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Vought OS2U Kingfisher Warpaint series #111

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 16:58
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This book covers the Vought OS2U Kingfisher.  Number 111 in the very familiar Warpaint series by Guideline, this book follows their tried and true format. Beginning with the discussion of the prototype the book then moves into production models and service.  All variants are covered including the XOS2U-4 and those made by the Naval Aircraft Factory.

Next, comes the extensive overseas service by the Kingfisher.  Serving with Australia, throughout Latin America and Russia, brief coverage of the numbers involved and their use is given. This is followed by a detailed description of the aircraft, all its specifications, and fittings.

The largest section covers the use of the aircraft in war time service with the USN shipboard, USMC use and those based on seaplane bases and island use. The book concludes with a list of kits, decals, and aftermarket that are available and some cockpit detail photographs.

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Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/72 Eurofighter Landing Gear (Hasegawa)

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:06
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The set is designed as drop in replacements for the kit landing gear parts for Hasegawa's recent 1/72 scale Eurofighter/Typhoon.  The set consists of 6 white metal parts, a nose gear strut, two main landing gear struts, the nose gear retraction strut and two retraction struts for the main landing gear legs.

As with all of SAC's sets, the castings are excellent.  There was a slightly raised casting seam on some of the parts, but this is easily removed with an Xacto knife.  The three retraction struts are cast together on small runner, but they are easily removed, but exactly where the casting plug ends and the part begins is not always clear, so I kept the corresponding kit parts nearby for consulting.  Be very careful removing the nose gear retraction strut from the runner as it is fairly thin and easily bent, as I discovered.  Unfortunately, thin white metal parts do not spring back into place when bent, so as the photos show, I still have some work to do straightening out this strut.

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Dragon 1/35 M752 Tactical Ballistic Missile Launcher

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:55
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From Dragon Models USA website: This M752 is understandably 100% newly tooled. Furthermore, it's the only 1/35th scale full plastic kit of this US-manufactured tracked missile launcher currently available on the market.

The missile can be elevated up or down to represent firing or transport modes, respectively. The missile mount and associated elevation mechanism are sophisticated and strong enough to support an accurately detailed Lance missile.

This new kit captures the somber days of the Cold War, and so this Lance self-propelled missile launcher would make a fine addition to any modern warfare kit collection. The Lance system was used by the US Army, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and UK, meaning that this new kit offers enterprising modelers a lot of versatility.

 

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He 219 Wheels

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:35
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The Tamiya Heinkel He 219 1/48th scale kit has been around for a long time, and in my opinion remains a great kit. I built one several years and was quite pleased with the fit, detail and ease of assembly. I was fortunate enough to obtain a second kit in our local club raffle and began the search for all the "necessary" aftermarket accessories to meet my personal taste. Up to this time the only resin wheels available were the True Details wheel which I used on my first build. I found that CzechMaster offers a set of wheels, cockpit interior and canopy, which may be more than some modelers may need.

When the opportunity arose to review the Eduard version I quickly volunteered and was rewarded with an email indicating the set was mine.

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The Eduard Brassin parts are furnished in a sturdy clam shell protective enclosure. There are four main wheels and a separate nose wheel. Eduard must be commended on their design for minimizing the casting plugs, which allows for easy removal of the parts from the plugs.

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Old Suitcases

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:57
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I've slowly been working my way back into armor and vignettes and/or dioramas, so when I saw this set list I thought it would be a good exercise in painting, and allow me to have some unique items to add to a scene.

The Plus Model "Old Suitcases" set comes with 9 pieces (actually 7 suitcases of varying sizes, plus a hat box and a steamer trunk) molded in a light gray resin. All of the various luggage items have a casting block attached, either to a back/bottom corner or along the bottom of the item. Making a choice as to whether to use these blocks as handles while painting, or to cut them off prior to paint, will be an individual decision for each modeler. As I have large hands and am often rather clutzy, I chose to leave them on and do some touch up painting afterwards.

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Academy 1/72 USN F/A-18E VFA-143 Pukin Dogs

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:01
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While many other kits of the F/A-18E have been released in 1/72, Academy's recent release is a continuation of its recent focus on enticing new people to the hobby.  It is not a snap-tight kit with all the negative connotations that often has, nor is it a "normal" model kit.  Like several of its other releases last year and this year, this kit is for the most part a push-fit kit, however, it showcases some of the best model engineering I have seen as many joints where the parts fit together are exquisite and most of them vanish once assembled.

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Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior: England 865-1066

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:46
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Gareth Williams has been a curator at the British Museum since 1996, with responsibility for British and European coinage, about AD 500 to about 1180. Within this area he specializes in Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage. Much of his work focuses on the use of coinage as evidence within broader historical and archaeological studies.  Gareth has authored at least fifteen books and led several projects at the British Museum, with a "Viking Voyages" exhibition that recently finished a run from March 2015 through February 2017. He has been actively involved in historical re-enactments.  Check him out at: http://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/departments/staff/coins_and_medals/gareth_williams.aspx .

 

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Crane Ruger H-3D

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:21
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This is another great unusual subject from Plus Models which is a super addition to a diorama of any sort.

This resin kit of the Ruger H-3D Crane (Engine hoist) used in all types of maintenance shops Military or civil. The kit is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 31 resin parts
  • 1 small photoetch sheet
  • 1 metal chain
  • 1 brass wire
  • 1 instruction sheet

All the parts are all very well detailed with only a few bubble mark defects.

Construction

The build is a little difficult and fiddley at times. I found an issue in the build with a few air bubbles that needed filling. Also a few of the part numbers were missed from the instructions, and a couple were mixed up, but this is easy to work out from the parts. The other thing I did was drill out the holes as some of the pins were too tight. Also, I drilled holes for the wire attachment points to make this better for assembly.

Summary

This is excellent kit and was a lot of fun to build. The fit of the parts is very good

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Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s "The Collectors Guide"

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 00:50
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The book is a general collectors guide to classic Diecast toy cars. It covers cars from a classic era of toy cars and covers all the major companies and countries where they were made. The book shows the most known and collectables of the time period. The book has great pictures and lots of detailed information. This book brought lots of memories back to me as a kid getting many of the cars shown in the book as Birthday and or Christmas gifts from my family. The book may have a limited audience but I for one loved it!

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in Diecast cars and also all those who, like me, was a kid during the 60's or 50's.

Thanks go to Veloce Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Triple Ejector Rack (TER)

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:24
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The triple ejector rack (TER) has been used for many years and is a weapons suspension unit that attached to an aircraft pylon and allows for three weapons to be carried on that pylon. The United States has used TERS since the Vietnam War and they still a common sight on US aircraft along with many NATO air forces. The bombs are attached to the TER by mounting lugs and are stabilized by adjustable sway braces on the TER.

Eduard has produced a resin set which includes part to make 5 TER's in 1/32nd scale. The set is made of 50 parts of wonderfully cast resin and a small photoetch fret. Full color instructions and full markings are also included.

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T-28 Trojan

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:12
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Summary

Even though Kitty Hawk Model released its big and beautiful T-28B-D Trojan back in 2016, I was thrilled to see it come up on the review list recently.  No doubt the company is preparing for the release of the new 'C' version (with a tail hook), due out any time now.  Either way, the big 1/32nd scale T-28 is sure to please.

And pleasing it is - the smart, clean lines of the venerable trainer are beautifully captured in this multi-media kit.  Among the options offered are two types of propeller blades, three types of wheels, and a huge variety of underwing stores should you decide to arm your Trojan.  In addition, the engine bay can be exposed on one or both sides with cowl flaps that are detailed inside and out.

The thin, three-piece canopy is crystal clear and there are two large weights provided that are inserted just behind the engine firewall to (help) stand this big boy up on its tricycle landing gear.

 

History

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F-4J Phantom “VF-84 Jolly Rogers Super Detail Limited Edition

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 01:05
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Review

Hasegawa has re-released their -J Phantom II as a "Super Detail" edition with markings from VF-84 "Jolly Rogers". That skull and bones sure look great on the rudder. And you are even provided with a skull and bones patch to add to your own jacket!

The box has 8 grey sprues, one clear sprue (for a total of 132 pieces) and a photoetch fret, white metal parts and plastic rubber tires, plus one short run of a plastic rubber "hose", for detailing.

Assembly is pretty straightforward starting with the cockpit. Appropriate raised detail is provided in the side consoles and instrument panel to accept dry-brushing. Overall, the detail in the cockpit is simple, but acceptable under a closed canopy. Note that this being a Navy model it has the blanking plate on the right side of the backseat. I was not able to fit it without doing some modification to the part.  I just kept having interference between the instrument panel and the blanking piece. Eventually decided to trim off about 2mm of the part and then I got a perfect fit.

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T-33A Photoetch Sets

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 19:15
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Most modern model kits, although well detailed, could use some aftermarket parts to give the kit that extra "pop" of reality. Eduard has done such an accessory with their "Big Ed" kit for the 1/48 Great Wall Hobby T-33 kit. The "Big Ed" kit actually contains four items: a painted photoetched T-33 interior and exterior detail kit; painted photoetched steel seatbelts for the ejection seats; a photoetched set of landing flaps; and finally, a die-cut mask for the kit.

I started with the interior part of the interior/exterior set. Once bent and glued into place, the panels really add to the realism of the cockpits. I had trouble creating the bends on both photoetch part 10s, which are aircraft form holders. Another deviation that I highly recommend doing is to use the kit's flat backing on the instrument panel (the kit's instrument panels are designed as a sandwich, with a decal in the middle). Using the flat backing and Eduard's instrument panels results in a realistically thin panel. A drop of floor polish on each instrument and it looks ready to fly!

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Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Interceptor

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:41
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Convair's F-102A originated as a response to a requirement for a Mach 1+ interceptor fighter. Based upon the XF-92 research fighter, the F-102 became the U.S'. first delta-winged fighter. The triangular wing was named after the Greek letter D (delta), which it resembled in shape.

The kit comes molded in light grey plastic with a total of 97 parts with very little flash. The detail on the parts is quite good, with panel lines being represented by raised lines.

On the exhaust parts in Step 1, the afterburner and parts 86 and 87 should be sanded smooth before assembling the fuselage, as this area becomes almost impossible to work after assembly. There are ejector pin marks on the insides of both intake halves just inside of the air intake lips. As these will be seen from outside by looking down both intakes, I recommend sanding them smooth, along with painting the area silver or zinc chromate green.

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Se.5a Scout Royal Class : Dual Combo

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:15
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If you are not familiar with Eduard kits then you might be confused by the differences between the five different types of kits that Eduard produces.  (Content paraphrases content on the Eduard Website)

 

Overtree kits are very basic in content, with no reduction in the quality of molding or fit. There are no instructions, no decals, and no photoetch or resin. For a rather low price one gets the parts trees and that's it. We are talking a price in the range of $15.00 for some excellent parts sufficient to produce one model of high quality, but you will need to supply the instructions and decals from other sources. Overtree kits are not necessarily "easy" or "easier" to build than other Eduard editions of a particular subject, they simply contain the parts for one model and nothing else.

 

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Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:33
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I still remember the commercials for the Mazda Wankel engined cars - like they hum.  This was a pretty quick and simple build and was a pleasure to build

Engine: I have no idea about the size of the engine but it's a Wankel rotary engine.  The parts fit together like they should with no flash.  There is an option for a different carburetor and air filter. I used the stock unit.  I didn't detail the engine to keep it an out of the box build.

Interior: Interior is just a basic tub.  The gauges were strange because there's 3 gauges well engraved on the dash but the included decals have 2 large gauges and 3 smaller ones that didn't even come close to a match.  I just detail painted the engraved pieces. The interior is also flocked.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:21
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Overview

As an exotic model car builder, I went bonkers when this kit became available as an IPMS review candidate.  The Porsche 918 kit was initially introduced on the European model market by Revell of Germany, luckily Revell USA soon picked it up and re-boxed it for the United States market, the only difference was the boxing configuration.  Your hobby shop may have both the Revell USA or Revell Germany versions, the only difference is boxing and pricing.  Specifically, the 918 is an exotic hybrid vehicle; main power is generated by a 4.6 litre gasoline engine and is supplemented by two electric motors on both the front and rear axles.  It has astonishing performance; 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and 0-100 MPH in 4.9 seconds. Initial pricing of this car was a cool $845,000 less an electric federal income tax credit of $3,667 (like you and I need that for our income tax filing).  

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The Vought A-7 Corsair

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:02
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SAM Publications series of Modelers Datafiles cover a lot of ground in a single book.  This one is on the Vought A-7 Corsair II, and it gives plenty of information in a single book that most modelers need when researching and building a model. 

The A-7 was the replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.  Even a casual observer can see that what Vought did was take their successful F-8 Crusader and shorten it.  They also put a non-afterburning turbofan engine in there, improving range and fuel economy.  And with the advances in electronics and weapons in the 1960s, the A-7 was a very accurate bomb-dropper, and it could carry a pretty good load of various weapons.

The book consists of the following sections

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1982 Pontiac Firebird

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:47
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The 1982 Firebird, with its sibling, the Chevy Camaro, introduced GM's third generation of F Body sports coupes. For 1982, the Firebird was downsized from previous models, and featured new styling with an added emphasis on aerodynamics, and was offered in three trim options, with the V8 powered Trans Am being the top end performance version.

We would like to thank Round 2 for providing us with this reissue of MPC's 1/16 scale Firebird kit. This kit is rated at Skill Level 3, and has 158 parts, all neatly bagged inside of the large, reinforced box. Inside the box are two bags of white plastic parts, another bag holding the white plastic body and chassis, a bag with the chrome plated parts, a bag with the hollow vinyl Goodyear tires, and a final bag containing the clear windshield and back glass, tinted optional T tops, and clear red taillight panel. This model has posable front wheels, and opening doors and hood. It has several optional parts, such as components for a removable T top roof, side exhaust, hoods, and a twin turbo setup for its V8 engine.

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Italeri Lockheed F-35A Lightning II

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:01
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Hobbico and Italeri USA once again earn appreciation from IPMS USA for providing a sample of a long-awaited product, the Italeri 1/32 F-35 Lightning II.  Of course, the usual bow and thanks go to IPMS USA leadership for sending me this kit!

This kit is a medium sized box containing Italeri's standard medium gray plastic, yellow-tinted clear canopy and other parts, a photoetch fret for some details, a small sheet of masking for only some/part of the Low-observable (LO) panels, and an excellenft Cartograf decal sheet with markings for US, Israeli, British, Australian, and Netherlands users.

Initial impression is good; the weapons bay will be the hard part, and this was proven out in construction.  The detail is there and if you are not in a hurry will reward you with an excellent focus point for your efforts. 

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