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SR-71 Blackbird Pitot Tube

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:45
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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 Revell / Takara / AHM (first released in 1966), Hasegawa (first released in 1983), Monogram / Revell (first released in 1984), Italeri / Testors (first released in 1985), and Academy / Minicraft (first released in 1985). I used the Monogram / Revell kit 85-5810 that was re-released in 2011.

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BTR-60 Wheels

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:19
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The set provides eight resin replacement wheels and tires, molded as one piece, for the Russian BTR-60 APC. The tires are slightly wider than the Trumpeter rubber tires. The Hauler wheels are a different style and much smaller than the Trumpeter wheels. The Hauler tires have a crisper tread pattern than the Trumpeter tires and are molded without a center seam. They do not have a flattened portion for the weight of the vehicle.

Each of the wheels is molded with their own casting block. The mounting hole for the wheel is much larger than the Trumpeter axle so it needs to be drilled out. Mounted on the vehicle, it becomes apparent that the Hauler wheels are smaller and the tires have a larger profile.

The profile and size of the Hauler wheels provide a good option to the Trumpeter kit wheels. The tire tread is much crisper, even at this small scale.

Thanks to Hauler for continuing to produce these nice add-on parts and providing review samples to IPMS.

Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:09
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Osprey Publishing's latest edition in their American Revolutionary War series concentrates on the British invasion of the southern states in 1778, the first move in their "southern strategy".

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Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter The Original Proposal and Early Development of the XFV-1 Salmon Part 1

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:00
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Jared Zichek continues his in depth look at the US Navy Convoy Fighter competition of 1950 with this in depth look at the Lockheed Model L-200. As a bit of background, the US at the time was nervous about protecting convoys between the US and its allies after the rough go that convoys had early in WWII. The proposal was a request for a high-performance turboprop fighter to be based on those convoys and to protect them. Five companies participated including Convair, Goodyear, Martin, and Northrop as well as Lockheed. The most famous of this group was the Convair Pogo but thankfully Mr. Zichek has dug in to review the remaining one s and with that, this book focuses on Lockheed's efforts.

The book starts with the design features of the L-200 and one of the primary features is this is a VTOL aircraft meant to sit on the deck of a ship, take off vertically and fly like a normal plane and then return and land vertically. This was the early 1950's and this presented many challenges and many innovations also. There is a great discussion of what was expected as far as take off and landing, armament, and radar required and many other details.

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Bf-109F-2 Photo Etch Set

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:26
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There are some cases where photo etch parts are more realistic than anything you can produce in plastic The scale thickness is just something you can't get in plastic When I think of photo etch I automatically think of Eduard They have been producing some of the world's best photo etch for years and they keep getting better.

This single brass fret is designed by Eduard for their Bf-109F-2 kit It could also be used on the F-4 The detail parts are the same for both versions.

There are parts of the Bf-109F that are distinctly different from the later G-6s The flap design was still evolving when the Friedrich was produced Their flaps had an additional boundary layer built into the upper flap This is not reproduced in the plastic parts, however, it is easily replicated in photo etch The flaps can then be positioned in any position instead of the usual down The toughest part of the entire set is folding the flap mechanism This will take some patience.

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Bf-109F-2 Mask Set

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:12
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Masking canopies, even 109 canopies, is a pain in the butt to me. Thank God that Eduard sees fit to make canopy masking sets. This latest one is designed for their Bf-109F-2.

Cut out of Kabuki tape, the masks are able to conform to the curves of the canopy. There are masks for the inside framework on the aft canopy, like the real thing, as well as, the external framework. This set also contains masks for the wheels and the wing tip lights.

All is not perfect though. The center canopy framing should be a single piece instead of the two piece per facet. It is easy to add the center piece of the canopy so it still saves you time. Eduard insists that there should be framework on the center canopy but that is not on the Friedrich. Strangely Eduard provides masks for painting the wingtip lights. These should be clear pieces but Eduard has molded them with the wing in grey plastic. You are supposed to paint them silver and then with the appropriate clear green and red.

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Saab J 29 Tunnan Pitot Tubes

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:50
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Want an easy upgrade to any 1/48 Saab J 29 Tunnan? Step right up to the new Quickboost Saab J 29 Tunnan pitot tube 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. These parts are specific to fit the Pilot Replicas accurate and highly detailed 1/48 Saab J 29F injected plastic kit (http://pilot-replicas.com/product/saab-j29f/ ) and an Austrian J 29F variant (http://pilot-replicas.com/product/saab-j29-f-austrian-fliegende-tonne/) that basically obsoleted any previous 1/48 kits. They will also work for the older Neomega resin kit, the AZ Models, and the Hobby Boss kits. You may need to shorten the length of the pitot tube for the Hobby Boss kit since its smaller than the claimed 1/48 scale.

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Snap-Tite 2018 Mustang GT

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 23:09
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Sometimes experienced modelers get so bogged down with the extensive projects we are working on, we forget to lift our over-taxed heads from the work bench, remove glasses and opti-visors, and smell the sweet success of a quick, easy build. So, while browsing the IPMS review list one day, I came upon this kit and "snapped" it up. My thought was to have my wife build it, but she took off in our (real) '65 rag top Mustang instead, and left me to it.

The Revell Snap-Tite 2018 Mustang GT is a nice representation of the styling changes being made to the existing 2017 Mustang. The car will soon to be released this Fall. The main omission on the Snap-Tite model are the rear vision door mirrors.

The model is nicely packed in a compact, end opening box with the body supported by nice clear plastic sleeves. All parts are contained within plastic bags for protection, and do not have to be removed from sprues. The instruction sheet is easy to follow in six steps. The main box top picture actually shows a 2015 Mustang, but the text says 2018. The pictures on the sides of the box shows the correct 2018 model.

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Su-27/Su-30 Pitot

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 21:15
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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 piece is much finer than the kit part.

I have somehow missed building a 1/144 Su-27 Flanker. This is a real oversight, as in the past I have built two Flankers in 1/72 for reviews. I really like the "back story" on the Ethiopian Flanker. The story of the woman pilot shooting down a MiG-29 with a Flanker is just too good to be true.

Pitot Installation

Once the kit was almost finished, I got out the Master Model pitot and took the pictures. It was an easy installation. I recently bought several small diameter metric drills at a local hobby shop. They are .25mm., .3mm, .35 and .4mm. Master recommends the .3mm drill. The hole is plenty large for this petite part. The good news is that gel-type CA acts as a filler for the hole, and everything fits nicely.

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Quickboost 1/72 F-14D Tomcat Ejection Seats with safety belts

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:15
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The F-14 Tomcat was the Navy's best long range interceptor, but it is now retired.  It was built by Grumman and was their last and best "cat" that they ever made.  The primary job of the F-14 was fleet defense and it did this with a mix of missiles; the long range Phoenix, the mid-range Sparrow and with the short range Sidewinder.  It could even use its 20mm Vulcan cannon for close in work.  The last Tomcat, the F-14D, which this review is about, had new F110 engines with digital avionics and new ejections seats as well. That being the Martin Baker SUJ-17 NACES ( Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat).

 

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Out of This World Modeling

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 14:53
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Aaron Skinner started out early in publishing, founding his High School student newspaper in the early eighties.  He has been an avid modeler since the age of six (supported by his grandfather).  He graduated from The University of Queensland in 1992 with his degree in Journalism and History.  He has worked with several newspapers in Arkansas and Texas as a photographer and reporter from 1994 until in joined Fine Scale Modeler in 2006.  He was promoted from Associate Editor to Senior Editor in 2015 and has authored several modeling books, including:  Essential Skills for Scale Modelers (2011), Modeling Airliners (2012), and Airbrushing for Scale Modelers (2015).  He is active representing Fine Scale Modeler and providing presentations at contests and shows, recently returning to Dallas for Squadron's EagleQuest in June 2017.  He has a regular video kit review with Elizabeth Nash that I wholeheartedly endorse that you can receive through email or at the www.finescale.com website.

 

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Curtiss P-40 B/C US Version Browning .30 cal and pitot tube

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 01:40
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There are many firms who make and market brass aircraft accessories for the modeler, but none seem to match the skill and delicacy that is routinely exhibited by Master Model from Poland.  One of the latest gems is the set for the Curtiss P-40 B/C US version in 1/72 scale.  In this set one gets the following:  four .30 cal MG barrels for the wings, two .50 cal cowling blast tubes, one pitot tube, two resin pitot heads, one front bead sight, and four photoetch rear ring sights.  Master-Model does not recommend any one P-40 kit so for this review, so I used the latest Airfix kit the Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 which I had.

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Mitsubishi A6M5c/A6M7 Zero Fighter Type 52 Hei/Type 62 ‘FUYO Unit’

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:38
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The Mitsubishi A6M7 Type 0, according to Wikipedia, is based on the A6M6, which in turn is based on the A6M5c.  The bottom line for this variant of the venerable Zero is that it was designed for a role as a fighter bomber. It was fitted with 3 - 13.2mm Machine guns (1 in the fuselage and 2 wing mounted) as well as 2 wing mounted 20mm canons.  Additionally, it has hard points to carry various combinations of external bombs and or external fuel tanks.

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Eduard 1/48 GBU-39 with BRU-61 Rack

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 17:29
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One of the great things I have always found about modeling is that I never fail to learn something here and there. This set of the GBU-39 and the BRU-61 bomb rack caught my attention as, frankly, I had never heard of it. A quick Google and I was hooked and volunteered to review the set.

 

The GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb is just that, a smaller 250 lb. weapon which is a precision guided glide bomb. Its intent is to allow aircraft to carry more weapons and destroy more targets. Think of it this way, a plane has four pylons for example. At a bomb per pylon, that's four total. Using adapters, at two bombs per pylon, eight targets can be destroyed. Using the GBU-39 with BRU-61 rack, the plane can carry sixteen bombs and destroy sixteen targets. Adding to that, the effective range of this weapon is over 50 miles and it can use multiple targeting systems. To get that long distance, it deploys wings to allow a glide range of over 50 miles. Interesting stuff.

 

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Multiple Ejector Rack (MER)

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:42
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The MER (Multiple Ejector Rack) is a weapons unit which attaches to an aircraft pylon and can hold up to six individual weapons such cluster bombs or standard dumb bombs. The US Air Force stopped using these in the early 1990's but many pictures can be found with these attached to B-52's, F-4's, A-4's, F-105's, etc. In other words, they were used frequently. Many model kits have a simplified version of this but Eduard has upped the game with this release in 1/32nd scale.

Eduard set comes with three complete MER's and a total of 78 cast resin parts in their usual gray resin. There is also some wire to add for the connections also and a full set of markings to go with each one.

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F-14A Tomcat Ejection Seats with safety belts

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:22

Without question, the F-14 was the Navy's finest long range interceptor ever built.  Now retired, the Grumman built F-14 was the best of all Grumman "cats".  It had firepower, speed and presence with its wings fully swept forward or aft.  The F-14 job was fleet defense and it used the long range Phoenix, mid-range Sparrow and the short range Sidewinder to accomplish this task, it even had a 20mm Vulcan cannon as a back up.  The F-14 came in three variants; the F-14A, the F-14B and lastly the F-14D.   The ejection seats used the A and B marks was the Martin Baker GRU-7A.  Quickboost has recently made and offers a resin pair of these seats and they are recommended for the Hasegawa kits.  These seats are finely cast with no flash or holes.

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Vought OS2U Kingfisher Warpaint series #111

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 16:58
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This book covers the Vought OS2U Kingfisher.  Number 111 in the very familiar Warpaint series by Guideline, this book follows their tried and true format. Beginning with the discussion of the prototype the book then moves into production models and service.  All variants are covered including the XOS2U-4 and those made by the Naval Aircraft Factory.

Next, comes the extensive overseas service by the Kingfisher.  Serving with Australia, throughout Latin America and Russia, brief coverage of the numbers involved and their use is given. This is followed by a detailed description of the aircraft, all its specifications, and fittings.

The largest section covers the use of the aircraft in war time service with the USN shipboard, USMC use and those based on seaplane bases and island use. The book concludes with a list of kits, decals, and aftermarket that are available and some cockpit detail photographs.

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Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/72 Eurofighter Landing Gear (Hasegawa)

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:06
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The set is designed as drop in replacements for the kit landing gear parts for Hasegawa's recent 1/72 scale Eurofighter/Typhoon.  The set consists of 6 white metal parts, a nose gear strut, two main landing gear struts, the nose gear retraction strut and two retraction struts for the main landing gear legs.

As with all of SAC's sets, the castings are excellent.  There was a slightly raised casting seam on some of the parts, but this is easily removed with an Xacto knife.  The three retraction struts are cast together on small runner, but they are easily removed, but exactly where the casting plug ends and the part begins is not always clear, so I kept the corresponding kit parts nearby for consulting.  Be very careful removing the nose gear retraction strut from the runner as it is fairly thin and easily bent, as I discovered.  Unfortunately, thin white metal parts do not spring back into place when bent, so as the photos show, I still have some work to do straightening out this strut.

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Dragon 1/35 M752 Tactical Ballistic Missile Launcher

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:55
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From Dragon Models USA website: This M752 is understandably 100% newly tooled. Furthermore, it's the only 1/35th scale full plastic kit of this US-manufactured tracked missile launcher currently available on the market.

The missile can be elevated up or down to represent firing or transport modes, respectively. The missile mount and associated elevation mechanism are sophisticated and strong enough to support an accurately detailed Lance missile.

This new kit captures the somber days of the Cold War, and so this Lance self-propelled missile launcher would make a fine addition to any modern warfare kit collection. The Lance system was used by the US Army, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, and UK, meaning that this new kit offers enterprising modelers a lot of versatility.

 

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He 219 Wheels

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:35
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The Tamiya Heinkel He 219 1/48th scale kit has been around for a long time, and in my opinion remains a great kit. I built one several years and was quite pleased with the fit, detail and ease of assembly. I was fortunate enough to obtain a second kit in our local club raffle and began the search for all the "necessary" aftermarket accessories to meet my personal taste. Up to this time the only resin wheels available were the True Details wheel which I used on my first build. I found that CzechMaster offers a set of wheels, cockpit interior and canopy, which may be more than some modelers may need.

When the opportunity arose to review the Eduard version I quickly volunteered and was rewarded with an email indicating the set was mine.

Contents Description

The Eduard Brassin parts are furnished in a sturdy clam shell protective enclosure. There are four main wheels and a separate nose wheel. Eduard must be commended on their design for minimizing the casting plugs, which allows for easy removal of the parts from the plugs.

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