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F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:00
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About HM (from the website)

Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products.

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Medium Punch and Die Set PT8 – Round

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 09:54
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Another beautifully crafted tool from our friends at UMM-USA is this new punch and die set, accompanying the numerous other tools used to punch standard shapes out of thin brass or aluminum, or plastic sheet stock up to 0.080 (2mm) thick.  In the set you'll find an aluminum die block with hole sizes ranging from 0.6 mm (0.024") up to 3.0mm (0.12") diameter, accompanied by the hardened tool steel punches of corresponding size.

If, like me, you've tried slicing round stock to make buttons, access covers, hatches and the like, and never managed to get parallel surfaces, you'll welcome this fine tool.  It's great for adding subtle detail, for creating instrument glass, access panels, fastener heads, and the like.

Our thanks go out again to UMM-USA and John Vojtech for his generous support to the review team here.

Union Sharpshooter Verses Confederate Sharpshooter, American Civil War 1861-65

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 22:52
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The American Civil War is a study in contrasts and similarities. Historians make a living comparing and contrasting both sides from every angle conceivable. Commanders, battlefields, tactics, and weapons are the usual subjects and this book focuses on the Sharpshooting arena. Published by our friends at Osprey Publishers, Union Sharpshooter VS Confederate Sharpshooters is authored by Gary Yee. Period photos, drawings, and maps convey a study in comparison and contrast in three battles where sharpshooters played an important role. A brief introduction opens the book, followed by chapters that cover the opposing sides, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Battery Wagner, an analysis, and the aftermath. A select bibliography and index complete the narrative. The book is printed on heavy stock paper and tells its story on 80 pages.

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NAA P-51D-10-NA Mustang (Single No. 4)

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:21
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This is volume four in the Single series. This is a thin book with no text other than photo captions. The book contains very nice 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings, B&W photos of various details and pages from the manuals showing different systems. There are also three-color photos of cockpit details.

One page that should prove extremely useful to the model builder is the diagram on page 20. Showing which wing areas were natural metal which areas had two coats of filler those with one coat of filler and then sprayed with silver paint and the areas of silver paint only. There is also a beautiful rendition of the instrument panel and an index to its layout. The book concludes with three pages of color drawings of P-51D 44-14292 "Man O War".

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Nose gear door and actuator piston for A-4B/C

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:12
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IPMS/USA welcomes Jeffrey Kubiak of Hypersonic to the list of producers of useful bits and bobs for those of us with Advanced Modelers Syndrome (AMS).  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

 

Jeffrey began Hypersonic models in the UK, and has recently moved to Japan... a major change of scenery.  Originally he started up with resin and detail upgrades for the Special Hobby X-15 kits... and now he's expanding... making up for lost time, so visit his site for not only this item, but several upgrades aimed at improving the Academy F-4 kits, and, most recently, the Zoukei Mura Phantoms as well.

 

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Kittyhawk UH-1N

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 01:01
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First, thanks to Glenn for providing IPMS USA with this kit, and IPMS leadership for passing it on to me.  

Kitty Hawk's new UH-1N has obvious ties with the recently released UH-1W from the same firm. The "Whiskey" has four-bladed main and tail rotors along with scabbed on antenna and systems, giving it a purposeful, definitely non-aerodynamic look, along with weaponry fit for a short, hot firefight.  The kit also draws on the recently released UH-1D/H from Kittyhawk, as many of the sprue trees are from that kit as well.  The UH-1N (November) however, was originally developed under Bell's auspices of the natural improvement of a helicopter in overwater and hot, low-density air environments, whereby two-engines are better than one. The "November" has proven longevity and is still in operation almost 47 years since inception.  It is the legacy of the original "Huey" line from the 1960's... and morphed into the Whiskey and other commercial variants.  

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MILES M.8 “PEREGRINE”

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 13:50
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History: 

The Miles M.8 "Peregrine" was the first twin engine to be developed by Miles Aircraft Company, and was built at their Woodley Plant in the UK, first flying in Sept. 1936.  It was a low wing, twin engine monoplane powered by 205 hp. Gypsy Six air cooled engines. It had a retractable landing gear, and could probably be considered to be one of the world's first small "executive" transport types.  Besides a pilot and co-pilot, it had seats for six passengers.  Since Miles had already put the "Magister" trainer into production for the RAF at their Woodley Plant, the plane was never developed, although later, one further prototype was constructed for the Royal Aircraft Establishment, using  American Menasco engines.  This aircraft was used by the RAE as a test bed. With the beginning of World War II,  the type faded into oblivion,

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Rotachute Mk I

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 10:25
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Background (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

"The design of the man-carrying machine known as a Rotachute, also known as a Hafner H.8, evolved from November 1940 and throughout 1941. In September 1941, the Central Landing Establishment was renamed the Airborne Forces Establishment. The Rotachute Mark I design initially comprised a tubular steel framework with a single-seat, rubber-mounted rotor hub, hanging control column, skid undercarriage, and a self-inflating rear fairing made of rubberized fabric with integral tailplane. The two rotor blades, of wooden construction, could achieve flapping and coning characteristics via hinges on the rotor hub. Fixed footrests were provided, plus fittings below the seat to accommodate a soldier's weapon, such as a Bren gun. The control column offered two-axis control, rolling and pitching, with turns made via controlled rolling movement."

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B43-1 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 tail assembly

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 10:14
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Serving in the U.S. Navy in the late 1980's, these were the weapons that I could "neither confirm nor deny" were present on my aircraft carriers.  The B43 was in service between 1959 and 1991, and could have been carried in a nuclear conflict aboard any U.S. aircraft certified for bomb loads (a rather lengthy list).  This new release from Eduard will allow for a unique loading of any aircraft that served during the Cold War in nearly any branch of the service as well as by some NATO allies.  Construction of the bombs is clear and anyone with limited experience with resin and brass will be able to put these to use.

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Cross & Cockade 2020 Calendar

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 10:05
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Cross & Cockade has released their 2020 calendar, and in keeping with past calendars, combines excellent W.W.I aviation art with the usual calendar functions. As in past years, you are advised to order your copy now, and not wait. There may be a limited supply of these calendars and you do not want to miss out because you waited until the supply ran out.

According to Roger Tisdale of Cross & Cockade, the profits from the sale of the 2020 Cross and Cockade International Calendar are once again going to assist in the upkeep of the British Air Services Memorial at the St-Omer airfield in northern France". This is a very worthy cause and deserving of your support.  One can check out the St-Omer Memorial at http://www.webmatters.net/txtpat/?id=258

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F-5E/N Tiger II Fighter

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 10:00
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Like a lot of modelers, I take this hobby a bit more seriously than I should at times. This kit is a reminder that it's actually fun to build models. Taking real-life subjects and "egg shaping" them into a whimsical mimic seems to be a growing sector based on the number of kits and subjects receiving this treatment. In this case, AFV Club has chosen the F-5E/N Tiger II. The F-5E/N series was an improved version of the F-5 Freedom fighter that incorporated modifications from the unsuccessful F-20 Tigershark. Leading-edge extensions and more powerful engines made it the perfect aggressor aircraft to simulate the MiG 21. This kit draws inspiration from the Navy's VF 111 "Sundowners". But enough of that serious stuff.

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SAC Metal gear for 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk IXe and XVI, 2 sets

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 11:54
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IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

 

Consisting of two (that's 2!) complete sets of gear, it's pretty simple.  Two main gear struts, two external torque links, and one tail gear.  The tail gear is not the standard "Bar and lever" we see on so many early spitfires, but an actual oleo. 

 

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Dornier Do17 Units of World War 2

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 00:27
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The good folks at Osprey Publishing just keep cranking out quality publications on all sorts of subjects, and this book is no exception. Author Chris Goss takes us through a well-written and well-researched history of the units that operated the Dornier Do-17 bomber in World War II. 

The book starts with a short explanation of the development of the Do-17 from a transport plane into a military plane during the formative years of the Luftwaffe. The type served in the Spanish Civil War, like many of the early Luftwaffe aircraft, and proved to be a capable bomber. Lessons learned in Spain led to the redesign of the forward part of the fuselage into the version that most of us modelers are familiar with - the Do-17Z.

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Patina Volkswagens

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 21:56
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About the Author

Author Mark Walker bought his first VW Beetle at age 16 and has since owned more than 100 Volkswagens. Walker was the owner and operator of several VW restoration companies and has carried out sympathetic restoration and high-quality suspension modifications for magazine feature cars. Mark has written for VolksWorld and Camper & Bus magazines since 2012.

Patina Volkswagens

This book focuses on 1974 or older Volkswagens with original paint, rust, and patina that have recently become more popular than cars restored to show condition. These rare unspoiled survivors tell a story of an interesting and varied past and have inspired a generation of car fanatics that might not be able to afford complete restorations.

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The Jeep

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:41
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This is one of three books in Pen & Swords Land Craft series. The other books include the M2/M3 Half-Track and Bren Gun Carrier. The Land Craft books are good resources for modelers as they provide background on the design of vehicles, detailed descriptions, photos of variants, and include descriptions of completed models and available kits

The contents of The Jeep book are:

Introduction

This section describes the story of the jeep during its early years of 1940-45 as it played a significant role in the 2nd World War and went on to become an icon in the four wheel drive movement. The Jeep became a wartime hero and went on to inspire a brand, sparking today's off-road and 4-wheel drive enthusiasts. The Jeep became the first four-wheel drive multipurpose vehicle and B&W photos are used to show some early variants. This book focuses on the wartime Jeep with a concise description for the enthusiast and modelers.

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F-4 Phantom Fuselage Corrections for Zoukei-Mura Kits

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:28
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Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products.

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This is a set of aft fuselage half parts that correct the shape error on the engine shoulders of the Zoukei Mura short nose Phantoms. The parts are cast in an olive green resin, with fine recessed detail and panel lines. In addition to the re-shaped geometry, some additional surface detail has been included. This is not a drop-fit replacement set. Cutting of the fuselage is required, as well as some sanding of the remaining kit plastic and then puttying and blending of the new resin parts. Self adhesive cutting guide strips are provided that will mark the precise cutting line and guide your tool.

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Fw 189A-1/2 Landing Gear

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 07:15
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This set includes eight replacement pieces for the landing gear on ICM's recent Fw 189A kit. There are three parts for each of the main gear mounts (left and right struts and a retraction/extension arm) and two for the tail wheel assembly.

The first step is to remove the casting seams of each of the parts. I scraped of the seams with a Xacto blade and then used a small wire brush in my portable Dremel tool at low speed, to polish up the parts and remove the remainder of the seams. As the struts and the tail wheel are rather easily bent, I did as much of the cleanup before I detached them from the casting tree as it is much easier to handle them while they are still on the tree, plus they are much less likely to bend or go flying when they are still attached. Take care when cleaning out the flash on the insides of the castings, particularly the retraction/extension arms to avoid bending them inadvertently. Once everything was cleaned up, I painted all of the parts Tamiya RLM Grey 02 and the tail wheel Tamiya NATO Black.

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Electric Hand-Held Polisher & Sander

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:45
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The UMM "Polisander" (a combination of a polisher and a sander) is another unique tool available to the modeling community by UMM. The tool is powered by two AA batteries that are placed into the handle. Batteries are not included in the product. Note that the batteries, as usual, are inserted with one (+) end up and the other (-) end down. There are some indicators molded into the handle showing which battery tray is positive and which is negative.

The product box is small and sturdy, approximately 2x2x7 inches. The contents are bagged in zip-locks baggies, with the handle in one bag and the attachment head in the other. In order to insert the batteries carefully remove the blue base using the two indentions molded into the rim of the base, pushing the base away from the handle, no twisting necessary.

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B43-0 Nuclear Weapon w/SC43-3/6 Tail Assembly

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:36
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Serving the U.S. military between 1959 and 1991, these were the weapons that would have been carried by our strike aircraft in the event of a nuclear conflict. This new release from Eduard will allow for a unique loading of any aircraft that served during the Cold War in nearly any branch of the service as well as by some NATO allies. Construction of the bombs is clear and anyone with limited experience with resin and brass will be able to put these to use.

Capable of being carried on any aircraft certified for bombing loads, the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps all stocked these weapons. This release is part of the Mod 1 variant while item 648460 is part of the Mod 2 variant. The weapons weighed between 2061 and 2116 pounds with variable yields of 70 kilotons up to 1 megaton. The first mod was 18 inches in diameter with a length of 12.5 feet. Fuzing options included airburst, ground burst, free fall, contact, or laydown, and could be dropped from as little as 300 feet.

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MacArthur’s Air Force

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 08:22
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The subtitle of this book is "American Airpower over the Pacific and the Far East, 1941-51". But it covers much more than this.

This excellent book follows Douglas MacArthur from his education at West Point through his retirement. I really enjoyed some of the "side stories", such as the fact that Arthur MacArthur, Douglas' father was friends with Congressman John Mitchell. When Arthur was deployed, Mrs. MacArthur stayed in Milwaukee, where the Mitchells also lived. Douglas was friends with the son Bill, who was later famous as Billy Mitchell, the airpower advocate. The two served together on the Army General Staff. And Douglas MacArthur was on the board of Mitchell's court martial.

The book doesn't just follow MacArthur's career, but also the development of air power in the US Army, also noting the lack of interest in air by higher commands. It also shows how the people who worked for MacArthur in the Southwest Pacific fought and won the war. MacArthur may have been in charge, but the pilots, crew members, maintenance people, administrators, cooks, supply people, and all those other jobs made victory possible.

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