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E-2C Hawkeye 2000 "VAW-115 Sayonara" Limited Edition

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:58
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Hasegawa has recently released a limited edition E-2C Hawkeye "Sayonara Atsugi" featuring two marking options:

  1. US Navy ACCLOGWING VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. June 1, 2017
  2. US Navy USS Ronald Reagan VAW-115 "Liberty Bells" CVW-5 CAG Code: NF600 (166505) Atsugi A.B. May 2017

The marking options are of the same plane, just a few changes in terms of paint over a period of time.

The E-2C Hawkeye 2000 is the fifth generation production E-2C Hawkeye and incorporates significant enhancements in data management, system throughput, operator interfaces, connectivity, and situational awareness to support the Navy's evolving Theater Air and Missile Defense mission. With its massive rotodome, it can see for hundreds of miles and is truly the "eye in the sky."

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SSN-578 “Skate”

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:34
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A recent addition to the IPMS Review Corps suppliers is Mikro-Mir, whose kits remind me of what I am used to seeing with limited production manufacturers.  This is not a negative comment, but more of a heads up that some building experience is required to end up with a nice finished model at the end of construction.  The overall assembly of this kit was fast with only 24 plastic parts, and the 11-photoetch items that I utilized.  Modelers with some experience will enjoy this kit, which can be used to represent any of the four boats of the Skate-class (Skate, Swordfish, Sargo, and Seadragon).

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Panzer DNA

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:05
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This book, published by AMMO by Mig Jimenez SL, is a guide to the subject of colors and markings of German military vehicles and units. The books stated attempt is to bring order to the complex and partly unknown topics, and to provide clarity to all of the information available on the Internet. The book is divided into chapters that deal with the main themes separately

Chapter 1, The Ballenkreuz

Describes the beginnings, evolution, implementation, and use of the straight-armed cross used on almost all German vehicles. Colored illustrations of variations in the cross and black & white photographs are used to illustrate examples.

Chapter 2 Composition of Military Units.

Explains the tactical symbols and hierarchy of military units. A color chart illustrates the Waffenfarbe (arm colors) used to differentiate troops.

Chapter 3 Markings.

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From A Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:48
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Summary:

After the Porsche 956 was banned from competition in the IMSA GTP in 1981 on safety grounds because the driver's feet were ahead of the front axle centerline, Porsche made modifications to the vehicle to make it eligible for competition. The 962 debuted at the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona with Mario and Michael Andretti driving. It lead the race until lap 127 when it encountered engine and gearbox problems. These problems were worked through and it had a lot of success from 1984-1993. A total of 91 962s would be produced between 1984 and 1991, with its final victory occurring at the 1993 IMSA GTP Championship.

Kit Contents:

The kit consists of a total of around 70 parts on two main black sprues; a clear sprue; several sprues with wheel parts; a rubber sprue with 4 tires; two sheets of decals, one large one with the decals for the car, and the other smaller one with two decals per tire; and an 8 page instruction sheet.

The Instructions:

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USS Nautilus SSN-571

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:31
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"Underway on nuclear power."  With those words uttered by Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson on the morning of 17 January 1955, the United States Navy had begun a new era in how submarines (later aircraft carriers, and for a time guided missile cruisers) would be propelled through the waters of the world.  The USS Nautilus, SSN-571 was built using a Tang-class hull design, with a revolutionary Westinghouse nuclear reactor providing the steam used to power and propel the boat.  SSN 571 was the sixth U.S. Navy vessel to carry the name Nautilus; she was authorized for construction in July 1951, her keel was laid in June 1952, and was launched in January 1954.  She was decommissioned in March 1980 after steaming over 500,000 miles, and is currently on display at the Submarine Force Museum.

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F-4 Phantom II Warpaint Series No. 114

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:15
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This is another excellent addition to the War Paint Series written by Charles Stafrace, a well-known and repeat contributor to the War Paint series. Theillustrations by Richard J. Caruana support the text and story line, and in and of themselves, are an excellent collection of Aviation Art. This book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most well-known aircraft, especially for those who came to maturity during the Vietnam conflict. The historian will find that the book covers the development and service of the Phantom II in detail, and the modeler will find the book to be an excellent source of information, detailing the aircraft with photographs and outstanding artwork.

As a modeler, I found this book to be rich in detail with a thorough coverage of the markings that are very helpful. The photographs, especially those in the "Walk-Around" section of the book, provide a great source for "detail", as well as colors and weathering, if one is into weathering models. In short, this book is a gold mine for the modeler.

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Tie Downs and Straps German Steel 1/35 - Eduard

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:42
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This is a Photoetch Interior set of various German WWII type tie down straps. This set has one colored Photoetch sheet with both sides being colored. 

In the Packet is; 

  • 1 x Colored Photo Etch sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for adding some great details to any German WWII vehicle to replace molded-on straps or to attach additional aftermarket stowage materials. There are 14 straps/tie downs included of three different colors and 6 different designs. Being steel, that are very easy to form and shape. They can even be flattened again and re-formed without the paint peeling as it does with brass.

I will be buying a few more sets for my many armor builds to come.

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

C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 08:51
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Disclaimer: Mikro-Mir's 1/35 CSS Hunley is probably one of the more accurate representations of this iconic Civil War submersible.  As preservation of the original craft continues, more details come to light regularly.  There are numerous interpretations of different features of the boat, and online research probably raised more questions for me than answered them.  In the end, I elected to go with my best judgement of how to represent these features, most of which involve the spar torpedo arrangement.  It's also quite possible that the actual configuration changed during the Hunley's brief career, so my interpretation is just that - an engineering judgement on my part.  Here are several websites that may be helpful to you if you elect to build this kit:

https://www.hunley.org/ is the official Hunley website, and well worth a visit

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Soviet Tupolev TB-1 Heavy Bomber

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 08:30
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History

The Tupolev TB-1 heavy bomber was a historically significant aircraft, in that it was the world's first all-metal multi-engined bomber.  After World War I, Dr. Hugo Junkers established an aircraft plant in the Soviet Union, and Russian designers, notably Andrei Tupolev, learned from the Germans' techniques of building metal aircraft, and   began design and construction of a twin engine prototype bomber in 1925.  The prototype was built in Moscow, but in  November, 1925, the aircraft was flown, and the decision was made to place the plane in production as the TB-1. A former Junkers plant in Fili, near Moscow,  was used for production. Powered originally by British Lion engines,  the production models had  680 hp. Russian  Mikulin M-17 water cooled engines, which were developed from German BMW VI's. 

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3588 Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders for Tamiya Kit - Eduard

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:42
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This is a Big Ed set which contains three Eduard PE sets for the new tooled Tamiya Valentine Mk.II /IV kit.

In the Big Ed sets the following sets;

Eduard PE Set 36 359 Details Set

  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Eduard PE Set 36 360 Desert Fenders Set

  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Eduard PE Set 36 361 Cannister Holder set

  • 1 x Small Colored Photo Etch sheet
  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

 

Construction

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Junkers Ju87 Stuka; Wings of the Black Cross series

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 21:06
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Mark Proulx has enthusiastically studied World War II history for decades. During that time, his primary focus has been on the air battles over Europe. He has written a number of books for the Wings of the Black Cross series.  Earlier on, that interest drove him to an airline career, where he now works as a training captain for one of North America's larger regional airlines. In addition, his research has also been directed toward a number of EagleCals produced by Eagle Editions.  Mark currently lives in Alberta, Canada where he is married with one daughter. 

Steve Deisley is a graphic artist that has recently joined Eagle Editions and provides the color profiles and color scrap details.

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Roden O-2A Skymaster Landing Gear & Nose Ballast

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:55
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IPMS/USA appreciates the ongoing support from Ross and his team at SAC for supporting the reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases.  These extremely useful and well-thought-out landing gear additions for the modeling community continue to prove their worth.  Thanks also to IPMS leadership for sending it for review.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/32 Roden.  When I learned of the O-1 release a couple of seasons ago, I thought "cool, that surely means they are going to invest in on O-2 as well!"  I should be named Claire Voiant, because here in our hands we now have finished the triparty of USAF Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft; the OV-10, the O-1, and now the O-2.  I don't see Trumpeter jumping up and down to release the two-seat F-100 in 1/32, (Heck yes I'll invest in one if they do) so that tells me we will have to do without the "Misty" FAC for a while. 

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Dutch Walrus Submarine

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:43
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OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria that you may not be too familiar with.  The company focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales and they have an extensive list of products available.  They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch and white metal conversion pieces for other models.

The kit I reviewed is a 1/700 scale version of the Dutch Walrus class submarine.  The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) currently operates four submarines.  These submarines entered service with the RNN in 1990 and are named after sea mammals (Sea Lion, Porpoise, Dolphin, Walrus).  The four boats are currently going thru an upgrade program and the picture on the cover of the model box is a photo of one of the submarines being worked on in a dry dock.

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Hawker Hurricane

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 14:49
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Osprey Publishing just released a new book devoted to the Hawker Hurricane, the work-horse of the Royal Air Force during War World Two.

 

This book has a new format; it is about 5 inches tall and 8 inches wide. I think it is the first one from Osprey that has this shape. But don't let the relatively small footprint of the book fool you. With 136 pages, the book is packed with useful information.

 

The book is broken down in the following sections.

 

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Soviet Midget Submarine Triton-1M

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:41
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Mikro-Mir is one of the Ukraine's smaller model manufacturers, specializing in submarines and odd-off aircraft in various scales.  As a limited-run company, their models require a certain amount of TLC to achieve optimal results, but their kit selection  holds so many strange and otherwise never-modeled items that they're definitely worth a look.  The Soviet-era Triton-1M is one such unique kit.

Looking very much like something out of a James Bond movie, The Soviet Triton-1M, developed in the 1960's, was a two-man midget submarine intended to be deployed off surface warships for covert reconnaissance missions and sabotage.  According to official documents, only 32 were made and they have now been largely decommissioned.  It had a "wet" cockpit (non-pressurized) and the crew wore diving gear during missions.

Mikro-Mir's 1/35th scale model of the diminutive craft includes clear parts for the canopy as well as a photoetch sheet of very tiny parts.  It also has a surprisingly high-quality decal sheet offering two variants, one being a prototype test vehicle in colorful markings. 

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Don’t Even Think About . . .

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:14
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No one can slight Master Box Models for a lack of both imagination and daring.  Their figures have set the bar for the entire injection molding industry in terms of concepts and boldness, and this new addition to their 1/24th scale stable is no exception.  Set in a sort of "Star Wars" cantina, this is the first of an eight-figure set which includes saucy ladies, robots, strange elfin characters and burly mercenaries.

 

The first in a series entitled "At the Edge of the Universe.  Strange Company's adventures.  Episode 1. The first meeting," shows a level of ambition I've rarely seen in plastic.  Theoretically, this is supposed to eventually include not only the original eight figures meeting for the first time in this cantina setting, but further figures in the line showing them on their adventures together - a sort of SF story in plastic.  Whether Master Box can sustain such an output and whether the market will absorb it are two different issues, but this is a very good start indeed.

 

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Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Spring 2018 Vol 49/1

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:42
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C&C Spring 2018 Vol 49/1 is now available. For those not familiar with Cross & Cockade International, it is the journal of "The First World War Aviation Historical Society". As such, the publication focuses on aviation topics associated with World War 1, and an in-depth study of the historical aspects of aviation in World War 1. Those historians with an interest in the history of World War 1, especially related to aviation, will find C&C to be a gold mine of information. For modelers who enjoy building aircraft of World War 1, C&C is packed with excellent photographs, full color illustrations, and detailed information about the aircraft used.

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USN Missile Cart w/Figures

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 13:24
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Videoaviation is an Italian manufacturer of superb aircraft accessories, ground support equipment and figures in all three popular scales. I have had the luck to review a few of these and have always been impressed by the excellent casting and design of their kits. This newest set, a 1/32nd scale US Navy MHU-191 Missile cart and two ordnance man is excellent. The set consists of parts for a MHU-191 cart set up for missile transport. There are two ordnance men in different poses. All parts are cast in light tan resin with crisp details and minimal seams. Parts breakdown is as follow:

 

  • *         Missile cart- seventeen parts plus decals
  • *         Ordnance Crew #1- four parts consisting of body, head and both arms
  • *         Ordnance Crew #2- four parts consisting of body, head, satchel and right arm

 

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1/32nd Scale RAF Pilot (1960’s)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 19:06
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PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This instance is a RAF pilot in flight suit from the 1960's in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes four resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform.

 

Assembly is first with the casting lines being removed from the arms and these were attached to the body. The head can remain separate for painting if desired. Fit is good, so it can be added later. There were slight seams at the arm and I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams.

 

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1/32nd Scale RAF Pilot in Tropical Clothing (WWII)

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:51
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PJ Productions from Belgium is well known for their wonderful resin figures and accessories. This latest kit is a RAF pilot in tropical flight clothes from the WWII era and is made in 1/32nd scale. The kit includes five resin pieces with the body being one-piece cast and the arms and head separate. Note that there is a separate piece for the oxygen hose and it is small and between the head and left arm. Don't mistakenly throw it away. Casting is good with a slight amount of flash and is all done in cream colored resin. The box is your instructions as far as color for the pilot and his uniform.

 

Assembly is straightforward. Get rid of the casting blocks and seams by gently scraping. Glue the arms onto the body. I used glazing putty smoothed with lacquer thinner to eliminate the seams. I added the oxygen hose which fits into the hose molded into the body and runs to the side of the mask on the face.

 

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