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Eduard 1/48 MiG-21PFM - VIETNAM

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:56
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The MiG-21 attributed itself during the Vietnam War quite well against the US Air Force and US Navy.  The small fast airframe accompanied with the limitations imposed by the US command allowed the Vietnamese Air Force to reach something close to parity. 

 

Eduard has released the MiG-21PFM previously but this boxing is specifically targeted to the Vietnamese use of the airframe. 

 

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Jogging some miles. Tyra

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:20
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Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive or truck vignettes and dioramas. Tyra is the latest edition following eight previous kits.  I'm sure there will be more on their way.

 

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Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:42
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The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service with the Russian air forces for over 40 years.  It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well-liked by the two-man crew.  A number of kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling company has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings.

This sheet, "Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 2", along with the Pt. 1 sheet, represent various Su-24 aircraft that are based at the Shagol Air Base, near the city of Chelyabinsk near the border with Kazakhstan.  When the regiment was first deployed to Chelyabinsk in September of 2010, the aircraft were painted in a variety of schemes and needed repainting.  Before re-paint, at least two of the aircraft featured large eagles on the right side of the nose.  It was decided to keep these eagle emblems during the repaint.  That is the reason behind the name of this sheet - Chelyabinsk Eagles.

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Su-24M/MR Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:31
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The Sukhoi Su-24 "Fencer" has been in service with the Russian air forces for over 40 years.  It is a rugged, variable wing sweep bomber that is easy to fly and well-liked by the two-man crew.  Several kits have been produced of this aircraft and recently, the Advanced Modeling company has released some decal sets that depict the Fencer in modern markings.

This sheet, "Chelyabinsk Eagles Pt. 1", along with the Pt. 2 sheet, represents various Su-24 aircraft that are based at the Shagol Air Base, near the city of Chelyabinsk near the border with Kazakhstan.  When the regiment was first deployed to Chelyabinsk in September of 2010, the aircraft were painted in a variety of schemes and needed repainting.  Before re-paint, at least two of the aircraft featured large eagles on the right side of the nose.  It was decided to keep these eagle emblems during the repaint.  That is the reason behind the name of this sheet - Chelyabinsk Eagles.

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Sink the Tirptiz, 1942-44

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:19
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The newest series for Osprey has moved from the land and the sea to the air. Whereas their previous series' focused on large land and naval campaigns, this series turns its focus to well-known air campaigns. Using the tried and true format that Osprey has perfected, the volume has several full color plates rendered by an artist attempting to capture critical moments in the campaign, historical photographs, maps, and lots of charts comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each side. Often the color plates can be hit and miss. These are really quite dramatic.

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SBD-5 "Battle of Philippines Sea"

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:19
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Academy as re-boxed the very good Accurate Miniatures SBD-5 and it has added value to it by providing a mask set and a small photo-etch fret.

Upon opening the box you find 7 plastic sprues -one of them clear-, plus a PE fret for minor details like seatbelts and a really nice mask set to take care of that greenhouse canopy. Please note that the mask set is customized to the open and closed canopy options, meaning you get a full spare set of masks for another SBD in your collection (and who does not have a few of them?). You are provided with markings for 3 Dauntless, one of them a Marine Corps one, with mission tally markings.

Despite the years, the molds hold really well with no flash anywhere to be found and the panel lines remain sharp and well defined.

Construction, as usual starts with the cockpit and you get a full meal there. It is probably one of the most detailed cockpits I've seen out of the box.. Full sidewall detail, fantastic radio/radar set, plus a highly detailed rear gunner position.

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Tiger Shark Show Rod

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:44
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From KustomRama:

The Car Craft Dream Rod was designed by the staff of Car Craft Magazine in 1961 and built in 1963. The car was completely custom made and got its power from a 289 Ford engine. In 1966 the Dream Rod was sold to the International Show Car Association, which commissioned a substantial revision to the car's styling, called the Tiger Shark. New alterations on the car included a hood scoop, the side roof scoops were closed, the trunk lid was eliminated, the rear was stretched 6 inches, the rear window, grille opening, and front fenders were also modified, and the roof clad in vinyl. The fenders followed the nose's shape and enclosed the Dream Rod's wheel wells. The redesign specified a new interior, including high-backed buckets, clad in a combination of wood-grained vinyl and orange and brown brocade. In place of the antiquated wires and skinny whitewalls were Cragar GT "mags" and plump Firestones. The new car was named Tiger Shark.

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Mig-21F and Mig-21F-13 R11F-300 Exhaust Nozzle

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:05
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I previously reviewed Amigo's 1/72 resin exhaust set for the Mig-21bis and this set is almost identical. Like the previous kit, it comprises five detailed resin parts for the exhaust. The centerpiece of the assembly and the flame holder for the afterburner are slightly different than the corresponding pieces in the R25-300 engine set. All of them are highly detail, both on the inside of the exhaust as well as the exterior.  Although the pieces are not numbered, you can identify them by the life-sized drawings on the instructions.

My razor saw made short work of removing the mold bases from the kit parts. Two of the pieces have interior cones attached to the bases, but these are not part of the exhaust. I believe they help in the molding process.

The five pieces essentially form a tube so construction proceeds quickly. Make sure the mating surface are square to each other to avoid a "leaning tower of exhaust." Just couldn't resist. I followed the same painting sequence I did on the previous exhaust set: primer, then different shades of Alclad II metallic paint, a dark wash, and dry brushing. The finished model looks very convincing.

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Beechcraft T-34A Mentor

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 09:51
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Aircraft and history:

The Beechcraft T-34A Mentor is a single engine, two place (tandem cockpit) military trainer developed in 1948. The design is based on the highly successful Model 35 Beechcraft V-tail Bonanza but uses a conventional tail and narrower fuselage seating two in a tandem arrangement. The T-34A first entered service with the US Air Force in 1953 and replaced the North American AT-6 Texan as the initial primary trainer. Two years later the Navy ordered the T-34B for the same role at the Air Force. The T-34A remained in service with the USAF for just a few years until it was replaced by the T-37 "tweet". T-34's that were not sent to flying clubs or foreign military sales were transferred to the USAF auxiliary Civil Air Patrol until they were retired in 2003.

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AIM-9X Sidewinder

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:21
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Entering service in 2003, the AIM-9X is the latest version of the "Sidewinder" family of heat seeking missiles. Some of the advancements over previous versions is 90 degrees off boresight capability that is compatible with helmet mounted displays. The missile also incorporates thrust vectoring control improving turning capability. The AIM-9X also internal cooling which removes the need for launch rail nitrogen bottles. The AIM-9X is typically air launched but can be fired from land and sea platforms.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AIM-9X is part of their "Brassin" line includes resin and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away.

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IDF Sho’t Kal Gimel Type II- Operation Peace for Galilee 1982

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:47
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They say first impressions really do define a relationship- and when I first received this kit and opened it up to see the vast amount of plastic inside, I knew this would be a long term commitment. One thing to note is the mix of gates from the older Centurion kit, mixed along with newer gates with the newer features of this specific Sho't Kal kit like the explosive reactive armor (ERA). This led to some challenges during the build as the older Centurion parts trees had their labels raised in very small letters along the sides of the gates.- although the location varied. Sometimes it was on the edge and other times it was towards the middle. The newer trees had their labels as newer kits do--outside with a dedicated square label that is very easy to read. In the end, I used some masking tape labels I made myself as I grew tired of searching for which sprue was which.

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German StuG IV Sd.Kfz.167 Ver. Early

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:25
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Brief History

The Sturmgeschutz IV (StuG IV) (Sd.Kfz. 167), was a World War II German assault gun variant of the Panzer IV used in the latter part of the war. It was identical in role and concept to the highly successful StuG III assault gun variant of the Panzer III. Both StuG models were given an exclusively tank destroyer role in German formations and tactical planning in the last two years of the war, greatly augmenting the capability of the dwindling tank force available to the German army on the Eastern and Western fronts.

From December 1943 to May 1945, Krupp built 1,108 StuG IVs and converted an additional 31 from battle-damaged Panzer IV hulls. While the number is smaller than the 10,000+ StuG III, the StuG IV supplemented and fought along with StuG III during 1944-45, when they were most needed.

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German StuG IV Sd.Kfz.167 Ver. Early

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:22
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Brief History

The Sturmgeschutz IV (StuG IV) (Sd.Kfz. 167), was a World War II German assault gun variant of the Panzer IV used in the latter part of the war. It was identical in role and concept to the highly successful StuG III assault gun variant of the Panzer III. Both StuG models were given an exclusively tank destroyer role in German formations and tactical planning in the last two years of the war, greatly augmenting the capability of the dwindling tank force available to the German army on the Eastern and Western fronts.

From December 1943 to May 1945, Krupp built 1,108 StuG IVs and converted an additional 31 from battle-damaged Panzer IV hulls. While the number is smaller than the 10,000+ StuG III, the StuG IV supplemented and fought along with StuG III during 1944-45, when they were most needed.

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IDF Sho't Kal Gimel Type II

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:58
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According to ScaleMates.com, AFV Club has released no less than sixteen different kitting's of the venerable British Centurion, five of which depict the various Israeli Defense Force (IDF) versions.  The subject of this review is the Sho't Kal Gimel Type II, which is identified on the box top as being from the time period of the 1982 Lebanon war ("Operation Peace for Galilee").  'Sho't' translates to 'Whip' and Kal is an abbreviation of where the powerplant was manufactured (Continental).  Each new version of the IDF Centurion was given a new afterword which comes from a letter in the Semitic abjad, the alphabet or 'writing system' used in the Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Urdu languages.  In this case, 'Gimel' is the third letter in the abjad.

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Imjin River 1951

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 16:08
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In November, 1950, "volunteer" forces of the Chinese Army crossed the Yalu River and swept the advancing UN forces out of North Korea and back below the 38th Parallel. By the following February, Allied forces had halted the Chinese and stabilized the front, pushing them back into North Korea with limited counterattacks. By April, with an infusion of fresh divisions, the Chinese were once again on the offensive, pressing the UN line in another attempt to capture the South Korean capital, Seoul.

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Browning .50 Caliber Shells and Cartridges

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:52
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For those wanting to do dioramas and figures, there is a lot of guns involved and Master Model has come to the aid of modelers everywhere with two sets. They both represent .50 caliber machine gun rounds with an options of spent shell casings or full cartridges. Each set contains 25 pieces of magnificent metal work.

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Mike (Beach Boy) Barrington

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 00:06
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Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Truckers, is ideal for modern Class-8 truck vignettes and dioramas. Mike (Beach Boy) Barrington is part of the first six kits in this series with more on their way.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, Tamiya, and Mr. Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is very close. Figure represents a truck driver with his hands on the wheel. Packaging of the eleven parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

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Northrop Delta Mk. I/II/III

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 21:15
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INSTRUCTIONS

The kit instructions are printed on 8 half-sized sheets, including the aircraft's history, a sprue diagram and color guide, 3 sheets of exploded assembly drawings, 3 sets of color four views showing two Mk. III's and one Mk. I.

DECALS

Decals are provided for the three aircraft represented in the drawings. When I obtained the review kit at the Phoenix IPMS Convention, there were no decals with the kit.  I contacted Special Hobby and they promised to send a set of decals. I waited a couple of months and finally just used decals from my spares box, printing the numbers on my computer.  Naturally, I had just installed the decals when an envelope came, from all places Malta, containing the kit decals.  I used a few of them and the results were most satisfying.

THE KIT

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Spitfires Part 1

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 21:02
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The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred.  Not to be overlooked Fundekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe.

 

The decals come in a large ziplock type bag.  They are on two decal sheets.  One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels.  They are printed by Cartograf.  The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with. 

 

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Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:46
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The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2018, features a front cover photograph of Jean Chaput in front of his Nieuport 11, N940.  This color 1916 photograph was based on the Autochrome technology developed by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The inside rear cover features color illustrations by Juanita Franzl of Lt. Dawson's and Lt N. E. Williams' Ship's Camels.  The outside rear cover features color illustrations by David Mechin of Jean Chaput's aircraft.  If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

 

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