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P-51D Mustang Wheels

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:42
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Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN wheels for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card. This set gives new main wheels and the tail wheel. The main wheels have the diamond tread pattern and come with separate hubs. The tail wheel is one part and comes with a new leg which is made from a different type of resin which is probably less prone to sagging. As well as the wheels a set of yellow tape masks are also supplied.

Upon removal of the wheels from the package you will notice the great level of detail on the wheels that come with sidewall markings and maker's technical data. The tires are deformed slightly to give the impression of weight. The detail on the hubs is excellent with each hub being separate.

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Mitsubishi A6M7 Zero Fighter Type 62 “302nd Flying Group”

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:22
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The Mitsubishi 'Zero' fighter was Japan's premiere fighter at the beginning of World War II. By the time the A6M7 Type 62 appeared, the airplane had been outclassed by American fighters and in the waning months of the war, they were used in Kamikaze attacks primarily against U.S. Navy ships.

Hasegawa has done an excellent job of reproducing this aircraft. There are plenty of details provided, and nice touches such as the tape over the rivets on the fabric flight controls are there. The kit comes with a total of 147 pieces molded in a light grey and clear plastic. The fit of the parts is excellent, and I needed just a minimum of filler putty on several joints.

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Nakajima C6N1-S Night Fighter Saiun (Myrt) Limited Edition

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:04
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Hasegawa has released this aircraft with components to make two Prototypes of the original developed reconnaissance aircraft modified for night fighter duty. One version with twin 20mm cannons and one with a single 30mm Cannon. There was only one of each built in June 1945 and both were used. There was no record of these being successful in service. 

In the box is;

  • 6 x light grey Sprues
  • 1 x clear Sprue
  • 1 x Decal sheet
  • 1 x poly caps
  • Bag of metal parts (20mm Cannons)
  • 1x Instruction booklet

While you get lots of sprues, you also get plenty of unused parts.

All the sprues are extremely well molded with very little flash and great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft as the two variants different versions.


First is the construction of the cockpit which is well detailed although the addition of Seat belts either molded in or as parts would have been a great addition. The instructions call for a paint mix to achieve the interior color, I did not use this but instead used Tamiya XF71 which is very close to the color.

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Eduard’s 1/48 H-21 Big Ed Set

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:38
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My father, a retired career pilot and Colonel in the USAF, passes along a magazine he receives each month as a member of the Air Force Association.  Several years ago, an article in one issue titled "Life on the Pine Tree Line" captivated me.  The article details daily activities at a remote DEW-line radar site on Resolution Island, in far North Newfoundland, back in the 50s and 60s.  In particular, photos of an H-21 Shawnee or "Flying Banana" as it is more commonly referred to in Artic Red conspicuity markings, caught my eye.  Other aircraft and vehicles documented in the photos included a C-123, a TWA "Connie", various cargo trucks and vehicles, and a small WWII utility vehicle known as a "Weasel".  Visions of a winter diorama scene began to take shape.


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Rolling Thunder 1965-68 – Johnson’s Air War Over Vietnam

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:23
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Richard Paul Hallion was born in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1948.  He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970 with a B.A. and followed up with his Ph.D. in 1975, again from the University of Maryland.  He was a curator of science and technology at the Smithsonian from 1974 to 1980. He has worked with the Air Force Flight Test (Edwards AFB), the Aeronautical Systems Division (Wright-Patterson AFB), the Army War College, and many other aeronautical institutions.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Member of the Order of Daedalians who has flown as a mission observer in a wide range of military aircraft, including the Vietnam-era AH-1, Canberra, C-1, C-130, C-141, C-5, F-104, F-105, F-4, F-111, O-2, P-3, CH-46, SH-3, and UH-1. He has authored many articles and books, with his first book being published in 1972 by Macmillan: Supersonic Flight: Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond.

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AH-64D Longbow Apache

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:55
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The Boeing AH-64-D Longbow is a twin-turbo shaft attack helicopter with a nose mounted target acquisition and night vision systems which makes it incredibly destructive. Longbow-equipped Apaches can locate up to 256 targets simultaneously within 50 km; the fire control radar is able to crush the enemy beyond sight range.

Upon opening the box, I found there to be 4 sprue's - 3 grey and 1 clear. Also included were the instructions for five different markings and stencils plus a decal sheet. The first thing I always do is to remove the clear sprue and pour future over them. This will stop a lot of problems later. Inspecting the rest of the grey sprue's I found no sink holes on the outside of the parts, but there were a few on the inside that were not going to be seen at final display.

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Revell USS Oriskany

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 00:00
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The Oriskany (CV34 ) was an Essex class carrier, laid down on May 1, 1944, and launched on October 13, 1945.  She was too late for World War II, and construction was suspended in 1946.  Construction was restarted in 1950.  Oriskany was commissioned on September 25. 1950.  She was built as a straight deck carrier, and served in the Korean War. 

Oriskany went to San Francisco in 1956 for a complete refit.  The wooden deck was removed and a new aluminum angled deck installed.  The hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults.  Oriskany was recommissioned in 1959.

Oriskany served off Vietnam for six cruises.  Her most famous pilot was Lt Cdr John McCain, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, and was a POW until 1973.  John McCain is now senator from Arizona.

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Osprey Boer Guerilla versus British Mounted Soldier

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 14:55
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This title is from Osprey's well received Combat Series of books. It is number 26 in the series.


From the cover:

South Africa 1880-1902

Waged across an inhospitable terrain, which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and semi-arid desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boer Commandos. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia, expert shots who moved on horseback but dismounted to fight. Although the British Army's initial over-dependence on conventional tactics led to a string of Boer victories, the British experimented with mounted infantry units of their own, melding the benefits of regular cavalry mobility and discipline with the advantages of fighting on foot. This fully illustrated study reveals both sides experience of combat in two savage conflicts, from the initial Boer victories of 1880-81 through to the final battles of 1900-02.



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GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:01
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Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set.


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Eduard P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 07:51
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Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Hamilton Standard Propeller for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.


The set contains:

  • Grey resin components (7 pieces)
  • Etched brass part (1plus spares)
  • A resin assembly jig


Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the inside of both the spinner front and back-plate boasting some great touches. The blades are great and the shape on these are perfect. The set also comes with a jig to help with location of the blades and is also nice to help hold the assembly if you want to drill a hole in the center for the prop to spin,


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Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 18:48
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This informative and well-illustrated book covers early US armor from steam-powered units in the late 1800s, early armored cars used in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and armored cars in action during the Great War. Armored cars were abandoned prior to World War II in favor of more lightly armored scout cars and half-track cars that would see extensive use in World War II.

Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. Illustrator Felipe Rodriguez Nanez works as an architect and computer graphics artist. He combines his experience in CG art and his passion for modelling in his illustrations, where he looks for a good balance between technical detail and craft.

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T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:56
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The T-90 "Standard Tank" was an evolutionary development of the Soviet T-72 tank, the latter being a prime component of Soviet tank forces during the mid-1970's to the mid 1990's.  The T-72 was also exported widely, including to the armed forces of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.  During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi T-72 tanks suffered very badly against such tanks as the U.S. M1 Abrams.  Whether this was due to the T-72 being notably inferior to the West's main battle tanks or poor training and tactics on the part of the Iraqis is irrelevant: the perception in many nations following the 1991 war was that the Soviet tank was inferior.  Thus, there was pressure within the Russian military-industrial complex to get rid of the "T-72" name.  Hence naming the first tank out of the newly formed "Russia" the T-90.

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RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:43
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The book is a part of MMP books "Inside" series and is an illustrated guide to some of the RAF WWII most famous fighters.

 The book contains so fantastic illustrations which give any modeler a great reference guide for completing cockpit instruments.

This book is a very good reference guide and idea for all modelers.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the aircraft and modeling them.

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

Bf-109G-6/14 Exterior Set 1/48

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:13


The new Zvezda kit picks up where the excellent Bf-109F kit leaves off.  The new kit shares many of the same sprues and because of this it has some similar issues.  Notably the kit needs some help in a few areas, namely the ailerons, exhausts and wheel wells. Well Vector has stepped up to the plate and provided some exquisite resin corrections.


Packaged in a small ziplock bag with a paper label at the top, Vector provides you with some beautifully cast light grey resin that is blemish free.  You get two new wheel wells, two ailerons, exhausts, cockpit shelf and bulged battery box.


The kit ailerons feature some exquisite fabric representation on the top side, but only on the top side.  The bottom is missing the fabric detail.  Not a horrible thing but a noticeable oversight.  It is a shame that Zvezda didn't take the time to correct this but Vector provides you with two new ailerons with beautiful detail on both sides.


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Tue, 02/06/2018 - 23:24
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The website Deagel.com describes the MOAB as follows: the GBU-43/B, also known as Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or Mother Of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound class bomb designed to hit large areas of enemy territory to achieve a terrifying psychological impact. It uses a GPS-based navigation system and a single blast-type warhead. The yield of this weapon is equivalent to 11-tons of TNT, obliterating an area of  200-250 meters radius.

The MOAB bomb was developed to be available for the Iraq campaign in 2003 (Operation Iraqi Freedom), but it was not deployed. It has been designed to be dropped by an MC-130 Combat Talon aircraft. The final developmental test was carried out on March 11, 2003. It was employed for the first time by the US Air Force to fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan on April 13, 2017.

When this weapon was used operationally in Afghanistan, video of the drop and explosion was all over the news. I kept thinking that somebody is going to release a kit of this beast before too long. That before too long has turned into now.

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Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 23:22
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Marco Mattioli was born January 1, 1966 in Rome.  Marco has been interested in military history since he was a teenager. In 1992 he joined the Italian National Journalist Order, after which he was employed as a writer for several leading Italian history publishers. A contributor to many important Italian history and defense magazines, as well as the author of a number of books on Italian military aviation, he wrote Osprey Aviation Elite Units 38: 53deg Stormo and Osprey Combat Aircraft 106: Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units.

Richard J. Caruana, who lives and works in Malta, is best known for his technical and colour drawings which appear regularly in magazines in the UK (Scale Aviation Modeller International), Italy (Elicotteri e Aerei Militari, Aerofan) and Greece (Model Expert). His aviation art, specializing in the history and colours of the Regia Aeronautica, has also been published in the US, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and Israel. He also has 14 books to his credit as author. Check him out at https://sites.google.com/site/rjcaviationart/.

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Modeler’s Guide to Aftermarket Aircraft Decals

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 23:11
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Ever wonder if there was ever a decal made for a particular aircraft by a particular company? Then this CD is for you!  Totaling 861 pages of information, this CD lists aircraft decals from 1960 through late 2017. Did they miss any? Probably but they do promise updates as more information becomes available. The amount of research and work involved here is staggering.

The CD-book begins with a table of contents listing every decal maker they have found. These are listed alphabetically and cover 6 pages.

Next comes the explanation of the listings, giving you the name of the manufacturer, Home country,  is the manufacturer active, inactive or out of print, explanatory material, scale, stock number, sheet title and finally aircraft types if not contained in the title.

The next 838 pages contain the list of all the manufacturers and their decal sheets. Sample sheets are placed throughout these pages. Just to be clear there is not a picture of every single decal sheet as then this would have had thousands of pages. Only some representative examples are place on these pages.

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Frog Penguin Model Kits, 1936-50

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 23:02
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Frog was one of the first manufacturers of all plastic model kits in the world, pre-dating most U.S. companies by almost 20 years. Unlike other manufacturers, they did not start off building toys or other items, but rather their first product was the "Interceptor", a rubber band powered model aircraft. It was distinguished by two things. One is that when those gliders you knew as a kid were being made of balsa wood, the Interceptor was metal. The other is that you did not launch it or throw it, it took off from the ground. Mr. van Lune goes into an extensive discussion of this aspect as it led to the company's name, FROG, which in various legends came from Flies Right Off the Ground. 

Mr. van Lune is obviously devoted to Frog model kits and in this case the Penguin line of Frog kits. He has done meticulous research and has an extensive personal collection of Frog kits as well, so he knows that of which he speaks.

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The RAF: 1918 - 2018

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:16
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This small volume is a primer in every sense of the word. Nevertheless, author Julian Hale has managed to admirably condense the 100 year history of the Royal Air Force down to sixty-four short pages. The value of this volume lies in introducing the reader, who may be familiar enough with the RAF's participation in the Second World War or the RFC's struggles through WWI, with some of the lesser known highlights of the "World's Oldest Air Force".

The books main chapters include:


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Cardboard Boxes (Generic/Electronic Devices/ Beer)

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 09:06
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Product/Stock Numbers for each set:

  • Generic: 35058
  • Electronic Devices: 35065
  • Beer: 35064

Direct links for all three sets:


Kit Review

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