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Photoetched Engraved Plates for AFV's

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 20:14
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Hauler has been busy of late with a pile of kits and accessory items. Among the accessory items are some 1/72nd scale engraved plates. The plates come in a variety of types that represent those used by the various combatants of WWII as well as some plates representative of those employed by more modern armies, notable the United States. Among the offerings are:

  • German WWII- Early type
  • German WWII- Late type
  • U.S. - Grill type
  • Modern - Lentil type
  • Modern - A type

Each plate measures 35mm x 65mm and you get one plate per package. As you can tell from the photos the various patterns are reproduced, in scale, and will go a long way toward giving your latest project the proper look.

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US M915 Army Truck with Container Trailer

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:05
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The M915 is the basis for a series of heavy trucks built for the US Army.  In the late 1970s the US army identified a need for a line of commercial trucks.  AM General was selected in 1977 and the first vehicles were delivered in 1978.  This new release from Trumpeter depicts the M915 Line Haul Tractor.  This vehicle is limited to operating on hard surface roads and typically tows the M872 semi-trailer.  This combination has a payload capacity of around 30 tons and this new release from Trumpeter contains the M915 tractor, M872 trailer and a 40ft container. 

As is typical of these larger Trumpeter releases the large box contains a large number of light grey plastic sprues, 24 rubber tires, a small decal sheet, and a small photo etch fret.  The well over 500 parts are very well molded with no production issues, no broken parts or flash.  This is typical of modern Trumpeter releases.  Also, the instructions are typical of Trumpeter, clearly printed line drawings and I had no issues with them at all.

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Panavia Tornado ADV Warpaint Series No. 113

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:00
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Des Brennan provides a thorough coverage of the development, deployment, service, and retirement of the Panavia Tornado ADV in this publication. Illustrated by Richard J. Caruana, this book is an excellent resource for the aviation historian as well as the modeler.

The written content is well written, in clear and precise language. The content is presented in chronological sequence, as most publications of this type are, beginning with a thorough description of the role into which a new aircraft was to fit. The author describes, in detail, the requirements that the aircraft was to meet in order to accomplish its purpose in a theatre of operations with rather complex needs.

The text is supported by a large number of excellent color images and stunning 3-view drawings of the aircraft with varied markings. Richard Caruana, the illustrator, certainly captured the aircraft well in these illustrations.

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The 'Broomhandle' Mauser

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 23:17
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Osprey Publishing has previously released books on two iconic side arms: The Colt  1911 Pistol and The Webley Service Revolver.  What has been missing from the history of pistols, until now, was one weapon that was developed and deployed  in the late 1890's, namely the Feederle Pistol from Mauser. Otherwise known as the 'Broomhandle' Mauser. 

While this pistol was manufactured and sold by Mauser and is often attributed to them, the design and development was actually done by brothers Fidel, Friedrich, and Josef Feederle. The Feederle brothers worked for Paul Mauser and, in his defense, it was somewhat standard operating procedure for a company to take credit for any design/development work done by the namesakes employees.  [Fun Fact: Paul Mauser once forbade Fidel Feederle from working on a pistol design.]

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Aircraft of the Aces #136 - Allied Jet Killers of World War 2

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 22:06
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Osprey Publishing, out of Oxford, UK, is back again with another Aircraft of the Aces series entitled Allied Jet Killers of World War 2, by Stephen Chapis and Andrew Thomas. Jim Laurier was commissioned to illustrate the various allied aircraft via original color artwork. Anyone familiar with aircraft modeling literature and research will recognize this authoritative series, and this latest release won't disappoint.

Allied Jet Killers follows the format of the previous Aircraft of the Aces volumes, containing beautiful (original) color plates and numerous black and white photos with detailed captions, although much of what is contained in the captions is also reflected in the main text.

The photos are credited, and while I've seen some of the images before, most are new to me.

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Vietnam Ace Captain Steve Ritchie and Friends

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:32
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The air war in Vietnam was a departure from what the United States had experienced in prior conflicts. The over-dependence on air-to-air missiles, micromanagement of operations from the White House, and countless constraints and rules of engagement put American aircrews at a distinct disadvantage against North Vietnamese adversaries. Despite those limitations, the US forces adapted to circumstances, exercised some good old American ingenuity, and managed to generate several aces and some legendary missions based on unorthodox tactics. A common thread in the making of these aces and employment of these tactics was the F-4 Phantom II.

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This decal sheet from Werner's Wings, its first in a series featuring the F-4, showcases multiple Phantoms flown by Air Force aces Captains Steve Ritchie, Chuck DeBellevue, and Jeff Feinstein. Also, included are markings for Colonel Chappie James' aircraft during Operation Bolo, Capt Dan Cherry from Dogfights TV series episode "Hell Over Hanoi," as well as for a couple other aircraft. In all, markings for 11 different aircraft are included.

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F-4S Phantom II: Part 2, Completion

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 20:23
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I am honored and privileged to review a beautiful new scale model offering in the Super Wing Series from Zoukei-Mura, Inc. I also wish to extend a very deep appreciation to the IPMS/USA Reviewer Corps for choosing me to review the F-4S variant of the famous McDonnell Phantom II.

The kit was released on 26 JUL 17, following on the heels of a previous F-4J release in the same scale and series. This review is the second of two sequential reviews, including my adventures in completing the kit build. This final review dovetails with the previous IPMS reviews of the Zoukei-Mura F-4 kits. I am not a subject matter expert (SME) on the F-4x family, but I sure enjoy a well-designed kit and fun build, learning about the real thing as I go. The Zoukei-Mura F-4S does not disappoint!

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British Destroyers 1939-1945 Wartime-built Classes

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 18:49
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This is Angus Konstam's follow-up volume to his earlier work on Pre-war Royal Navy destroyers. As he explains, the real division between "pre-war" and "war-built" destroyers came in 1938, when the new "Tribal" class destroyers came into service. Between the First and Second World War, the Royal Navy operated many destroyers, but by the mid-1930s it was obvious that the Admiralty's older destroyers were being outclassed by those of foreign navies. Thus, a new series of destroyers was designed to compete directly with potential foreign adversaries, the first being the 8-gunned Tribals, built directly in response to the Japanese Fubiki class. Follow on classes were more balanced designs, with fewer guns and more torpedoes and ASW weapons, and finally, the War Emergency Program classes specialized in simplicity of design for quicker mass production, with lighter surface weapons and more depth charges for escort work. In total, these were some of the handsomest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

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M60A3 “Patton” Main Battle Tank

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 09:14
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R.O. K. Army K2 "Black Panther"

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 18:53
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I have heard for the last several years that we live in a golden age of modeling due to the huge array of subjects now hitting the shelves of hobby shops. Academy continues this trend with the release of the Main Battle Tank of the South Korean Army. An indigenous design that is an evolution of the K1. Both vehicles bear a passing resemblance to the American M1 Abrams, though they are smaller. The K2 entered production in 2013 and was fielded in 2014. As you can see by the box art, it has reactive armor, a 120 mm gun, and a host of other defensive features to defeat anti-tank missiles. It has a crew of three. The loader was eliminated with an auto-loading system. It is a welcome addition to the plethora of modern vehicles that have entered the market in the last several years.

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McDonnell Douglass F-4C Phantom II

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:19
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The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air wings.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hard-points, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M-61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.

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Mil Mi-24/35 Hind

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 01:22
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Jakub Fojtik attended the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, achieving his Bachelor degree in Management of Security Forces, Security, and Law Studies.  He followed up with a Master Degree in Management of Security Forces and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law.  To top it off he achieved a Doctorate (JUDr.) in Security studies at the Academy of the Slovak Police in Bratislava and a Ph.D. in Management of Security Forces from the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague.  Jakub Fojtik is currently a University Lecturer at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, the Vice President of Military Sales for Aero Vodochody Aerospace a.s.

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British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 23:18
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Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes.  It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion.  Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-sixth major release.  He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

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MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Canopy Mask

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 22:16
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This set is designed for Trumpeter's new MiG-29 Model 9.51 Fulcrum B trainer and provides masks for the main canopy, the windscreen, and the wheels/hubs.  I started with the wheels, and as I prefer to paint the hubs first and then the tires, I did the opposite of what is shown on the instructions.  I painted the hubs using an old tin of Xtracolor Russian hub green, then I peeled off the center disks from the masking set and used them to cover the hubs while I sprayed NATO Black on the tires.  Eduard instructs you to spray the tires first and then use the masks and masking fluid to cover the tires while you paint the hubs.  I like to avoid masking fluid on acrylic paints, so I just reverse the order of painting.

If you look at photographs of MiG-29s there is a very visible seal around the edges of the canopy.  To replicate this, the set includes two sets of masks for the main canopy.  The instructions state to apply the first set, paint the canopy the interior color, then remove the

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Academy 1/72 U.S. Army AH-64D Block II “Late Version”

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:52
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The AH-64 Apache helicopter has served the U.S. Army since 1986 as its primary attach helicopter.  During it's time in service, the Apache has gone through a series of upgrades, and improvements to increase its combat effectiveness, as well as survivability.  The Block II aircraft integrates the advanced radar targeting system, Longbow, allowing the helicopter to engage multiple targets while remaining behind cover.  The APG-78 Longbow radar system is the large dome radar located above the aircraft's rotors.  In addition to this improvement, the latest version of the Block II upgrades includes new exhaust ducts, which direct the engine exhausts vertically to improve protection from infra-red targeting.

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Eduard Profipack 1/48 BF-110F Heavy Fighter

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 13:34
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Eduard has released the latest in their great line of 1/48 scale Bf-110 kits. The Bf-110F night and heavy fighter. It follows in a long line of Bf-110 kits and is a welcome addition to the lineup.

 

 

Construction

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B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:46
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This book details combat between the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Nakjima Ki-44 "Tojo" in the war against Japan. The B-29s rained destruction down upon Japan daily and the Japanese were desperate to combat the large number of bombers the Americans sent at the home islands.  One of Japan's most formidable weapons was the Ki-44, Japan's most heavily armed single seat fighter.

The book is broken down into 11 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the lead up to both designs and provides a chronology from inception until the end of the war.

Next the design and development of both types are covered. The B-29 is covered first then the Ki-44.

Chapter Three has the technical specifications of each model. B-29 coverage is on everything from the XB-29 through the Silverplate models this includes the F-13 and SB-29 variants as well as the cancelled B-29C.  The same treatment is given to the Ki-44, covered from original prototype to the production models and the lone Ki-44-III.

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Nashville 1864, From the Tennessee to the Cumberland

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:38
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This Osprey book covers one of the most ignored campaigns of the later stages of the Civil War. Mark Lardas does a very good job of covering the leadership, the units and the strategies of this campaign.

The book is divided into the following sections/chapters

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Curtiss P-40 E-N Detail set

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:12
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Master-Model produces precision brass/resin parts that will elevate your model when used as directed  This time Master-Model has produced a detail set for the 1/72 P-40 E thru N models that includes brass gun barrels, external backup gun sights and pitot tube.  The packaging is very good to separate and contain the tiny parts provided.  The package contains a tightly folded instruction sheet on one side, on the other is a plastic bag with the parts.  Each type of parts are sealed separated from the others to keep any lost to a minimum.  The only fault one might find is that the dimensions for drilling the holes are in the metric system and not the English system that we use, but one can convert these to the English system without too much of a bother.

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Hawker Tempest Mk.II/V/VI and Hawker Fury/Sea Fury - Hispano Mk.V cannon barrel tips and Pitot Tube

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:59
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Master Model is a Polish company that makes aftermarket brass gun and cannon barrels, pitot tubes and other replacement parts for scale model aircraft, ships and armor. The finesse and detail of these parts are nothing short of spectacular.

For this review, I have used Eduard's 1/48 Hawker Tempest that was issued several years ago. It is the perfect candidate for these parts as no cannon barrels are included, just holes in the wing leading edge. The pitot tube will be used on my Hobby Craft kit of a later model Royal Australian Navy Sea Fury (or the forth coming Airfix version). The Eduard Tempest is a late WWII aircraft that makes use of the under wing "L" shaped pitot.

The parts come nicely packed in a small zip-lock bag with a cardboard label stapled over the top. The parts are then packed in their own smaller bag backed in front of another piece of cardboard that helps protect the items further. An instruction sheet is located within the rear of the package.

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