There latest is available in 1/48th and 1/32nd scale, a US Army Helicopter Pilot from the Vietnam War between 1960-1975.

Packaged in a re-sealing packet with a card stock backing inside. There is a painting guide included on the instructions. The outside shows the helmeted figure and inside is the Stetson or boonie cap one. This figure is molded perfectly in light grey resin. The figure comes on a single pour block. The figure represents the early style single piece flight suit. It was less than popular in the heat and humidity of Vietnam. As a former Army pilot I can tell you that a single piece flight suit may be nice to have during a post-crash fire but for everyday wear, it was not fun. Imagine trying to get it off with the runs. Not fun. Anyhow, back to the review.

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Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 17:43
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After ten years of Countach production, the 1985 four valve per cylinder “Quattrovalvole“ V-12 coupled with a new fuel injection system was a significant upgrade. If that wasn’t enough for auto enthusiast they only made 610 of them which sold out immediately.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 2016 release of the Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole 1:24 Scale Italeri Model Kit #3683. This kit is molded in white, grey, black, chrome, and clear with vinyl tires. Decals are made for the detailed interior and the chassis is made in multiple parts for enhanced finishing. The motor is highly detailed and can be viewed through the open engine cover. The body is also a multi-part unit crisply molded and proportionally correct. Finished dimensions are Length 7-¼”, Width 3”, Height 2”.

Construction and Detailing:

The body is molded in color (white) but there are some knit lines that are visible so primer and paint are recommended for an even color finish.

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VBL Milan

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 10:43
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The Panhard VBL is a French light armored reconnaissance vehicle developed by the Panhard company with a steel-armored body and bulletproof glass. The VBL can also run on water with a propeller which is part of the rear axle. This version of the VBL includes a roof mounted Milan Anti-Tank Missile Launcher. This kit is a reissue of Tiger Model's kit of the Panhard VBL light armored reconnaissance vehicle with 7.62 mm machine gun, #4603. Tiger has also produced a version with a 12.7 mm M2 machine gun, #4619.

All six of the kit’s vehicle hatches can be modeled open or closed. The kit includes a complete interior with weapons, gear, and communication equipment. The tires can rotate. The kit also includes a metal tow cable and missile launcher with six spare missiles. The roof mounted missile launcher can rotate. The kit does not include an engine or transmission. A roof-mounted machine gun is provided with the kit parts, but not used on this version.

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Eduard Ventura Mk. II Interior Set

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 23:13
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This is a photoetch interior set for the Revell Ventura Mk. II. This set includes two photoetch sheets. One is colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit. The photoetch really make the cockpit stand out.

In the Packet is;

  • 1 x colored photoetch sheet
  • 1x photoetch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for a kit that needs it. The cockpit parts really add some detail. I did find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. Also, I would recommend installing the assembled parts 34 and 14 into part 7 before you fully form it. The set also adds details such as magazine boxes, navigators table, turret gun control panels, grab handles, and additional seat details.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

TOPGUN Tigers and Talons

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 22:35
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The movie Top Gun, love it or hate it, raised a lot of interest in the Navy Fighter Weapons School and that interest was not lost on modelers, with the markings of the Adversary planes standing out. Furball has given us an enormous sheet of markings covering thirteen different schemes covering 12 different of F-5Es and F-5Fs between 1976 and 1986. Note that this is different from the smaller schemes as they just couldn’t fit the T-38’s on the sheet. There is great news in that the markings included are all airframes so you could build all thirteen planes included.

The schemes included are:

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L-29 Delfin – Control Surfaces

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 21:53
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The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

This set from Aires provides replacements for the kit elevator, rudder, and flaps. The four flap parts provide additional surface detail but mainly provide very sharp trailing edges. The flap parts also have some added detail molded into the sides of the flap parts. These parts must be carefully removed from their molding sprues because of their fine mounting struts.

The new elevator offers a slight improvement over the kit part. Surface detail is about the same but the Aires part has finer elevator tip counterbalances and of course, the trailing edges are sharp.

Finally, the rudder is a big improvement over the kit part. The kit rudder consists of two halves which makes for a much thicker trailing edge. The Aires part is much more realistic with a sharp trailing edge.

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Part 3- SWS McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II- The Finale

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:12
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Last we left off, the airframe was together with the parts and we were ready to paint. In preparation, I added the landing gear. To me, this allows the plane to sit up off surfaces while drying and these were sturdy and fit perfectly with the best attachment points I have seen. To start, I used Tamiya acrylic high gloss white thinned with lacquer thinner and sprayed the bottom and slightly up the sides. I masked off the intakes as they had a great demarcation line from the previous painting and the great design. I also shot the flaps, the rudder on the tail and all the landing gear doors. This dried quickly and I masked off for the Gull Gray. I masked around the edges and the rudder and used my Gyrocut to get some wavy lines. Tamiya yellow tape was used for all masking. I sprayed the top with Xtracolor thinned with lacquer thinner and set the plane aside to dry for a few days. I also gave both horizontal stabs a coat of gloss white.

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Ventura MkII Interior Set

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 22:57
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This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Revell Ventura MkII. This set is colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit and other areas. They really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet
Summary

This is a fantastic set for the set for a kit that needs them. I do find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. Also I would recommend install the assembled parts 34 and 14 into part 7 before you fully form it.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Ventura MkII Bomb Bay Set

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:44
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This is a photoetch bomb bay upgrade set to for the Revell Ventura MkII which has very simple molded details in the kit part and really needs them. One reason I put off buying the Revell kit was my disappointment in the bomb bay detail, this set make it very simple to really improve the kit.

In the packet is:

  • 1 large photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet
Summary

This is a fantastic set and the kit really needs this as it’s a major improvement. The set does require a lot of work removing the simple molded details on the kit parts especially part B6. But it’s well worth all the effort. The set also includes the bomb fins and spinners. I really loved the finish look of the bomb bay once this was done. If you have the Revell kit you have to get this set!

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Remove Before Flight STEEL

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 19:11
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Every type of aircraft that has an ejection seat or explosive cartridges has a safety item that can be removed to make them safe to be around. That item is a Remove Before Flight safety pin. Every pin has a red tag attached to it so it can be removed before flight. Funny how that works.

Eduard has offered Remove Before Flight tags before in their normal line. They worked but they were very stiff. These new tags are much thinner and can be bent much more realistically.

Inside the usual Eduard packaging is one colored fret with coloring on both sides. The printed “Remove Before Flight” is only on one side. One set has some printing on the other side. The printing is crisp and looks great.

You will have to make the chords from wire. But that makes it easy to adjust the length of the flags.

If there is a downside to this set, it is that there are only a few of each type of tag. There are three No.1 style, three No.2 style, three No.3s, only two style 4, and three of style 5. Depending on your modeling subject you may need multiple sets.

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Soviet Small Arms WW2

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 23:42
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Most of the time, Figures in small scales, such as HO (1:87) are armed with weapons that roughly represent their 1:1 scale real-world counterparts at best, and more often than not, look like sticks or worse.

If you have any 1:87 scale WW2-era Soviet troops that need improved weapons, this is for you.

The kit is composed of 1 sheet of photo-etched brass, containing 10 WW2-era Soviet Small Arms, and 1 instruction sheet

The small arms are very highly detailed, historically accurate, and are folded in half to represent both 3D sides of the weapon. Iron sights and bolt-action levers, as well as magazines, and even triggers and trigger-guards are represented very well on the models.

As seen in the picture below, I have assembled the Mosin-Nagant standard infantry bolt-action rifle.

I would only recommend this kit to a modeler with sufficient experience with Photo-etched brass kits, and of course, only to modelers who already own some unarmed 1:87 scale troops.

Metal Landing Gear for the Zoukei-Mura F-4J Phantom II

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 23:55
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Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat substitute and replacement set for the newly-released Zoukei-Mura F-4J Phantom II. I am pleased to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade from this company. The target kit has excellent detail and complexity making it a bit heavier than most, and having strong metal “legs” really helps!

The 7 white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo. The weight of the parts is very noticeable. All parts are free of sprues and are nearly ready for priming and painting. The parts require very little buffing, cleanup and polishing. There are some barely-noticeable seams that readily retreat at the advance of a #11 blade!

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Mc 202 Exhaust Stack

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 23:41
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Eduard Models continues to expand its Brassin line, this time with a drop-in replacement for the Hasegawa Mc 202 (also applicable to the Eduard Folgore #1132).

The parts are casted in grey resin, with no bubbles or surface imperfections. Please note that the parts are handed (i.e., they are left and right parts).

The exhaust ends are hollow (big improvement over the plastic part) and the sides of the exhaust are very thin, much closer to scale. The parts also include a beautiful weld seam.

You can see from the pictures that the resin parts certainly improve the look of the model and because they are a drop-in replacement it takes no extra time to install them. They fit perfectly!

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Eduard Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

SC 50 German WWII Bombs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 22:23
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The SC 50 was a small general purpose bomb used by the Luftwaffe in World War II. The bomb weighed between 48 and 55 kg and was produced in several different variants. It was carried by Luftwaffe bombers and fighter-bombers during the war. The bombs could be equipped with “screamers” which look like long whistles to make noise during flight.

This set provides eight SC 50 bombs and thirty-two very tiny screamers. The bombs are single piece units which are easily separated from the pour stubs. The screamers are provided in sets of 8 on 4 separate pour stubs. After removing the bombs from the pour stubs, I lightly sanded them on a piece of sandpaper taped to a small piece of glass from an old picture frame, making sure to keep the bombs vertical. This removed the remains of the pour stubs. Work slowly as the bombs are small and the fins are delicate. Fortunately I only broke off one of them, but it was quickly reattached with superglue.

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