IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoInternational Plastic Modelers' Society / USA

IPMS LogoIPMS/USA

IPMS LogoIPMS/USA

Subscribe to IPMS/USA Reviews feed
Updated: 1 hour 6 min ago

Airfix 1/24 F6F-5 Hellcat – Part 2

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 12:49
Product Image

With the major fuselage and wing assemblies completed in Part 1 (https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f6f-5-hellcat-part-1), I continued on with Part 2 of the 1/24 Airfix Hellcat F6F-5 build. 

The tail planes, elevators, rudder and ailerons with their respective, movable, trim tabs were glued together with minimal problems. Make sure the elevator hinges are inserted the correct way... I got it wrong...twice!!! Luckily, the glue was still wet so I could pry the elevators open and correct my mistake....twice!!!! The instructions clearly show the correct way to install these.

read more

Brengun 1/48 Messerschmitt P-1103

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:27
Product Image

History

So the Messerschmitt Me P.1103 was designed in 1944as rocket-powered short-range interceptor.   There were two variants proposed, the P-1103-I in which the pilot controlled the aircraft in a prone belly position, whereas the P-1103-II is where the pilot is in a seated position. The construction of the aircraft was kept simple due to the lack of available metals so it was constructed of wood.

read more

German Guided Missiles of World War II

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:15
Product Image

Here's another interesting and informative book by Steve Zaloga.  He has done a few books for Osprey.  By my count (from Wikipedia) this is his 27th Osprey title.  He's doing it right. 

CONTENTS

read more

MA-1A Start Cart

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 00:18
Product Image

The MA-1A Start Cart (also referred to as a "Huffer") was used by the United States Air Force as an auxiliary jet engine providing a source of high pressure, high volume air (called bleed air) to start aircraft without starters, and to start aircraft that have inoperative starters. The F-4, A-4, T-38, F-104, and A-7, just to name a few, had to be started using this cart. I have used the MA-1A many times to both start the above aircraft, and to troubleshoot/operationally check the bleed air system on the C-130 aircraft.

The kit comes with 17 resin parts and 10 photoetched parts, with molding in crisp detail. I found no fit problems with the parts, and the kit went together fairly quickly. Be careful with part number 2 with its long "tongue" at the top - I accidentally broke mine but was able to easily repair it. The body of the cart is molded in one piece.

read more

Messerschmitt P-1103

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:42
Product Image

History:

The Messerschmitt Me P.1103 (12/09/1944) was one of a series of experimental projects developed by Messerschmitt and other German manufacturers as desperation types designed to combat the heavy bomber offensives of the U.S. 8th Air Force and Royal Air Force towards the end of World War II.  The aircraft was classified as a Bordjager, a fighter meant to be carried or towed aloft and released by a fighter aircraft, either a Bf-109G or ME-262.  Powered by a liquid propellant rocket motor, the P.1103 was armed with a single MK-108 cannon mounted in the forward fuselage. Earlier developments had the pilot in a prone position, but the December 1944 version used a regular pilot's seat and regular one piece canopy.

read more

SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:43
Product Image

Videoaviation.com has been producing superb aftermarket diorama accessories and munitions for a fair amount of time. One of its latest offerings is the SUU-30 (CBU-54) H/B Late cluster bomb unit. The SUU-30 is the actual canister holding all the smaller cluster bomblets. This unit was used from post Viet War, late Cold War until 1991 Gulf War.

Inside the package, you will find parts to make six complete cluster bomb dispensers. The bomb units are broken down into front and back parts (six of each), a photoetch fret to add the fins at the rear of the bomb and a set of decals and instructions. Casting is superb with cream colored resin being used.

Preparation is simple. Cut the fin and nose sections from their casting blocks. Make sure to be as square as possible to insure a good join and minimal seam. Glue the front and back together. Once dry, I feathered the seam with glazing putty wiped with lacquer thinner. I added the fins to the tail which fit perfectly and selected a fuse.

read more

Intruder Airframe Stencils & Markings (High-Viz)

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:07
Product Image

Never one to rest on their laurels, AOA Decals has rereleased their 32002 stencil sheet for Hi-Viz A-6 Intruders in 1/32nd scale. Not only have they rereleased the sheet but they have also upgraded it to include: main and nose landing gear placards, walkway outline stripes, red engine intake warning markings, "A-6B" identifications, original style fuselage formation lights, radome latches (red & white), & tail hook stripes. And it gets a new number- 32026. This is also in addition to the following from the original sheet:

read more

Precision Sprue/Wire Round Cutter 02

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:42
Product Image

UMM-USA is one of the premier tool makers in the modeling market. John Vojtech has made many of these based upon his needs for his award-winning models. This is the Precision Sprue & Wire Cutter. This version, 02, has a rounded end. The piece comes in a plastic sleeve for easy storage.

 

So, let's take a look at the cutter. I personally like the rounded end version as it allows great vision for cutting. The end comes to a sharp point and that allows a fine cut on smaller parts. The part is "springy" and acts like tweezers. Because of the action at the cutting end, it allows for a very flush cut and leaves almost no clean up necessary.

 

read more

Va-75 Sunday Punchers (2) USN A-6E TRAM Intruders Decals

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:34
Product Image

AOA Decals specializes in Vietnam to modern era planes and covers all the major scales. This sheet is 1/32nd scale and complements with VA-75 SUNDAY PUNCHERS (1), Sheet 32-027 and covers a spans of almost 20 years of the A-6 Intruder in service with one Navy squadron - VA-75 Sunday Punchers - from Vietnam to Desert Storm. This review is for Part 2 and covers the low visibility period with coverage of the late 1980s into Operation Desert Storm in 1991. There are two markings included for the following:

 

  • A-6E TRAM Intruders
    • USS John F. Kennedy / NAS Oceana (1989-90)
    • USS John F. Kennedy / NAS Oceana (1991)

 

read more

VA-75 Sunday Punchers (1) USN A-6A/A-6E Intruders Decals

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:27
Product Image

AOA Decals specializes in Vietnam to modern era planes and covers all the major scales. This sheet is 1/32nd scale along with VA-75 SUNDAY PUNCHERS (2), Sheet 32-028 covers a spans of almost 20 years of the A-6 Intruder in service with one Navy squadron - VA-75 Sunday Punchers - from Vietnam to Desert Storm. This review is for Part 1 and covers the high visibility period including coverage of their third and final deployment to Vietnam in 1972-73 and also their better known postwar white-tail markings. Markings are included for the following:

read more

F-5 Cannon and Pitot Probe (Standard Nose Version)

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 11:03
Product Image

The F-5 series of aircraft comes armed with two 20mm, M-39 cannons, each with 280 rounds of ammunition. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy both used the F-5 in a training role, with different paint jobs and tactics to simulate enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat training.

Master Models has come up with brass replacement gun barrels and a turned brass pitot probe for the nose. Four parts are included, two gun barrels, one gun fairing, and a pitot probe. Each of the gun barrels has a realistic barrel shape, open at one end and faired closed at the other. The gun fairing is slightly larger than the two gun barrels and gives you the option of having just one gun in the nose.

read more

F-5 Cannon and Pitot Probe (Standard Nose Version)

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 10:54
Product Image

The F-5 series of aircraft comes armed with two 20mm, M-39 cannons, each with 280 rounds of ammunition. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy both used the F-5 in a training role, with different paint jobs and tactics to simulate enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat training.

Master Models has come up with brass replacement gun barrels and a turned brass pitot probe for the nose. Four parts are included, two gun barrels, one gun fairing, and a pitot probe. Each of the gun barrels has a realistic barrel shape, open at one end and faired closed at the other. The gun fairing is slightly larger than the two gun barrels, and gives you the option of having just one gun in the nose.

read more

North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Yellow Series #6143

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 10:43
Product Image

The book opens with the developmental history of the P-51 Mustang. In early 1940, as World War II was developing in Europe, the British approached North American Aviation in about building P-40s for the Royal Air Force under license from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. North American countered with an offer to design and build an improved fighter aircraft. The next phase of history is well known, as the NA-73 design was accepted by the British and eventually the US Army Air Forces took notice. The original design utilized the same twelve-cylinder Allison engine as the P-40, but the laminar-flow wing and other aerodynamic improvements allowed the new aircraft to fly faster and with great range. However, the Allison-engined P-51A version had weaknesses at higher altitudes so the airframe was modified to use the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine that had proven its value in the British Spitfire. This variant became the P-51B and P-51C models, differentiated only by the suffix based on whether they were built in factories in Inglewood, California or Dallas, Texas.

read more

F-14D cockpit in 1:48

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:25
Product Image

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this cockpit after-market set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

Summary

This aftermarket set from Eduard is a superb addition to the already excellent Tamiya F-14D kit. The Eduard set simplifies construction of the cockpit area and adds a very high level of detail that only exceptional resin casting can provide. Assembly was nearly flawless. The only problems were of my own doing. A small color-etched fret and a brass PE fret accompanied the numerous resin parts, with additional details provide by a small decal sheet for the NACES seats and instrument details. Acetate film cutouts are included for the HUD panels.

read more

R13B-300 engine for Ye-152 aircraft

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 00:24
Product Image

This set is designed to be used with Modelsvit's Ye-152 experimental aircraft.  The set consists of 5 resin parts providing the portion of the exhaust section of the engine aft of the rear compressor blades.  Cast in a light grey resin, the parts exhibit exquisite detail, however, other than the flame-holder for the afterburner and the actual nozzle part, all the details are on the inside of the exhaust tube and are finely rendered. 

 

The resin used by Amigo Models is of a medium hardness that is comparable to the injected plastic used in Airfix's new kits which makes it easy to cut, but not so fragile as to collapse or shatter when cut.  I use fine razor saw to separate the parts from the pour stubs and a medium grit (400) sanding stick to clean up the cut edges.  I then soaked the parts in Simple Green to remove any mold release agent.

 

read more

Flashpoint Russia – Russian Air Power: Capabilities and Structure

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 00:03
Product Image

This is Piotr Butowski's fourth book for Harpia Publishing on the Russian Air Force.  The first two books focused on the aircraft and helicopters currently used by the Russian Air Force and the third book focused on Russia's air-launched weapons.  The focus of this volume is on the structure of the Russia military aviation, with commentary on its possible future.

 

The book is divided into three chapters with several appendices.  Chapter One discusses the evolution of the Russian Air Force's current structure.  Chapter Two delves into the different layers of this structure starting with the upper levels and moving on down through to individual units and air bases.  Chapter Three discusses the Air Force's acquisition strategy and the author's concerns for the future.

 

read more

Albatros D.I – D.III

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 23:55
Product Image

Author Dave Hooper is the founder of the IPMS Great War Special Interest Group and a long-standing contributor to aviation modelling journals.  His comprehensive knowledge and attention to detail is well known.

read more

The McDonnell Douglas Hornet - A Comprehensive Guide

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 23:10
Product Image

Right off the bat, let me tell you that I am a fan of this SAM series of books. They provide everything a modeler needs for a knowledge of the plane covered and in tis case, it is the F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet. The books is 192 pages of soft back goodness with excellent pictures and illustrations.

The table of contents has the following:

read more

Rivets - Single line 1.60x0.25 (Raised) 1/32

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 21:05
Product Image

Rivets on models have been limited to just two choices, "positive" (raised) and "negative" (embossed) styles, that is if they are represented at all. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but nearly all builds you will need to add rivet detail. In nearly all cases, the method to add rivet detail is to emboss or dimple the surface which is complete opposite of what the rivet looks like in real life. If your approach is to represent a raised rivet, adding raised features can be a challenge. HGW Models now offers an ingenious method to add reality to rivets but note that is will take a little practice to get the right effect.

read more

P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubble Top" (Set of 2)

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:35
Product Image

Platz has been a consistent supplier of new review kits to us, and I'm pleased to be able to review this recent release.  Newly tooled and boxed, this kit is a joy to build with 4 great marking schemes available to share between the two complete models. Let's dive in.

All parts are crisply molded with very nicely engraved panel and control surface lines.  Instructions are in full color.  The instrument panels are molded in clear plastic - when removing these from the sprue, be careful not to confuse the gunsight with the sprue - I accidentally clipped off the first gunsight in error when cutting parts.  I used a toothpick to add white dots to the back face of the panel and then overpainted with black, resulting in a nice-looking panel (very little of which is visible once you button up the cockpit.)  I added thin masking tape strips simulating harnesses, but again, you won't see much with a closed canopy. I considered slicing one of the canopies open but didn't want to risk the damage; one could add more detail if desired.

read more