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StuG. III, Ausf. F

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:23
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The Sturmgeschutz III (StuG. III) was Germany's most widely produced armored fighting vehicle of WWII. By the end of the war, over 10,500 vehicles, in a number of different versions, had been produced. Built on the chassis of the Panzer III, and originally designed as an infantry support vehicle intended to knock out strong points and hardened defenses, it really proved itself as a tank destroyer first on the Eastern front in Russia. First in Russia, the StuG III Ausf. F was armed with the longer 7.5cm StuK 40 L/43 gun and became a formidable opponent on the battlefield.

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Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:42
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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.

These are 4 20mm gun barrels for Japanese WW2 fighters. I had a 1/144 Platz N1K2 "George" on the shelf, which I built for a review about 4 years ago. I selected it for the upgrade.

Removal and Replacement

Removal was a simple job. I used sprue cutters and cut the guns off the wing, as close as I could to the leading edge. The kit has fairings at the base of each gun, but I fixed that later. Once I got the plastic guns removed, I used a sanding stick to flatten the base of the kit fairings. This gave me a clean surface to drill into. The instructions call for a .4mm drill. Looking at my .4mm drill and the guns, I downgraded the drill to a .25mm. The hole was still just a little large, but .25mm is about the smallest drill I've got.

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USMC Tank Crew [Modern]

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 19:25
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When I model military vehicles, I like to have a figure or two with the vehicle to give it more animation and scale. If you like to model modern US armor, there have been limited options for tanker figures in the most modern of US military uniforms. Mostly, suitable figures are found in resin, but injection molded options are few. To be fair to the manufacturers, the US military has kept changing uniforms during its 15 years of conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan. When figures are available they tend to be US Army, which wears a different uniform than the US Marine Corps. MiniArt to the rescue.

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Drain and Manhole covers

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:36
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Hauler has been making photoetched sets in multiple scales including my favorite, 1/72nd.  This set is about as easy of a PE set as you can get.  It contains 6 grills (4 of one style and 2 of another) and 15 manhole covers (5 each of 3 styles one of these is square).  They literally are just cut from the fret and add to your diorama.

As such no instructions are needed but there actually was a set included with mine.  Turns out it is for one of their Typhoon sets. Whoops.

I have been unable to track down what countries the manhole covers are from but pretty sure they are from Europe and should look good in a WWII setting.  If anyone can find a location that fits please post the info.

All in all, a nice and easy to use accessory that will liven up that street scene.

Thanks to Hauler and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

AFV Tools

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:26
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Another nice PE set from Hauler which will find many uses for the Braille Scale modeler, especially when working with armor and dioramas.

The set includes wrenches, axes, shovels, picks and even a couple machetes.  I am guessing for those jungle jobs.  There are also a couple of different design tool boxes that you will have to fold.

The first thing I thought when I heard PE tools is how is that going to work with types, they will just look flat, right?  Hauler has thought of this and the sledges and a mallet come with an couple extra pieces of PE to thicken the head.  A couple of the picks and shovels are designed to be used with some plastic or metal rod to give a more 3-dimensional look. 

Instructions are provided for the tool boxes and those tools that use more than one part.  Just make sure you are careful when you cut these parts out and they will be sure to liven up that aircraft or tank maintenance scene.

Thanks to Hauler and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Vol. 2

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:24
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This tome appears to be Piotr Witkowski's second book in English and it's a follow up to Volume one of his Operational Market Garden Paratroopers that focused on uniforms, equipment and personal use items.  The positive feedback he received from Volume 1 encouraged him to move fast on this volume to get it published.  You can find the review on Volume I at the IPMS USA Review website.  I've found two prior books in Polish: Polskie jednostki powietrzno-desantowe na zachodzie (Bellona, 2009) and a second edition of this book titled: Spadochroniarze Sosabowskiego : Dzieje polskich jednostekpowietrznodesantowych 1939-1945 (Bellona, 2012).  Volume 3 is in preparation by Piotr Witkowski and will focus on Transports used in Operation Market Garden.  

 

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Quickboost 1/48 Defiant Mk.I Undercarriage Covers

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:05
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Want an nice upgrade to any 1/48 Boulton Paul Defiant?  Step right up to the new Quickboost Defiant Mk.I undercarriage set that provides a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in your kit.  The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card.  There are no instructions. These parts are specific to fit the Airfix accurate and highly detailed 1/48 Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I injected plastic kit.  They may also work for the older limited run Classic Airframes kits (471, 481, and 482) that were introduced in 1995.

 

Quickboost has molded the undercarriage set perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles.  The undercarriage set detail is an improvement over what is provided in the kit providing more of a 3-dimensional aspect to the doors.

 

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Vought F-8 Crusader

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:14
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Thank you to Andrea Lindell of Specialty Press for providing a review copy of their new release, Vought F-8 Crusader, Development of the Navy's First Supersonic Jet Fighter, by William D. Spidle. Specialty Press has sweetened the debut of this new book by providing an author-signed limited-edition of the book directly on their website or by calling 1-800-895-4385. As always, I appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling products with the world.

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Sd.Kfz.250/7 Atle 8cm Mortar Carrier w/ Full Interior

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:51
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The Germans of WW2 were notorious for multi-tasking vehicles, and this one is a good example. In this case, they mounted an 81mm mortar in a standard light armored half-track. I'm old enough to remember the last time a plastic kit manufacturer took a shot at this particular make - a motorized version by Arii back in the early 1970's. The older kit was pretty poor by even the standards of the day, although it did provide a nice ammunition trailer (to carry the batteries for the motor, of course). Otherwise, there wasn't much to recommend it.

Dragon has filled the void with a new release which does a fine job of capturing this beastie, including "magic tracks" which eliminate the odious task of snipping some 200 track bits off of sprues.

As with all armored kits, I started with the running gear, which gave me no particular problems. Two different patterns of front wheels are provided although the instructions only mention the classic military pattern. Frankly, I rather liked the more complex version, and was able to piece them together despite the lack of instructions provided for these.

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Beechcraft 17 Decals

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:22
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The Beechcraft 17 Staggerwing and later D17 was a versatile family of aircraft that ended up serving in for more roles than originally envisioned by Beech. Renowned for its attractive lines and good performance, it was designed to be an executive aircraft. But it soon found a role as a racer, liaison, and a utility aircraft in both military and civilian livery. In the US Army Air Force it was the UC-43, in the US Navy the GB-1 and 2. In addition, it flew with 15 other air f orces.

Roden answered the call of many modelers to release a nice kit of the Staggerwing, finally supplanting the old AMT kit which is still available through Round 2. The AMT kit was a specific post war variant however, and required modification to backdate it. The Roden kit represents the most common D17S variant and while Roden provides different liveries/markings in its multiple releases, there were many more schemes not covered; plus Roden decals can be a challenge.

Thankfully Iliad Design has stepped up and released a set of decals for Beechcraft enthusiasts. This set covers 6 different schemes:

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P-40 E–N Details

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:10
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Yet again Master Model has hit a home run with this with this very affordable upgrade to your existing 1/32 P-40 E through N aircraft kits. Master Model has released a detail set that addresses the Browning 50 caliber blast tubes, iron gun sights, and the pitot tubes. Included in the set are six beautiful brass blast tubes, a photo etch sight ring (and spare), one iron sight post and a brass pitot tube with two pitot probe variants. Available kits in the P-40 (E - N) range included Hasegawa (Eduard), Revell and Trumpeter. For earlier P-40 (B - C) models, Master Model produces details sets AM-032-097 and AM-032-098

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Hunter F.6/FGA.9 Aerobatic Teams

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:47
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Extreme gratitude from IPMS USA and this reviewer to Hobbico for providing us this kit... it's been a while off the radar and we're pleased it's back!

This kit was originally released around 1997 or so, if I remember correctly. At the time it was (and still is) the best of the 1/48 kits of this famous British fighter, and was considered to be the "UK Sabre" of its day with maneuverability, speed, and overall "it looks right" appearance.

This kit continues Italeri's current trend of releasing warfighting aircraft with specialized color schemes. In the box you get the Hunter F.6 and FGA.9, with two different lower nose cannon covers, and the different size/shape exhaust area required for each version based on the engine installation. The F-6 was designed as an air-to- air fighter, whereas the FGA.9 incorporated ground attack capabilities with rockets and bomb delivery capability.

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Liberator Mk III/V "Coastal Command"

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:21
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Extreme gratitude from IPMS USA and this reviewer to Hobbico for providing us this kit... it's been a while off the radar and we're pleased it's back!

This kit was originally released as a B-24D back in around 1999, if I remember correctly. At the time it was (and still is) the best of the 1/72 kits of this multi-use aircraft, and in Hasegawa's normal practice, this time is released in the guise of an RAF Coastal Command aircraft.

The short history is the British needed a long-range coastal heavy bomber capable of flying out to assist the beleaguered convoys shipping war materials to Britain from the U.S., in the form of anti-submarine reconnaissance and general over watch of the ships. In these roles the aircraft proved more than capable.

The kit contains an additional sprue in this case catering to the turret and quad-Browning .303 machine guns, along with the thimble-shaped lower ball turret replacement radome used on the Mark V for locating surface ships and submarines. The earlier Mark III did not have the radome but a standard B-24D with no lower turret assembly.

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P-40E-N Detail Set

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 01:43
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Master Model is a Polish company. The owner is Piotr Czerkasow who is a mechanical engineer by trade. Piotr is also a scale modeler. Master model has a broad range of accessories for aircraft, military vehicles and ships in several of the popular scales. In addition they also offer a blackening agent under their Tools and Supplies tab.

I will use this set of turned brass gun barrels and pitot tube on a Hasegawa P-40N. The Hasegawa P-40 series are modular kits that have interchangeable components that allow the building of several variants, depending on what kit is purchased. Many of the same sprues are issued with the various P-40 variants. The wing armament is provided as separate parts that are fixed into the leading edges of each wing. The kit's gun barrels are molded with the gun barrels open, and generally look the part of the real weapons. However, if you wish to carry the build to the next level brass gun barrels are the way to go.

The kit pitot tube appears a bit oversized based on limitations of the injection molding process.

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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F ADVANCED Set

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 18:02
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The Eduard 109s are some of my favorite kits and sometimes I like to go 'whole hog' on them.  Whether it is for a diorama or just to show off the detail the Brassin sets are impressive for the detail, but on the downside they are a little expensive.  I think they are worth the price but if you are going to use a bunch of different sets you may want to invest in the Big Sin sets.  They contain multiple Brassin and photo etch parts for a reduced price. 

 

This set is designed for the Bf-109F and includes the Brassin Engine and guns, control surfaces and landing flaps.  This set has all the highly visible things to add to your kit. 

 

The engine contains a nearly complete engine.  It does not have detail on the bottom side which is no big deal as the kit doesn't allow it to be seen.  There are 46 resin pieces along with a fret of photo etch and decals.  The detail is impressive to say the least.  The resin is light grey with no blemishes.  The small fret features beautiful detail. The decal sheet features white lettering so you can add the serial number on the side. 

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Eduard 1/72 MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Zoom set

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:37
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To assist in training pilots to fly the MiG-29, the Mikoyan OKB developed a two seat trainer of the aircraft.  In order to minimize differences in the handling characteristics between the single seat and two seat aircraft, Mikoyan modified the front fuselage by deleting the fire control radar and modified the nose to accommodate the second cockpit.  The MiG-29UB retains much of the MiG-29A's combat capabilities, including its impressive maneuverability, but its air-to-air weapons are limited to heat-seeking missiles and cannon fire. The MiG-29UB is operated by most air forces that fly the MiG-29.

 

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Albatros B.II Landing Gear (WW)

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 22:16
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According to Wikipedia, the Albatros D.II was a German fighter aircraft used during WWI. After a successful combat career in the early Jagdstaffein, it was gradually superseded by the Albatros D.III.

To assist the scale modeler with reliving the exploits of the early days of WWI and the air war, Wingnut Wings has released a 1/32nd scale, injected molded aircraft kit of the Albatros II.

http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3149

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Super Etendard Refueling probe

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:44
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The Aires Hobby Models website lists not only the Aires product line of resin replacement accessories but also Quickboost, Wheelliant, and Aerobonus.  I have used products from all four lines and have never been disappointed.  Collectively the product lines offer a broad choice of replacement parts for aircraft models in several scales.

I plan to use this set on the Kinetic Super Etendard Kit Number K48061.

The resin parts come in a sealed clear package with a small "instruction" sheet enclosed therein.  The instructions are limited to a profile of the parts with the portions of the resin to be removed shaded grey.  The parts are surrounded on two sides by resin "legs" to protect the parts.

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Modern AFV Antenna – straight & tilted versions

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:14
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Link

Cost

Straight AFV Antenna

GM-35-013

Straight Antenna

$7.50

Tilted AFV Antenna

GM-35-014

Tilted Antenna

$11.00

 

 

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YF-23 ATF Air Force Legends Number 220

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 16:40
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This book covers the Northrop YF-23 which was in competition with the F-22 for the ATF contract. The book is written by the chief test pilot of the Yf-23 program and the in-depth knowledge of the author really shows in the book. While the F-22 was chosen many, including myself consider the YF-23 the more aesthetically pleasing of the two designs.

Ginter books are well known in both the modeling and aviation community for their in-depth photo coverage and history of the title subject. This book, number 220 in the Air Force legend series lives up to the sterling reputation established by all of the previous volumes. Being a more modern subject, the book is overflowing with color photos.

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