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USA 1/350 WWII Landing Vehicle Set

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 17:53
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In conjunction with their release of the U.S. LST-1 Class of ships, AFV Club has also release a box of 1/350 WWII military vehicles to populate the deck and well deck of the ship. Injection molded, the set includes two sprues, one the duplicate of the other allowing the modeler to build 7 different vehicles and 2 artillery pieces from each sprue for a total of 18 pieces in a box. Also included is a set of decals, which curiously does not match the number of vehicles. The instructions are isometric and printed on the box. There is no locating guide for the decals, just side view color drawings of the vehicles, so the modeler must rely on research for marking placement on the tops of the vehicles. Plus, the color call outs are poor. But aren't all WWII vehicles olive drab?

 

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AIM-4D Falcon

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 11:26
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The AIM-4D was the first operational guided missile in the USAF and entered service in 1956. Its limited maneuverability and non-proximity fuse made it ineffective against fast turning fighters and it saw limited duty due to those shortcomings. Eduard has released an excellent multimedia kit of these missiles in their Brassin line in 1/32nd scale. Inside the package, there are parts for four complete missiles. There are four well cast missiles bodies, four seeker head covers, four clear lenses and a small fret of PE for detailing the engine section. There is also a nice set of markings for the one-color scheme.

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AIM-120C AMRAAM Missile

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 11:14
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Eduard's latest addition to the Brassin line of resin aftermarket pieces for 1/32 scale jet aircraft is a set of two AIM-120C AMRAAM medium-range missile. The C version of this missile started making operational use in 1996. That means this missile is appropriate for jets past 1996. It featured extended range and homing improvements over the A/B version. Each box contains parts for two missiles with the option of making a training or tactical version. Inside the package, you'll find 26 pieces of perfectly cast resin with options of two different heads and two different motor sections. There are also decals included for both versions.

So, first decision- tactical or training. Use the following parts for the one you choose:

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Famous Russian Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 16:36
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I would like to thank Specialty Press for this review sample

This is a revised and expanded edition of Yefim Gordon's original book on the Su-27 published in 2007. I thought the original publication was a large 544 pages. This book in comparison is 720 pages, which gives you an idea of how much additional material has been added. It is an impressively comprehensive tome on the Su-27 family and renders the other previous book obsolete. 

The layout was in Moscow by Polygon Press; it was printed in Bulgaria by Multi-print; Published in England by Crecy; and Published in the U.S. by Specialty Press. In addition to being an international effort, this book is heavy! Imagine my surprise when I went to lift the box at my doorstep. A hard cover edition, printed on clay paper, and in all color, his book falls into the category of an unabridged Webster's or Oxford English Dictionary. It really needs its own maple book stand on a carousel in your library. 

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Tempest Mk. V PE-set 1/48 -LEPT Decals

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 07:43
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EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!, and Phil and John in the specialized shipping to  reviewer's business.   

This review is uber simple without a tip requirement for the driver.  It's the basic stencils from the Tempest Profipak kit decal sheet, to which you can apply to the marking you want from the kit OR some other source.  It's all there... and the only decals I didn't use were those specific to certain kit markings; like the door outline in red with a lot of instructions on how to open it, the yellow "cut here on the canopy, and myriad two-dot decals to indicate airframe bolts with specialty metal composition.

I did not have time or vision to put the dots on.   Sorry.

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Grumman F9F Panther

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 07:31
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Kev Darling is an aviation historian, writer, and publisher based in South Wales. He served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer for nearly 30 years, from June 1973 to March 2003. He has written at least 30 books since 1987, working in the RAF Illustrated series, Crowood Aviation series, Crowood Combat Legend series, Specialty Press' WarbirdTech series, as well as Guideline's Warpaint series.

Richard J. Caruana, who lives and works in Malta, is best known for his technical and colour drawings which appear regularly in magazines in the UK (Scale Aviation Modeller International), Italy (Elicotteri e Aerei Militari, Aerofan) and Greece (Model Expert). His aviation art, specializing in the history and colours of the Regia Aeronautica, has also been published in the US, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and Israel. He also has over 21 books to his credit as author. Check out his website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rjcaviationart/home

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AIM-120A/B AMRAAM Missile

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 00:42
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Eduard's latest addition to the Brassin line of resin aftermarket pieces for 1/32 scale jet aircraft is a set of two AIM-120A/B AMRAAM medium range missile. Each box contains parts for two missiles with the option of making a training or tactical version. Inside the package, you'll find 26 pieces of perfectly cast resin with options of two different heads and two different motor sections. There are also decals included for both versions.

So, first decision: tactical or trainings. Use the following parts for the one you choose:

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Airfix 1/48 North American P-51D Mustang A05131

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 00:39
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Intro: This is one of The New Airfix 1:48 scale Releases on the Heels of their 1/72 scale release.  Compared to Legacy Airfix, this kit is cleanly molded with great detail and amazing fit. There are some different Approaches to the moldings and how the kit fits together I will highlight those in the Review.  Some will complain about the panel lines. But that is opinion and they can be filled and sanded. 

 

Background :  We can thank North American Aviation for proposing to the British a more modern aircraft design.  The Brits wanted someone to build P40s.  The prototype appeared 102 days after contract signing.  Initially fitted with an Allison engine, it suffered from poor high altitude performance.  Once fitted with the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine the design came into its own as a world beater.  The rest is the history we all know. 

 

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Eduard Tempest Mk.V OVERTREES

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 10:20
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Once more a rousing THANK YOU VERY MUCH  to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!  How I ended up doing this review?  A co-reviewer ran into some personal difficulties and I volunteered to finish his review for him.   Thanks David for sending these items, and John for supporting my effort to help a fellow reviewer. 

When I received the box from David, I knew what I was getting.  The review will be in four separate tomes:  first, this one, to cover the Overtree kit, the resin Brassin wheel set, a brassin etch detail fret, and the Overtree stencil decal set. 

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Tempest Mk. V Photoetch Set

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 09:57
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EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH  to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia! 

When I received the box , I knew what I was getting.  The review will be four separate tomes to cover the Over tree kit, the wheel set, and the over tree stencil decal set. 

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Tempest Mk. V Wheels Early

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 09:41
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EVEN more THANKS VERY MUCH to our friends at Eduard in Czechoslovakia!, and Phil and John in the specialized shipping to  reviewers business.   

This review is for the resin wheel and tire assembly (plus masks) designed for the early version of the Tempest V.  Superb detail, Manufacturer info on the tire wall, inflation stem peeking out from one of the cooling vents, and detail on the brake cover plate on the back.  Follow my instructions for success:  (BTW, I cleaned off the wheels with Blech white to remove any mold release, and used Duplicolor(r) brand flat black primer in a large spray can; this ensured I had NO problem with paint adhesion over resin).

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US Navy Aircraft Wheel Chocks

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 09:23
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This is one of those little "add-ons" that make your carrier deck look real.  The US Navy has always been very careful about parking their airplanes on the deck, and keeping them there.  It's considered "not good" when the deck pitches and a plane slides into the plane next to it, or even "more not good" if it slides off the deck into the water.  Tying the plane down works, but the chocks certainly help, especially when you're moving the plane.

THE KIT

The package contains 4 chocks, each on its own pour sprue.  There are two parts to each chock.  One of the parts has a rod attached to the chock block.  The other part has a hole the rod goes through to allow the chock to be adjusted to fit the wheel.

You get two sets of two chocks in the package.

PREPARATION

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SAC Metal gear for B-52D/G/H Stratofortress Landing Gear (Modelcollect)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 22:22
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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 timely releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.  And thanks to John and Phil for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

 

This is one of SAC's more complex gear... That should be expected, because the B-52 gear is appropriately labeled in the "Steampunkt" realm.  Working in the wheel well reminds one of movies on the Thames River in the UK where closeup of bridges and other ironwork would be right at home in the B-52 caves. 

 

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Panzer III On The Battlefield 2

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 00:06
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If you are a student of WW2 German armored vehicles, or enjoy modeling subjects such as the German Panzer III and Panzer IV, then the name Tom Cockle should be very familiar to you. Mr. Cockle is a prolific author on such subjects, and has written or co-written books for Osprey Publishing, Concord Publications, Squadron Signal Publications as well as European publisher Peko Publishing.  Mr. Cockle is also a frequent commentator on such matters on military vehicle model websites such as Missing-lynx.com.  The book under discussion today is the 18thvolume in this wonderful series by Peko Publishing.  I have 8 of the titles in the series so far, and plan on picking up others as my reference budget allows.

 

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Master Box “Irene Leroi”

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 23:40
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I've always been a huge fan of Master Box figures-- using them in vignettes and dioramas whenever I can. So when I got the email offering up one in 1/24 scale, I jumped at the chance not knowing anything about this new line. I figured I could use it with a car or truck like some of their previous lines featured. So while I was waiting for the shipment to arrive, I started doing some research.

This particular figure is part of a new series called "At the Edge of the Universe" set in a world called Steamplanet. Being a huge Firefly fan where the sci-fi steampunk meets the old West, this looked right up my alley. The back of the box provides a bit of an idea of the setting. The whole thing has me wanting either a book series or movie based on the story ideas presented in this line of figures - with additional kits featuring space security forces, ruffians, ladies, and robots.

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Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal, Summer 2019

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 23:06
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Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year.  They also provide a free newsletter. Those interested in the newsletter can subscribe by visiting the C&CI website.

The "lead" article, "Miles Jeffrey Game Day 1896-1918?" by Ian Burns, traces the too-short life of Jeffrey Day. Day was a pilot known for his ability to handle aircraft which had rather skittish flight characteristics. Day was also a talented poet, and this article features some text penned by Day. Day was involved in a rather risky project involving a seaplane and a Bristol Scout, the Scout piggybacking on the upper wing of the Porte Baby. The article is supported with some stunning photographs of the aircraft, ships, and other personnel that played a part in Day's experiences.

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Mino “Fido” Torpedo

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 11:26
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Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums.

Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BR48107 Mark 24 Mine "Fido" Torpedo. The name is a little confusing. Is it a mine or a torpedo? A little history is appropriate at this point.

Googling Mk.24 Mine "Fido" Torpedo received a number of hits. I chose the Wikipedia site and the explanation for the name, as well as a description of the "Fido" and its operational history. The following paraphrases the introductory paragraph found on the Wiki site.

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Petlyakov Pe-2 & Upe-2 / Tupolev USB

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 11:11
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Lechoslaw Musialkowski author the latest in Mushroom Model Publications' series of aircraft used in the Polish Air Force. This volume's focus is on the Petlyakov Pe-2 / Upe-2 and the Tupolev USB.  This volume represents Lechoslaw Musialkowski's fourth book for MMPBooks.  MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modeling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly", a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a worldwide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor.  From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design.  MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then we have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history.

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Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 11:03
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The Gloster Meteor was one of the iconic, pioneering jet fighters to become available during the final year of World War Two.

Master Models is a Polish company that produces some of the finest aftermarket brass accessories to enhance just about any scale model. I have used their offerings before, and love the final look and relative ease of using them.

Airfix has released a couple of Meteor kits over the last few years, and I recently snapped one up from my local hobby shop.

The kit pitot is represented as a straight plastic tube with no relief whereas, I believe, it should taper in towards the end. I clumsily broke the plastic tube when removing it from the sprue and super glued it back together for the pictures here.

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Eduard 1/48 Tempest Mk.V Upgrade set

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 18:46
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Eduard has released a photoetch upgrade set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This upgrade set is a single large Photo etch sheet. 

In the box is;

  • 1 x Photo Etch detail set
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Construction:

The first area of the upgrade is for is the engine intake, the set provides the mesh for all four surfaces of the Intake and make a big difference with the look once complete.

Next are parts for the two main landing gear bays, in four stages. The first stage is simple. On stage to you have to remove the location pins of part E68 and E69 from the original kit to allow then to fit. Also at stage two it refers to part E39 which should actually be part E32. I would also suggest that the parts 19, 20, 21 and 22 are installed before the kit parts E71 and E73. This will make it a lot easier to install them.

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