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: Desert Storm Eagles-When Eagles Fly, MiGs Die

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:58
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The F-15, no other aircraft in history has been as successful in air-to-air engagement, as the Eagle.  Prior to Desert Storm, the Eagle was used successfully by the Israelis but had been unproven in use by the US Air Force. 

The F-15C is a beautiful aircraft and during Desert Storm it proved itself so successful scoring 32 aerial victories of the 41 victories achieved by the US forces. 

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World War Toons British Infantry Tank A12 Matilda II

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:56
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Here is another caricature tank from Meng Models. These models are obviously targeted at kids, but many of us "serious" modelers are finding them to be fantastic "breaks" from our usual in-depth subjects. I am seeing them on the contest tables as well.

The kit comes in a strong end opening box with a colorful painting of a British Matilda. All the sprues, instruction manual and tiny decal sheet are located within a single plastic bag.

All the parts show a good amount of detail, and it is intended to be a "snap fit" model. The instruction manual is easy to follow, but the painting and decal diagrams are very small and quite dark, making it a little difficult to determine decal positions and color demarcation areas. There are two decal schemes offered: a British tank in the Caunter paint scheme and a captured German tank painted in Panzer Grey.

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Brengun 1/144 Exhaust Nozzles for the AV-8B/GR7 Harrier

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:50
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The Aircraft

Harriers are famous for being able to take off and land vertically.  Of course, taking off vertically with a full combat load isn't practical, unless your mission is to drop a teacup of napalm just off the airfield border.  Nevertheless, the Harrier has been successful, and it's because of the ability to adjust the exhaust to vector it through the nozzles to allow downward as well as normal push for vertical and normal flight.


The Kit


The entire kit is two sets of nozzles, one forward, one rear, left and right sides. 

I used the Dragon AV-8B kit for this review, and the nozzles fit in the Dragon fuselage with no modification.


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Brengun 1/144 Renault FT-17 Tank

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:36
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The Vehicle: 

The Renault FT (the 17 was added after World War I) was the first modern tank to reach production.  The big advance over previous armored vehicles was the armament in a fully rotating turret, which allowed the tank to shoot without maneuvering.  There were over 3,000 FTs built in France during the war, and there were 950 M1917 light tanks built in the United States.  None of the US built tanks were completed in time to see action in the war, but France lent 144 FTs to the US Army in mid-1918.


There were many users of the FT, including Afghanistan, where 4 were discovered by US Forces in 2003, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, and 19 others, including Nazi Germany.


The Kit:


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Stug III 75mm Assault Gun

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 08:26
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The recent re-release of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads. Now, as adults, these kits bring back memories of the simpler times with the re-boxing of these little beauties. I never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, I don't remember them, or their many American boxings being available in my local hobby shop. However, coming back into the hobby as an adult, I've really taken a liken to many of Airfix's recent offerings, as well as a few of their golden oldies.

These "Vintage Classic" releases from Airfix, fit both categories. They're old molds repackaged into the new box with newly printed decals, and most important of all, new tracks. The kits come packaged in the now familiar side-opening red box, but feature the artwork on the original packaging. In the case of the Stug III, the artwork is more of a fiction piece, showing a Stug III and infantry charging down a sand dune as U.S. troops assault the beaches from landing crafts.

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DeHavilland DH-82a Tiger Moth

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 00:32
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The DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth, like the Stearman Model 75 and possibly the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny", is one of the standard and best known biplane training aircraft, in terms of numbers built, reputation, and number of surviving aircraft. Like the Stearman, the Tiger Moth began as a primary training aircraft, moving into fame as World War II began and providing the basis for the training programs for the British Commonwealth air forces, including the RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF, RSAAF, and many other smaller air arms. Originally conceived as a civilian trainer evolving from the DH-60 Gypsy Moth of the late twenties, the DH-82 featured staggered wings and an inverted engine to provide better forward visibility for the pilots. It was fully aerobatic. Wartime versions were equipped with anti-spin strakes ahead of the horizontal stabilizers, although all DH-82's did not have these. All pre-war DH-82's were impressed by the RAF at the beginning of the war, and while many were sold surplus afterwards, a large number remained in service, some until as late as the early sixties.

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Panzer Rollen

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 19:33
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Panzer Rollen provides an insightful look into the workings of the Military Intelligence Service that was so invaluable in shaping both the strategy and tactics of the Allied forces during the Second World War.

Captured German field manuals translated and published by the US Military Intelligence Division are crucial in offering a perception of the intelligence provided to Allied fighters. The two volumes gathered together in this publication were originally published by the German War Office and therefore are particularly valuable, as they also provide a rare glimpse into the methodology underlying the operation of an armored division from the German perspective. Comprising of two supplementary field manuals, this book is essential reading for any military history enthusiast.

The Author

Bob Carruthers is an Emmy Award - winning author and historian, who has written extensively on the Great War. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Bob is the author of a number of military history titles including the Amazon bestseller The Wehrmacht in Russia.

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F-14A/B/D Data and Weapons Decals

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 19:15
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Fightertown decals is an online retailer offering decals for the various series of F-14 Tomcats and F-18 Super Hornets. Currently, the offerings are limited to 1/48th scale aircraft and data markings. Each decal sheet includes marking for several aircraft.

Decal Sheet Contents

The decal sheet is big: 8 5/8" by 11 1/2" size. A smaller decal sheet is also included that provides additional windscreen tinting decals, plus smaller items that are somewhat of a mystery to me at this point.

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MiG-19 / Shenyang J-6s Decals

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 19:01
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Iliad Design is a Canadian producer of decals, books, and aircraft color charts. Decals are offered in 1/32nd, 1/48th and 1/72nd scales and cover propeller- and jet-powered aircraft

Decal Sheet Contents

This sheet offers markings for seven MiG-19 and Chinese manufactured J-6 aircraft. Countries include Egypt, Pakistan, and Russia. Many of the color schemes are a bit odd and unusual, which makes for some interesting subjects.

The first aircraft is a Shenyang J-6, the Chinese version of the MiG-19S, in Pakistani Air Force markings. The aircraft is a three-color scheme, with the FS colors called out.

Next is a Shenyang J-6 of the Egyptian Air Force, in a two-color scheme, and the FS colors are noted.

The third aircraft is another Pakistani J-6 in red, green and white retirement markings. This is a very colorful aircraft.

The fourth is a MiG-19S from the Moscow Military District aerobatic display team with an all red topside finish.

Next another Shenyang J-6 of the Albanian Air Force.  This aircraft is in a natural metal finish, with few markings.

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Fw-190A-2 Jabo Bunny Fighter Club

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 00:28
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Eduard has hit a major home run when they went back and redesigned their FW-190 series of kits. The latest version is the FW-190A-2. In my case, I had the Bunny Fighter version which includes decals for Oblt. Frank Liesendahl.

What is the Bunny Fighter Club? It is a discount for buying directly from the Eduard webstore. It is a 15% discount on all items. It also allows the modeler access to special and limited edition releases, both kits and accessories. When you visit a show where Eduard is vending you get an additional discount. You even get a T-shirt and finally if you attend E-Day you get free entry into the show.

The BFC decal instructions are available on the Eduard webpage. The only downside to this release is that this particular marking option does not show up in the instructions as to which bomb rack is required. You'll have to figure out which holes to open and build up the bomb and rack.

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Detail & Scale F-8 & RF-8 Crusader Print-on-Demand Volume 8

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 01:36
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Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a print-on-demand paperback format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting story of the F-8/RF-8 Crusader's history, details, versions and markings.     




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F-16CG F-16CM Falcon / Viper '31st Fighter Wing - Return with Honor' Avianio AB, Italy

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 00:37
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The F-16 has always been a favorite of mine.  So when these decals came out I just had to get a set.  The Aviano aircraft have been involved in all major campaigns since 2001. This sheet covers from 2002 to 2009.

Packaged in a large ziplock bag are seven double-sided high-quality sheets with full color printings. There are marking options for 14 aircraft.  Each aircraft has both side profile views.  All the markings are clearly seen.  If there was a variation in the markings it is pointed out.  Each sheet has two aircraft on each side of the sheet.  Some of the aircraft have really colorful markings, including nose art and tail markings.  The Wyvern and fin flash are quite colorful.  If you like color on your Falcon this is a great sheet.  There are mission markings and kill markings.

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F.A.Q.3- Frequently Asked Questions of the Modern AFV Painting Techniques

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 10:07
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I've always been a big fan of the F.A.Q. books; while they are not cheap, they are packed with stunning pictures and high-quality modeling know-how. AK Interactive's latest F.A.Q. release, version 3 by world-class modeler Ruben Gonzalez, focuses on modern armor. And just like its predecessors, it's stunning.

The soft-cover book is contains 463 pages on glossy paper. Each page averages six high-quality images and their accompanying descriptions, which means there are around 2500 beautiful images in the book. But this book is more than just pretty pictures...it's a how-to book and provides stet-by-step methodologies on how to use the modeling techniques used in the images. If you really want to take your modern armor models to the next level, the ways to do just that are in this book. Also included is a section on 3d-printed parts and how to use them.


The book is laid out in the following order:

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Model Car World Military Finishes (Various)

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:49
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Back in the mid-90's, the late Ed Kinney and I co-founded IPMS Fame Cities in the Akron/Canton area. While many ribald tales could be told of those days, the tenuous link to this review is that the owner of MCW Finishes, Mike Guest, is a member of Fame Cities.  I reconnected with Mike after I read about the new line of military colors he's producing in gloss lacquer.  I asked mike to supply us with a group of sample colors and he more than obliged.  I was recently building the little Brengun 1/144 Horten 229 night fighter, which called for an RLM 75/76 upper finish, so this gave me my first opportunity to try these paints.

I generally don't write overly superlative reviews, but I have to tell you that these are absolutely fantastic paints.  Mike and crew formulate their own colors using PPG base, and these are provided in ready-to-spray format.

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Horten Ho-229 Night Fighter

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:42
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I'm a sucker for Luftwaffe '46 concepts and 1/144 scale, so when Brengun supplied us with this little bat winged beauty my hand went up immediately.

The kit is petite, very nicely molded and with fine panel lines.  Two color schemes are provided on the box, both for hypothetical units serving in 1946.  The canopy is a little thick, but there isn't much of a cockpit provided.  I added paper seat belts and a stretched sprue control stick; you could go further if you chose to add some detail.

I thinned all of the landing gear doors and used my fine engraving saw to separate the control surface joints.  Assembly is easily completed in a few hours; I spent more time painting and decaling than I did building.  I removed the molded-in cannon from the wing leading edges and drilled out the area to accept some sprue - but in looking at my review photos I realize that I forgot to add them.....but I did add a pitot tube using guitar wire.

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B-1B Lancer Decals Part 2

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:32
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Caracal Models is one of leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. This B-1B Lancer ("BONE") is a continuation of a very popular subject with large colorful nose art and some tail flash.

Printed by Cartograph, the four sheets are printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Two of the four sheets are dedicated to walkways, stencils and standard markings. The other two sheets are unique to each subject. Markings included for McConnel (127th BS in 2000), three Dyess aircraft, one Ellsworth and one Robins AFB aircraft. There are instructions consist of eight color sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint color (one color makes it easy) for all aircraft with note options of painting the refueling receptacle instead of a decal.

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Churchill Mk. VII

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:21
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The recent rerelease of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a little bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads.  Now, as adults, they get to harken back on the days of yore with the reboxing of these little beauties.  I myself never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, but have taken to them as an adult.  Whether it's a fiddly older kit, or one of the new-tool ones in the shiny red boxes, getting back into the hobby later in life also meant finding some great new, and OLD, kits to build.

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Tracks for Merkava, Type 3

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 13:59
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Without expressed or written consent, I stole the following from an IPMS/USA Review by Mike Lamm: OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria. The company, begun in 2002, focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of after-market 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. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.

This review is not of one of those but rather on an after-market set of tracks for Revell's Merkava series of tanks in 1/72nd scale. HobbyBoss has a 1/72nd scale Merkava but they choose to mold the road wheel /tracks as one piece. The Revell kit features separate road wheels and length and link style tracks. While it is might be possible to remove the tracks lengths from the Hobby Boss assembly, it will be a bit of a chore. Given a choice, maybe best to stick with the Revell version...for your own sanity.  

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Master Model 1/144 MiG-29 Pitot

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 13:52
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Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships.  They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels. 

This product is for the MiG-29.  It's more complex than many other pitot tubes because it's got two tiny vortex generator fins, one on each side of the pitot tube.  So the package contains the pitot plus a PE fret with the vortex generators. 

Installation of the pitot tube is pretty simple.  I used the Academy kit for this review.  The Academy MiG-29 has a flat spot at the tip of the nose for the pitot.  So it was fairly easy to drill a .3mm hole in the center of the spot and glue the pitot in place. 

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Fujitsu Ten Tom's Corolla AE101

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 13:44
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The 1992 Japanese touring car championship season was the 8th edition of the series. The series was nine
events long running April thru November, Finishing up at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan. the series
was run under several different regulations during it's existence. The series included international categories
such as group A and Super Touring which allowed both Japanese and foreign built cars. Tom's Toyota's were
competing against the likes of BMW, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu. Most were factory sponsored and a few were not.
There was still some serious competition. Tom's: Tachi Oiwa Motor Sports was founded in 1974 by  
Nobuide Tachi ad Kiyoshi Oiwa. The pair were able to use TRD with very good results in tuning and modifications
to the car and a good long term R&D program with Toyota. As a result of this they were able to go racing with fac-
tory sponsorship winning championships in various categories.

Opening the box, I found there to be 58 pcs. of red, gray and clear spruce. removing them from the bags I washed

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