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T-28 Trojan Propeller “A”

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

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

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

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

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

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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Nisseki Trust Porsche 962C Limited Edition

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:04
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Background

The Group "C" racing class ran from 1982 until about 1993. It was an extremely exciting series that saw some of the class cars run over 250 mph on the Le Mans' Mulsanne Straight (the WM-Peugeot recorded the highest 405 km/h /252 mph). Porsche revolutionized the race series with the 956/962 cars and the associated aerodynamics and ground effects innovations. These Porsche vehicles were dominant for many years and were campaigned by both the factory and private race teams which, for modelers, allows for a multitude of paint and color schemes.

The Kit

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German Passenger Car Type 170V Saloon 4 Doors

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:06
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The MiniArt German Passsenger Car Typ 170V Saloon 4 Doors kit is a 1/35th scale kit ideal for dioramas. This is the 5th incarnation of the MiniArt Mercedees 170V kit and includes the addition of a single female figure. There is a total of 265 parts supplied on 7 grey spue of simi-soft grey plastic with the body cast in one piece and boxed separately, 1 sprue of crystal clear plastic, 1 card of photo-etched brass, and a set of decals that include 11 different marking options. The detail is beautiful and exquisitely cast with no flash and only the subtlest of seams, which are easily removed. The instruction booklet includes beautiful color pictures of the 11 different options as well as well rendered cad drawings of each 48 steps. Color call outs are broken down for Ammo Mig, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Testors and Vallejo paints.

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Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:01
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Crecy Publishing's biography: "Lieutenant Colonel Rick Bishop flew for over 50 years as a civilian, Army, and Air Force pilot amassing over 16,000 hours in the air.  Raised in Miami, Florida his passion for aviation started with flying lessons at the age of 16 which he continued throughout his college years. Voluntarily joining the Army in 1967, he saw action in Vietnam then joined the Air Force in 1974 where he flew jets for four years until being selected to join the U-2 Program. Over the following 13 years he rose to Commander of the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron prior to further advancement preceding his early retirement in 1991. Rick then flew for American Airlines for the next 16 years. He now resides on a small farm in the rolling hills north of Ocala, Florida."

 

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De Havilland Mosquito B Mk.IX/Mk.XVI

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:47
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Aircraft and history:

The De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, commonly called "Mossie" or "Wooden Wonder" was a fast, twin engine multi-role aircraft developed and operated during WWII. The Mosquito could operate as a bomber or be fitted with guns (in the nose or in bomb bay) and operate as an effective fighter. Speed was one of the Mosquitos best defensive assets where this aircraft was faster than most piston powered fighters Germany operated. The Mosquito was very capable at high altitude, low altitude, daytime and night operations.

Construction of the Mosquito consisted mostly of wood which was beneficial since "strategic material" (metal) was in high demand during WWII and small "cottage industries" were capable of building parts for the Mosquito and reducing the aircraft manufacturing demand during war time. Some mosquitos were fitted with a "glass" nose while others contained four machine guns and others contained a radar for night fighting operations.

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SAC A-4 Skyhawk Landing Gear (HB) (for 1/48 Hobby Boss)

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:46
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Scale Aircraft Conversions now has over twenty-seven years of experience supplying resin and white metal parts to model builders, and their product listing continues to expand.  This is the ninth landing gear set from SAC that I have reviewed, and once again, they have provided an excellent metal option for kit-supplied landing gear.  This set is intended for the 1/48 scale A-4 Skyhawk that was recently released by Hobby Boss (kit 81764).  The purpose of this replacement set is to provide stronger landing gear that is adjustable if necessary to obtain the proper angles.  Even with no previous experience in using white metal parts, this set will provide an upgrade that most modelers will have no issue installing.

 

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USS Iowa [BB-61]

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:09
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David Doyle's latest book is one of the initial entries into a new series called 'Legends of Warfare' with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation.  The first Ground book is focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3).  This tome is the second release in the Legends of Warfare - Naval series.

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TF-15A Bicentennial Eagles

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:06
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Thank you, Bob Sanchez, for another stunning set of decals for us! While the Bicentennial F-15 is not new to us in the modeling community as the original aircraft was displayed and flown worldwide over 40 years ago, the decals are a much-needed facelift to anyone who has an old F-15 A-D laying around or just maybe wanting to change it up and not use the kit decals.

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom aviation Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life and has continued to be active in the aviation field outside of his service to our country.

 I can tell you guys from experience Mr. Sanchez's decals cover unique and memorable topics, are a pleasure to work with and downright hard to get if you miss out on a particular set, so keep that in mind when ordering.

What's on the Sheet?

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F/A-18C F/A-18F Demo Hornets

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:44
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Thank you, Bob Sanchez, for another beautiful set of decals and this set is a little more important. Capt. Jeff Kuss was a Colorado native on top of being a Top Aviator. Why would this set have some relevance to myself you ask? Well maybe due to the fact I'm currently active duty and stationed about 2 hours from where he was laid to rest. Thank You, Mr. Sanchez and Two Bobs!

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom aviation Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life and has continued to be active in the aviation field outside of his service to our country.

 I can tell you guys from experience Mr. Sanchez's decals cover unique and memorable topics, are a pleasure to work with and downright hard to get if you miss out on a particular set, so keep that in mind when ordering because some of these sets may never be found again.

What's on the Sheet?

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F-4J Rockin Rhino

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:14
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Short History

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy.

Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs.

The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.

What's in the box?

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Jagdpanzer SU-85 (R) w/CREW

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:10
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History

The SU-85 was a self-propelled gun. It was developed on the T-34 medium tank Chassis which also resembled the SU-122 assault gun. It was produced from 1943 through mid-1944. The 85-mm gun allowed the SU-85 to effectively hit enemy medium tanks at a range of over 1,000 meters and was able to destroy a Tiger tank from this range, rendering it a very capable weapon against the newer German tanks.

 

Kit Facts

This kit is a Soviet SU-85 captured and put into service by the German army during WW II.  This model is extremely detailed. It has workable track links, and five figures representing the crew. It has a total of 712 parts, 627 of which are plastic, 75 that are photo etched, 10 clear plastic parts, a decal sheet and an instruction booklet.

 

Assembly

When I opened the box I was absolutely awe struck with the number of sprues and parts. The sprues are literally jam packed in the box and neatly wrapped in plastic bags.

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Douglas A3D Skywarrior Warpaint Series No. 112

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:56
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Authored by Charles Stafrace and illustrated by Richard J. Caruana, this book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most ubiquitous aircraft flown by the United States Navy, that being the A3D Skywarrior. Aviation historians and modelers, alike, will find this book to be a treasure chest of information.

 

The written content is well written, in clear and precise language. The content is presented in chronological sequence, as most publications of this type are, beginning with the need for an aircraft to replace the AJ Savage. As the engineering of the "Whale" evolved to meet the strategic needs of the aviation arm of the US Navy, so did the engineering change to match those needs. Variant after variant, the A3D continued to adapt to the environment of the day.

 

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FW-190A-8 Engine

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:46
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What's in the box?

This Eduard Brassin set is for the Eduard Fw 190A-8 kit. The set includes detail parts to add to a highly detailed engine to replace the simple kit piece and make for a very detailed open paneled butcher bird.

 

The resin and photoetch parts inside the box looked great and are very well molded and even the etched parts, while microscopic, provide an added value and level of detail.

 

The 20 included items are as followed in this boxing breakdown:

 

  • 5 Main Engine Assembly pieces
  • 6 Sub Engine pieces and assemblies
  • 8 Replacement panels and propeller cowling
  • 1 Photoetched fret to include harnesses, fuel lines, wiring and chain assemblies            

 

The Engine buildup

The assembly instructions are very clear and detailed but very busy at times and will definitely have you looking at front and backs, and taking this thing apart frequently to test fit.

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Yak-3 Metal Gear

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:21
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This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Special Hobby 1/32 Yak-3 kits.  If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight.  These SAC items are primarily intended to address any strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear:  You can very slightly bend the main strut into perfect alignment once installed, and the oleo can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish.

Observations

These Yak-3 SAC landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds.  The main struts are slightly but noticeably shorter when compared directly to their kit counterparts, but it seems the smaller supporting strut pieces are proportionately shorter as well - so this should not ill affect the resulting angle of the gear or final stance of the aircraft.

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Hawk MIM-23 SAM

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:07
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This is what the website Army Recognition has to allow about the Raytheon Hawk Missile: The HAWK (Homing All the Way Killer) MIM-23 is an all-weather low to medium altitude ground-to-air missile system developed and designed by the American Defense Company Raytheon. The HAWK semi-active radar seeking medium-range SAM system commenced development in 1952 with the US Army awarding a full-scale development contract to Raytheon for the missile in July 1954. Northrop was to provide the launcher and loader, radars and fire control. The first guided test firing took place in June 1956 with the development phase completed in July 1957. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of the Basic HAWK, MIM-23A, took place in August 1960 when the first US Army battalion was activated.

Follow the link to a video, via Critical Past, of a Hawk missile blowing a QF-80 drone to smithereens. 

(Technical Note: Smithereens is a technical term for lots and lots of little pieces.) Video of Launch

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