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T-28 Trojan Propeller “A”

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:55
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Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Aires T-28 Trojan Propeller "A" offering for the 1/32 Kitty Hawk T-28 Trojan kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the sealed flap on the back of package to allow for easy access to parts.

Upon removal of the spinner assemble and the propeller blades you will notice the detail that we have come to expect from Aires QB products. The molding and detail on the propeller parts are excellent and they come off the resin block with little effort along with the help of an X-Acto blade or razor saw.

The propeller "A" comes with the spinner head molded in 1 piece compared to the 3 pieces that make up the same assembly in the Kitty Hawk kit. Compared to the kit offering, the Aires assembly has more elaborate detail that looks way more defined than the one that comes in the kit, plus the advantage of having the spinner assembly molded in 1 piece. If you want to build the Trojan kit this is a great option for ease of build and detail level for a 1/32 build.

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T-28 Trojan Air Brake

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 23:56
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Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Aires T-28 Trojan air brake assembly for the 1/32 Kitty Hawk T-28 Trojan kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the sealed flap on the back of package to allow for easy access to parts.

Upon removal of all the different parts that make up the air brake assembly you will notice the great detail that we have come to expect from Aires QB products. The molding and detail on the parts are excellent and they come off the resin block with little effort along with the help of an X-Acto blade or razor saw.

The air brake assembly comes in several highly detailed parts that will need assembly. The air brake itself is highly detailed and looks more realistic than the kit offering. Compared to the kit offering, the Aires assembly gives more elaborate detail that looks way more defined and like the actual T-28 Trojan air brake than the one that comes in the kit. If you want to build the Kitty Hawk kit, this is a must get the level of detail required when you're building 1/32 aircraft.

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Shot Down and in the Drink

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:31
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Drawing heavily upon an unpublished history of Britain's Air Sea Rescue Service produced after WWII by the Air Ministry's Air Historical Branch, this softback reprint was originally published in 2005 as a follow-on to a 2003 effort by Pitchfork entitled Shot Down and On the Run. That book dealt with British and Commonwealth aircrew who found themselves on the ground in enemy territory--mostly in northern Europe--but were able to successfully "escape and evade," often with the help of brave souls who risked their lives--and the safety of their families--in so doing. 

The difference between the two books is that the airmen who fell to ground in enemy-occupied territory had some hope of finding friendly aid or, failing that, at least the possibility of humane treatment when they were captured.  Those who fell into the water faced a graver menace.  Yes, their Axis enemies were determined and tough, or even cruel, but the sea is utterly implacable: it will not provide comfort, and it has no concept whatsoever of mercy.  

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IDF Magach 3 w/ERA

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:16
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Intro 

This kit was introduced in February of 2017.    It is a follow-on to Dragon releases of the Magach 1 and 2 and 3.  It is listed under the 6 Day war series.  The kit includes the newer parts to add the ERA tiles but also includes the earlier parts to build the earlier Magach versions.  Parts like the 90mm gun, back deck and grill doors and mantlet. Research should be done to identify the appropriate versions of parts included so you back-rev the kit with the correct parts.

Background

   Operationally the Magach with ERA was not used during the 6 Day War.  The Magach 3 was retrofitted after the 6 Day War, to the newer M48A3 standard.  This included the newer 105mm M68 cannon, the 750HP V12 air cooled diesel and other improvements.   ERA tiles were not invented until the late 70's and were not available until after the 6 Day War.  The ERA was fitted as a normal improvement to the tank fleet.  The Magach 3 with the ERA tiles was used during the Lebanon Incursion in 1980

Opening the box.

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TSR2 Britain’s Lost Cold War Strike Jet

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:49
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Osprey bio: "Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after graduating from Leeds University. Following reconnaissance and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans he joined the tri-service policy and plans staff of Commander British Forces, Hong Kong. He flew over 3,000 hours as an RAF reconnaissance and strike pilot. He was a UK nuclear release officer in NATO and the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base. He was coordinator of air power studies at the RAF Advanced Staff College and he is now Chief Executive of The Air League. He broadcasts widely and this is his 18th aviation book, including four for Osprey.  He received the Defense Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006. In 2009 he was awarded the C P Robertson Memorial Trophy for the best interpretation of the Royal Air Force to the public."

 

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SAC Landing Gear for the 1/32 Revell Spitfire Mk. IXc

IPMS/USA Reviews - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:39
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Short History

As we all know the Spitfire should not need an introduction, after all there were over 24 versions or Mks that existed throughout its illustrious history.

What's in the box?

The box comes with a total of 6 white metal pieces to replicate the kit parts very accurately and adding some needed strength to support the aircraft especially with larger 32nd scale aircraft as we tend to do a lot of scratch building and the use of "goodies". The Landing gear comes packaged in the typical SAC cardboard and bubble blister packaging we are all accustomed to seeing.

 

The Build

This is a pain free operation and only required a little time along with TLC using couple of sanding sticks, a fine diamond file I also use for PE and my battery powered dremel with a 280-grit abrasive buff wheel.

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