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Sd.Kfz.179 Bergepanther Recovery Vehicle

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 02:08
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The Italeri Bergepanther Kit # 285, originally released back in 1995, is still standing sentry duty as the only readily available injection-molded set of sprues for this Panther-based German tank recovery vehicle. The model has gone through a number of updates and improvements since, culminating in what you see reviewed here. After all this time, however, Italeri's offering 'still has it goin' on', sporting a relatively detailed engine, transmission, and winch/cable assembly, all housed in a decent Panther A chassis. One heck of a value, and still the only game in town.

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Defiant Mk.I Pitot Tube and Antennas

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:57
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Want an easy upgrade to any 1/48 Boulton Paul Defiant?  Step right up to the new Quickboost Defiant Mk.I pitot tube and ventral antenna Masts set that provides a beautiful replacement to those supplied in the 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 will also work for the older limited run Classic Airframes kits (471, 481, and 482) that were introduced in 1995.

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Panda Models 1/35 T14 Armata Object 148

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:41
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Intro: Panda released this kit late last year and it competes with the Takom and Zvesda Armata Kits.  The kit is molded in medium green plastic and the track components are molded in a dark tan plastic.  There is one sprue of clear parts, a PE fret and decals. With a length of tow cable.  

 

Background The T14 Armata is Russia's latest Main Battle Tank that first appeared in public practices for the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade.  This was a shock to NATO and Western Forces as the advanced design was unknown at that time. The T14 is derived from the Armata Universal Combat Platform.  The tank weighs 48 metric tons and is 11 feet wide and 11 feet tall and 29 feet long. This is a big tank.

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Eduard 1/72 Brassin IRIS-T

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 01:34
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The IRIS-T (infra-red imaging system - tail / thrust vector controlled) is a heat seeking missile developed by a consortium of European countries as a replacement for the AIM-9 Sidewinder.  The program was led by Germany, but included other NATO countries such as Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Spain and the IRIS-T has been exported to several countries such as Austria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.  The IRIS-T became operational in 2005 and is carried on the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, Tornado and the Gripen.

 

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FGR Mk 2 Phantom Arresting Hook

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 01:07
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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 detail enhanced replacement parts for aircraft models in several scales.

The subject resin parts come in a sealed clear package with a small "instruction" 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. I noted that the arrestor shaft had a small opening cast in the end where the hook was to be attached.

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Pfalz D.XII Landing Gear

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 00:05
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The landing gear assemblies on WWI aircraft are notoriously fragile and spindly, and the Pfalz D.XII is no exception. SAC has provided us with four white metal parts that should solve that problem. Being white metal, they will require some careful polishing of the surface to get them smooth, and gap filling CA glue must be used for assembly. The parts come in the typical SAC clear plastic bubble card.

The SAC parts represent kit parts A9, A11, A25 and B8. The only drawback, if you can call it that, was that both of the struts were somewhat bent. Sometimes straightening thin white metal parts can be a little tedious, but it can be done. Having white metal at the attachment points is definitely an advantage provided by this set.

My thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS for the review sample.

AH-64D Apache Landing Gear

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 23:23
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There's a lot of parts, fourteen to be exact, to this landing gear replacement, and they are done very well. Parts represented are D20,21,30 and 31; G28,35 and 45, and J12, 13, 16, 17, 32, 38 and 39. Of course they are all in white metal, which requires some polishing and some smoothing of the surface on a couple of the parts, and assembly using gap filling CA glue. The parts come in the typical SAC clear plastic bubble card. The AH-64 is a heavy aircraft, so he white metal assembly will definitely give it some stability.

SAC has always prided themselves in correcting things that are wrong with kit parts, but they missed one in this set. The tail wheel strut, which is made up of two parts to represent kit parts J38 and J39, still has the ejector pin holes on the inside, plus one went all the way through. The arms of the strut are smooth on both the inside and outside. SAC has joined these two parts at the tailwheel, so there's not a lot of alignment and cleanup that must be performed.

My thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions and IPMS for the review sample.

Su-11 Fishpot Landing Lights

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:41
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Want an easy upgrade to your 1/48 Sukhoi Su-11?  Step right up to the new Quickboost Su-11 landing lights set that provide a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in the kit.  The supplied instructions identify where new the Quickboost replacements go.  The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the instructions.  These parts will fit the Trumpeter 2015 release of Sukhoi Su-11 (02898; Su-11 Fishpot).

Quickboost has molded the landing lights perfectly in light grey resin and clear resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost landing lights are supplied with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.  Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first.  They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

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Grumman F6F-3

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:21
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The Grumman F6F Hellcat was designed to replace the F4F Wildcat with a better competitor to the Japanese fighters.  In typical Grumman fashion, they developed a rugged plane designed to keep the pilot alive, with good armament, while being easy to fly.  The Hellcat made its combat debut in August 1943 and became the Navy's standard combat aircraft.  By the end of the war, it had racked up over 5200 victories, accounting for 75% of the Navy's air-to-air victories.

Eduard's Weekend Edition kits normally follow the release of their Royal Edition, and Profipack kits and consist of a scaled back version of the loaded Royal Edition and Profipack boxings.  The Weekend Editions kit includes plastic sprues, and usually one or two decal options for the finished model, whereas the Royal and Profipack kits include photoetch, brassin, and multiple options for finishing the model.  The difference being that the Weekend edition provides the same quality plastic without all the bells and whistles, at a very affordable price.

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SM.03 Sazabi Custom

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 09:07
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This is Michael Rinaldi's third book in this series, the first being on the Industria Mechanika 1/35 FichtenFoo's Fantastical Fish-shaped Submersible resin kit with the second being the Trumpeter 1/35 Stalinetz S.65 Russian Army tractor kit.  This issue focuses on the Bandai 1/100 Sazabi Gundam Mecha that has been customized.  The Single Model (SM) series represents a focus on a specific kit and as such is a limited edition (i.e. Only One Print Run!).  This singular focus permits Michael Rinaldi to tackle topics outside of his successful TankArt series and allows him to address finishes that he has not attempted before.  A core premise of the new book series is to explore and redefine artistic and creative finishes for each subject. 

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Master Model SEPECAT Jaguar GR1/GR3 - Pitot Tube

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 18:07
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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. 

The pitot part is a very fine piece of brass.  The brass pitot is much finer than the kit part.  Note that in the photos at the bottom, the pitot on the kit has already bent.  While I was putting on decals it completely broke off.  This saved me having to cut off the pitot to put on the Master brass part.  It also shows why the Master part is superior.

PITOT INSTALLATION

The installation is pretty simple.  I drilled a hole in the nose where the kit pitot had broken off.  I test fitted the new part to make sure it fit OK.  I put a small drop of gel-type super glue on the base of the pitot, and put it in that hole.  I used a bit of accelerator to save some time. 

I then painted the pitot with the same Operation Granby sand I used on the rest of the aircraft. 

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Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 01:22
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The American Civil War was a time of transition, both materially and tactically. On the material side of the equation, metallurgy and weaponry were seeing huge advances. The tactical side struggled to keep pace. When war first broke in 1861 commanders saw the battlefield as a linear environment. That is; long lines of men advancing toward each other to get close enough for the smoothbore weapons of the day to reach maximum efficiency.  Technology moved forward with rifled weapons that were more accurate at longer ranges. And coupled with advances in sighting and powder, the ability to reach out and touch your foe at longer ranges meant linear battlefield tactics were becoming obsolete in a deadly way.

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Hawker Typhoon Mk IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels (with round Recoil Springs)

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:57
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Master Model has come to the rescue of big scale Typhoon modelers with their latest releases in 1/24 scale. Both the Hawker Typhoon Mk IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels with Flat Recoil Springs (24-014) and Round Recoil Springs (24-015) have been released.  Despite the large scale, Airfix's 20mm Hispano Mk.II cannon barrels can still be significantly improved over the injection plastic offered in the kit. This set is specifically applicable to the Airfix 1/24 Hawker Typhoon.  There are currently two releases available.  The Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB was released in 2014 with a second release in 2016 featuring additional parts for the 'Car Door' option.  The first production batch of Typhoon Mk.Ib used the uncovered barrels featured in this set.

Notable is the superb re-sealable packaging that Master Model uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely until final assembly.  You will want to be careful handling the metal parts as their size still makes them easy to fly in the air and become an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster. 

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French Pre-Dreadnought Danton Class Barrels

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 20:00
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The Danton Class represented six pre-dreadnought battleships of the French Navy, built in France between 1907 and 1911.  Outclassed before they were completed, and obsolete by the end of World War One, the five surviving ships were relegated to second-line roles by 1920.  The ships included the Danton (sunk by U-64 in 1917), Condorcet (Scrapped 1949), Diderot (Scrapped 1937), Mirabeau (Scrapped 1921), Vergniaud (Scrapped 1928), and Voltaire (Scuttled 1938, scraped 1950).  The main battery consisted of four 305mm/45 Modele 1906 guns in two twin gun turrets.  The secondary battery consisted of twelve 240mm/50 Modele 1902 guns in six twin gun turrets. Torpedo boat defense was supplied by sixteen 75mm (3.0") Modele 1908 Schneider guns and ten 47mm (1.9") Hotchkiss guns.

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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F Essential

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 16:32
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The Bf-109F is considered by some to be the perfect version of the venerable fighter.  It certainly has its share of unique camouflage.  Because of that it is a favorite of modelers.  As a pilot, I love to detail the cockpit so this set was a natural for me.

 

The Big Sin sets are designed to bring separate sets together in one box with a significant savings.  These allow the modeler to add some really nice detail at a good price.  This set contains three separate Brassin items.  The first item is the cockpit which completely replaces the kit cockpit with resin, photo etch and clear film.  The other two sets are for the landing gear and wheels. 

 

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Mk. 82 Paveway II or Mk. 82 Bombs w/Mk. 15 Snake Eye Fins

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 14:07
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Many or maybe even most know of the Mk.82 bomb- it's been used for many years as the primary unguided, general purpose low drag bomb. It is convertible to precision guided with a seeker head and fins (which can make it a GBU-12 Paveway II or a GBU-38 JDAM) and this has seen use for many years.  To make the bomb available for use at low level bomb runs and not have the plane hit by bomb fragments, the Mk.82 can be fitted with a special tail unit (the Mk. 15) which opens in a cruciform shape and slows the descent enough to allow the plane to be gone when the bomb explodes. This bomb is the Mk.82 with Mk.15 tail unit but it is commonly called the Mk. 82 Snake Eye. And that is what this review is about.

 

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SR-71 Blackbird Pitot Tube

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 12:12
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Master Model has come to the rescue of Blackbird modelers with their latest releases in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Alpha-Beta probe measures incidence and yaw and is mounted to the RF isolation segment of the nose cone.   The pitot tube branches off to the side of the alpha/beta probe.  The size and detail are quite difficult to realize due to molding limitations. You can find many releases of the Blackbird from Italeri, Tamiya, and Testors; all using the same plastic that was originally released in 1982 by Italeri.  I used the Testors kit 4055 'Famous Spy Planes' that was kitted with the Testors U-2.

 

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P-40B Warhawk Exhaust

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 11:51
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Want an easy upgrade to the new 1/48 Airfix Curtiss P-40B?  Step right up to the new Quickboost P-40B exhausst set that provides a beautiful replacement to what is supplied in the kit.  The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card.  Although these parts are specific to fit the 1/48 Airfix P-40B injected plastic kit, they might be able to be modified so that they would also work for older 1/48 P-40B/C kits (Monogram/Hasegawa/Revell [1964], Academy / Hobbycraft [1996], Bronco [2016], Pegasus, Trumpeter [2004].

 

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Hawker Typhoon Mk IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels (with Flat Recoil Springs)

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 00:17
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Master Model has come to the rescue of big scale Typhoon modelers with their latest releases in 1/24 scale. Both the Hawker Typhoon Mk IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels with Flat Recoil Springs (24-014) and Round Recoil Springs (24-015) have been released.  Despite the large scale, Airfix's 20mm Hispano Mk.II cannon barrels can still be significantly improved over the injection plastic offered in the kit. This set is specifically applicable to the Airfix 1/24 Hawker Typhoon and provides an option not included in the kit, the flat recoil springs. There are currently two releases available.  The Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB was released in 2014 with a second release in 2016 featuring additional parts for the 'Car Door' option.  The first production batch of Typhoon Mk.Ib used the uncovered barrels featured in this set.

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Avia BK.534 Czechoslovak Biplane Fighter

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 01:08
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The Avia B.534 was one of the major achievements of the Czech aircraft industry during the late thirties, and their biplane fighter was as advanced as any European fighter during the middle thirties. Numerous variations were produced, and Eduard has seen fit to produce kits of just about all of them. I have written several reviews of earlier issues of this kit over the past several years, and I refer you to these for a detailed historical account.

The BK.534 variant differed from previous production models in that it was armed with an Oerlikon 20 mm cannon firing through the crankshaft and mounted between the cylinder banks of the Hispano Suiza 12Ycrs. Engine. Two of the fuselage mounted machine guns were removed to save weight. The installation did not prove successful, and later the aircraft were modified by replacing the cannon with another machine gun. Otherwise, the aircraft was nearly identical to the production B.534 Series IV.

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