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P-51D Mustang "The 5th Air Force"

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 09:47
Product Image Review Author:  Keith Gervasi Platz

History: The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II and was originally developed in remarkable time of 102 days in response to a request from British Purchasing Commission. The first P-51s with Allison engines were not able to show stunned high performance. By replacing Allison Engines with Rolls-Royce Merlin Engines, P-51 became a high-performance aircraft and evolved into long-range bomber escort in European War and was rival for Japan Army in Pacific War. D-version of P-51s were produced in larger numbers than any other Mustang variants. The P-51D featured a bubble canopy for all-around visibility and was armed with six wing-mounted 12.7mm caliber machine guns. Wing racks allowed the carriage of drop tanks to extend range or bombs for ground attack.

What's in the box: Upon opening the box you should find a clear bag with two sprues of grey plastic with a separate bag of the two clear sprues inside, a very nice decal sheet and instruction fold out.

Construction: 6 steps are involved with building this kit starting with the cockpit, fuselage and horizontal stabilizers. I decided to paint some seatbelts in to make it look a little better. Step 2 is the wing assembly and it's the only area I had an issue with. You are required to drill the holes in the lower side for the external tank mounts. No problem there but there are two holes in the wing already. Those are for the M-10 rocket tube used in another boxing of this kit. Since the instructions do not mention or show these, remember to fill them in......I forgot to!

Step 3 is the assembly of the wing tanks, landing gear and propeller................YES you have to build a 1/144 prop! Everything fit pretty good here, but I left the propeller blades off until after painting as it was easier for me.

Steps 4 & 5 are the wing to fuselage assembly and the addition of the landing gear & doors, wing tanks, canopy, exhaust and radiator inlet and outlet flap.

Finishing: I used Alclad Aluminum on one aircraft and Tamiya Bare metal silver on the other and both look OK to me. You are given marking options for 4 aircraft in this kit.

  1. 118th TAC Recon Sqdn, 5th Air Force, Luzon 1945
  2. 3rd FS, 3rd FG, 5th Air Force, Okinawa 1945
  3. 39th FS, 314 FBG, 5th Air Force Luzon 1945
  4. 39th FS, 314 FBG, 5th Air Force Luzon 1945

All are in NMF, so painting is simple. I chose to do C and D and the decals worked like a charm. The only area I needed any decal solution was on the green anti-glare panel on the cowl.

Conclusion: All in all, these were very easy to build AND a lot of fun. These are very nice little kits that go together quite easily, and I recommend them to any modeler though younger modelers may have an issue with the small parts.

I would like to thank Platz for supplying this and the review corps for letting me build them.

A new British Centurion Mk.5 in 35th scale from Amusing Hobby

The Modelling News - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 09:10
Amusing Hobby are giving us some of the best of British with their recent release schedule - this time around we have a new-tooled kit of the Centurian Mk.5 for eager modellers. We have a little info on the Mk.5, with some kit artwork, marking choices and CAD drawings in our preview...
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FOKKER D.VII LANDING GEAR FOR EDUARD KIT

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 00:49
Product Image Review Author:  Brian R. Baker Eduard

This is a cast white metal conversion set for the Eduard, or actually any, 1/72 scale Fokker D.VII kit.  The package I received contained four airfoil shaped spreader assemblies for the landing gear, and two sets each of the landing gear struts and tailskids. 

Not having an Eduard kit available, I used an old Revell Fokker D.VII, and the unit fitted nicely.  The spreader bar unit was a little roughly cast, but it was easy to sand it down to where is looked good.  Not having an Eduard kit, I'm not sure why the unit needed replacement, as there isn't really much to the gear,  just the spreader and the two  supporting "V" struts.  The struts fit easily into the notches on the bar, but they need a little cleaning up, as there are two molding lines on each set of struts.

My D.VII is painted in the colors of the Lithuanian Air Service, which had a few of them after the end of World War I.  The hardest part of this model was the insignias, as I didn't have a set of Lithuanian crosses so I had to make them from decal stock.  The D.VII is one of the easier biplanes to build, since it had cantilever wings, and the only wires on the airplane are the cross bracing on the landing gear struts, vertical stabilizer to horizontal stabilizer bracing, and the control wires for the rudder, ailerons, and elevators. In ten minutes, you have the biplane rigged.  Not like doing a DH-4 or a Spad.

If you are dissatisfied with the landing gear that comes with the kit, these are a logical alternative.  If you are satisfied, don't bother.  Recommended.

Preview: Meng takes the mantle with the new 1/32nd Fokker Dr.I Triplane

The Modelling News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 22:21
Meng has taken up the mantle to continue the work of Wingnut Wings and present us with the 32nd scale kit of the Fokker Dr.1 Triplane. We have scant information so far on the kit, but we do have some CADs, the artwork, a few sprue close ups and a little on the original aircraft in our preview...
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1/72 ESCI Valentine towing a 6 pdr. AT gun

New Forum Posts - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:46
I saw a couple photos of this pairing from the Tunisian campaign and decided I wanted to do a model of it. The ESCI Valentine kit is very fiddly to get all the parts to fit correctly, but with much care, builds up nicely. I removed all the molded in handles and replace then from thin wire and this version has the length and link hard plastic tracks, which were very easy to work with, especially since I could leave off the entire top run of track as it was hidden by the sand shields. As it is towing the AT gun, I needed to add a towing bar to the rear which I made out of a truck spring suspension part. The Milicast 6 pdr. is much better than the old Airfix offering, but has a lot of flash and molding voids, like on mine the entire end of the gun barrel was just flash, so I had to "Dutchman" in a length of plastic rod. It also comes with the muzzle brake, but since the barrel just behind it was just flash, it was easy to remove. Before the 'scale police' chime in, yes I know that ostensibly the kits are in different scales, but I have found that some kits run a little larger/smaller than scale, and these two look fine together.

1/72 ESCE Valentine towing a 6 pdr. AT gun

New Forum Posts - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:46
I saw a couple photos of this pairing from the Tunisian campaign and decided I wanted to do a model of it. The ESCI Valentine kit is very fiddly to get all the parts to fit correctly, but with much care, builds up nicely. I removed all the molded in handles and replace then from thin wire and this version has the length and link hard plastic tracks, which were very easy to work with, especially since I could leave off the entire top run of track as it was hidden by the sand shields. As it is towing the AT gun, I needed to add a towing bar to the rear which I made out of a truck spring suspension part. The Milicast 6 pdr. is much better than the old Airfix offering, but has a lot of flash and molding voids, like on mine the entire end of the gun barrel was just flash, so I had to "Dutchman" in a length of plastic rod. It also comes with the muzzle brake, but since the barrel just behind it was just flash, it was easy to remove. Before the 'scale police' chime in, yes I know that ostensibly the kits are in different scales, but I have found that some kits run a little larger/smaller than scale, and these two look fine together.

Old decals falling apart!

New Forum Posts - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:03
I'm working on a Hasegawa 1/72 F-18 "World Hornet" that I started probably 20 years ago. The decal sheet looks to be in new condition, but several of the decals that I've tried to apply fall apart when I go to apply them. I had this happen to a Tamiya 1/35 Sherman, but those decals looked 'checked' on the sheet. We have well water, so thinking that might be the issue (although other than the Sherman decals I haven't had any problems), I tried distilled water with the same result. What I'm doing is soaking the decal in a small tray of water, after a few seconds I'll pick it up by the corner of the paper and test an edge of the decal with a toothpick, then place it back in the water. When approx. half of the transfer will lift off the paper, I move it over to the model and try and slide it off using the toothpick. At this point anywhere I touch it, a piece comes off. I tried soaking for an extended period and then slide it off with my fingertip (broader surface) but it comes apart as I try and move it. Is this just what happens with age? If so I'm screwed because I have a couple hundred kits I want to build now that I'm retired!

Read n' Reviewed: WWII photobook series Vol. 21 – Panzerwaffe on the battlefield 2 from PeKo Publishing

The Modelling News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:30

I have read twenty volumes of the "On the battlefield" series from PeKo Publishing, but this one had a few surprises in content waiting for me when I took a read. See the contents and what we thought about this book in our review...
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Revell/Germany 1/32nd scale P-51D-5NA

New Forum Posts - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 23:33
If your looking for a reasonably priced kit, with awesome detail, this is the kit to buy. All the parts fit together great. Little, if any, flashing to remove. A very nice decal sheet is included with two different build options. I did order an additional set of decals from Eagle Editions. The construction is pretty straight forward. I didn't have any problems. One thing that caught my eye when I opened the box, were the smooth wings. No need to putty those nasty rivets. I used Eduard photo etch for the cockpit, and undercarriage. I used a mix of Testors Model Master enamels, and Tamiya acrylics. The color of the plane is Tamiya Bare Metal Silver. The blue is Testors lacquer Chrysler engine blue. I used Pastel Chalk for dirt streaks, and engine exhaust. The pilot figure is from Eagle Editions. The mechanic figure is from Black Dog models. The crates and other gear, are from Value Gear. The Marston Matting if from Tom's Model Works. I'm going to add a little more dirt and grim to the plane. Chris

Arizona 1916

New Forum Posts - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 16:58
Here is the last of three works I've started over the years, and finally got around to painting. The mounted figure I did about ten years ago and started working on the setting figure sometime later. Both figures are made out of recycled plastics. Most of the mounted figure is from an old HP printer case. There is a howto in this forum and I'll leave a link if anyone is interested.